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How our supporters have helped us: case studies

Trusts and charitable foundations provide vital funds that enable us to continue our work on improving cat welfare and help us work towards our key aims.

While some have supported our work in general, others have provided funds towards specific projects – from refurbishment of local rehoming centres, to helping implement neutering schemes in localised areas.

Below are just a couple of examples of how long-term benefactors have supported Cats Protection, and how you can get involved.

A new isolation unit at Cats Protection’s oldest adoption centre in Haslemere, Surrey

lucy at the Haslemere branchOne of our long-term supporters has helped on a number of occasions with the cost of building, refurbishing and equipping our adoption centres. In 2015, they gave us a grant towards the cost of a new isolation unit at Haslemere Adoption Centre, in Surrey, Cats Protection’s oldest centre.

The purpose-built isolation unit consists of three pens and a kitchen for food preparation and washing. This enables us to look after the cats in our care that have infectious diseases, without the risk of spreading to other cats at the centre.

In 2016, the same supporter awarded us a grant to pay for a washing machine and tumble dryer for the isolation unit. Separate washing facilities are necessary to prevent cross-contamination. With the right equipment in place and the highest standards of welfare, we now have the best possible environment to aid poorly cats on their recovery.

We were delighted to keep this supporter informed of progress of the project with photos and updates during the building work. They had an opportunity to visit the adoption centre again once it reopened; and we have been able to acknowledge their contribution by displaying a plaque to commemorate their wonderful support.

Support for a branch tackling overpopulation in their local area

ginger cat One particular charitable trust, with a focus on improving animal welfare in the UK, has assisted one of Cats Protection’s volunteer-led branches. The trust has issued a grant for three consecutive years to help the branch tackle overpopulation of cats in their local area.

This support has enabled the branch to run subsidised neutering schemes in the area over a period of time, resulting in more than 400 cats being neutered.
Not only has this helped to prevent further possible abandoned cats and kittens, but it has also ensured these cats lead better, heathier lives. Neutering is the single most effective thing we can do to improve cat welfare and remains one of Cats Protection’s key aims.

This dedicated group of volunteers have found that promoting the neutering message is an ongoing challenge, especially in areas where people face financial hardship. Thanks to the
 generous help of the trust, this branch has been able to assist hundreds of cat owners who would otherwise have struggled to pay the full cost. The grant also helped pay for the neutering of feral cats, who were trapped, neutered and returned to their colonies.
It is important to keep our supporters informed about how their generosity has helped us improve the lives of cats. In this instance we have provided the donors with a report each year, showing how their donation has been spent wisely and effectively.
The volunteers at the branch are hugely grateful for this trust’s support, without which they simply couldn’t have neutered as many cats.

If you’d like to know more about how you can help us improve the lives of the UK’s cats, email trusts@cats.org.uk