WORLD SPAY DAY - TUESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY. Nine of the UK’s animal welfare charities* have joined forces to promote World Spay Day 2017 to encourage cat owners to have their cats spayed. Spaying protects cats from getting pregnant - this is also known as neutering, fixing or being done.
Recent research has shown that 68% of litters in the UK are unplanned - and that some of these litters are born to cats who are just four months old.
Our advice is simple - have your cat spayed at four months to protect her from getting pregnant.
Male cats should be neutered too, to protect them catching diseases, such as FIV and getting nasty injuries from fighting - a male cat which hasn’t been neutered is much more likely to fight over a female mate. Neutering can also help to stop male cats from spraying indoors - which can be really smelly. He’s also more likely to stay close to home as a neutered male cat is less likely to stray. If you need assistance with neutering please contact us.
*World Spay Day is supported by: The Blue Cross, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, International Cat Care, Mayhew Animal Home, PDSA, RSPCA, Wood Green Animal Charity
WINTER FOOD AND BEDDING APPEALS.....
Thank you so much to all our generous supporters who have been sending food parcels and donating bedding and toys for our rescued cats. We really appreciate your support for homeless cats over the Christmas and New Year.
Here are a couple of photos of just some of the donations to arrive at our Lewisham Branch at the end of this week.
You can help support the care of our cats with gifts of food or toys purchased via our Amazon Wish lists or by taking food, bedding, toys etc directly to our centres.
AMAZON WISH LISTS:
Canning Town Branch, East London: https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/2N6NW621HXP…/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o
Lewisham Branch, S.E London: https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/NH7XY66SFO89/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o
Greenaces Sanctuary, nr Hastings, East Sussex, https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/7UATHW9XSN89/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o
OUR CENTRES: Donations of food, toys, bedding, old newspapers, scratch posts etc can be taken directly to our Branches:
Canning Town Branch: 151-153, Barking Road, London E16 4HQ Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 5.30 p.m
Lewisham Branch 233-235, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UY Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 6p.m and Sat and Sun 1-5 p.m
Greenaces Sanctuary Stubb Lane, Brede Near Hastings
East Sussex TN31 6BT Open Sat and Sun 1-4 P.M
Charity Shop and Head Office: High Street, Wadhurst
East Sussex TN5 6AG Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 5p.m
Thank you :-)
15th DECEMBER: The Newham Recorder newspaper helps Canning Town Branch appeal for the kittens of an abandoned mother cat.
This young grey/ tortie mother cat had been left in a cat carrier on a wall near the A11 Bow fly over roundabout. A note in the basket asked for some one to look after the cat. Upon examination she was found to be full of milk and had clearly recently been feeding kittens. The note made no mention of kittens and we are unsure if the person who left her in the basket was even aware that she had kittens, they could be mother less in a garden or the person may have sold the kittens.
9th DECEMBER: EVIE AND OZZIE Two new staff members in the Cabinet Office!
When we had a call from The Cabinet Office wanting two indoor cats for extra mousing duties, the most important thing was to try to find cats that would be able to live in harmony with Larry, (bearing in mind his fearsome reputation) should they ever be allowed to venture outside. Because it is such a huge building, we were initially concerned that they wouldn’t be able to find their way around - we need not have worried! They had their base in a very plush and comfortable office for the first couple of weeks and are now learning their way around the building very well. They are visiting various offices where they have their admirers and no mice have been seen in the Press Office (a particular trouble spot) since their arrival, as simply the presence of cats deters mice.
Evie and Ossie are a mother and son, (now neutered of course!) who were rescued by C.H.A.T. as strays living on the streets of East London. Evie arrived with three kittens and while nervous in the beginning, it soon became clear that she was a very friendly, calm and sweet natured cat. Two of her kittens were rehomed together but we were determined that Evie would keep one of her kittens.
Evie and Ossie were appropriately named by The Cabinet Office after two political figures Dame Evelyn Sharp (Evie) and Sir Edward Osmotherly (Ossie). After 3 weeks in their new home, we are delighted that they are settling down so well and are indeed, being thoroughly spoilt!
NOVEMBER 30th: KIM AND HER KITTENS.....
Canning Town Branch were called by someone informing us about a cat box abandoned in the car park opposite East Ham Town Hall. When one of our volunteers went to collect them we were horrified to see that someone had shoved a mum cat and her 5 kittens into a tiny cat carrier and had dumped the lot in the car park.
The cats were covered in faeces and urine and judging by the amount of urine and faeces in the basket they must have been there for hours or even overnight!
We've called the mother cat Kim - she is not not much more than a kitten herself - is very thin but is surprisingly very friendly.
After a nice warm bath we got this little family nicely snuggled up in a clean comfy environment with lots food, toys and litter trays which they are all very good about using.
The kittens are about 7 to 8 weeks’ old and apart from little Ruth, who is black, Wilson, Clara, Julian and Francis are all tabbies. They are adorable, curious and friendly and are seeking homes in pairs - We received a call about a little tabby cat sheltering behind a filthy mattress propped up against a wall down an alley in Ilford. There was rubbish piled up everywhere and clearly many of the local drunks had been urinating up against the mattress. What a horrible environment for a mum with tiny kittens - she is loving her nice soft blanket now, curled up with her babies. We have called her Josephine. Kim with at least one of her kittens.
7th NOVEMBER.....This tiny feral kitten was saved late this afternoon by staff from one of the industrial estate units nr Tunbridge Wells. They were moving some pallets and disturbed the litter of kittens, who darted off in different directions. This one was too scared to move and they managed to pick her up and contain her safely until we were able to collect her. Her coat is very dirty from living outdoors and she is quite dehydrated. We are hoping her mum will round the others up and keep them safe until our staff, who will work round the clock, can bring them all to safety. We would like to thank all the workmen who rallied to help them and who have offered their continued help.
Tragically, this is the plight of many cats and kittens when they are not neutered. They end up living rough and struggling to survive.
Please help us to continue to spread the message on the importance of neutering. Regardless of where you live, if necessary there will be a charity or organisation who can help those unable to afford the cost of neutering.
7th NOVEMBER....YOU DID IT! THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!
Harrington and everyone at CHAT say such a humongous 'Thank You' to all our supporters who donated to our recent appeal! Your overwhelming generosity has put the C.H.A.T. team well and truly back on the road!
We recently launched a desperate appeal for funds following the demise of two of our much-needed rescue and welfare vans at Lewisham. The response has been exceptional and in a matter of weeks, we have hit our target. The funds have already secured the first of our new vehicles and we are now in the process of buying the second.
