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Sponsorship Scheme

As well as the many cats that are available for adoption, we also have some in our care who cannot, for various reasons, be adopted into new homes and must remain in foster care for the rest of their lives.  Some are simply too old to adjust to another home; others have health problems.  Sadly we also have cruelty cases where the cat is too traumatised and could not cope with a new home. BUT we do need money to keep these cats safe and well in our care.  We need to provide for their food and keep; many need regular medication and other veterinary care - and this all costs!  To pay for this, we operate The Lea Valley Sponsorship Scheme.

For a minimum of £20 a year you can sponsor a cat of your choice.  When you sign up you receive a certificate and a photo of your chosen cat.  You will also receive regular newsletters keeping you right up-to-date with their progress.  The Sponsorship Scheme makes an excellent present, especially for someone who loves cats but who cannot own one.  Here is our current list of cats for sponsorship; if you are interested in sponsoring one (or more!) of them, then please e-mail Stephanie at stephanie.duffy1@btinternet.com and she can send you more information.

HUGHIE and his lifelong friend, Oscar, came into care when their original owner moved into a retirement home.  It was a very sad time for them all.  It took six months for them to find a new home together; Oscar settled happily but Hughie found yet another move traumatising and he became very ill with stress.  The sad decision was made to return Hughie to his foster pen where he felt safe.  Eventually he ventured out of his pen and into the house and he now has a permanent home with a fosterer and is a very happy and settled boy. 

LINDI-LOULINDI-LOU was born in June 2011; she is a pretty, dark tortoiseshell with a white bib, who came into Yvonne’s care when, along with her Mum, she was thrown out by their owner following the birth of a baby.  (Unfortunately, Mum had turned feral, so all Yvonne has been able to do is get her neutered.  A kind neighbour was willing for her to be returned.)  As Lindi-Lou was only 4 months old at the time, Yvonne decided to try and work with her, to give her a good chance in life.  She was spayed, microchipped and had vaccinations to give her the best protection at the start of her young life.  After two months in a pen, Yvonne managed to get her to a 'semi-feral' state.  She will play with her toys and sometimes allows Yvonne to stroke her.  She can return to her pen if she likes, or even venture through the cat flap into Yvonne’s house; the choice will be hers to make, just like Willow, with whom she interacts very well.

MAX is about 6 years old, a beautiful grey/ginger tabby.  He was found straying and looking very unwell by a member of the public who took him to a vet and paid for all his immediate treatment.  This included virus testing, where he was found to be FIV positive.  Cats Protection has now found Max a wonderful new home where he is very happy.  He is a gorgeous, laid-back, loving boy, who appears quite content with his indoor life and is a real ‘lap cat’. 

TABITHA is a 9 year-old, tabby/white female who came into our care when her owTabithaner died.  Tabitha was found to have a heart murmur, which was definitely more pronounced each time she was under stress, namely, at the vets.  Unfortunately she had a broken tooth that was causing her considerable pain and it had to be removed.  Thankfully, she came through the ordeal and was none-the-worse for wear.
The vet recommended that Tabitha lead a sedentary lifestyle that would cause less strain on her heart.  She has now been living in a flat with her foster family for some time and has settled in completely.  We will continue to pay her vet bills as she will require at least six-monthly check-ups

WILLOW, at 19, is our longest-serving member of the sponsorship scheme.  She has remained a firm favourite over the years and has many sponsors.  Being a feral, she lives outside at Yvonne’s and still prefers her garden home (with a heated bed!) to the indoor comforts on offer.  Having said that, she does venture to the back door for feeding and her daily treats of ham or chicken! 


WINNIE is a 6 year-old, long-haired, tortoiseshell girl.  She came into our care after her owner could no longer look after her.  Winnie became unwell and would not eat for several weeks and, at the Royal Veterinary Hospital, she was diagnosed with having Key-Gaskell Syndrome.  This leaves the pupils of her eyes permanently dilated, which causes her discomfort in bright daylight; however she appears well otherwise.  She now lives in an indoor home which minimises her exposure to the light and, although she is well now, we will continue to meet the cost of any treatment she may need in the future.

