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Over 1,000 cats rejected in the run-up to Valentine's Day

13 February 2018
Over 1,000 cats rejected in the run-up to Valentine

Media release from Cats Protection

13 February 2018

Over 1,000 cats rejected in the run-up to Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the UK’s leading cat welfare charity is asking people to spare a thought for the many cats that are given up at the most loving time of the year.

Cats Protection says over 1,000 cats and kittens are brought to them in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day for reasons including relationship break-ups, money problems, house moves and abandonment.

And with so many unwanted cats in care, the charity is appealing for people to come forward and adopt their purr-fect feline friend. 

Two cats in need of a change of luck are Gypsy and Allsorts, who are being looked after by the charity’s Wolverhampton Branch after being brought in during Valentine’s week in 2017.  

They have been waiting almost a year for a second chance, and tend to be overlooked because they aren’t as confident as the other cats in the branch’s care.

Owing to their placid natures Cats Protection is hoping to find them a quiet home and an owner who can coax them out of their shell. Both cats love a bit of play, especially with a fishing rod type toy.

Another cat hoping for a change of luck is 13-year-old Dizzy (pictured) who is in the care of the charity’s St Neots, Huntingdon and St Ives Branch. Despite being a lovely black cat Dizzy has been overlooked and would be best suited to a home without any pets or children.

“At any one time Cats Protection has more than 5,000 unwanted cats so we are hoping that this most loving day of the year prompts people to adopt a cat,” says charity spokesperson Zahir White.

“Cats, like people, have different quirks and personalities and added to this they are loyal, friendly, fun and loving – so what better time of year to pick a new best friend than Valentine’s Day?”        

To adopt Gypsy and Allsorts please call 07734 503590 and to adopt Dizzy please call 01480 476696. To see details of other Cats Protection cats in need of homes please visit www.cats.org.uk  

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For more information, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office by emailing media.office@cats.org.uk or phone 01825 741 911


Notes to Editors:


  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. 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.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk