Our first year as the Cats Protection Brighton & District branch

We celebrate our first year as a branch this month. Our co-ordinator, Richard, looks back on what we have achieved so far.

Happy 1st Birthday to us!

Rich, co-ordinator of Cats Protection Brighton and District

Rich, co-ordinator of Cats Protection Brighton and District

It’s been a great journey over the last twelve months, setting up a new Cats Protection branch in Brighton.

Back in May last year when we signed up for our various roles we really didn’t know exactly what it would be like, but we all came together knowing that we wanted to use some of our free time to help cat welfare in the local area.

We all wanted to make a difference and to help cats.

At first, our committee meetings were all a bit of a mystery with everyone learning on the job our roles and responsibilities.  We had great support from Cats Protection HQ and over time we have arrived at the point now, when actually I think we are doing quite well and have achieved a fair bit.

In the early days, we quickly got up and running on supporting and promoting neutering in the local area thanks to great organisation from our neutering volunteering. Once that was going we needed to think about how we were going to raise funds to support our activities. We had success in street collections, our pub quizzes, support from Pets at Home and who could forget the two comedy nights the Twitnits put on for us? Our publicity team deserves a mention too, doing a great job keeping Facebook, Twitter and Instagram updated and also launched the blog in February.

It has taken some time for us to find the right people who could help us foster cats in the local area, but it’s great now that we have three amazing people looking after them for us. This has to be our biggest achievement so far.

Finally, the best thing for me has been meeting such great people all coming to together to make a difference and help unwanted cats find their forever home. Maybe you would like to join us, so we can continue growing and helping improve the welfare of cats?

If you would like to become a volunteer for Cats Protection Brighton & District, you would like adopt a cat or make a donation, please take a look at our website.

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