, a female tabby, is a rather unpredictable cat, one moment being very sweet and enjoying a fuss and the next deciding to hiss and spit.  She was bought as a small kitten from a pet shop and may have originally been abandoned by her mother.  Husky was loved but she was alone much of the day whilst her owners were at work, so interacting time with humans was reduced.  She started to hide a lot and, with the arrival of children, the relationship became more difficult.  When Husky was four years old, the family made contact with CP and she was brought into care.  Husky proved difficult to home but is now settling with her foster family who are working hard to gradually win her around.  Pat and Tony are prepared to spend time stroking and talking to her gently, trying to moderate her difficult behaviour.  She has been nicknamed Hidey Cat by Pat and Tony as she still spends time hiding and they just have to wait for her to reappear!

came into Lea Valley’s care with his mum and siblings at about 12 weeks old after Kay discovered them living in bushes in Edmonton.  Although Bruce’s mother was domesticated, her young litter had had no contact with humans.  Although the family were progressing well with their fosterers, Bruce was moved to fosterer Kay as he wasn’t as advanced as his siblings.  He started to come out of his shell, but then unfortunately caught ringworm which meant 3-4 months of treatment in isolation because of the contagious nature of the condition.  Consequently, he built a strong bond with Kay.  When Bruce was cleared of ringworm he was adopted into a lovely new home.  Unfortunately, he became very distressed and, after three days, he came back to Kay.  He is a very loving cat with a placid nature, happy and settled with Kay and her family and enjoying the company of other cats.

BORIS & DARCY and their two sisters were brought in from a back garden in Edmonton where a kind, elderly man was feeding them and their mum and dad.  The parents were trapped, neutered and returned as they were semi-feral.  We took a chance taking the kittens as they were about 12 weeks old but, because their long-term care was unsure, we felt they needed a chance.  Kay took Boris (tabby male) from his original fosterers to speed-up his improvement; after making good progress, he was moved to an indoor fosterer to get him used to the ‘inside’.

Darcy (black and white female) was then moved to Kay for some intense interaction and was slowly showing progress.  However, Boris was not doing so well and refused to budge from under the new fosterer’s sofa.  After three weeks he came back to Kay and was reunited with Darcy.  Both cats were very pleased to see each other and became inseparable.  Kay let them both out of their pen into the garden and they loved it.  They get on well with the resident cats, in particular Bruce.  They both have a good quality of life with shelter, food and care and it would be unfair to relocate them to another home.  THESE TWO CATS ARE TO BE SPONSORED AS A PAIR.

MOLLIE has written her own story for you:-
Late last summer I was a very unhappy cat, but what kept driving me on was being a good mum to my beautiful brood of kittens.  I was only young myself and a kind lady fed me and kept an eye on me but, when we were disturbed, I would move my family to safety.  One day the kind lady brought Kay from Cats Protection to see me; she took us into the safety of a pen which was warm and dry with food on tap.  After a time, my kittens were taken to a homing day and all got lovely new homes.  I was all alone again and still didn't really trust any human.  I was so fearful that no one could stroke me or convince me that people could be nice.  As a last resort, I was sent to a foster home where Ruth and Jim left me alone to do my own thing.  I was safe, warm, had toys and good food.  They talked to me and soothed me so that, after a while, I stopped hiding and became a little more confident, but still, no one was allowed to touch me.  My future looked uncertain, but miracles do happen and Ruth and Jim became my mum and dad.  After many months, I realised that I was staying and I now enjoy being stroked by mum and dad - but only them.  My story is still unfolding as I am not even 3 years old yet!  I hope you will enjoy the next chapters of my life.  Mollie 

TABITHA TWO is a beautiful, fluffy tabby with a little white bib; she is about 2 years old.  Tabitha was a stray being fed by a kind lady who was worried about her because she was very timid and used to hide under cars.  She came to us in October 2013 but was extremely unhappy in a pen, not being used to being confined or to any close contact with people.  An indoor foster home was tried, but she hid for a week.  It was then decided that she should return to her original foster home but be let out and allowed to roam free.  This has worked very well and Tabitha is usually outside meowing for her food without having to be called.  She is still very nervous and cannot yet be stroked but she can now wander for miles in the countryside knowing she has a cosy home to return to.  She is a very contented girl.

Notes on our sponsored cats are correct as at May 2014.



If you are interested in sponsoring any of our cats, please email our Sponsorship Officer, Stephanie Duffy at stephanie.duffy1@btinternet.com