On Monday 2nd September employees, volunteers and supporters at National Animal Welfare Trust’s Heaven’s Gate Farm were made aware that the centre is at risk of closure.
The entire community has been devastated by this news, and the possibility that they could lose this much-loved and well-used facility. Kind messages of support and incredibly generous offers of help soon came flooding in following the announcement, and the team have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who are desperate to help.
Thank you for joining us this CLAWgust! You can continue to show your love for all things feline by:
Visiting our centres - We welcome all visitors, not just those who are interested in rehoming.
Considering interactive toys for your own cats - There are so many enrichment toys out there for cats, and visiting our centres is the purrfect place to find some inspiration.
Raising kittens is difficult, time consuming, and sadly, not always successful. In an ideal world, kittens would always be raised by their mothers, who are best equipped to cater to the needs of their young. However, this sadly isn’t always possible and in some instances experienced animal carers have to step in and attempt to preserve the lives of these little ones. Kittens require feeding every two hours throughout the day and night and encouragement to pass faeces and urine.
Today’s CLAWgust spotlight is on Tom and Angel, from our HULA centre. Tom (14 years old), and his mum, Angel (15 years old), didn’t have the best start when they arrived at our HULA centre. Tom and Angel’s collars were held on with cable ties, so tight that they had both lost all the fur around their necks. Sadly, it didn’t end there.
National Animal Welfare Trust has been researching the topic of feral cats in the UK this year via online and paper surveys.
Our study had just under 800 responses from people all over the UK and has provided us with a great insight into what people think of our unowned kitties.
We targeted animal welfare groups and our own supporter community, including readers of our charity magazine, Animate, as part of our research. From this we have gained well-informed insights from a community that has much involvement with feral cats.