Mitcham turns out to support Cats Protection’s first-of-a-kind homing centre

28 July 2015
Mitcham turns out to support Cats Protection’s first-of-a-kind homing centre Tuesday 28 July 2015

The Mitcham community flocked to the grand opening of Cats Protection’s first ‘transportable’ homing centre at the weekend.

Cats Protection’s Mitcham Homing Centre, Unit 3-4 on Boundary Business Court, officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday July 25.

It was an historical moment for the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, as the centre is the first to be built under a unique ‘flexible and transportable’ building model.

As well as attracting Mitcham’s cat lovers, Saturday’s event was attended by Cats Protection volunteers from across the UK, charity chiefs and the Mayor of Merton, Cllr David Chung.

Visitors got a chance to see the cats currently residing and looking for homes at the centre and younger visitors had their faces painted likes cats and made enrichment toys for centre’s feline residents.

Mayor Chung did the honours of cutting the ribbon and was greeted with rapturous applause.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Chung said: “I wouldn’t have missed today for the world. It’s a very important project and we, in Mitcham, are big on animal welfare. We fully support Cats Protection coming to the Mitcham area and we hope it leads to bigger and better things.

He continued: “This will have a really positive impact on the cat community in Mitcham and hopefully this will extend to the whole of London. We hope that this organisation becomes established in Mitcham and that the members of the community fully involve themselves with the project.

“We thank the dedicated staff and volunteers for having us today and we wish you every success in the future.”

In just 10 weeks the charity transformed an empty warehouse, off Church Road, into a fully-equipped homing centre. The centre is designed so that the internal structure can be ‘transported’ to another urban area of need if demand in Mitcham drops in the future.

London is home to an estimated 1.5million cats and the Mitcham centre is the charity’s first step in targeting urban areas identified as being of high need.

The centre, which aims to find homes for up to 50 cats each month, is a groundbreaking project for the charity and the building model is set to be rolled out across other locations over the next five years.

David Newall, Cats Protection’s Director of Operations, thanked everyone who turned out to support the charity during his address on Saturday.

“This is a new venture for us and it’s really exciting,” he added.

For more information about the Mitcham centre or to enquire about fostering, volunteering or adopting a cat, call 03000 120 285 or visit www.mitcham.cats.org.uk

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 Notes to Editors

  1. Photo credit: Graham Fudger
  2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 204,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). 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.

  5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk