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Cats Protection

From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK's leading feline welfare charity. We help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year through our network of around 200 volunteer-run branches and 30 centres. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

www.cats.org.uk

Charity

Registered charity no. 203644

Member since May 2021

Latest News

Kitten rescued from bus depot and given apt new name

Kitten rescued from bus depot and given apt new name

A stray kitten spotted running between vehicles at a Sunderland bus station has been brought to safety and is ready to find a new home

Staff at the Go Northeast Bus Depot grew concerned for the wellbeing of a white-and-black cat who they had seen darting under buses and cars at the busy hub.

Using food to entice him out, he proved easy to catch as he was so hungry. He was placed in an office until the end of the day, when an employee then took him home for the night.

Volunteers from our East Northumberland Branch were called in the next day and the moggy was taken in to care and aptly named Arriva.

“We are extremely grateful to the staff at Go Northeast for taking care of Arriva and calling us in to help,” said Branch Coordinator Sascha Dean, who has been fostering Arriva. “He is only about four or five months old and it would have been difficult to fend for himself. He was a little underweight but, thankfully, not in too bad condition and he has slowly been putting on weight.

“He’s a confident little boy who loves playing. Ping pong balls are his favourite. He is also an affectionate lap cat once playtime is over.” After much care and attention, Arriva is now ready for a new home, having been neutered and microchipped, as well as receiving vaccinations and flea treatment. “He is quite excitable and gets carried away easily so would be best suited to a home with no children or older children,” added Sascha. “He's very gentle but does believe hands are for playing with. He's only young so I'm sure he'll learn hands are not playthings. “He seems to like dogs. When he sees our border collie in the garden through the pen window, he gets very excited, paws at the windows and chirps, so I think he has probably been around a friendly dog.” Anyone interested in adopting Arriva can contact the East Northumberland adoption line on 07972 658 386 or email adoption@eastnorthumberland.cats.org.uk To find other cats and kittens looking for homes in your area, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Odin finds new home after Mature Moggies Day appeal

Odin finds new home after Mature Moggies Day appeal

A happy ending for 19-year-old Odin and his young friend after being spotted in the local press

Mature moggy Odin and his four-year-old friend Luna arrived at our Glasgow Adoption Centre when their owner became too ill to look after them.

Worried that Odin’s age might cause him to be overlooked for adoption, the centre team took advantage of our Mature Moggies Day on 16 June and put an appeal in the Glasgow Times to find him a new home.

The profile struck a chord with Helen Brownlie, who said: “I spotted the piece about Odin and young Luna as I was browsing the newspaper. It was only 10 days after we had said a sad goodbye to a much-loved elderly cat. She arrived with me from a cat rescue 19 years ago. We had nursed her through lymphoma for as long as she still had some quality of life. So we were still quite raw.

“The picture of Odin stuck with me and I wondered how he would fare at his age. A couple of weeks later I started checking the Glasgow Adoption Centre website and found that he and Luna were still awaiting adoption.

“We weren’t really looking to get a new cat just yet but our house felt desolate and when I saw Odin’s picture I worried he might not find a new home.”

After contacting Cats Protection, Helen and her partner Steven went through the adoption process and it was not long before Odin and Luna started their new life in a home surrounded by lots of green space.

Helen added: “They have both settled in really well and are hopefully as happy here as they were with their other family. Luna, being all-black, is not terribly photogenic but her picture doesn’t do her justice, she is poetry in motion and very engaging when you meet her. Odin is exactly as the centre team described - a gentle soul who purrs like crazy.”

Senior Cat Care Assistant Lynsey Anderson said: “We are delighted that Odin and Luna have settled into their new home. Odin is a great example of an older cat that can still bring immense happiness and joy to their owner, and we wish them all well for the future.”

To find out more about caring for an elderly cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/caring-for-elderly-cats

Romanian stowaway kitten lucky to survive being trapped in hot lorry

Romanian stowaway kitten lucky to survive being trapped in hot lorry

A severely dehydrated kitten was rescued from baking temperatures after travelling for nearly a week from Romania to the UK

A tiny four-week-old stowaway, named Roman by his rescuers, needed intensive care and intravenous fluids after being found in a truck traveling from Eastern Europe.

The kitten was discovered when warehouse staff in Marsh Leys, Bedford, opened the lorry doors to unload a delivery of furniture.

On hearing his pitiful cries for help, workers clambered carefully over boxes to trace the source and uncovered a tiny sick kitten, weak and frightened.

Thankfully for Roman, Tamsin Eastwood, Coordinator of Cats Protection’s nearby Bedford & Biggleswade Branch, also works at the depot, so the team called her for help.

“It was clear that this poor kitten was in a bad way and needed urgent help so I grabbed a cat carrier and drove to the depot,” said Tamsin. “I asked them to check the truck for a mother cat or any other kittens, but there was only this one.

“It was a sad sight. The poor little thing was in a bad way. His eyes were stuck together and he was very weak. How he even had the strength to cry surprised me, but that was a good sign. He’s a little fighter and we knew what we had to do.

“We’ll never know Roman’s story or how he became trapped in the truck, but he probably snuck in looking for somewhere cosy to sleep and the next thing he was crossing borders in rising summer temperatures. He must have been very hot, frightened and desperately thirsty. It’s a miracle he survived at all in this weather.”

Tamsin carefully picked up the kitten and drove to a local vet who saw that he was undernourished, dehydrated and needed eye treatment. As the cat had entered the country undetected and without paperwork or microchipping, Cats Protection contacted Trading Standards at Bedford Borough Council, as is procedure with stowaway cats.

After being treated and made ready for transport, Roman was transferred to a DEFRA-approved quarantine cattery where he will stay for up to three months, sponsored by Cats Protection. At around 12 weeks, he will be given a rabies vaccine and, after a further three weeks, the best options for rehoming will be considered.

The cost of such treatment is high so volunteers at the branch have launched a JustGiving page to raise money to cover the £1,600 bill.

Naomi Williams, Cats Protection’s Field Veterinary Officer, said: “When Roman first presented to the vet at Scott Veterinary Clinic he was found to be underweight and severely dehydrated. He was also showing symptoms of cat flu with swollen, inflamed eyes and lots of discharge that prevented him from being able to open them until they had been bathed by the nursing team.

“Roman was admitted to the vets for intravenous fluids and intensive supportive care, which included antibiotics and lots of TLC. Thankfully, he responded really well to the treatments and was well enough to be transferred to the quarantine cattery the following week.

“As Roman is still very young the staff at the quarantine facility will continue to provide all the extra attention he needs, including a kitten socialisation programme to ensure he grows into a happy, confident cat.”