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us in this time of need - not only are our teams back mobile again but they have reliable, safe and efficient vans which means we can reach more desperate animals and essentially continue the important work that we do.
BBC NEWS ARTICLE NOVEMBER 2ND 2016
"Animal charities are calling on pet owners to neuter their female cats to prevent unwanted litters.
Celia Hammond, of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, said: "Attitudes towards animals in London have changed. We've been rescuing cats since the 1980s and we used to feel we were getting somewhere.
"But the past few years it's been really bad. People's financial situation has changed and they surrender their cats all the time, because they're downsizing, or moving to a property where they are not allowed to have pets."
OCT 10th.....JOSEPHINE AND KITTENS....
We received a call about a little tabby cat sheltering behind a filthy mattress propped up against a wall down an alley in Ilford. There was rubbish piled up everywhere and clearly many of the local drunks had been urinating up against the mattress. What a horrible environment for a mum with tiny kittens - she is loving her nice soft blanket now, curled up with her babies. We have called her Josephine.
OCTOBER 1st: FIVE KITTENS FOUND DUMPED IN A RUCKSACK IN BARKING.......
The Rucksack containing the kittens was discovered by a dog walker near the Rippleside cemetary in Barking. The kittens are only three and a half weeks old, were soaking wet, covered in fleas and in poor health. They are being cred for at our Canning Town Branch.
SEPTEMBER 26TH......Four kittens are recovering after they were born inside a tumble dryer in an east London dry-cleaners.
Canning Town Branch were called by the shop in Forest Gate after the kittens cries were heard from the back of the machine. Their mother was nearby and once the back of the machine was removed the kittens were able to be reunited with their mother and taken to the safety of one of our foster homes.
SEPTEMBER 22nd......Beautiful Betty, rescued this morning
Betty was living amongst the undergrowth and brambles at the edge of a road in West Kent. Spotted by a member of the public earlier this week, they began feeding her but were unable to catch her as she was so nervous and darted back amongst the brambles if she was approached. Over the last two days and long nights (for her) no mum cat or siblings were been seen or heard so one of our team trapped her this morning. She is thin, full of fleas and harvest mites and still shy but now loving her snug new bed and will remain safe in our care.
AUGUST 26th: SHOCKING ACT BY SPHYNX CAT BREEDER.....
A team clearing rubbish yesterday in a park in Mile End in East London discovered this tiny kitten wrapped in a white cloth which had clearly been abandoned there. He had already been gnawed at by rats in the area. He was raced to the Canning Town clinic where the vet team set to work warming him up and providing treatment for the rat bites on his shoulder and sides. We were extremely puzzled as to how what appears to be a 2 day old pedigree Sphynx kitten found himself abandoned and all alone.
Once warm he began to cry for food, but when we tried to bottle feed him milk came down his nose and it immediately became clear why he was worthless to the breeder. He has a massive congenital cleft palate - this is a condition where the roof the mouth has not fused and prevents the kitten from suckling. Affected kittens need careful feeding and lots of care to avoid complications developing and even with experienced care they may develop aspiration pneumonia, infections and fail to thrive. Suddenly we understood - this poor kitten was no doubt bred for financial gain - and the breeder, on seeing that this kitten was un-saleable and unlikely to survive threw him out like a piece of rubbish. They did not bother to take him to a vets where he could have been humanely put to sleep – they left him to a slow painful death from starvation, hypothermia or predation by rats or foxes.
Our team had an agonising discussion - should we put him to sleep or could CHAT provide the care needed to get him to 12 weeks when corrective surgery involving bone and skin grafts could be attempted. Would he survive the surgery needed? 12 weeks of specialised feeding and care before challenging surgery is a big commitment in terms of intensive care when the whole charity is under extreme pressure, with ever increasing demands on its services, ever increasing numbers of animals being abandoned and alongside ever increasing costs.
Looking at this little kitten snuggled in a blue woolly blanket everyone at CHAT agreed - we couldn’t just give up on him, we would make the effort and risk the heartache to try to save his life. We fed him using a little tube down his throat straight into his stomach. He was very hungry as he had obviously never been able to feed before. Sadly despite the best efforts of our vet who took “Wrinkles” home with her last night he passed away around midnight. He had never previously had any nourishment and simply had nothing to fight with.
We are all very upset as even though we only knew him for a few hours Wrinkles touched our hearts.
WORLD SPAY DAY TUESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2016
To celebrate World Spay Day 2016 both of our London veterinary clinics held a FREE cat neutering day!
85% of litters of kittens are the result of unplanned accidental matings - female kittens can become pregnant at just 4 months old which is a surprise to many cat owners!
Finding new homes for all these unplanned kittens is very difficult as we all know!
Twenty seven cats were neutered at Lewisham Branch for Free today, including 4 year old tabby cat Lola. Lola's owner had recently acquired Lola and brought her in today to be spayed.
Spaying a female cat is a routine operation carried out under anaesthetic that takes around 15 minutes from start to finish.
Petra one of our veterinary nurses monitors Lola's anaesthetic whilst Serena, one of our vets makes a small incision in Lola's side. Serena is then able to surgically remove Lola's reproductive organs, her uterus (womb) and ovaries (ovario-hysterectomy).
Serena then stitches the incision and the anaesthetic is reversed.
Lola is monitored by another nurse whilst she recovers from her operation and when fully awake was able to go home again later in the afternoon.
The following photos are of Serena one of our vets, Petra one of our veterinary nurses and of Lola having her neutering operation today......
In a few days time once fully recovered Lola will be able to enjoy going outdoors protected from the risk of pregnancy.
We neuter (spay and castrate) cats (and dogs) all year round at our London Veterinary clinics so don't worry if you missed out on todays Spay Day event, please contact whichever of our clinics is closest to you:
CANNING TOWN BRANCH 151-153, Barking Road, London E16 4HQ Tel 020 7474 8811
LEWISHAM BRANCH 233-235, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UY Tel 020 8691 2100
Our standard charges for pet owners on benefits or a low income are just £20 to neuter a male cat and £25 to neuter a female cat. Prices for dogs vary by weight.
We do also accept neutering vouchers from the major animal charities, in this case of cats this makes the cost free.
We can help with arranging neutering vouchers for eligible pet owners.
We can also help with neutering strays, large numbers of cats in multi cat households and with transporting cats in to our clinics for neutering where necessary!
LUKE & SKYWALKER
Please help us with the cost of reconstructive surgery and intensive care for these brave boys, Luke & Skywalker. They have already suffered so much in their short lives but you only have to look at their faces, watch their happiness when they play, hear them purr when cuddled to know they deserve this chance.
