What we do

We are the Canterbury and district branch of Cats Protection.  The Canterbury and district branch of Cats Protection was set up in 2004 and is entirely volunteer based and is supported by fund-raising activities and donations.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and our vision is:

A world where every cat is treated with kindness and understanding of its needs.

Cats Protection also has three clear objectives to help cats:
  • Homing: Finding good homes for cats in needs
  • Neutering: Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats
  • Information: Improving people’s understanding and care of their cats.
To see the full Cats Protection Strategy and Plans follow the link. 

The Canterbury and District Cats Protection is just one branch of a large network of local branches of Cats Protection.
We cover the Herne Bay, Canterbury, Whitstable,  and Faversham areas for the postcodes of CT1 - CT6 and ME13. There are other branches that are adjacent to our catchment area, and wherever possible we work closely with them.
We do not have one main centre, instead all our cats and kittens are fostered by volunteers. If you are looking to adopt a cat please see our Adopt a Cat page.
We will help and advice on dealing with feral cat colonies. Cats Protection has a “Trap, Neuter and Return” policy on feral cats.
We also provide neutering vouchers for owners who are unable to finance the neutering of their cats. We are able to give general cat welfare advice.
We are able to give advice should you need to rehome your cat.

Canterbury Cats Protection has a very proactive team of volunteers but there are never enough of us to keep pace with demand, so we ask for your patience.
We have a team of fosterers who care of cats in their own homes until they are fully fit to find a home of their own. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please see our volunteering pages.

We continuously need to raise funds to help pay our vet bills and to keep the cats we care for fed. There are lots of ways you can help us raise funds please see our fundraising pages for more advice.

A few things to bear in mind:

  • Cats Protection is a rehoming charity therefore we cannot help with vet bills for owned cats. 
  • Every cat that comes into our cat will be up for rehoming, so we are not able to accept cats into our care that we cannot re-home.
  • We cannot deal with feral cats without co-operation from the person contacting us.
  • We cannot relocate feral cats unless we have someone to relocate them to.
  • We cannot always help every single person that rings us; sadly this is just a fact of rescue and we encourage responsible animal ownership.