What we do

We are a group of volunteers who do what we can to help cats in need in south and west Oxfordshire, and Vale of White Horse.

We cover these postcodes: OX1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 28, 29, 33, 44, 49 and SN7.
However, if you are outside the area and aren't sure who to contact, let us know, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate branch of CP.

RE-HOMING CATS: Cats and kittens come to us for many reasons; owners moving and unable to take the cats, homes breaking up, a death, increasingly, abandoned cats, strays and overcrowding. The cats are cared for at the homes of our volunteer fosterers, some in sheltered, heated Cat Cabins, some in internal rooms and a lucky few have the run of the home. We do our best to find suitable homes for most of these cats and kittens.

ALL CATS THAT PASS THROUGH OUR CARE ARE VET-CHECKED, MICRO-CHIPPED AND VACCINATED. CATS OLDER THAN 6 MONTHS ARE NEUTERED AND WE FOLLOW UP THE NEUTERING OF KITTENS THAT ARE HOMED FROM US.

LONG TERM CARE: Occasionally, we take in a cat that, due to health or behaviour problems, needs special care and become long term residents. Currently, we have 4 such cats, such as Annie, who has been with her carer since 2002, has only recently started going into the house and allowing herself to be touched. She has her own cabin and is free to come and go, warm, safe and fed; very different from her start in life.

ASSISTED NEUTERING: The most important message in cat care is to prevent unwanted kittens. We assist those who have difficulty paying for neutering. There are limited funds available for this support and beneficiaries are carefully chosen.

TRAP, NEUTER AND RELEASE of feral cats. Most feral cats live comfortably in the wild, often fed by kindly humans. We trap these animals, have them neutered and release them back into the area they came from. If kittens are young enough and we have space, we sometimes able to take them in, socialise them and find good homes for them. Unfortunately, a feral mother will often hide her kittens until they are too old to be socialised and lose the fear of humans instilled by the mother.

FUND-RAISING: In order to do all this work, we need to raise funds. We do this by having stalls in local towns and through our sponsorship scheme. We are grateful to sometimes receive legacies from cat lovers. We only get funds from Cats Protection Head Office for assisted neutering and, in 2011, this covered one third of our total cost for neutering. Through the buying of Head Office, we are able to source cheaper food, cat litter and medications.