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New data shows Cats Protection centres still in crisis

24 March 2015
Latest figures from Cats Protection show that around two-thirds of the charity’s adoption centres are still experiencing a decline in their cat adoption rates during these tough economic times.

Fifteen out of 24 of the charity’s centres have seen their rates continue to fall during 2009 compared to their pre-recession levels of 2007, which the charity believes is a side-effect of the economic situation.

Therefore, Cats Protection is desperately appealing for potential owners to come forward and adopt a cat to help the charity deal with the on-going crisis.

Lynn Gay, manager of Cats Protection’s Wrexham Branch Adoption Centre, which is one of the worst hit centres, said: “I have seen an alarming decline in the number of people visiting us to adopt a cat over the past two years and the recession appears to be the cause. For instance, we are often asked to take in cats by owners who have lost their jobs, are moving into rented accommodation where they cannot keep pets or have told us they can no longer afford to keep their pet. It is clearly still a difficult time for people out there.”

Peter Hepburn, the charity’s Chief Executive said: “For the many homeless cats in our care this is obviously very bad news. It is very worrying that our centres are experiencing such tough times.

“At any one time, Cats Protection is looking after more than 7,000 unwanted cats and kittens across the country and although the charity’s overall adoption rate has made a slight improvement during 2009 thanks to the kind-hearted people who have adopted a cat from us, there are still many areas of the UK where the outlook remains bleak.

“Therefore, we would greatly appreciate the support of the public during these testing times and would like to encourage people to come forward and give an unwanted cat a new start for 2010.”


For more information please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email: media.office@cats.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. The figures mentioned in the above statement do not include the charity’s 256 volunteer-run branches and 5 of the charity’s centres, for which statistics are not yet available.
2. The charity’s adoption rate for the 24 centres has improved slightly in 2009 compared to 2008 (it has risen by 1 per cent).
3. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, helping 193,000 cats and kittens a year through its nationwide network of 256 volunteer-run branches and 29 adoption centres.
4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SCO37711 (Scotland).  The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
5. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998.  We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
6. More information about the work of the charity can be found at www.cats.org.uk