CP clocks up 90 years

90 year birthday

May marks the 90th anniversary of Cats Protection, a charity established in 1927 by a group of cat lovers, led by Miss Jesse Wade. The purpose of the then-named Cats Protection League was to “exclusively” promote the interests of cats, at a time when cats were generally regarded as pests. The name was changed to Cats Protection in 1998. By 2012, CP had rehomed its 1,000,000th cat.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million pet cats in the UK, which represents around one quarter of all households owning a cat. CP is undertaking research to establish numbers of stray cats (estimates are 2 million). More than 150,000 stray and abandoned cats enter shelter care in the UK every year. Continue reading

Shopping around

 

CP shop brighton

The new CP shop in Beaconsfield Rd, Brighton

 

Residents in Brighton and Hove now have two opportunities to combine a love of cats with shopping. Following on from last year’s launch of the Cats Protection shop in Blatchington Road Hove, Brighton now also boasts a shop on Beaconsfield Road near the corner of Springfield Road.

Brighton residents Chris Steed and Stephen Webb, who appear on the Gogglebox TV show, opened the Brighton store. A friend of Chris is a CP volunteer and the pair are big cat fans. Continue reading

Meet the team: Julia, our fundraiser

Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers.

We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re running a series of profiles about each and every one of them. Here’s our next profile…

Meet Julia

Julia, Fundraiser

What is your volunteering role?
I am part of the fundraising team.

What is your job outside Cats Protection?
I’m retired now, but worked for EDF Energy until 2011.

Do you have any cats?
I had to have my beautiful cat Jasper put to sleep three weeks ago and don’t have any others. He was 17 and had a great life until several months ago, when his health began to decline.

The moment you knew you were a cat person…
I knew I was a cat person when I was three years old. My mum found me kneeling down on the kitchen floor next to our cat sharing his Kitekat. My mum was horrified, but I thought it tasted rather nice.

What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?Jasper
If I was a cat for an hour I’d climb a tree and check out the bird life in my garden, but I wouldn’t catch any!

Two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself?
1) I play the ukulele. A crowd of us meet once a month in a pub and we have a uke jamming session. There were over 70 of us at last month’s session!

2) I used to do a lot of sailing when I was younger and crewed on the Sail Training Tall Ships Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller.

Another volunteer profile will be up soon! Find out more about Cats Protection Brighton & District and how you can help us.

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.

Meet the team: Adrian, our publicity team leader

Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up less than a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers.

We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re running a series of profiles about each and every one of them. Here’s our second profile…

Meet Adrian

Adrian, CP Brighton Publicity Team LeaderWhat is your volunteering role, and the best thing about it?
I’m the publicity team leader, and I make sure that what you see and read on social media, newspaper adverts, posters and the website fits the messages that Cats Protection aim to deliver.

The best thing about the role is working with a group of amazing cat fanatics who really care about the welfare of cats in Brighton and Hove. We’re still a young branch, but it’s also been great to see such a positive reaction from people who follow us online.

What is your job outside Cats Protection?
I’m a front end developer for an online travel company in London. In simple terms, I code websites for a living…which works out well for CP!

Do you have any cats?
Yes! My fiancée and I adopted Lolita and Cedric just over six years ago, and they’ve become the reasons we have to leave parties early.

Lolita, Adrian's catCedric, Adrian's cat

The moment you knew you were a cat person…
About eleven years ago, a cat called Samuel walked into our garden while we were having a summer barbecue and started eating the fish we had cooked. I didn’t really like cats before that, but Samuel was so adorable that I couldn’t help but change. We hugged him every day until he suddenly and sadly passed away just over two years ago.

What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?
I’d climb the tree at the back of our garden and look at the view over the houses.

Two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself?
1) I’m addicted to that Aussie soap Neighbours; so much so that I’d happily move to Melbourne just to share the same air as the cast.

2) I can eat a medium-thickness slice of white bread in 12 seconds, but I wouldn’t recommend you try and do the same.

Another volunteer profile will be up next week! Find out more about Cats Protection Brighton & District and how you can help us.

Meet the team: Richard, our coordinator

Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up less than a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers.

We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re starting a series of profiles about each and every one of them.

Meet Richard

Richard, your friendly branch coordinator!

What is your volunteering role, and the best thing about it?
I’m both branch coordinator and fundraising lead.

As a new branch, it’s been great meeting new people and setting up the branch. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far. It feels like things are coming together and I’m excited about helping more cats in Brighton.

When it comes to fundraising it’s really inspiring how many people make donations to help cats in our area. It’s nice talking to supporters about their cats too.

What is your job outside Cats Protection?
My day job is as a data manager for a large UK charity.  I’m really passionate about charities and making a difference in society.

Do you have any cats?
No 😦 I haven’t got a garden and my flat is quite small. I hope to be able to move in a year or so and then I’ll get one.

The moment you knew you were a cat person…
I grew up with cats – Sparky and Sam. We had Sam when he was a kitten, he was born in a pub on the river Wye and I remember my dad bringing him home one day. I loved him so much! He was such a good friend to me growing up. He passed away from old age eventually.

What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?
I’d find a sunny spot and a have a little nap.

Two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself?
I learnt to swim front crawl about 18 months ago and last year had an unsuccessful attempted at the Brighton Pier to Pier sea swim last summer.  This year I’m determined to crack sea swimming and I’m going to do the competition again. It’s really hard swimming against the current, though.

Also, I’m not too bad at baking cakes. Now I’ve said that I’ll have to bring some to the next meeting!

Another volunteer profile will be up next week! Find out more about Cats Protection Brighton & District and how you can help us.

Come to our pub quiz – it would be a cat-astrophe if you missed it

Is your general knowledge up to scratch? Are you the cat’s whiskers when it comes to pub quizzes? Would you like to help our feline friends in need? Well then, you must attend the Cats Protection Brighton & District Pub Quiz on March 10th.

Cats Protection Brighton & District Pub Quiz

Back by popular demand, we will be holding the quiz at the West Hill Pub, Brighton at 8pm. Arrange a team and tell your friends and family to come along because it is guaranteed to be a paws-itively wonderful night.

We raised a staggering £244 at our first ever pub quiz in November and this time it is going to be even bigger and better. The money raised goes to helping cats in our care – buying food, paying for vet bills and spreading the message to care for cats, so we can realise our vision of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

So please, come along on Tuesday March 10th. It is £3 per person to play and teams are a maximum five people. It would be a cat-astrophe if you missed it!

Fancy testing your cat knowledge before the day? Have a go at our mini cat quiz. How many did you get right? Let us know.

Cat quiz – test your kitty knowledge

1. How fast can a domestic cat run? a. 10 mph b. 20 mph c. 30mph

2. How far can cats rotate their ears? a. 45 degrees b. 180 degrees c. 75 degrees

3. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette who jetted off in 1963. But what does the name mean? a. Moon kitty b. Astrocat c. Mars moggy

4. The world’s oldest cat is said to be 29, but how old is that in cat years? a. 202 b. 311 c. 133

5. How many domestic cats are there across the globe? a. 500 million b. one billion c. 100 million

Cats Protection pub quiz poster

Answers: 1. c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. c; 5. a

How did you do? Let us know.