Onwards then to the vet for neutering (we tend to book spaces in advance if we can). Our vets hold the cats overnight so they can recover, then we do the whole process in reverse, returning the cats to their 'home' but without the ability to reproduce!
All of this costs money of course .. vet bills, food, petrol. If you'd like to help, there are many ways you can do so from giving money to adding a can of cat food, tinned fish like sardines or pilchards (in brine or water only) or a packet of biscuits into one of our donation bins. Please check out our supporting page HERE
where you can see where our donation bins are.
Another important role for the welfare team is to bring cats in for rehoming. The reasons for cats coming into us are many, but could include an owner dying or perhaps a change of living circumstances such as a relationship break up. The team will visit the owner to assess the situation and find out as much info as possible about the cat. Unfortunately we don't have masses of space or a cat rehoming centre, we only have a couple of fosterers who dedicate a spare room in their homes for the care of these cats/kittens, so we can't always say yes to helping. Once the cat is in the fosterers care though, vet appointments are arranged as necessary and the responsibility then passes over to the Publicity and Homing Officers to find suitable new homes. The fosterer works in the middle of welfare, publicity and homing with updates on the cats in their care.
If all of this has piqued your interest and you fancy getting involved in a very hands on way, please do get in touch as we'd love to hear from you. Just email email@example.com
. You can commit as much time as you'd like, but every hour counts and it would be a massive help to the cats of Swale.