The branch is run totally by volunteers who have split the tasks and operate from
their own homes. This is why if you ring the helpline there is a list of numbers
which will direct you to the person best able to answer your call.
We have the main committee responsible for the running of the branch all of who have
In addition to the committee we have a team of fosterers, home visitors and fundraisers,
all of whom are essential for us to keep running as we are.
All our cats are out with foster mums scattered around the area. We now have 11 pens.
We have a Welfare Officer who arranges for the cats to come in and be placed with
a fosterer and a Homing Officer to try to match up a cat to a suitable home. We also
have Home Visitors who visit prospective homes.
Our main out goings are naturally on vet bills which on average are over £15000,
this is because all cats which come into our care are blood-tested for Feline Aids
and Leukaemia, those 5 months of age or over are neutered before re-homing. The cats
are also vaccinated against Cat Flu, Feline Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia and are
microchipped. In this way we try to ensure the cats we re-home are in the best possible
health and condition. As you can imagine this is very costly and apart from a neutering
grant from the NCC (National Cat Centre), we are totally reliant on our own fund
raising efforts and donations from the public.
All our pens have heat and light, most are now 5ft wide, with a bedroom area and
6ft run - although we have a few smaller ones which we are gradually replacing. Some
have an extra grass run area for the cats to go out in.