Found by a member of the public taped up in a wet cardboard box in Victoria Park, East London, Luke and Skywalker were collected by a member of our rescue team. They arrived at our veterinary clinic underweight, covered in fleas, scared and hungry. We were horrified to discover both kittens had suffered appalling injuries. Skywalker was barely able to walk and X rays revealed he had suffered a spinal injury. Luke suffered terrible injuries, both pads and all the toes on his back feet and the end of his tail were severed. We do not know what caused these injuries. All the wounds were infected, but despite the pain these kittens were in, they purred and wanted cuddles straight away.
Our vets immediately started pain relief and cleaned and dressed Luke's wounds. Both kittens now face a long period of rehabilitation, Skywalker is receiving physiotherapy to improve his coordination. Luke has already undergone several surgical procedures and will need several more to provide him with functional feet and to enable him to walk without pain . He will also need ongoing physiotherapy . We have set up a Justgiving page to help raise funds towards their care. Any donations would be hugely appreciated. Donate towards Luke and Skywalkers medical care here
PLEASE BE AWARE, Some of the photos shown at the foot of our Justgiving page are images of the injuries sustained to Luke which you may find distressing.
See their video. These very brave boys, who in spite of everything that has happened to them are still trying to play and have fun.
We have lots of beautiful rescued cats awaiting a new start in a new home...
Thinking of giving a new start in life to a rescued cat or two???
Come and meet our many rescued cats all seeking a new start in life at our Lewisham Branch or Sanctuary Open Days......
Lewisham Branch in S.E London is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm - 5pm.
Lewisham Branch 233-235, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UY (nr Junction with Friendly Street SE8)
Greenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary in East Sussex is open every weekend from 1pm - 4.30pm on both Saturdays and Sundays.
Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary, Stubb Lane, Brede
Near Hastings, East Sussex TN31 6BT. Tel: 01424 882198
Our Open Days are an opportunity for you to come and meet us and some of our cats and to discuss offering a home. We have all sorts of cats needing homes - young and old. Cats needing homes with gardens and cats suitable for indoor only homes. Single cats, pairs or trio's and not forgetting feral and semi-feral cats who are seeking suitable outdoor homes.
N.B We always carry out a pre-adoption home visit. This is an informal visit which takes place in your home. We provide any advice you may need about caring for and settling in new cats or kittens – incl health care, feeding, holiday arrangements, dangers in your home etc. We also look at the location of your home to assess for hazards such as easy access to busy roads or for indoor only homes to advise on making windows or balconies safe.
Thank you for all of your lovely gifts!
4th December 2015: We are lucky enough to have received a number of fantastic gifts for our rescued cats and kittens in the run up to Christmas!
Laura T has given lots of kitten food and Dreamies treats; Mrs P has donated some lovely handknitted catnip toys (pictured below); and Bibo O has given lots of lovely towels. Amazon Wish List donations have included food pouches from Michelle F, a cat scratching post from Kerry H, cat litter from Laura C, and dry cat food from Carolyn P - to name just a few!!
We are absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity. Your donations will really help us to care for the hundreds of cats and kittens in our centres this Christmas, and we honestly can't thank you enough.
If you would like to give a gift to our rescued cats and kittens this Christmas, you can have food, toys, blankets and litter delivered directly to our Branches via our Amazon Wish List (more information is on our Support Us Online page).
Thank you everyone! We are so grateful to you for your continued support.
Feral cats need your help!
At CHAT much of our rescue staff and volunteers efforts are spent helping stray and feral cats. Provided the cats have shelter and someone to feed them everyday then we neuter and return colonies of feral cats to where they are living.
For some of the larger colonies that we have neutered and returned we continue to provide food. We are lucky to be supported with food generously donated at several supermarket food collection bins. However at this time of year the cats appetites tend to increase a bit so more food is always needed!
Cat food can also be donated at our Branches, so if your cats are a bit fussy and you have any spare food left over please do bring it in, it will be appreciated by a needy cat.
233-235, Lewisham Way SE4 1UY
Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 6p.m and Sat- Sun 1p.m - 5p.m
151-153, Barking Road, E16 4HQ
Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 5.30p.m
Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary
Stubb Lane, Brede, East Sussex, TN31 6BT
Open Sat - Sun 1p.m - 4p.m (or call 01424 882198 to arrange a time during the week)
High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AG
Open Mon - Fri 9a.m - 5p.m and Sat 9.30a.m - 1.30p.m
Or food can be sent directly to our Branches via our Amazon Wish Lists...
Celebrate 2016 in style and help animals in need at the same time!
20th November 2015: We are delighted to let you know that we have brand-new 2016 CHAT wall calendars, which we are selling to raise much-needed funds for our rescued cats and kittens!
Each page features a photo of one of our lovely rescued cats, and space to jot down important dates to remember, such as events and birthdays.
The calendars measure 40cm x 15cm, and are priced at £4.99 each (plus £2.80 P&P per order*).
We will also be selling a run of EXCLUSIVE calendars signed by Celia Hammond! There will only be 25 of these available, and will be priced at £25 each (plus £2.80 P&P per order). These will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis, and will be sent out from Tuesday 20th November 2015.
These lovely calendars have been kindly donated to us, so 100% of the sale price will benefit the rescued cats and kittens in our care!
* Orders will be sent out by Royal Mail Second Class UK post. If you would like to order calendar(s) for delivery by Royal Mail First Class or overseas, please contact our Head Office team to arrange this.
FAMILY OF SEVEN CATS DISCOVERED ABANDONED IN A PET CARRIER BY RUBBISH BINS IN BOW, EAST LONDON
FEATURED STORY (17th November 2015): Canning Town Branch have come to the aid of this mother cat, her adolescent female kitten and five X five-week-old kittens who were all squashed into a small cat carrying basket and abandoned by the rubbish bins on an estate in Bow.
They were terrified and hungry when they first arrived at our clinic and are still snuggled up together in the cardboard box we gave them.
Sadly the adolescent kitten has a badly deformed leg which is either congenital or could be the result of a badly healed fracture.
Her leg is so severely misshapen that she cannot use the leg at all. Our vets will have to amputate this leg as it’s so twisted, pointing the wrong way and useless to her.
All but two black kittens are black and white and having overcome their initial shock they are very friendly. The kittens have been named Darwin, Lima, Havana, Cusco and Diego and are about 6 weeks old.
We called named the mother cat "Cairo" and her adolescent daughter "Tyler."
The family will be ready for rehoming in about 3 weeks time.
Please help us to care for our rescued cats and kittens. Gifts of food or toys for Cairo, Tyler, Darwin, Lima, Havana, Cusco and Diego can be purchased and sent to Canning Town Branch via their Amazon Wish List.
