What we do
Framlingham and Saxmundham branch
a short history...
Our branch of Cats Protection was formed in 1989 by a group of concerned people who were alarmed by the increasing nmber of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the area. Approval from Cats Protection to form a local branch was received in April 1990.
Since our formation we have gone from strength and strength and on average now home up to 200 cats and kittens each year and help many more with medical care and neutering programmes. Moving home, relationship break-ups, illness, bereavements in the family - these are just some of the many reasons owners have to make the bearbreaking decision to separate from thier cats. There are also many strays and feral kittens we take in each year and older feral cats we help to trap, neuter and return (TNR) to managed colonies. Sadly, the problem of unwanted cats and kittens has not decreased despite neutering campaigns.
All our work is voluntary and has to be fitted in with business and private lives. It is sometimes extremely difficult to get this fact over to the general public. We hve a dedicated team of volunteers without whom we could not carry out the vital work we do to help the cats and kittens in our are.
The branch does not have a purpose built adoption centre, so all felines in our care are placed in either cat cabins in fosterer's gardens or in spare rooms in their homes.
What we do:
We have a dedicated group of fosterers, who maintain cat pens in their gardens or have a dedicated room in their homes and give their time unconditionally to the rehabilitation and care of all the stray and unwanted cats and kittens that pass through our branch. We run regular neutering campaigns where we offer free neutering to people on low incomes and Income Support. We neuter feral cats and help feed colonies on a regular basis. We offer advice to the public on the care of cats and kittens and have an extensive range of leaflets about all aspects of cats, care and ailments.We give educational talks to local groups such as Brownies, Scouts and Guides. Please let us know if you would like us to come along to one of your similar groups. We attend fundraising events throughout the year including local fairs, fetes and supermarket collections. The stalls are run by our dedicated band of volunteers. If you would like to join us, even for an hour or two to help out, you would be very welcome. We run a 'sponsor a cat cabin scheme'. This, together with our membership scheme helps provide a regular income for the branch to ensure we can continue helping more cats and kittens in the area. See More information on our Feature Page. We run a Lost and Found register.