How can you help?
There are many ways you can help the cats in need
We receive hundreds of calls each year to help unwanted, stray, and abandoned cats and kittens throughout the Blackpool and Fylde coast.
None of this can be done with the help and support of our supporters, volunteers, and foster carers.
All members of our team are volunteers, and we are always happy to hear from people who would like to volunteer.
As we rely on foster carers to care for the cats and kittens in our care we don’t require volunteers to clean out cats like a rescue with a cattery would. For this reason we are mainly looking for volunteer transporters, and home checkers. Though you can still contact us regarding volunteering at a cattery, and we can point you in the right direction.
Transporter: This may not sound important, but in fact volunteer transporters are a huge help. Transporters help by collecting cat/kittens that need to come into our care and dropping them off at the foster carers, collecting donations, and doing vet visits (this often isn’t needed but can be something that we may ask).
Home checkers: Home checkers carry out home visits for potential adopters/fosters. Before all adoption are completed potential adopters require a home visit to be complete, this isn’t checking if the dishes are done and the beds are made it is making sure that they can provide a good home environment for a cat/kitten.
We are always in need of volunteers, if you think you may be able to do one of the above then please feel free to contact us using the button below. If you would like to volunteer any other way that isn’t above then we will still love to hear from you.
We are always in need of foster carers, for cats that can be adopted or fostering a cat that has a medical conditions (which we call long term foster)
Do you have a spare room, do you have your own transport, extra time and love, and experienced with cats?
Foster carers help in many ways. For long term fostering you are giving a cat that has a very low chance of seeing their forever home that chance, this often gives the cats something to live for and gives them a peaceful and wonderful time for their last days/months/years. For fostering adoptable cats are the one who need rehabilitating, nursing back to health, or just needs the extra TLC before they are adopted.
We can supply food, and litter whenever you are running low as long as we are given notice. If don’t have the basic items like bowls, litter tray, poop scoop we will always supply that when you first start fostering. Vet costs will be cover by us as long as they attend to our vets (south shore).
If you have other pets in the household we recommend having a spare room so that the new cat or existing pets aren’t at risk and can be introduced properly. For example a new cat must be kept separate from other pets for at least 2-4 weeks before introductions this is to make sure that the new cat isn’t showing any signs of illness that could possibly be contagious. It is also in case the new cat (as often their backgrounds are unknown) doesn’t like other pets. Lastly the room provides a cat with safety, the cat has had a big change having to come into a rescue so having a place where the cat can call it’s own and settle for the next few weeks, instead of being faced with a huge challenge to overcome with a new household.
We also recommend having your own transport. This is because the cats need to attend the vets either for spaying/neutering, vet check, treatment, or as an emergency.
Foster carers are also better being within the FY area for transporting to our vets, and for potential adopter to view.
If you feel like you can foster or have any questions then please contact us using the button below
Feral cats always need help, throughout the year.
As a rescue we often receive call about feral/stray cats, that are either straying, sick or injured, or causing issues with resident cats due to being entire.
Our rescue fully supports TNR (Trap Neuter and Return/Release) for the cats that are feral. This is humane way to help with feral/straying cats in an area. Once the cat is trapped and neutered the cat will be returned into the area the cat came from, the same day as the neutering or a few days after. Cats who have been TNR normally have been “ear tipped” which is a bit of the top of the cats normally the cats left ear. The ear tip says that this cat has been a part of the TNR program and has been neutered. Cats that been in the TNR program are best to be left and not moved unless the cat is sick/injured and needs medical attention, or unless you wanted to take the cat on yourself. TNR cats help cat population in the area, it stops unwanted kittens and stops new cats moving into the area due to the TNR cats being there. We only return cats to the area they have come from if they are receiving food and shelter from somewhere and are in a good health.
We provide TNR when we have the resources available, if a trap isn’t available we will always point you in the right direction or find you help.
How can I help feral cats?
Despite them being feral, feral cats still need to be cared for. Many ferals often live in colonies, so the cat population quickly grows. As mentioned above neutering and returning cats to the colony stops breeding.
Most ferals are good at finding their own food, though some need extra help – more so during the winter months. Providing food, water and shelter is one great way to help feral cats. Setting up feeding stations and having set feeding times is great for feral cats as long as it isn’t encouraging owned cats to stray. Making shelters for the feral cats is another way to help them, during the winter and summer months – to provide shelter away from the cold and heat. For winter insulated boxes are the best, these need to be water proof, you can find great video’s/pictures online on how to make your own DIY box for ferals. During summer provide more water, and more shaded areas for the cats so they can stay cool.
If you think that a feral cat is sick or injured, then they can be trapped and taken to a vets.