What we do

Cats Protection Mid Dorset Branch

Our Branch formally Blandford & Sturminster Newton Branch has expanded in 2022 and now covers the Gillingham postcode area as well. We are a small band of dedicated volunteers that help home abandoned, stray and unwanted cats and kittens. We cover the postcode areas of DT10, DT11, SP7, SP8 and BH21.

The main aims of Cats Protection are:
* To rehome stray and unwanted cats and kittens.
* To encourage the neutering of all cats and kittens.
* To inform the public about the care of cats and kittens.

We are all volunteers at branch level and fit this activity into our normal busy lives.

Cats Protection is funded fully from public donations and raising money forms as big a part of running a branch as caring for cats. Without funds we cannot help any cats and are therefore always looking for more people to help us with fundraising. It costs us up to £150 for each cat we take in and many of them considerably more.

We have at the moment a great group of fosterers, having between them 9 pens in their gardens and a number happy to use their spare rooms. If you feel you could be a fosterer please do get in touch 01258 858644.

We keep a lost and found register so if you have lost or found a cat please phone on 01258 858644. Every year we reunite cats with their owners which is always lovely.  For more helpful advice please look at the Lost and Found section of this website.

We can help people on low income with the cost of neutering their cats and highly recommend that all cats be neutered. This can be done from around four months old and will make the cats life happier, for females by stopping unwanted pregnancies and for males by reducing them wandering off or getting into fights.

Another thing we are happy to help with is neutering farm cats, we have traps we are happy to lend out to farmers. A female cat left unneutered can have up to 3 litters a year every year and one cat can become a big problem very quickly. Please call us sooner rather than later - neutering one cat is far easier than neutering 20.