Media Statement from Cats Protection with respect to Pets at Home
17 March 2014
It is a very sad fact there are too many unwanted cats in the UK in need of homes. Cats Protection has thousands of cats currently in care so having a homing and information centre in a Pets at Home store will help to encourage more people to consider adopting a homeless cat. It will also enable us to further promote cat welfare and responsible cat ownership to the public. This follows in the footsteps of other animal welfare charities that already have homing centres in Pets at Home stores.
The welfare of cats will be safeguarded in the same way as that of the cats in our care across the UK and potential adopters will go through the same process as they would when adopting from any Cats Protection centre, ensuring people cannot buy a cat on impulse.
The centre in Pets at Home will contain spacious pens that have been custom-built to our welfare standards and the cats will be cared for by charity’s staff and volunteers. It has purposely been separated from the rest of the store to avoid large numbers of people passing by the pens, thereby minimising stress to the cats.
For a number of years, many of our volunteers and staff across the country have been working with Pets at Home to raise vital funds and awareness of our work with cats. The centre is the latest step to expand our capacity to find unwanted and abandoned cats new homes, in addition to our existing network of 287 branches and centres. In consultation with volunteers from the charity’s board of Trustees and those most closely affected, it was felt this was an opportunity to increase the number of cats adopted and to inform the public about responsible cat ownership.