What we do
WHAT WE DO
The Glastonbury and Wells branch of Cats Protection covers a largely rural part of Somerset including Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Cheddar, Castle Cary and surrounding areas.
Our branch is committed to making life better for the homeless cats of Somerset. The cats find themselves with us for a variety of reasons, many are strays that have been abandoned, whilst others have been relinquished by their owners. Our cats are kept at the homes (either in an outside pen or a spare room inside) of volunteer fosterers because we do not have a central cattery.
We always have friendly cats of all ages needing homes. We find them suitable new homes, some are rehomed quickly, whilst others need medical care or rehabilitation before new homes can be found. Every adult cat in our care is fully vaccinated, treated against fleas and worms and will be neutered and micro-chipped. We often have kittens in need of homes especially between May to September. In the case of kittens, a voucher will be given for neutering when it is age appropriate. We offer ongoing support, information and advice when the cat settles into its new home.
We promote the benefits of neutering and can provide financial assistance to owners on low incomes or benefits. We usually hold bi-annual neutering campaigns.
The trapping and neutering of feral cats is another important part of our work and can be very time consuming. All un-neutered feral cats are tested for FIV/FeLV and if negative, after neutering they are either returned to the original site from which they were trapped or if we have requests, we will relocate them to farms, stables or smallholdings.
We provide a lost and found register to help reunite lost cats with their owners. We have information on what to do if your cat goes missing or if you find a stray cat. Read more at our Lost and Found page.
We organise events throughout the year to raise funds to continue caring for the cats in our care. Please check the Events page.
Our charity shop opened in November 2016 and continues to provide our cats with financial support. To find out more click here.
Why not take a look at a few of our current volunteers and read about the different parts they play in helping cats in our area. Go to meet the volunteers page. If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers then please take a look at the variety of roles which we require help with on the Volunteering page.
Please remember that many of our volunteers have jobs and other commitments so cannot always be available when they are contacted or reply immediately. We give our spare time to support cat welfare so bear in mind there may be a delay in responding but do leave a message where possible and you will get a response as soon as possible.