The aims of Animal Samaritans are to rescue, provide care and shelter for unwanted, abandoned, neglected or ill-treated animals and to provide new homes for them wherever possible. To assist owners of pets to meet veterinary fees where owners are unable to meet such fees themselves.
The AWF was founded with a generous legacy from Colleen Macleod to improve the welfare of all animals through veterinary science, education and debate. It was set up by vets who, concerned about a whole raft of issues concerning animal welfare, had a vision of how they could alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering in all animals including farm animals, wild animals and pets. Our aim is for all animals to have good physical health and mental wellbeing.
We have been dedicated to the health and happiness of pets since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured – we do what’s needed to give every pet a healthy life in a happy home. We’re a charity, so the more help you give us, the more help we can give pets.
The Original Cat Action Trust, the pioneer society for ferals, was founded in 1977 to help the feral cat. Feral cats are domestic cats living wild, either because they and their descendants have strayed from home or more commonly because they are unwanted and have been abandoned. AND THEY MULTIPLY… a healthy female can give birth to up to 120 kittens in her life time.
We depend on our supporters, you, to help us in anyway you can. In return, we are open to all and any questions about how we care for our cats and kittens, where we spend our funding and your donations, even why we do things the way we do at the Sanctuary. We put kittens first, their welfare and comfort is tops to us. We never overcrowd the sanctuary, always keep each cat to its own quarters and never keep them with us for longer than necessary to get them healthy, assessed, at times rehabilitated and re-homed.
Our resident cats ready for their homes are always on the website within a couple of days of getting the “all-clear” from the vets and we aim to respond to all email and phone queries within the first 24 hours. We are meticulously clean and our kitty quarters are heated, lit,double-glazed and fully insulated, so kitties are cosy indoors and calm all year round. We also have radio playing for 16 hours each day. Our volunteers socialise the kitties twice a day, every day. We feel it is important that we have the time to share life with our feline guests, not just board them.
At Cats Protection, we help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year thanks in no small part to our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches, 29 adoption centres and two homing centres. These include the charity’s flagship adoption centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex where our administrative offices can also be found. Cats Protection is governed by a Board of Trustees which, in turn, is advised on its decisions by an Advisory Council of appointed representatives of the charity’s membership.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets. Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats:
At Cats Protection we have over 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, all looking for the perfect home. Homing – Finding good homes for cats in need Neutering – Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats Information – Improving people’s understanding of cats and their care
We are an independent local cat rescue charity (not connected with any national charity), covering Colchester and the surrounding area. We liaise with other rescue organisations such as Cats Protection and RSPCA branches in Essex and Suffolk to ensure that those in need find help. We receive no government funding or grants, and are entirely dependent on our own fundraising.
All cats that come to us are spayed/castrated, vaccinated and microchipped by us – our main costs are our vets’ bills. We keep all our microchipped cats registered to CCR at the Sanctuary address, and contact you if your cat is found. We also maintain records of lost and found cats.