Please don't throw away your used stamps!
13th November 2015: Did you know that if you donate your used stamps to us, we can send them off to be recycled? This is a brilliant way of raising much-needed funds for our rescued cats and kittens at very little cost to you!
Our fantastic supporters have already helped us raise over £350 by donating their used stamps, which has had a truly positive impact on our vital animal welfare work.
British and foreign stamps would be really appreciated.
To donate your used stamps, please cut or tear them from the envelope (with a 1cm border to avoid damaging the perforations), and send them to: CHAT, Head Office, High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AG.
Look out for Nigel at the Greenwich Clocktower Market next month!
12th November 2015: Nigel, one of our lovely long-term supporters, will be selling a fantastic array of stamps at Greenwich Clocktower Market in the run up to Christmas to raise vital funds for CHAT!
Following his success in August (during which he raised a fantastic sum of £1,054.70), Nigel will be selling 1st and 2nd Class stamps (ideal for sending your Christmas cards!), Presentation Packs, Prestige Booklets and collectible it...ems. ALL proceeds will be donated to CHAT and benefit the rescued cats and kittens in our care!
Greenwich Clocktower Market is located at 166 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8NN. Nigel will be manning his stall on Saturday 5th December, Saturday 12th December and Saturday 19th December.
If you are in the area on any of those days, please pop along and say hello!
Christmas Shopping? Help raise vital funds for CHAT at the same time!
11th November 2015: It's that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner, and people are already busy buying gifts for their loved ones.
Did you know that if you shop for Christmas presents online, you can raise much-needed funds for our rescued cats and kittens at the same time through EasyFundraising - at no extra cost to you?
It's completely free to sign up, you won’t be bombarded with marketing materials, and you'll be helping to rescue and home unwanted and abandoned animals.
You can join EasyFundraising in just a few minutes here: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/celiahammondat/
Our amazing supporters have already raised over £3800 for CHAT through EasyFundraising so far – can you help us reach £4000?
Thank you so much for your support! All funds raised will benefit the hundreds of rescued cats and kittens in our care.
Thank you, Pets At Home!
6th October 2015: We would like to say a massive thank you to Pets At Home, who have donated lots of yummy food to our Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary in Brede (nr Hastings), East Sussex.
Here is a picture of one of our rescued kittens on guard duty!
Thank you South London Press!
2nd October 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to South London Press, who popped along to our Lewisham Branch on Friday to deliver some much-needed newspapers to help us care for our rescued cats and kittens!
The team has promised to continue to support us in this way on an ongoing basis, for which we are very grateful! The newspaper also often helps us with editorial coverage, which has proved invaluable in promoting the charity's vital animal welfare work in the South London area.
Thank you to the team at South London Press for your amazing continued support!
Keep your cat cosy and raise much-needed funds for CHAT!
30th October 2015: Lorraine, one of our lovely supporters, has kindly chosen to donate 50% of the sale price of her stylish handmade cat beds to CHAT!
The luxurious cat beds (pictured) come in three sizes (18 inch, 20 inch and 22 inch diameters), and you can choose from three striking colours (red, purple and black).
Each cat bed costs £10 (plus P&P), with 50% of the sale price being donated to CHAT. All funds raised will help the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
You can purchase Lorraine's lovely cat beds via her CreativeIdeas.Rose Etsy shop.
Buddy continues to thrive in his lovely foster home with Jane and his new friends!
30th October 2015: "I wanted to give you an update on Buddy.
He was from Canning Town and he was only given a few months to live when we brought him home as he has a chronic heart condition. Well that was in April and here he is smiling in his sleep.
He is doing amazingly well with his medication and every day is a complete blessing. He is such a character and insists on cleaning all of his rescue brothers and sister.
Moo is just behind him there. We got Moo from Lewisham in January - he is the young age of 20 years old and is now a full time elderly kitten. Maisey, on the chair here, was also from the yellow room in Lewisham. She has been with us for 5 years and is such a happy little soul.
Thank you Celia and all the staff at CHAT."
Thank you Beco Pets!
29th October 2015: Following their amazing Royal Parks Half Marathon efforts earlier this month (which has raised £290 for CHAT so far), the team from Beco Pets visited our Lewisham rescue centre yesterday.
As well as spending time socialising some of our lovely cats and kittens, Team Beco brought some amazing cat care goodies along with them!
We are so grateful to Beco Pets for their fantastic support.
Whiskles has been found!
I wanted to send you this email to express my thanks to you and the CHAT team for finding my father’s cat, Whiskles.
As you know, my father took Whiskles in as a stray and had him for approximately 4 months, during which time he became part of the family. We were on our way to CHAT when Whiskles escaped from the cat carrier we were carrying him in. My father was devastated as we all were. We searched for Whiskles for days; putting up posters in the area and speaking to local residents. We were absolutely astounded at the help and support from CHAT and from the local residents who continued effortlessly to look out for Whiskles.
To our amazement and astonishment I received the telephone call last week from Celia informing us that they had found Whiskles! As soon as he was home he settled in to his previous routine, sleeping in the same places as he used to and waking my father up early in the morning to let him out. His friendly and loving nature has returned. Whiskles is lapping up all the fuss and treats with gusto, and my father has his smile back and a spring in his step – even with bad knees!
I cannot speak more highly of CHAT – from the day we lost Whiskles, to the day they found him and following his return (receiving a telephone call from Celia to make sure everything was alright with Whiskles and my father). What a fantastic organisation. Thank you CHAT.
URGENT APPEAL: 35 CATS AND KITTENS ABANDONED IN A FLAT!
WE NEED YOUR HELP
FEATURED STORY (22nd October 2015): Our Canning Town team had a call from the Housing Association on 19/10/15. A tenant had vacated their one-bedroom flat a week before and left 35 scared and hungry cats behind.
Our rescue workers went to the flat on 20th and found the terrified cats hiding in the bed base, the arms of the sofa, and even behind the toaster. They were taken to the safety of our Canning Town clinic. They are so hungry and are being fed special diet food to prevent upset stomachs.
Our vets will now begin basic veterinary care: vaccinating, microchipping, treating for fleas and neutering.
This alone will cost the charity over £2200 - before feeding, other medical costs and ongoing care. This rescue is a huge and immediate challenge for the charity.
We really need your help.
Our centres are already full with unwanted cats and kittens and our resources are running low. We need you to help us care for these cats and our hundreds of other rescued cats by donating to our JustGiving Campaign page here: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/celiahammond/flatcats
Every gift (large or small) will make a big difference.
Thank you all so much. We will update you with the cats' and kittens' progress as the story develops.
