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Mayor and Local MP to open Maidstone cat centre

27 May 2016
Mayor and Local MP to open Maidstone cat centre

THE UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, is holding an official opening ceremony for its new homing & information centre at the Newnham Court Shopping Village, Maidstone*. Mayor Derek Butler will be cutting the ribbon, with local MP Helen Whately (pictured) also in attendance, on Saturday 28 May at 12.00.

The new centre houses up to 10 unwanted cats at any one time, and it is open each day from 9am to 6pm except Fridays (10.30am to 4.30pm) and Sundays (10am to 4pm).

Shoppers can also learn more about the charity’s cat welfare work, meet ‘Harry the cat’, real cats in need of adoption and find out information on other unwanted felines in Kent.

The Maidstone Homing & Information Centre is associated with the charity’s nearby Bredhurst Adoption Centre. It is part of Cats Protection’s efforts to find new ways of homing cats in areas of high footfall, at a time when the charity is stretched to the limit looking after more than 5,000 unwanted cats across the UK.    

The Mayor, Cllr Derek Butler said: “I’m delighted to be able to support this new homing & information centre. Cats Protection does much needed work to raise awareness of cat welfare and I hope that the centre finds many more homes for unwanted cats.”

Guy Chadwick, Development Manager for Cats Protection said: “We are delighted to have the Mayor at our opening this weekend and look forward to talking to him about the issues surrounding cat welfare in Maidstone.

“We have opened this Homing and Information Centre in the busy and vibrant Newnham Court Shopping Village to make it easier for people to find their perfect feline friend and support us in our quest to find new homes for unwanted cats. We hope that the centre will help us to home an additional 150 cats each year.

“The centre will also raise vital funds for cats in our care and educate a wider audience about responsible cat ownership, which is key for the future of Kent’s felines.”

Helen Whately MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent added: “I’m delighted to support Cats Protection and its excellent work raising awareness of cat welfare. As a child I had a huge marmalade cat called Nutkin who was always playing practical jokes, so I know how much happiness cats can bring to a family. I hope the Maidstone Homing and Information Centre will find more loving homes for unwanted cats.”

To adopt a cat from the Maidstone Homing & Information Centre then please call 01634 232 471, email bredhurst@cats.org.uk or log on to www.bredhurst.cats.org.uk

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps over 205,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres.        

*Newnham Court Shopping Village is located just off junction 7 off the M20 Maidstone. www.newnhamcourt.co.uk 



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Notes to editors

  1. The full address of the Maidstone Homing & Information Centre is Unit 15, Newnham Court Shopping Village, Bearstead Road, Maidstone, ME14 5EL.

  2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

  3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998.  We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.