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To kick off proceedings, the Chair of Trustees Heather McCann presented her report, followed by the Chief Executive Peter Hepburn. Two very interesting and informative presentations about progress and goings on in 2014 provided me with some great facts and figures to publish:
In 2014, Cats Protection...
- helped over 205,000 cats through the national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres - an average of more than 550 cats a day! This includes neutering, rehoming and reuniting.
- helped to neuter 163,000 cats and kittens, including 28,000 ferals
- rehomed 45,000 cats and kittens
- reached over 16,000 people through education talks
- registered more than 800 people for the Cat Guardians Service
- celebrated 10 years of The Freedom Project, in partnership with Dogs Trust, helping take care of pets from families experiencing domestic abuse
- received interaction through social media from nearly 280,000 people!
We were also advised of the updated strategic aims of the charity:
- To significantly increase awareness of Cats Protection and our work
- As the leading authority on cats, CP will help people better understand their needs in order to improve the welfare of all cats
- Help to reduce the overpopulation of cats
- through targeted neutering campaigns and education
- directing more resources to the promotion of early neutering
- do more research and gathering better data on the impact of our neutering work
- To home more cats until our work on information, education and neutering reduces the long-term need for homing
To finish the presentations, David Newall, Director of Operations, spoke about plans for the future of Cats Protection, which sound very exciting for us as volunteers and staff members as well as the number of cats we will be able to help.
Later on that afternoon we visited the new Warrington Adoption Centre by a coach trip. The brand new centre opened in November 2013 after staff and cats were left with dampened spirits after the site suffered with frequent episodes of flooding.
|New Warrington Adoption Centre, opened November 2013|
|Homing pens at Warrington AC|
We were taken on a guided tour by one of the very friendly and informative Cat Care Assistants who showed us around the bright spacious reception area, the carefully managed isolation area, the delightful maternity wing and the bright and comfortable homing and admissions areas. We were very impressed with the whole centre, having brand new facilities including a veterinary treatment room, meet and greet room, interview room and most importantly of all fantastic pens and facilities for the cats.
The pens were all very nicely kitted out, featuring the feline forts in every one. See below for the theory and my photos of them in action at Warrington!
|Taken from Feline Fort: Information for Vets, Cats Protection|
|Feline Fort in use in the maternity wing|
|Ocean using his high viewpoint on top of the hide|
We all definitely had an enjoyable and enlightening day and will look forward to the next AGM. In the meantime, it's back to looking after all our cats and kittens we have with our fosterers. If you would like to take a look at who we have in our care at the moment and lots of other cats looking for new homes please see our website.
Thanks for reading :)