Celia has won the Lifetime Achievement Award!
21/10/2015: Celia is thrilled to have won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 'Daily Mirror Animal Heroes Awards'!
Very well done to all the incredible, deserving winners, who carry out absolutely vital animal welfare work on a daily basis.
Celia and all CHAT's staff and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support - we really couldn't do this without you!
Thank you all, and congratulations Celia!
Come and see us at the Hastings Charities Fair this Sunday!
16th October 2015: CHAT will be exhibiting at the Hastings & Rother Charities Fair at Azur Marina Pavilion this Sunday 18th October, between 10am-4pm.
Members of our team will be available to talk to about volunteering, fostering and community fundraising opportunities.
Our idyllic Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary is only a short drive from Hastings town centre, and we need you to join our friendly team to help us care for our rescued cats and kittens, promote our vital work and raise much-needed funds.
So, if you live nearby and are interested in getting involved please do come along and say hello!
Maria is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise vital funds!
15th October 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to Maria, who is taking on a massive challenge next year in the hope of raising as many vital funds as possible for our rescued cats and kittens!
In May 2016, Maria will travel to the USA to embark on 48-mile trek in the Grand Canyon, which will take five days. The trek is completely self funded, so all money raised will go to charity.
Maria was inspired to raise much-needed funds for CHAT after adopting two lovely cats from our Greenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary in East Sussex. Lily and Luna (pictured) were rescued by our team with their mum and blind dad, and were still really shy when Maria adopted them as young adults. It’s lovely to see them doing so well.
If you would like to sponsor Maria’s amazing challenge, please donate via her JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Blacklock2/.
Thank you all so much. Good luck in training, Maria!
13th October 2015: Little Marley is an 8-week-old kitten who was found in a bag of dry cement and was completely covered in the toxic powder. The powder had to be vacuumed off and Marley then needed to be shaved and bathed until all residue was removed from his little body. He also suffered an unknown injury to his back legs which made if difficult to walk, however this is thankfully now improving.
Portland cement is extremely toxic and aggressive towards skin and lungs and can cause severe allergies if exposure such as this is not treated immediately. Marley spent three days in intensive care and has now recovered well and will be ready for a loving home shortly.
You can see a video of Marley here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iLWRKoAFrWA&feature=youtu.be
Update 22nd October: For all the people who have taken little Marley to their hearts and many who have offered him a loving home, we have an update about him.
Although he is much more cheery in himself and has a good appetite he has, since our original post about him, developed some problems associated, our vets believe, with the original injury sustained to his pelvis that are now starting to sometimes affect his ability to pee. Nothing showed up on Xray at the time we took him in and nobody knew what had happened to him before he ended up in a bag of cement, unable to climb out of it. We are treating Marley and hoping we can resolve this for him but will have to keep him in the clinic for the time being. Will post again with news of his progress.
FOSTER HOMES SOUGHT!
Cats are seasonal breeders typically giving birth in the Spring and again later in the Summer....
If you have other pets a separate room would be required for a foster family as mother cats are naturally protective of their babies towards other animals.
Canning Town Branch also has several pairs of shy 10 - 14 week old ex stray and feral kittens who would benefit from some extra handling and socialisation to help them to become more confident and friendly and ready for new homes. So that they can be easily handled (and not hide) these kittens will at least initially need to be accommodated in a "kitten pen" which is a cage that we provide which contains their bed, food, litter tray and toys.
If you are interested in discussing either option further and live locally to either of our London Branches please contact us!
Canning Town Branch (East London) - 020 7474 8811 or email email@example.com
This is a new fostering appeal - if you have previously fostered for us and are available to help again - please get in touch!
Don't forget to book your tickets to see Tom Cox in London this weekend!
8th October 2015: Today is the official release date of Tom Cox's new book, 'Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind', and The Bear (aka @MYSADCAT)'s 20th Birthday!
On Sunday 11th October from 3pm-7pm, Tom will be at the Strongroom Bar & Kitchen in London to talk about, read from and sign copies of the book!
Tom has very kindly chosen to donate a portion of the event's ticket price to CHAT! All funds raised will make a huge difference to the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
There will also be live music by Jack Sharp - singer from psychedelic "peat bog superfuzz sphagnum moss sludge" purveyors, 'Wolf People' - and the "magical gothic (but not goth) acid ghost folk duo", 'The Left Outsides'.
This is sure to be a very fun event for book and cat enthusiasts - you don't want to miss it!
Thank you everyone and Happy Birthday, Bear!
We will feature on BBC Inside Out London this evening!
GO TEAM BECO!
1st October 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to five members of the Beco Pets team, who have chosen to raise much-needed funds for our vital animal welfare work by running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 11th October!
George, Aretha, Michelle, Venetia and Paramjit will run the challenging 13.1 mile race through four of London’s magnificent Royal Parks and passed some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.
They have all been training incredibly hard, and hope to raise as much in sponsorship as possible for our rescued cats and kittens. Every donation – large or small – will make a huge difference, and will really spur the team on. If you would like to do so, you can sponsor them here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/becopets
Thank you everyone, and good luck Team Beco!
UPDATE 12TH SEPTEMBER: All five runners in the Beco Pets team finished the Half Marathon yesterday, and have raised £270! We are so thrilled, thank you!
It's a lovely Monday morning at our Sanctuary!
28th September 2015: Here are four of our resident cats (Jenny, Claire, Paw and Xena) enjoying the autumn sun at our Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary in Brede, East Sussex, this morning!
A Happy Friday Tale...
25th September 2015: "It’s five years tomorrow since I visited your Canning Town branch and went home with my gorgeous three-legged boy, Hops (previously Halley’s Comet).
I had no idea so much mischief could be packed into one cat! He’s much more interested in playing with non-cat toys than anything designed for feline use – headphones are a particular favourite, and anything left on side tables is considered fair game – and he is always out to find new ways to get past me at meal times to steal my other cat’s food. He also loves a cuddle and has a wonderfully loud purr.
Last week I washed a long-unused cat bed with the intention of putting it away in a cupboard. But apparently being damp and upside down on an airer made it suddenly desirable again! Also pictured is Hops in his favourite bed, and a close-up of his lovely face.
Thank you for giving cats like Hops a second chance at happiness. He's a joy to have.
Good luck, Jennie!
21st September 2015: We would like to wish Jennie the best of luck for her Half-Ironman Triathlon this Sunday!
Jennie is taking part in the Hever Castle Gauntlet on 27th September, which will involve swimming 1.9km, cycling 90km and then running a Half Marathon.
