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Welcome to Cats Protection Atherton & Wigan Branch

We're here to support cats and kittens in Atherton & Wigan, covering postcodes:  M29, M46, WA3, WN1, WN2, WN3, WN4, WN5, WN6, WN7, WN8.

Run by a small team of dedicated, cat-loving volunteers, we're passionate about improving the lives of cats and kittens in Atherton & Wigan, working to find loving new homes for local cats in our care, and lost and found cats, as well as general education and awareness within the Atherton & Wigan area. You can find out more about the work of Cats Protection here.

For general queries and advice, please ring our call centre on 01942 465 321 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or email us on and include a contact number.

If you wish to rehome your cat, please ring our call centre on 01942 465321  Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or email us on and include a contact number.

For help with lost or found cats, please ring our call centre on 01942 465321 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or email us on



Cat adoption in Atherton & Wigan

Could you provide a loving new home for a cat in Atherton & Wigan? During the process of adopting a cat from us, we’ll consider everything from your potential pet’s personality and how this fits with your lifestyle, to your home environment – creating the perfect match for both cat and owner and the start of a wonderful feline friendship.  We will go through our Homefinders Questionnaire with you to help with the process. 

At Atherton & Wigan, we do not have a central adoption centre, cats are fostered at our volunteers' homes. Cats ready for adoption from Atherton & Wigan are featured below. To express your interest in a particular cat, please enquire via their listing. If you have any general enquiries about your suitability, or the adoption process, please call us on: 01942 465 321 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or email including a contact number.  We consider all applications to find the best match for the cat. If you are unsuccessful on this occasion we will let you know, but keep looking at other cats on our website, we are sure to have the right one for you before long.  We do have other cats in our care, but they aren’t ready for adoption yet so aren't  on our website. 

Considering adopting a cat but don't own your own home? We'll need to see written landlord permission allowing you to have a cat in the property.

Cats Protection Atherton & Wigan charges an adoption fee of £80 per cat, and £100 per kitten up to 6 months old, payment is usually made by bank transfer. You will be asked to sign an agreement. For the adoption fee, your pet will have had a veterinary health check, be microchipped, vaccinated against flu, enteritis and leukaemia, neutered, and treated for fleas and worms.  You will also receive four weeks FREE insurance from Petplan.  We will contact you to check that your new arrival has settled in.

You can find out more about adopting a cat from Cats Protection here.

Support Cats Protection Atherton & Wigan Branch

None of our vital work would be possible without you. There are many ways you can be there for cats and kittens in Atherton & Wigan.

We are always grateful for donations of the following:

  • Cat food (we have food donation bins at Sainsbury’s Wigan and Leigh,  Morrisons  Leigh, Tesco  Hindley, Asda Golborne, Pets at Home Walkden and My Pets Vets) 
  • Litter
  • New toys
  • New brushes and combs
  • Unused cardboard scratching boards
  • Knitted blankets
  • Clean towels.   Unfortunately we can't accept duvets, pillows or bedsheets

We also need items for our fundraising 

  • Unwanted new items and gifts
  • Bottles (for a bottle tombola) - soft drinks, alcohol, shampoo etc
  • Soft toys
  • Chocolate

You can drop goods at our food donation bins, email us on , or ring our call centre on 01942 465321 during office hours.

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Fundraising events for cats in Atherton & Wigan

Want to fundraise for cats in Atherton & Wigan by taking part in one of our events? From summer fêtes to epic sporting challenges, we’d love to see you at one of our fundraising events soon. You can also check out the national Cats Protection events calendar here.

Volunteer at Cats Protection Atherton & Wigan Branch

Without volunteers, Atherton & Wigan Branch simply wouldn't exist. Our amazing, friendly volunteers are a diverse group with a shared love of cats who fit volunteering around their home lives and personal commitments.

We're often looking to welcome new volunteers to join our brilliant team. As well as meeting great people and making an incredible difference to the cats of Atherton & Wigan, you'll enjoy practical benefits such as discounted pet insurance. You can find out more about volunteering for Cats Protection here.

Lost and found cats in Atherton & Wigan

Have you lost or found a cat in Atherton & Wigan? We’re here to help you with advice. To report a lost cat, or if you have found a cat in the Atherton & Wigan area, please call us on 01942 465 321 weekdays during office hours or email  Please include area, photograph(s), and details of the cat.    

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Lost, found and feral cats

Atherton & Wigan - Contact Details

To contact Atherton & Wigan branch:

Ring our call centre on 01942 465321 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

You can email us on the addresses below.  Please include a contact number.  We are all volunteers at Atherton & Wigan and will reply as soon as we can, but please bear with us.

For general enquiries or advice, email 

To adopt a cat email 

To surrender a cat into our care email 

For lost and found cats email 

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