Here are the latest news and success stories from the Derby and District branch.
From time to time we like to tell you more about what the charity is doing on a national basis and one very important campaign we would like to mention is the Manifesto for Cats.
Our Manifesto priorities include calls for tighter regulation of the licensing of air guns and banning the use of snares – both of which cause unimaginable pain and suffering, through injury and death, to cats on a daily basis. We're also calling for measures to control the breeding and sale of kittens to drive out unscrupulous breeders and prevent the growing number of unwanted cats. 
The Manifesto for Cats was unveiled at a parliamentary reception for invited MPs and guests which was hosted by Neil Parish MP and supported by PetPlan. We were delighted to be joined by the Minister for Animal Welfare, Lord de Mauley and the Shadow Minister Angela Smith MP.


Black Cat Day

20 September 2016

To celebrate Black Cat Day at the end of October we are launching a free photographic competition in conjunction with our charity shop in Derby. These monochrome cats often spend longer looking for homes so this is a great way celebrate these beautiful creatures. Plus we love to see your photos and hear how your cats are enjoying life. Simple take a photo of your black or black & white cat looking stunning and post a hard copy directly to the shop or even better drop it in and have a ...

Brenda's Big Break

24 July 2016

Thought you’d be interested in this sad but happy ending story. One of our volunteers had gone on holiday leaving Brenda and the other furry animals in her household in the very capable hands of her cat sitter.A couple of days before the end of her holiday, she got a call to say that Brenda had been missing for 5 days. She was awol from the Friday night and didn’t reappear until the Wednesday morning on the back lawn. As it was during the really hot weather, she was lucky to have ...

Charity Shop, The Wardwick

29 June 2016

The Derby and District Branch charity shop has reopened after its makeover and is now looking absolutely splendid as you can see by the photos. Do call in if you are in the area and pick yourself up a bargain. The shop is situated at 31 Wardwick, Derby (opposite the Central Library) and the opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday. We are now advertising for more volunteers due to the longer opening hours. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in joining us, please get in ...

Kind Gesture

13 April 2016

We had a lovely donation recently from a very grateful member of the public. A gentleman came into the shop in a distressed state. He explained that a stray cat had just given birth to four kittens in his garden and he just couldn’t cope and didn'’t know what to do. We immediately sent a volunteer to pick up mum and babies and, luckily, the Ashbourne Animal Welfare came to our aid and were able to take them. As well as a sizeable donation to the Ark, he donated £50 to the Branch. How ...

Derby Branch Detectives

29 January 2016

Recently, our intrepid volunteer Yvonne picked up a cat which had been reported as a victim of a road traffic accident, but she decided to try and find the cat’s owner. Having been pointed in the direction the cat had come from, Yvonne set off to make enquiries and found the cat’s owner who was delighted to get her cat back. It was wobbly on its legs because of a neurological disorder and not a RTA victim after all. We often go on the trail of microchipped cats’ owners whose ...

Do you have any spare time?

28 January 2016

Derby and District Branch needs to recruit a volunteer Treasurer to organise funds and enable the charity to help even more cats. The Branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, needs someone who can spare a few hours a week to oversee its finances. Experience in accounts/book-keeping is desirable and ongoing support will be provided.We do a huge amount of work to help local cats but, due to the retirement of our present Treasurer, we really need someone as ...

Cat Cafes

18 December 2015

Cats Protection is keen to put forward its opposition to cat cafes on the grounds of feline welfare. As the UK’s largest cat charity, we are concerned about the welfare implications of having a number of cats in a limited space with groups of people unknown to them coming and going throughout the day. We believe this kind of environment is not suitable for domestic cats because they have evolved as solitary animals and generally do not choose to live in social groups - unlike dogs which ...

Please don't ignore a stray

08 November 2015

SPREAD THE WORD - A message from Bethan: "If you think that you see a stray cat - please don't ignore them. Put a collar on them, with a note attached asking if anyone is caring for the cat to call you. If they keep coming back to be fed, and no one had called - take them to the vets to get scanned for a chip. This is what I did with this gorgeous cat called Bailey. He was missing for four months, and tonight he is home with his Mum and family. Micro chipping ...