This is a seriously impressive challenge, which will take an immense amount of Jennie's physical and emotional strength to complete. We are so thrilled that she has chosen to donate half of the funds raised from this incredible event to CHAT. This will make a real difference to the lives of the hundreds of rescued cats and kittens in our care.
If you would like to sponsor Jennie, you can do so via her Virgin Money Giving page here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/jennieduprey
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.
UPDATE 28th September: Jennie completed the triathlon yesterday, and has raised £575 (half of which will be donated to CHAT) so far! This is a huge achievement, and we would like to say a massive thank you to Jennie for all of her fantastic fundraising efforts!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR 'RUN TO THE BEAT' RUNNERS!
15th September 2015: 8 of our wonderful supporters took part in 'Run To The Beat' - a fun yet challenging 10k run at London's Wembley Park - on Sunday 13th September.
We are so proud of all of our runners - they all worked incredibly hard, finished the race in a brilliant time, and raised an amazing amount in sponsorship.
Altogether, our 'Run To The Beat' runners have raised an incredible £1383 (not including Gift Aid) so far - with even more in sponsorship due to come in!
We really cannot believe how much this event has raised for the rescued cats and kittens in our care - such a substantial sum will make a huge difference to our vital animal welfare work!
It is not too late to sponsor if you would like to - simply click on our runners' JustGiving pages listed on our Challenge Events page.
So THANK YOU Emma, Hellen, Robyn, Jack, Kim, Rhiannon, Rebecca and Katie, and every single person who donated.
Elena and Martyn have raised over £1000 in memory of Colonel K!
15th September 2015: Elena and Martyn ran the Henley 10k Challenge last weekend In Memory of Colonel K (pictured), a much-loved resident sponsor cat at our Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary who sadly passed away earlier this year.
We are thrilled to announce that they have raised over £1000 in sponsorship for this event!
We are completely overwhelmed at how much Elena and Martyn's run has raised - this will make a huge difference to the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
It is not too late to sponsor Elena and Martyn, if you would like to do so. You can see their JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Elena-Millard/
We would like to say a massive thank you to Elena and Martyn for their incredible support, and to everyone who has donated!
Friday night at the pub?
4th September 2015: Thankfully not for these two now. Rescued from East Sussex just minutes ago, these two terrified and thin kittens were discovered living under a pub shed on the very edge of a busy main road. A friendly mother cat was also discovered in the same place. She has also been taken in to our care, but we are convinced she is not their mum.
It took four hours to catch these two, but we weren't going to give up until we got them! Leaving them to fend for themselves in such a dangerous spot was unthinkable. Thank you to the staff at the pub for alerting us.
More details are to follow once we get them back to our Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary and settled in.
Do you have any spare cat toys you could give to our rescued cats and kittens?
FEATURED STORY (1st September 2015): We have been posting a lot about Kitten Season over the past few months, during which we been taking in countless young mothers and their kittens who were born outside (sometimes in very dangerous situations).
Play is a crucial part of a kitten's physical and emotional development (particularly in terms of how he/she interacts with other cats and humans), and is also incredibly important for adult and even elderly cats.
We are currently running low on toys for our rescued cats to play with, and would really appreciate it if you could share this post with anyone who may have a good quality cat toy, scratching post or cardboard scratcher that they could donate to our rescued cats and kittens. We would be so grateful if you could send any gifts to our centres (contact details here).
If you'd prefer, you can purchase a brand-new toy for our rescued cats and kittens from our Amazon Wish List, and have it sent directly to one of our centres!
Thank you so much for all your support - it will make the world of difference to the rescued cats and kittens in our care!
Thank you Naomi!
27th August 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to Naomi, who raised much-needed funds for CHAT by taking part in the Great Newham London Swim last month.
Naomi swam "in memory of two characterful pet cats, Millie and Methuselah, who we adopted from the wild, with Celia Hammond's help". She completed the swim in approximately 50 minutes and raised an amazing £200!
You can see Naomi's JustGiving page here.
Thank you Naomi, and everyone who donated!
Come on down to Canning Town Calling this Bank Holiday Weekend!
26th August 2015: We are thrilled to let you know that Canning Town Calling - a FREE, outdoor, live music event - will be raising much-needed funds for CHAT!
The event will take place at the Canning Town Caravanserai on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, and promises to be a fantastic couple of days for all the family - with 20 acts, an art raffle, food stalls and a kids' karaoke!
For more information and the full line-up, please see the Canning Town Calling Facebook page here.
We are so grateful to everyone at Canning Town Calling for choosing to raise vital funds for CHAT - every penny raised will make a real difference to the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
If you are in the Canning Town area this Bank Holiday Weekend, please come along and show your support!
Wing has raised over £500 for CHAT in the Hyde Park 10K!
31st July 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to Wing Hoang, who took part in the Hyde Park 10K for CHAT yesterday!
Wing finished the run in a brilliant time of 1:03:40, and has raised £530 for CHAT so far! Such a substantial sum will go a long way towards helping us care for the rescued cats and kittens at our centres.
Wing says: "I'm running for CHAT because CHAT has always been there to help my pets. I have had two in my life and take care of various strays. Without the support of Celia Hammond, whether in the form of advice or treatment, I would have had a much harder time caring for them.
"I know that my efforts for this fundraiser is only a fraction of what the Celia Hammond team is doing, 24/7, 360 days a year. I feel grateful that I have such a generous charity in my locality and simply want to help."
It's not too late to sponsor Wing's Hyde Park 10K run via his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Wing-Hoang/.
Thank you to everyone who donated, and to Wing for his fantastic fundraising efforts!
Original textile artwork of 'My Sad Cat' (aka, The Bear) for sale to raise funds for CHAT!
19th August 2015: Thank you so much to Tom Cox and his mum for auctioning this beautiful original textile artwork on eBay with all sale proceeds coming to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust!
All funds raised from this sale will make a real difference to the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
UPDATE 28TH AUGUST: The textile artwork has sold for an amazing £680! We are absolutely thrilled - thank you so much to Tom Cox's mum and everyone who placed a bid!
Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Greenacres Sanctuary Summer Open Day!
The winners of the cat photo competition have now been notified and we will be posting details here very soon. Thank you to all the cats who took part.
11th August 2015: Meet one of today's first rescues! This kitten was born to a stray mum living in a greenhouse with four siblings. None of the kittens have ever been handled before an hour or so ago, but thankfully all are already responding well. Mum is actually tame, just very protective and at the moment understandably rather stressed. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Hall for alerting us to their plight. All of the family are now safe.
Did you spot us in the Sunday Mirror yesterday?
Ella and her team stopped off at our rescue centre while promoting Ella's new album 'Feline' (due to be released on 28th August 2015 through Virgin EMI), and took the opportunity to meet some of our rescued cats and kittens!
