What we do

To Home a cat call 0345 260 1253 (Please note this is a telephone answering service on behalf of Cats Protection and a volunteer will call you back) - see our Contact Us page for direct email contacts.

Cats Protection's vision is to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Cats' Protection's three main objectives are:

  • To find good homes for cats in need
  • To support and encourage the neutering of cats
  • To improve people's understanding of cats and their care

Here at the Folkestone and Hythe branch our work primarily involves rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing stray and unwanted cats and kittens in Folkestone, Hythe, Ashford, Wye and surrounding areas.

Despite our success in rehoming many cats every year it is still not enough. Typically, for every two cats in our care there is another waiting to come in.

We do not have a central cattery. All our cats are cared for by dedicated volunteer fosterers in purpose built cat units. These Units have heated living quarters with large weatherproof run. Some fosterers care for cats in their own homes and this is usually where we place kittens or elderly or unwell cats. Finding themselves in a rescue situation can often be quite traumatic for the cats and fosterers can spend many hours with nervous or sick cats regaining their trust in order for them to be rehomed.

When a cat first comes into our care it is fully vaccinated, flea treated and wormed, given a full veterinary check and microchipped.

All cats over 6 months of age are blood tested for feline viruses and if not already neutered this is also done before leaving our care. Other veterinary treatment is given as required.

During the cat's stay with us it will require food, litter, a heated pen and love and attention from the carer (the last being free of charge.) Our dedicated volunteers do anything and everything to promote our aims such as fundraising in our shop, transporting cats in our van, collecting bric-a-brac, home visiting prospective homes, making items for sale, as well as organisational and administrative tasks necessary for the smooth running of our branch.

We operate a neutering scheme to assist those in a genuine need (on benefits or low income) with the cost of the operation, for which we can issue neutering vouchers.

As all Cats' Protection branches have to be self-funding we rely on donations from you, the public, to pay for food and any veterinary care. We also maintain collecting boxes for donations of food in the supermarkets in the area. For a list of where our food boxes are see the support us page