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Helping needy cats and kittens in our area since 1988.

 

Reg Charity nos 203644 (Eng & Wales),  SCO37711(Scotland)

 

 

 

 
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About the Basildon, Brentwood & District Branch

The Basildon, Brentwood & District branch of Cats Protection was formed in 1988,  when it started life as the Laindon Branch, as most of its original members lived in the Laindon area of Essex. As the branch grew, and more volunteers and members joined from Basildon and the surrounding area, we changed our name to the Basildon & District Branch. At that time we covered the Brentwood area and all of Thurrock on an unofficial basis. Then in 2003, when we had gained more volunteers from the Brentwood area, we officially took on the Brentwood council area  and changed our name to what it is today. A new branch was set up to cover the RM postcodes in the Thurrock area.

When we started back in 1988 we had just 12 original members, who fostered the cats, fundraised and pretty much did everything. We now have around 300 members, although in common with most Cats Protection branches, the work of the branch is carried out by a smaller group of active members who foster the cats, fund-raise, do follow up visits etc. We are all volunteers and none of us gets paid to do what we do. Our branch now covers a large area which encompasses the whole of the Basildon & District Council area, which includes Wickford and Billericay, plus nearby Stanford-Le-Hope and Corringham, and the Brentwood Council area which includes, Hutton, Shenfield and of course, Brentwood. The postcodes we cover are SS11 to SS17,  and CM11 to CM15.

bennyIn 2010, we helped over 1100 needy cats, including finding homes for 500 cats and kittens. The rest were helped with free or assisted neutering and other veterinary treatment where the need arose. Our costs for fostering alone were over 18,000 last year and on top of that our veterinary costs were more than 37,000. Apart from a small annual grant received from Cats Protection Headquarters, we have to raise the rest of our funds locally, so we rely on local fundraising, adoption fees and donations to survive. With fundraising, telephone and a very small amount of admin costs we need to raise over 75,000 each year to allow us to continue our rescue service at its current level, which is  a hard task as we are all volunteers with homes, families and jobs, as well as volunteering for the branch. Ideally we would like to see our branch grow to help even more local cats, volunteers and funds permitting. Since our branch started, we have found new homes for over 9000 cats. We sometimes wonder what would have happened to them if we had not been here to help them.

         Branch Homing Figures for the last 5 Years

In common with most animal rescues, adoption figures are down because adoption enquiries are declining, we think due to the recession, which means that we have fewer spaces to take cats in , whereas requests for cats to be taken in by the branch seem to be never ending.

Year

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Cats Homed

249

233

218

223

204

Kittens Homed

337

315

297

277

295

Total

586

548

515

500

499


We do not have a central shelter like some Cats Protection branches. Instead the cats which we take in are cared for by some of our members (we call them our fosterers) in their own homes. Some of our fosterers have specially built cat pens in their gardens. The pens have heating in the winter and provide a snug and warm temporary home for our rescued cats. Here is a picture of one of our pen blocks:

At any time we usually have over 40 cats in our foster homes which may seem quite a lot, but on a bad week, our Homing Officer can be asked to take in over 50 cats, so we always have a waiting list.  At peak times of the year we can have over 100 cats in our care so we really do need more foster homes. If you live in our area, love cats and have a spare room, telephone and transport and would like to find out more about fostering, we'd love to hear from you. The Branch supplies all food, litter and equipment and pays for all vet bills for fostered cats. You supply the love and cuddles. All of our fosterers will tell you that it is so rewarding to see your foster cat go off to its new home.pearl

Many of the cats and kittens we take in are strays, but just as many come in from homes, where the owners have had to give up their cats for a variety of reasons including loss of job, relationship breakdowns, allergies, financial problems etc. Many of the strays we take in are pregnant females, who have been heartlessly dumped when they have become pregnant, when if they had been neutered at the appropriate time, this could have been avoided. Our branch always runs a low cost neutering scheme (and sometimes offers free neutering) to help less well off people to get their cats (both male and female) neutered,  so there really is no excuse.

If you live in our area and could give a loving home to a rescued cat or kitten, please contact our CATLINE on 01268 285778, or E-mail us at homing@bascats.org.uk.

If you would like to volunteer to help our branch  in any way (Fund-raising, Fostering, Follow-up Visits, transport etc), please contact our Coordinator on 01277 223413 for a chat about what is involved, no obligation , of course. We would love to hear from you.

OR E-mail us at coordinator@bascats.org.uk

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