When asked about her visit, Ella said: "The work they do is incredible. It was great to hang out there - makes you feel good."
We would like to thank Ella and the Sunday Mirror for their amazing support. We are hopeful that this coverage will encourage more people to adopt one or two of the hundreds of rescued cats and kittens currently waiting for a new home at all of our centres.
We're in Kudos Magazine!
We would like to thank Kudos for their wonderful coverage of CHAT in their July/August issue!
We are featured as the publication's Local Hero, and are absolutely thrilled with the article.
Press coverage like this is fantastic, as it helps us spread the word about the charity's vital animal welfare work in the local community, promote good pet care, and find new homes for our rescued cats and kittens!
Thank you Kudos!
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION, AND DEMAND JUSTICE FOR CECIL THE LION IN ZIMBABWE
FEATURED STORY: We are appalled to hear of the tragic death of Cecil the lion, who was brutally killed on what is believed to be an illegal hunt. Sadly, Cecil's story is far from unique. Please sign and share the petition to tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.
The news of Cecil's death has made international headlines across the world. We must use this publicity to bring an end to this barbaric practice.
Here is the story, as told on the Care2 petition page:
"On July 1, Cecil the lion, one of the most famous animals in one of Zimbabwe's national parks, was shot by a bow hunter. The hunter was a dentist from Minnesota who paid $55,000 for a hunting permit before shooting the 13-year-old big cat.
Please sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil! Tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals!
The hunters reportedly lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park, where it is illegal to kill wildlife, at night. Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow. The wounded lion didn't die until 40 hours later, when the hunters tracked him down and shot him with a rifle. They then skinned and beheaded him. The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association confirmed that Cecil was killed outside the park on private land, and an investigation is ongoing into the legality of the hunt.
The legend of Cecil started about three and a half years ago, when the then-10-year-old lion was kicked out of his pride, beaten by younger, more powerful males. Hunters argue that as loners, prideless male lions aren't as important to sustaining lion populations.
But Cecil wasn't finished. He soon teamed up with another lone male named Jericho, and the lions regained control of the region's two prides, one of which consists of three lionesses and seven cubs under seven months old.
The loss of Cecil most likely spells the end of Jericho's reign, and the possible loss of the pride's cubs. Jericho, as a single male, will be unable to defend the two prides and cubs from new males that invade the territory. This is what we most often see happening in these cases. Infanticide is the most likely outcome.
Please sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil! Tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals!"
Please sign and share this petition as far and wide as you can - every signature makes a difference. Thank you.
We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all our foster carers!
28th July 2015: We are so indebted to all of our wonderful, caring, selfless foster carers, who take many of our rescued cats into their own homes on a long- or short-term basis to give them the love and care they need in a safe, domestic environment.
Long Term Foster Heroes
Quite a few animals coming into our care are elderly, disabled or have ongoing health problems that require prolonged treatment (like Pirate in the post below). Any cat homed under our Long Term Foster Scheme, can be brought to our London clinics (or to local vets used by the charity if not in London) for treatment, taking away the fear of huge vet bills!
Pictured are two of our amazing Long Term Foster Carers, who brought their foster cats into our Lewisham clinic for a check up. Diana (on the left), is with Lucifera, her first CHAT foster cat from 17 years ago - one of the 16 foster cats Diana is currently caring for! Jane (on the right) is with her foster cat Frank, who sadly had to have an eye removed (but has recovered well). Over the years, Jane has fostered 57 cats for us!
Short Term Foster Heroes
We are also heavily reliant on our fantastic Short Term Fosterers to care for young mother cats and their newborn litters - especially at this time of year. Throughout kitten season (approximately April to December), CHAT receives countless emergency calls for help when abandoned cats give birth to kittens wherever they can - often in the most dangerous and unsuitable places.
Our Short Term Fosterers allow our mother cats to be able to rear their kittens in a home environment, and get them used to human interaction in a domestic setting - making it much easier for them to settle into their forever homes once they are old enough.
Pictured are Tyrion and Arya, two of Dora's five kittens, being cared for in one of our foster homes.
If you are interested in becoming a Long Term or Short Term Foster Hero for CHAT, please contact your nearest CHAT Branch using the contact details below:
Thank you Dominic!
20th July 2015: We would like to say a huge thank you to Dominic for taking part in the Morrisons Great Newham London Run for CHAT yesterday!
Dominic completed the race in a fantastic time of 46:57, and has been working hard to raise as much funds as possible. His efforts paid off, and he raised over £200! We are so grateful - all funds raised will help the rescued cats and kittens in our care.
Dominic has several of his own cats, who have been treated at our low-cost veterinary clinic in Canning Town. Ruby has had a thyroid problem, and is now much better; Scrappy came to Dominic as a stray and was neutered; and Fluffy (pictured) was elderly and treated for an unknown illness, but sadly passed away late last year.
Dominic decided to raise funds for CHAT to say thank you for giving his much-loved cats the treatment they needed.
It is not too late to sponsor Dominic if you can - please see his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Dominic-Dragonetti
Thank you so much to Dominic and everyone who has sponsored him!
A massive thank you and congratulations to our British 10K runners!
16th July 2015: We are so proud of all of our amazing British 10K runners, who tackled the challenging course across the capital in style last Sunday to cross the finish line in brilliant times!
Natalia, Stephen, Catherine, Leah, Vanessa and Natalie took part in the race to raise as much funds as possible for our vital animal welfare work – and to say that they have succeeded is an understatement! Between them, they have raised over £1,234!
We are overwhelmed. We receive no Government funding, and completely rely on your support to rescue and home unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens in desperate need, and care for animals at our low-cost veterinary clinics who would otherwise not receive vital treatment.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to our British 10K runners, cheer team and everyone who donated.
A Happy Ending for two of the shoe box kittens!
15th July 2015: You may remember us telling you about two shoe boxes containing five kittens who were abandoned at our Lewisham Branch in two separate incidents.
On Friday 29th May a shoe box containing three black kittens was found on the clinic doorstep. On Monday 1st June a shoe box containing another two kittens - one grey/white and another black/white was thrown into the clinic waiting room.
It seems that the two sets of kittens were actually unrelated - slightly different ages and very different temperaments and that these were unrelated incidents.
The pair (grey/white and black/white) were initially rather shy and it took a couple of weeks of gentle handling and reassurance by our animal care staff and volunteers before they became more friendly.
The good news is that they now have a new home and are settling in well...
"Hi, I thought you would like to see a picture of how the kittens are settling in, one week on...
