Sharman (Left) is the Branch Co-ordinator for Cats Protection Crewe and District. She has been with the Branch for 18 years, and as our Co-ordinator has a lot of balls to juggle! She has the "Catphone", which means that she takes calls from members of the public who have concerns about a cat, or who unfortunately can't keep their cat. As we have only a limited number of pens she sometimes has a very long waiting list of cats waiting to come into care. She also takes details of people wanting to adopt a cat, and will allocate the leads out to the Home Visitors. But that's only the start... she has 5 foster pens of her own, with anything up to 20 cats and kittens in her care at any one time. Sharman has also been trained to Microchip our cats and kittens (to keep Vet costs down) so has a regular procession of cats and kittens coming into her home to be chipped. Sharman also regularly helps out at our fundraisers, has 7 cats of her own and a big soppy dog. Oh, and 5 Grandchildren! Nearly forgot Bumble the rabbit. Phew...
Suzanne has been a (very) active member of Cats Protection Crewe and District for 19 years. Her official title is Fostering Co-ordinator but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
She has 5 pens, that can accommodate up to 15 cats and kittens. In addition, she has frequently found room in her lounge as overflow for those scared and unsocialised kittens that without human contact in their formative weeks would become virtually impossible to home and sadly grow into unloved adult cats, with no prospect of a happy home life (best case scenario as a stable or barn cat).
At least 4 of these skitty kits has eventually moved in permanently, alongside Sue's own cats, but the vast majority soon outgrow their initial fear with Sue's love and kindness and go off for a happy new life with a family to call their own.
You may think this is a full time job in itself (it is!) but Sue also runs her own dog grooming business, and has two children. She is ably assisted by husband Dave, who is just as dedicated to the care and welfare of the cats but prefers a behind the scenes role. Sue also performs home visits, collects the store donations in Tesco, and orders all the stock of litter and feed to keep up to 100 cats and kittens in care at any one time fed and looked after. She and Dave are often found lugging bags of litter and feed to the cars of the fosterers who are collecting it, whilst always having time to ask how they are getting on.
Oh and I also hear she’s a mean dancer on the Northern Soul scene...I don't know how she finds the energy!!
Yvonne (Above far right) has been helping Cats Protection Crewe and District for 20 years.
She is our Secretary, taking minutes at our meetings and generally making sure everything runs smoothly!
She also finds time to foster cats and kittens, taking them to the Vets and making sure they are healthy and ready for homing. She does home checks in her local area.
Oscar, who has been in our care for several years now, is one of Yvonne's foster cats. He is a beautiful white cat but unfortunately due to his deafness needs a particular home that hasn't yet materialised. Hopefully one day!
Andy and Sarah are currently fostering 8 cats and kittens in two pens at their home.
As well as working and all their family commitments (and their own animals) they manage to find time to foster cats and kittens for Cats Protection Crewe and District, take them to the Vets to get them health checked, vaccinated and ready for their new homes. They also do home checks in their local area.
Sue H works tirelessly to help feral cats in our district. I think it's fair to say what she doesn't know about feral cats is not worth knowing! She traps, neuters and medicates many feral cats every year.
She also prepares all the homing packs that we give out when people adopt a cat or kitten, ensuring that all kittens homed are neutered, to try and prevent so many unwanted litters of kittens, a proportion of which inevitably become stray or feral.
Sue also runs our Neutering Voucher Scheme, with the same aim of reducing unwanted litters.
Sue has been with Cats Protection Crewe and District for 16 years, and has also fostered many cats and kittens in this time.