RSPCA Ashford Garden Cattery

RSPCA Ashford, Tenterden & District Branch have helped rehome over 5,000 cats!

 

The Ashford Garden Cattery, which runs as a separate Charity whilst under the umbrella of the National RSPCA, has worked tirelessly since it was opened in 2006 and rehomed their 5,000th cat in February of this year.

 

Thanks to their team of dedicated staff and volunteers, they run a re-homing Cattery taking in cats seized by the Inspector because of neglect or cases of animal cruelty; cats where the owner has died or gone into a care home which gives them peace of mind and also take in cats where the owner cannot keep them anymore due to various circumstances. In 2022 the charity rescued 258 cats, rehomed 239 cats, neutered 168 cats, and microchipped 143 cats.

 

Speaking to us about the invaluable charity, manager Lisa Dennis explained: “We also help those in the borough with vouchers towards vet treatment and neutering of their pets, not just cats. We help towards vet fees for all local wildlife. We also give talks to local schools and groups promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to all animals.

“We were proud to open our Pet Food Bank in June 2022, and as the cost of living increases this scheme is needed now more than ever. We understand that our beloved pets are family members and we are here to keep pets and owners together during difficult times, which benefits both owners and pets’ wellbeing. We are grateful for all of the support we have received so far towards our pet foodbank, from members of the public, FareShare Charity and Ashford Borough Council.

“The rising cost of living has been a challenge, meeting with the cost of increased vet bills, increased utility costs and the rising costs of animal foods. Our fundraising team and staff are working hard in finding new ways to increase our fundraising income. Our charity shop continues to thrive keeping the volunteers very busy.

“We provide volunteering opportunities for the Community to get involved in the Branch from aged 18 to people in their 80s. Placements are provided for people with learning disabilities. Also people who find it hard to interact with other people find it a lot easier to be with the cats. Everyone who volunteers finds being around the cats has a calming effect on their wellbeing.”

 

On 28th March 2023, the charity were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Paul O’Grady. Paul was a committed and longstanding friend of the charity and branch president. Paul opened the cattery in Ashford in 2006 and attended events there. His sense of humour and love of animals were infectious and will be sorely missed.

 

Please look on their website www.rspca-ashforddistrict.org.uk to find out more about RSPCA Ashford and the many different ways you can support the charity.

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