WELCOME TO BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH
WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE OUR VERY BEST WISHES FOR A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
We are a small, but busy group with 19 pens, run by volunteers. We always welcome new friends to socialise the cats, donate food, bedding, scratching posts etc., or even give a gift of money however large or small. Our Tel. No. 01322 611911
OLDER CATS We have a number of older cats needing loving home please do not overlook them they have so much to give and do not deserve to be overlooked and left in a pen for months and months.
FERAL CATS (and strays) and how to care for them
We can all do our bit to help them through the cold winter months. Feral cats call the outdoors their home, all year round and in all weather conditions. While they are skilled at surviving the winter, they can always use a helping hand during the winter months. As temperatures drop, there are plenty of little things you can do to help them stay warm and safe.
One way is to provide an outdoor shelter. Specially-built shelters guarantee feral cats a warm spot to escape what the winter throws at them.
This is a registered business address, we have no facilities at this address. If you wish to adopt or rehome a cat Please call us on 01322 611911, or you can view our cats HERE
A shelter about 2ft by 3ft and 18 inches high, provides enough space for three to five cats to huddle together, if smaller number of cats a smaller shelter is best, this will enable the space to heat up quicker with their body heat.
Door should be 6 to 8 inches and if possible a flap to keep out the cold weather or place it in a sheltered position to stop the bad weather getting inside the shelter.
Insulate the shelter with straw, not blankets or other material such as hay, as this absorbs moisture.
Provide extra food and water. Wet food is best as it takes less time for them to digest. Keep the food and water from freezing, by using a deep not wide bowl. (an insulated container is best). Use warm or hot water and add a pinch of sugar to stop the water from freezing. Place the bowls in a sunny spot.
Remember winter is the time for antifreeze, clean it up as cats can find it very tasty, it is toxic and can kill. If we ALL DO OUR BIT these little ones will be safe and well cared-for during the cold winter months.
We would like to thank everyone, for donating food/litter/toys, for donations of money, giving goods for us to sell, and to all our wonderful socialisers who we could not do without. We really do appreciate this extra help. A very big thank you.
Dartford and Bexley Cats Protection - Our Swanley address
Like many Rescues we have a waiting list for cats needing to come into our care.
FORTHCOMING SALES EVENTS
More to be announced in the New Year
Please try and attend and make yourself known to Tricia and Rosemary.
EVERY PENNY RAISED GOES TOWARDS THE CARE OF THE CATS
During 2016 our hard working fundraisers, Tricia and Rosemary raised an amazing £1,895.81. This would not have been possible without all those who have donated unwanted gift and nearly new goods, stopped at the stall to buy and for Tricia and Rosemary and Tricia's husband who make it all possible.
Free cat care talks
Cats Protection offers curriculum-linked workshops to schools and talks to community groups – completely free of charge. Both adults and children can learn about cat behaviour and responsible pet ownership. If you and your group would like to hear about the work Cats Protection does, please get in touch with Petra Coghlin, Community Education Officer, via 01825 741946 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bexley Branch also will give a talk on what we do to any Group whatever their age. Please call 01322 611 911
KEEP AN EYE ON OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR UP AND COMING FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
Please consider being responsible for one of our collection boxes if you know of a suitable retail outlet/office. We also have a cardboard collection box that you can keep in your home. Small change soon mounts up.
Branch Mewsletter : It is easier for us if it is sent via email, which saves postage and also paper and ink. The money saved can go towards caring for the cats/kittens. Please notify our Editor Sandra if you wish to do this. (Contact details in Mewsletter and under CONTACT on this site).
Membership of our branch is £5, £7-50 or £100 for life membership, which all goes to helping our cats in care. You can download a membership form from HERE
Members other than Life Members, PLEASE remember to renew your membership every year, for ease this is done at the beginning of each year - it is so easily missed, but much valued by us and the cats in our care.
CONSIDER LEAVING US A LEGACY IN YOUR WILL - Visit our information page HERE
Our Homing Statistics
We have approximately 25 cats in care at any one time, and we operate a waiting list
for any cats that we may not be able to take in immediately
During November 2017 we homed :
During 2016 we homed 304 cats and kittens.
We still have lots of beautiful cats needing homes, a number of these are reaching retirement age, all they want is a lap to curl up on. If you would like to offer these babies a loving home, please get in touch. tel no 01322 342381 or visit our Cats for Homing page.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK!!
Why not pop by and visit us on Facebook to get up to date information from our branch.
We are always grateful for any donations whether they be a one off payment via cheque or setting up a standing order.
Please visit our How Your Donations Help page for more information
A video that all cat owners should see ...........click HERE