Due to the developing situation with COVID-19 we are taking some extra precautions at this time to try and ensure that we keep our volunteers and branches safe so we can continue to care for cats.  No viewings, adoptions or admissions are being carried out.

 If you would like any advice relating to Cats Protection and our services please contact 03000 12 12 12 or email info@cats.org.uk.

Response times might be slightly longer than usual.
As this situation is a rapidly changing one we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur, thank you for your patience at this time.

JG Apr2020

NOVEMBER UPDATE: Our new foster pens are about to open after a long wait.  We are currently making sure that our volunteers have completed the relevant necessary training. We will start to take in cats very soon. The facility will not be open to the public to visit. We need to follow strict protocols with regard to admissions and homings, much of which will be dealt with online and any visits to view or deliver cats will be strictly by appointment.  

We will not be able to operate our £10 neutering campaigns at least for the rest of 2020, and will need to monitor the situation to see if we can reintroduce them next year. However, we can issue vouchers for neutering individual cats who live in our postcode areas TA1, TA2, TA3, TA4 and TA21. Please call us on 03452 602 397 to see if you qualify. 

Sorry, but we cannot accept empty cat food pouches for recycling. We have had many enquiries as to when the Terracycle facility at the Blackdown Garden Centre will be open again, but this is not part of Taunton and Wellington Branch. It is a satellite of Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre, and we do not know if or when the Homing Centre will reopen. So for the time being, cat food pouches have to go to landfill, unless you are able to find an alternative reception site. Please do not take empty pouches to any of our food donation bins - especially if they are unwashed, as happened recently. To ask our volunteers to deal with the resulting maggot infestation is simply unacceptable, especially in current circumstances. Because of this, the supermarket donation bins are now under CCTV observation and the security staff have been alerted. 

Thank you, though, to the lovely people who donate food to us. This is shared among the many feral cats that we feed regularly.  

TNR (trap, neuter, return) work is slowly getting back to normal and we are now able to trap and neuter small numbers, though we cannot yet manage the larger colonies. We have a backlog of cases to deal with, and they do take time, so if you have requested some relocated ferals, please have patience! 

Both our shops are currently closed again due to the November lockdown. Hopefully, as soon as the current restrictions are lifted, they will open again, but it's probably a good idea to still check with them before visiting or trying to deliver donated goods. Taunton 01823 331309. Wellington 01823 663455.  

When you contact us on Facebook, you may be asked to call us on our Branch number 03452 602 397 as we cannot deal with issues on social media. This is because we have to comply with Government guidelines and protocols laid down for the charity, so we need to keep a clear record of requests received and action taken. As always, everything is subject to change and we will bring you news of any changes. 

We are always looking for homes for feral cats on smallholdings, farms, stables, nurseries etc.  Here is the environmentally friendly solution to rodent control - no dangerous chemicals, but efficient hunters who just get on with the work.  Our ferals will have been neutered, blood tested for FIV/FeLV and flea/worm treated.  All they require in return is some shelter and a regular food supply, and they will keep the rodent population down.

Cat Pen Sponsorship

Hungry, homeless and alone, so many unwanted cats arrive at our Branch.

Sponsoring one of our cat pens is one of the best ways you can help, providing them with shelter, warmth, food, medical care and the love they need to prepare them for adoption.

It's easy to become a sponsor right now, for as little as 19p a day.

To get started, just choose the cat and pen you'd like to sponsor from the gallery here:  www.cats.org.uk/twbr 

Please use this link to sign up and Taunton and Wellington branch will receive 100% of your sponsorship

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