This week, Jane saw first-hand how Cats Protection and ARC help cats both in Wolverhampton and across the UK. Jane met with local volunteers to learn about neutering domestic and feral cats in the area as well as welfare, and rehoming work.
Celebrating their 10th Birthday, Ashmore Rescue for Cats (ARC) welcomed Jane to one of their foster homes. Sally, founder of ARC, introduced Jane to kittens being hand reared, and cats ARC has helped with medical issues. ARC stressed the importance of neutering, the high risk of disease in feral cats, as well as their increasing vets' bills and fundraising challenges.
Annabel Berdy, Cats Protection’s Senior Advocacy & Government Relations Officer, comments:
“We were so pleased to welcome Jane to visit two local branches to discuss the work we do to help cats in the area. We were also able to discuss local issues as well as those we’re tackling at a national level, such as campaigning for a ban on blanket ‘no pet’ policies in rented housing, pet theft and smuggling as well as unethical breeding. It’s great to see politicians taking a keen interest in cat welfare, which is an important issue for many people both here in Wolverhampton and across the UK.”
Sally Edwards, Founder of Ashmore Rescue for Cats (ARC) said:
“I found Jane to be a very warm person and quite obviously has a huge heart when it comes to animals. The cat world is in utter crisis right now and I’m really hoping that Jane will be able to help make a difference by taking information to Parliament in the hope that things can be changed for the better. Neutering of cats is the main priority, yet so many people refuse to do it. This is something that needs urgent attention for the sake of these beautiful creatures. As a rescue we neuter every single cat and kittens before they leave our doors meaning the cycle ends here."
Commenting on her visits to Cats Protection and Ashmore Rescue for Cats, Jane said:
“It was a pleasure to spend time with some of the gorgeous cats being helped by these two fantastic organisations and their network of amazing local volunteers. I am grateful to Annabel and Sally for all the work they do and for raising cat welfare issues with me. I get a huge number of emails about animal welfare, and I know it matters to so many constituents. I have a lot to discuss with Parliamentary colleagues after these visits. As a Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, I will continue to be a voice in Parliament for all animals.”
More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk
For more information about Ashmore Rescue for Cats, visit their website and Facebook page.