New name for Glasgow cat centre
29 July 2015
29 July 2015
Cats Protection has renamed its Adoption Centre in central Scotland to appeal to residents in the wider Glasgow area as it struggles to cope with an unprecedented number of unwanted cats in need of the charity’s help.
Formerly known as Kirkintilloch Adoption Centre, it is now being called the Glasgow Adoption Centre to reflect its large catchment area and the fact that it is just seven miles from the city centre.
The move coincides with an awareness-raising push for the charity in the region and is a desperate attempt to try to find more homes for more cats on the Centre’s rapidly growing waiting list. This year it stands at 176 which compares to 89 at the same time last year. The problem has been made worse by numerous cats and kittens being dumped at the gates of the Centre.
“We have noticed a dramatic slowdown of the number of people through the door this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to keep the place running smoothly,” said Andy Currie, Adoption Centre Manager. “Many people are unaware that we’re so accessible but in fact we’re just a short hop along the motorway from the centre of Glasgow.”
Andy went on to say that the tough economic climate appears to be exacerbating the problem as the Centre is often asked to take in cats by owners who have lost their jobs, can’t afford to keep their pet or moved into rented accommodation where they are not allowed to keep pets.
One cat that illustrates the current situation is four-year-old Star who was abandoned outside the Centre gates along with a letter asking for a loving new home. Star was very frightened when she was taken in but is now full of energy and is in dire need of some security.
Andy said new owners can be safe in the knowledge that all cats adopted from the charity will have been treated to a top-to-tail medical which means they will have been checked over by a vet, treated for any existing conditions, vaccinated, neutered (if old enough) and microchipped.
“I’d really urge anyone thinking of adopting a cat to come and visit us,” said Andy. “It’s a win-win situation. You will gain a loving feline companion while helping the Centre to continue taking in unwanted cats in need of help.”
To see cats for adoption in the Arbroath and Carnoustie area, visit our Adopt a Cat page.