What we do
Crawley Reigate and District Cats Protection is run by a small group of volunteers who give their free time to help the cats in their area. We cover Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Horley, Crawley, East Grinstead and the surrounding areas. We always welcome new volunteers, no matter how little time you have, or what your skills are we are sure we could find you something to do! You do need to be in our area though.
Our aim is to provide safe and loving homes for any cat that needs it, to offer advice and to reunite lost cats with their owners. We believe all cats deserve loving, responsible homes. We homed over 450 cats and kittens through our branch last year and helped over 900 cats in total. As a charity, we rely solely on the generosity and kindness of the public to enable us to go on caring for cats and kittens.
Crawley, Reigate & District Branch was formed in 1978 - two of its founding members are still active within the branch. At July 2011 , we have around 40 active volunteers and 142 members. Though some of our volunteers are retired, many work full-time and juggle their volunteering with other commitments such as families, home-making, hobbies etc
Our work never stops, so your support is vital to us. We urgently need your support to help more cats, please support us by coming to our events. Without the financial support of the local community, we will be unable to help further needy cats/kittens.
It costs around £40,000 per year to do the rescue work we do. The branch receives a small annual grant from Head Office, based on the preceding years activity within the Branch - homing, fundraising etc- but the vast majority of our funding results from donations and our own fundraising efforts. Most of the money raised goes towards paying vet bills.
In addition to rehoming, we reunite lost cats with their owners, trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies (which are also monitored and fed), organise neutering and microchipping campaigns and advise people about optimum cat care.