What we do
Cats are our business at Woking Cats Protection.
Every year we help more than 500
cats in a variety of ways.
We do lots of routine things including:
When you contact us to enquire about adopting a cat, you will first speak with our Homing Officer, who will take some details from you. The Homing Officer will then arrange for one of our Home Visitors to contact you and arrange a convenient date/time to visit your home.
The Home Visitor will discuss things with you in more detail about adopting one of our cats and help with matching the right cat/kittten to suit your environment and lifestyle. Our overriding concern is that the cats and kittens go to safe and loving homes and that you are also sure about the cat being right for you.
People need us to help them find a new home for their cat for lots of different and often heartbreaking reasons. Normally we will bring these cats into our care but on occasions, where you might be able to continue to look after your cat in your own home until we find a new home, we may direct home your cat and ask that you hold viewings in your home. This can often mean we can find a new home for your cat quicker as they do not need to wait for an available space in our care.
The day of adoption
Once you have decided which cat you would like to adopt, the fosterer will arrange a mutually convenient time for us to bring the cat to its new home!
Helping to reunite you with your lost cat
We know how sad and distressing it can be if your cat goes missing. Our Lost & Found Officer is able to provide advice and guidance so that we can try and get your cat home safely.
Locating owners for cats that you find
Sometimes you may come across a cat that decides to make its home in your garden. A family might be missing their cat and we ask that you take the cat to a vets, if you are able to, to see if it has a microchip so that we can reunite it with its owner. If the cat is not microchipped, or you are not able to take it to the vets, our Lost & Found Officer is able to provide advice on how to find the cat’s owner. These cats could also be feral cats and in this case we will ensure the cat is neutered if we can’t locate an owner for it.
Your financial support is vital to enable us to maintain our feline welfare work. We hold two fayres at Spring & Christmas and our extremely well attended and popular quiz night in February each year. We also attend the RSPCA Gala day every September.
Recently we have had incredible support from people doing challenges such as the Great North Run, the Zambezi River Challenge and Ride London 100. This is a fantastic way you can support us, so all you daredevils out there please consider doing a challenge for us. Take a look at some of the things you could do here.
Perhaps you could hold an event yourself for us with friends and family or work colleagues. There are lots of things you could do and if you let us know we will advertise on our Facebook and Website for you.
There is a set adoption fee for each of our cats but we are obviously very grateful for any extra donations.
Educating young people about good animal welfare is a key element of Cats Protection services. There is an extensive amount of information and downloadable leaflets available on the main website. We are unable, for the foreseeable future, to attend groups personally for talks. We will advise here as soon as we are able to take bookings again.
What else do we do?
Some of the things we do might not be quite so obvious but are extremely important, including:
Providing written or verbal advice on responsible feline welfare.
Trapping, blood testing and neutering feral cats
Under a strict criteria we may sometimes be able to assist with veterinary costs
Taming and socialising feral kittens that are not used to being handled
Things we routinely do if you choose one of our cats:
Blood test "at risk" cats coming into our care for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia
Administer flea and worming treatments
Neuter all cats of 4 months and over
Microchip all cats before they are adopted
Vaccinate all cats of 9 weeks or older against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia.
It can cost the branch well over £100 to put cats and kittens through the necessary health checks before they are ready to go to their new homes. Medical conditions found by the veterinary practices - we primarily use Lynton House Veterinary Group - will be addressed before the cat is available for adoption.
If you would like to download information on various aspects of Cat Care, including issues such as allergies, introducing cats to babies and feline behavioural problems, please visit the Cats Protection website.