Time 'fur' celebration as cat charity turns 90

15 May 2017
Time A charity that has helped an estimated four and-a-half million cats during the past nine decades is celebrating a milestone birthday this month.
Cats Protection turns 90 on the 16 May and is marking the occasion by sharing some of its key animal welfare achievements from down the years.
From lobbying for changes to existing animal welfare laws to opening the UK’s largest cat adoption centre, Cats Protection’s feline welfare work has been tireless.
Peter Hepburn, Cats Protection’s Chief Executive, said: “We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in 1927, from a time when cats were regarded as pests to the more compassionate society we live in today. Cats Protection’s work over those years has played a major role in these changes in society.
“This is the ideal opportunity to celebrate the achievements we have made over the past 90 years and to thank everyone, including our dedicated volunteers, supporters and staff, for all they’ve done to further feline welfare in the UK.”
“The people in the charity over those 90 years have made this superb organisation what it is today and we look forward to taking that heritage forward to help the cats who need us in the years to come.”
Cats Protection has made a positive difference to cats’ lives in many ways. Since the late 1960s the charity has been running neutering programmes and it now runs the largest single species neutering programme in the world.
The charity also gives educational talks to groups including school pupils, Girl Guides, Scouts and adult community groups. This all goes towards achieving the charity’s vision of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
Here are some of the charity’s memorable moggie milestones:
  • 1927 – Cats Protection was founded by Jessey Wade
  • 1935 – Cats Protection gained its first designated headquarters, in Slough
  • 1940 – With the outbreak of war, the Tailwavers Scheme was introduced to help relieve suffering among cats in the blitzed-out areas
  • 1949 – Cats Protection formally began to champion neutering to control cat numbers
  • 1963 – Cats Protection successfully campaigned for cat boarding establishments to become subject to stricter licensing
  • 1977 – The charity reached over 10,000 supporters
  • 1978 – Cats Protection moved to a new headquarters in Horsham
  • 1990 – Cats Protection published its first teaching pack for use in schools
  • 1994 – Cats Protection introduced microchipping into all its shelters
  • 2004 – The charity’s headquarters moved to Chelwood Gate in Sussex alongside the UK’s largest cat adoption centre
  • 2006-2011 – Cats Protection helped one million cats in five years
  • 2015 – Cats Protection launched the first Manifesto for Cats
  • 2017 – The charity celebrates 90 years in action
Cats Protection now helps around 190,000 cats and kittens per year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, including finding new homes for around 43,000 cats each year.

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.
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