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How we help cats

11 November 2019
How we help cats

We are aware of some comments that have been circulating on social media about our branch and thought it would be helpful to outline how we help cats in the local area.

The Wolverhampton Branch of Cats Protection works within the Wolverhampton area, covering anywhere with a WV postcode. We work daily to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome stray and unwanted cats and kittens, as well as offering advice, information and education to the public on the welfare and proper care of cats and kittens. We also actively work to encourage the neutering of all cats and kittens.  The branch is run solely by volunteers and is required to work within the policies and procedures of the organisation to maintain high standards of welfare for cats in its care. The branch currently has 5 fosterers who do an excellent job in looking after cats in branch care until new homes are found, however, the demand for this service can sometimes outweigh the capacity we have to deal with requests for us to bring cats into care.

From time to time, members of the public contact Cats Protection for assistance on behalf of a sick or injured stray cat. In such cases the advice from Cats Protection will be to contact the RSPCA. The RSPCA has an agreement with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to provide initial emergency assessment and care for sick and injured animals. This may include euthanasia to alleviate suffering if advised by a veterinary surgeon. Reporting a sick or injured cat to the RSPCA before presenting the cat to the veterinary practice allows the release of funds for initial emergency treatment. It is not within Cats Protection's charitable remit to help with the costs of owned cats, therefore, the initial treatment of sick or injured strays should ideally be funded by the RSPCA.