Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Puss in Chutes! - Exeter Axhayes Charity Skydive.

We will be doing a Charity skydive on the 6th October 2013 at 2pm at Dunkerswell airfield. We are raising some much needed funds for our cats and kittens at our adoption centre.

All of the money raised from this fundraising event will go straight to helping cats and kittens at Exeter Axhayes. At Cats Protection we rely entirely on the generosity of cat-loving people like you to help fund our vital welfare work.

The money will help us care for cats like Unicorn who was rescued with her eight kittens from under a dual carriageway bridge. All of her eight kittens have found homes. She is being cared for by our CCAs and she is now waiting for someone to take her home and love her forever.

£3 - can help to pay for vital supplies such as food and vaccinations
£5 - could contribute towards a kitten's initial health check with a vet
£10 - can help pay for urgent veterinary care and life-saving medicines
£10 - can help pay to microchip a cat or kitten
£15 - can feed one abandoned cat or kitten every month
£20 - can pay for one cat to be neutered

On average, it costs around £198 to neuter, microchip and rehome a cat from our adoption centre. This figure is based on a stay of one month. However, because Cats Protection never puts a healthy cat to sleep, cats stay with us until they are found loving new homes regardless of how long that takes!

Please sponsor our Charity skydive by visiting our justgiving page or by texting PURR50 and the amount to 70070.

If you would like to jump with us or just help by donating money you can either contact Therese on 01395 232377. Anyone who would like to help us fundraise or have any ideas that could help please contact Therese on above number. From all of the cats at Exeter Axhayes, Thank you for your support! :)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Success Story - Marmy

Some of our volunteers may remember our big ginger boy Marmy. He was one of our strays who came into us early last year; he luckily found a home in February 2012. During his time at the centre, he was a typical young active male who was desperate to get out and about. We were pleased he found a home so quickly.

We have received an update on his progress and some fantastic photos we wanted to share online. Here are some photos of Marmy enjoying climbing in his favourite tree, he prefers to scratch the stair treads instead of his scratching pole and enjoys a snooze upstairs on the bed. His owners have told us he’s settled in well and is very sociable with every visitor that they’ve had. We would to thank his owners for these brilliant photos.

If you would like to share any of your photos, please get in touch with us via facebook or our website.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Our New Feral Garden!

The Site

A big part of our work at Cats Proection is helping with situations involving feral cats.  Ferals are cats which have been born in the wild and haven't been socialised to people or domestic environments.  They are the same species as our pets and are equally protected by law. 

We desperately needed a feral garden to give these cats more space while finding them permanent homes.

The Orchard Fencing Team 18/4/13
We frequently deal with situations where the feral population in an area has become unmanageable.  We humanely trap the cats, vet-check, vaccinate and neuter them and either release them to where they were living, or find new homes for them. 

Men at Work!

Rehoming feral cats can be difficult because we need to find them homes on farms, at stables, or similiar environments where they will be safe, fed and watched-over. 

The enclosure takes shape, 3/4/13

While the cats are at Axhayes waiting to be released or found homes, being in one of our pens which are fine for domestic cats is very stressful for them as these cats are used to being outside living wild. We really needed somewhere for them to be housed appropriately in the meantime. 

It's a big space!
To raise money for the project, staff and supporters of Axhayes took part in a Firewalk in Octoer 2011, and now work is in progress on our feral garden!

The feral garden will have shelter, a unit for us to use to maintain it, long grass areas, places to hide and feeding and activity areas.

We will keep you updated with progress!

If you can give a feral cat a home, please contact us on 01395 232377.

Update - April 30th

Bad weather meant that work was interrupted for a few days, but now the gates are on and the surface on which the  buildings will stand has been prepared.  Once the shelters are in place we will plant cat-friendly shrubs and add little shelters, hidy-holes and activity centres.  It won't be long before we have a lovely area for our feral cats!

Update - May 4th

The buildings have gone up and we'll be up and running soon!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Success Story - Waggledance and Puddleduck

You may remember Waggle dance and Puddle duck who came into Axhayes back in May 2012 after their mother was forced to give birth to them on the streets. Their mother and brother quickly found homes, leaving these two behind. It’s always difficult for two black kittens to find a home, so they spent many months with us. At the beginning of this year, their luck finally came their way and they found a home together.

We were delighted to receive an email from their owners last week letting us know how they are getting on. They have settled in really well and seem very happy indeed. They have been outside exploring, playing lots and relaxing afterwards. They are looking very smart and grown up in their photos. It’s always great to hear stories about our cats and kittens, if you have adopted any of our cats, we'd love to hear how they are getting on.  

We currently have two pairs of black kittens looking for homes, if you would like to give Pretzel & Petal or Pew & Pete a home, please visit our website for more information, thank you.