What we do
Minehead & District Cats Protection was set up in May 2009 and is run by a small band of busy volunteers. Sadly, there always seems to be cats who need our help in being rescued and rehomed, neutered or reunited with their owners.
We don't have a shelter but, instead, our cats are placed with our dedicated foster carers either in purrpose built, outside cat pens or the more needy may be placed with indoor fosterers. Here the cats are cared for whilst they await their new homes. All of the cats in our care receive an initial veterinary assessment and any treatment required. They receive those all important vaccinations, an ID chip and are neutered if old enough before leaving our care to go to their new homes. If they are not old enough, new owners will receive a neutering voucher to cover the whole cost of neutering, and the new adopter signs to say they promise to get the kitten neutered by the recommended date of neutering on the adoption form. If not already ID chipped, kittens will be ID chipped at the same time as neutering - this is all part of the package.
Prospective owners have a Home Visit before they adopt one of our cats. This is just to ensure that the right cat is going to be placed in the right home. After all, we hope that this will be their 'forever home' so we need a purrfect match. All we ask in return is a fee which goes towards caring for the next needy cat. For information on cats for rehoming please check out our 'Adopt A Cat' page or telephone our branch on 01643 653053.
Neutering is a vital part of our work and we offer a voucher scheme to help with the costs of neutering your pet. Please telephone the branch on 01643 653053 for further details.
The more cats that can be neutered the less cats there will be needing our help through no fault of their own. Not only does neutering stop unwanted kittens (a single unneutered, female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in 5 years) it also:
- Means your cat is less likely to fight, thus reduce the risk of catching life threatening diseases transmitted by bites and saliva
- Means neutered cats are less likely to wander and get run over (most cats killed on our roads are unneutered Toms)
- Neutered male cats are less likely to display anti-social territorial behaviour such as spraying
This doesn't, of course, mean that the responsibilty lies only with the owners of male cats!
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