About the Basildon, Brentwood & District Branch

The Basildon, Brentwood & District Branch of Cats Protection was formed over 30 years ago, in 1988, when it was known as the Laindon Branch, because most of the original members lived in the Laindon area of Essex. We later changed our name to the Basildon & District Branch as more volunteers from the Basildon area joined us. From 2003, we  also officially covered the Brentwood  council area, so we changed our name again to reflect the area we now cover (Postcodes SS11 to SS17, CM11 to CM15). From that small beginning of just 12 original members, we now have around 200 members. In common with most Cats Protection branches, the work of the branch is carried out by a smaller group of active members who foster the cats, fund-raise, do home visits and much more besides. We are all volunteers and none of us gets paid to do what we do. Our branch covers a large area which encompasses the whole of the Basildon & District Council area, which includes Wickford and Billericay, plus nearby Stanford-Le-Hope and Corringham in Thurrock, and the Brentwood Council area which includes, Hutton, Shenfield and Brentwood.

Since 2020
, the Covid Pandemic severely has affected us, with all our events from mid March that year being cancelled, including our Homing Shows. Despite that we still found homes for cats and kittens locally during the year, using our Charity's Hands Free Protocols,and other cats were reunited with their owners.  We also issued out neutering vouchers to less well off owners in our area under our Free Neutering Scheme. Sadly that situation continued in 2021 and even now (2024), things are not back  as they were before. We no longer hold our Homing Shows and there are fewer events for us to attend. We receive no grant from Cats Protection Headquarters and have to raise all of our funds locally, so we rely on local fundraising, when possible, adoption fees, selling on ebay and donations to survive. Cats Protection is quite a unique charity in that money raised in the local area is used in the local area, and is not sent elsewhere, which is why our branch needs the support of local people. With the cost of food and litter, vet bills, fundraising, telephone and a  small amount for admin costs, we need to raise raise around £70,000 in a normal year to allow us to continue our rescue service at its current level, which is  a hard task as we are all volunteers with homes, families and jobs, as well as volunteering for the branch. Ideally we would like to see our branch grow to help even more local cats, volunteers and funds permitting. Since our branch started, we have taken in nearly 14,000 cats. We sometimes wonder what would have happened to them if we had not been here to help them. 

We do not have a central shelter like some Cats Protection branches. Instead the cats which we take in are cared for by some of our members (we call them our fosterers) in their own homes. Most of our fosterers look after the cats they foster in a spare room in their home. Some of our more experienced fosterers have specially built cat pens in their gardens. These pens have heating in the winter and provide a snug and warm temporary home for our rescued cats. 

At any time we can have over 40 cats in our foster homes which may seem quite a lot, but on a bad week, our Homing Officer can be asked to take in over 50 cats, so we always have a waiting list.  At peak times of the year we can have over 100 cats in our care so we really do need more foster homes. If you live in our area, love cats and have a spare room, telephone and transport and would like to find out more about fostering, we'd love to hear from you. The Branch supplies all food, litter and equipment and pays for all vet bills for fostered cats. You supply the love and cuddles. All of our fosterers will tell you that it is so rewarding to see your adopt foster cat go off to it's new home.

Many of the cats and kittens we take in are strays, but just as many come in from homes, where the owners have had to give up their cats for a variety of reasons including loss of job, relationship breakdowns, allergies, financial problems etc. Many of the strays we take in are pregnant females, who have been heartlessly dumped when they have become pregnant, when if they had been neutered at the appropriate time, this could have been avoided. Our Charity runs a    neutering scheme for people on low incomed or benefits, so there  really is no excuse. See our Neutering page for information about this  https://www.cats.org.uk/basildon-brentwood/neutering

If you live in our area and could give a loving home to a rescued cat or kitten, please contact our CATLINE on 01268 285778, or E-mail us at homing@bascats.org.uk

If you would like to volunteer to help our branch in any way (Fund-raising, Fostering, transport etc), please contact our CATLINE on 01268 285778 for a chat about what is involved, no obligation , of course.

                                                         last updated 20 January 2024