New van to help Forfar cats and kittens

Volunteers with the new Cats Protection van.

Volunteers with the new Cats Protection van.

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Unwanted and abandoned cats in the Forfar area face a brighter future after the town’s Cats Protection branch received a grant to invest in a new van.

The branch received the grant from Cats Protection’s One Charity Fund – an initiative set up by the charity in 2015 to facilitate the sharing of resources between well-funded branches and those branches or teams of volunteers in need of financial support.

The grant means Cats Protection’s Forfar Branch now has a new van to improve how it helps local cats and kittens in need.

Marie Pudlewska, the Forfar branch’s co-ordinator and welfare officer, said: “Our branch is run entirely by volunteers and we rely on local fundraising and donations to continue our work.

“As well as rehoming unwanted and abandoned cats locally, we also promote neutering and provide cat care advice to the public. Every penny we receive is vital to our work.

“With all our efforts on helping cats, it can be a challenge to raise the funds for big projects, so we applied for a grant from Cats Protection’s One Charity Fund to meet the cost of our new van.

“We were thrilled to receive the grant as it means we will be able to improve how we help our local cats and kittens, and we know it will a huge benefit to our branch for many years to come.

“We are using the van to transport cats and kittens to and from the vets, to home cats and kittens to their new furrever homes, to pick up cat food and litter and distribute to fosterers, and to help transport “stuff” such as merchandise, donated goods, bric a brac and other items for our fundraising events.

““While it’s great to have this in place, there is a constant need for us to raise money locally if we are to continue our work.

“We’d love to hear from anyone who can help us achieve this, either by organising a fundraising event, taking part in a sponsored activity or just giving up a few hours of their time to help at one of our fundraisers.”

The Forfar & District branch is part of Cats Protection’s national network of over 250 volunteer run branches and 32 centres which together help around 200,000 cats every year.

For more information about becoming a volunteer at Cats Protection’s Forfar and District cats protection], please contact Marie 01307 708344.