Cat homing show in Stornoway

A cat homing show is to be held in the Bridge Centre in Stornoway on Saturday September 24 organised by the Isle of Lewis Branch of the Cats Protection.

The Isle of Lewis branch (which also covers Harris) aims to provide an essential cat rehoming service and is currently made up of nine volunteers who do their best to help local cats in need. For example, last year they homed ninety-four cats and paid for 294 to be neutered

Sadly many cats are still given up or abandoned every day, placing a heavy burden on the charity’s services. Cats Protection has around 7,000 cats in its care at any one time across the country, all being cared for until loving new homes are found. The Branch will be holding a homing show at the Bridge Centre in Stornoway on Saturday 24th September between 10am and 12.30pm. Come along and meet some of our lovely cats and kittens, who are in need of loving new owners.

Following the homing show there will be a volunteering event starting at 1.30pm at the same venue.

Ceri Dyke, Branch coordinator, is keen to encourage people to come forward to help the charity:“Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience, particularly if you have a skill that would benefit the charity or would like to develop new skills by taking on a fresh challenge. Our volunteers gain a great deal of satisfaction helping cats to get a second chance in life, whilst meeting like-minded people along the way.

“We work hard to match people’s skills, interest and time availability to the roles on offer, so if you think you have something to contribute, please come along. We are in particular need of fundraisers, fosterers (who look after cats in their own homes or in a pen in their garden) and a recruitment volunteer.”

Throughout the day you will also be able to find out more about the charity and its work which is based on the three aims of “rehoming, neutering, education.”

If you are interested in either giving a cat a home, or in volunteering, but cannot come to the meetings please call 01851 612 448 for a chat.

Cats Protection’s Isle of Lewis branch is part of a national network of 253 volunteer-run branches and 29 adoption centres that together help over 193,000 cats and kittens a year. The charity’s vision is to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

The Isle of Lewis Branch currently has 20 cats and kittens in its care awaiting a second chance in life. For more information on giving an unwanted or abandoned cat a home, please contact the branch on 01851 612 448