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Cats Protection is delighted to have received £3.5 million since 2018 thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery

During 2021, funding awarded by Postcode Animal Trust, who People’s Postcode Lottery manage lotteries for, is helping to cover the costs of looking after cats in our centres while they wait to find new homes, and supporting our advocacy work to help make a better world for cats.

Taking good care of cats

Caring for cats is at the very heart of everything we do at Cats Protection so we are incredibly grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who are directly supporting cat care costs this year, helping us to find new homes for around 1,800 cats.

From food, water and shelter through to veterinary treatments, people and utility costs, this funding will help us to continue providing the best care possible to cats during their stay with us. Some are with us for a matter of days, while others can be with us for months before finding a new home.

For any cat, coming into a rescue environment can be stressful. While our main aim is to get each cat adopted into a suitable and loving home as quickly as possible to minimise this stress, we are dedicated to caring for their physical and emotional needs to the best of our ability during their time in care.

This includes looking after their five welfare needs:

  • The need for a suitable diet – cats are provided with water at all times and a well-balanced diet derived from meat-based products, with the type and quantity of food tailored to each cat based on their age, weight, activity levels and health status
  • The need for a suitable environment – each cat is provided with a place to rest and sleep, drink, eat, scratch, play and toilet, with resources placed away from each other
  • The need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns – cats are provided with the opportunity to hide and get up high in order to lower their stress levels and help them feel safe. They are also provided with hunting opportunities, such as providing toys, puzzle feeders or interactive play with fishing rod toys
  • The need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals – although some cats can be sociable or tolerate living with other cats, domestic cats do not need the company of others. Apart from nursing queens and their kittens, or bonded pairs of cats that arrive together, cats in our care are housed separately
  • The need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease – all cats in our care have a minimum of one health check with a vet, as well as flea and worm treatments. They will also be vaccinated, microchipped and neutered as needed and monitored for signs of illness or emotional stress

It’s always heart-breaking when a cat comes in to us in poor condition, but it’s a privilege to be able to offer the necessary treatment and TLC to get that cat fit and healthy again and help get them settled into a happy new home. 

See how support from players helped us care for unlucky stray cat DJ Loveham at our National Cat Adoption Centre in this video, featuring comedian Bob Mortimer who named him when he came to visit the centre.

Cat care assistants are responsible for the day-to-day care of cats at our centres across the UK, making sure they receive top-notch care and helping to get them ready to go to loving new homes.

Here Andy McPhee, Cat Care Assistant at Glasgow Adoption Centre, explains the highs and lows of carrying out this vital role.

Speaking up for cats

Support from People’s Postcode Lottery players helps Cats Protection to ensure a brighter future for cats.

Our Advocacy & Government Relations team speaks up for cats and campaigns for change across the UK, working with politicians and decision makers to create a better world for cats. All advocacy campaigns are driven by issues of cat welfare, such as our call for compulsory microchipping and our campaign to encourage more landlords to allow pets.

Cats Protection has long campaigned for microchipping to be made compulsory for owned cats, as it is for dogs. This would help to increase the number of lost cats successfully reunited with their owners.

Microchipping also means an owner can be informed and able to be involved in decisions about their cat’s veterinary care, for example if a cat is found injured or has been hit by a car and taken to a vet.

A microchip can also help to inform more owners and provide closure in the sad event that their cat is fatally injured but is scanned for a microchip.

Sadly, many landlords do not allow tenants to have cats in the property. In fact, refusal by a landlord to allow pets is one of the top five reasons cats are given up to Cats Protection for rehoming.

In 2018 we launched our Purrfect Landlords campaign encouraging responsible and reasonable pet policies that allow cats and offering free guidance to landlords, letting agents and housing providers to help ensure that tenancy agreements reflect modern day living. We will continue to promote our Purrfect Landlords campaign into the future, to encourage more landlords to allow cats.

Find out more about our advocacy work

In 2020, funds raised by players supported our homing and volunteering work in England, Scotland and Wales by funding:

  • 25 Cat Care Assistant roles, helping with the day-to-day care of the cats in our centres to get them ready for loving new homes.
  • 19 Volunteer Team Leader roles, helping to recruit, train and manage teams of volunteers in our centres.
  • 2 Behaviour team roles, providing cat behaviour information to our branches, centres and the public.
  • 10,000 microchips for cats leaving our centres, greatly increasing the chances of a happy reunion should a cat go missing.

Read our full 2020 Impact Report here

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