Community Kitty - Helping Cats & Their Owners
18 February 2021
Vulnerable cat owners and those suffering financial hardship can benefit from Cat Protection's Community Kitty project, which is supporting pet welfare in south-east London.
Cats Protection Blackheath & Deptford is supporting Feed the Hill, a community-run food bank and surplus food redistributor which serves SE14 and neighbouring postcodes by delivering free weekly food boxes to around 200 eligible households.
Feed the Hill also has a social supermarket at 367 New Cross Rd, SE14, open Wednesdays (10am - 2pm). People can pay a suggested donation of £2 and stock up on food they need for a week. People are welcome to visit the store without need to contact in advance.
The Community Kitty programme was set up to allow some branches such as ourselves to help owners affected by the global health crisis to meet their cats' essential needs. In turn, this could prevent people facing the difficult decision to relinquish their family cat.
The COVID-19 crisis has affected many people, and for a cat owner to be in the position where they may have to relinquish their cat due to financial difficulties is truly heart breaking. By teaming up with Feed the Hill we hope to take away this worry and enable more cats to remain at home with their families where they belong. The opportunity to help cats and their owners is a great way to support our community.
Princess, Tiggy (pictured) and Zeus are three cats who benefit from our Community Kitty project. Their owner said: "I am very grateful for the help I have received since being out of work. I am able to provide my cats with meals as if I was still working, thanks to Cats Protection."
We've set ourselves the target of raising £1,000, which will enable us to continue to provide cat food to Feed the Hill and also allow us to reach out to other food banks in our area.
Donations to support Cats Protection Blackheath & Deptford and feed hungry cats in south-east London can be made at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/blackheath-catsprotection-community-kitty