We have re-named them Sooty and Sweep. They love chasing up and down our stairs and are big on purring and chasing the feather toy we bought them.
Thanks so much for all your help.
Alex and Olive"
We were delighted to welcome Ella Eyre to our Lewisham Branch last week!
14th July 2015: Singer-songwriter Ella Eyre and her team stopped off at our rescue centre while promoting Ella's new album 'Feline' (due to be released on 28th August 2015 through Virgin EMI), and took the opportunity to meet some of our rescued cats and kittens!
Here she is pictured with her friend Bethan, cuddling one of the adorable kittens currently in the care of our Lewisham team. This kitten was sadly abandoned with her brother (pictured right), and they are seeking a new home as a pair.
We currently have hundreds of cats and kittens waiting for their forever homes. To enquire about adopting, please contact your nearest CHAT rescue centre.
We would like to thank Ella and her team for making time to visit - everyone was so lovely, and our rescued kittens really enjoyed their cuddles!
FEATURED STORY (8th July): The Summer is the busiest time of year for CHAT’s rescue centres and Sanctuary. Spring and Summer brings the kitten season and every year we are inundated with calls about stray and abandoned mother cats and their litters of kittens, often living in dangerous situations, often sick and hungry. Just when we are at our busiest time of year we also experience a drop in the number of homes being offered, this is because kitten season coincides with the human summer holiday season and many adopters delay taking on new cats until after their holidays.
July and August really are the nightmare months for everyone involved in cat rescue and homing.
How can you help? If you are seeking to adopt cats and have a holiday planned , if its a relatively short holiday – e.g up to a week and its adult cats rather than tiny kittens that you want and you have a reliable friend, neighbour or pet sitter then please consider adopting now. It’s better for a cat to be a bit bored in a home rather than sitting for weeks in a rescue centre, it’s also better to be a bit bored in a home than for a cat in need to not to be rescued at all because all the rescue centres are full.
Are you local to one of our centres? Could you help by joining our team of volunteer foster carers? We need to try and accommodate as many cats and kittens as we can, as comfortably as we can until homes start to pick up again from September. CHAT’s volunteer foster carers are an essential part of our team enabling us to save more mothers and kittens from the streets. Caring for a mother and kittens in your spare room really can be the difference between life and death for kittens born stray. We can supply all the food and litter and provide all the veterinary care they need until we can find suitable new homes. If you have other pets a spare room will be required.
Interested in discussing further? Please contact your nearest CHAT Branch.....
PHOTO: This mum and her kittens are amongst dozens of stray litters living outdoors that are waiting to be taken in, neutered, and found suitable new homes by our Lewisham Branch.
BREAKING NEWS: VOTE ON RELAXING FOX HUNTING BAN POSTPONED
14th July 2015: We welcome the news that the Government has pulled the Commons vote on amending the Hunting Act tomorrow. The decision came after the SNP confirmed that it would vote against the proposition, making it unlikely that the legislation would go ahead.
HOWEVER, we need to be aware that the Government will likely try to bring back the vote and implement changes to the Hunting Act later in this parliament (potentially after trying to implement "English Votes For English Laws", which would block Scottish MPs from voting on English legislation).
We have won this battle, but the war is far from over. We are grateful for all of your support on this issue, and look forward to working together in the coming months to keep the fox hunting ban.
PLEASE SIGN OUR CHANGE.ORG PETITION!
ONGOING: We recently made public the impact that the closure of the Maud Car Park is having on owners and pets who desperately need our low-cost veterinary services at our Canning Town clinic. The lack of parking spaces available has made it nearly impossible for our clients to transport themselves and injured animals to and from the clinic, causing unnecessary distress, and potentially putting animals' lives at risk.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION! Every signature makes a huge difference.
UPDATE 24th June: We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our petition so far.
Newham Council have added several parking spaces on Barking Road (totalling 12 bays, which includes bus space), for people to use when visiting businesses in the area. This is a small but positive step in the right direction, and we are very pleased that this issue is moving forward.
However, having lost over 100 spaces from the closure of the nearby Maud Street car park, this is nowhere near enough to cater to the needs of our busy Canning Town clinic and local businesses.
We are therefore continuing to work with the council to find a suitable solution for everyone involved. We will keep you updated on our progress, and will be in touch to ask for your help again in the next phase of the campaign.
Thank you again for all of your support - it is truly appreciated, and is making a real difference.
Look at what has arrived at our Sanctuary!
3rd April 2015: Here is a snapshot of just some of your generous Amazon Wish List donations, which have been delivered to our Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary in Brede, East Sussex.
Giving a gift to our rescued cats in this way is such a kind and wonderful gesture, and makes a real difference. We are, as always, overwhelmed by your generosity - thank you all so much for your support!
If you would like to donate via our Amazon Wish List, you can find some more information on how to do so on our Support Us Online page.
Meet our British 10K runners!
2nd July 2015: We are thrilled to announce that we have 6 runners in the Vitality British 10K London Run on Sunday 12th July 2015!
Everyone has been training hard for the challenging race across the capital, in the hope of raising as many funds as possible for our rescued cats and kittens.
All of our runners have a special connection to CHAT. You can read their stories below:
You may remember Natalia and Stephen Hughes from last year’s British 10K. They did very well to complete the race in a brilliant time, and raised lots of much-needed funds for our vital animal welfare work. Barely any time had passed before they both volunteered to take part in the 2015 event, and we are thrilled to have them both on board again!
Catherine Lawrence is currently fostering a young mother cat and her two kittens for our Lewisham Branch. The kittens were 7-8 weeks old when Catherine took them into her home, and they are growing more and more by the day! Catherine’s foster family is thriving in her care while they wait for a permanent new home.
Leah Currie adopted two black kittens from our Lewisham Branch a few years ago, after they were rescued from a garden (their original owner had moved house and left them behind). Leah’s kittens have grown into happy, healthy cats, and well and truly love life in their forever home.
Vanessa Elmes is one of our animal care volunteers at Canning Town. Vanessa is running In Memory of Tiger, a much-loved cat who was treated at our veterinary clinic for terrible injuries after a shooting incident left him unable to walk. Despite our best efforts Tiger sadly passed away 6 months later, and Vanessa has decided to run in tribute to him.
Natalie Castle is a valuable member of our Lewisham team. As well as being the Volunteer Coordinator at Lewisham and very knowledgeable about animal care, Natalie fundraises for CHAT at local community events in the South East London area (you may have seen her managing our stands!).
As you can see, all of our runners have a real passion for animal welfare, and would love to raise as much in sponsorship as they can to allow us to help more cats and kittens in desperate need. Demand for our services is at an all-time high, and we need your support to keep our vital work going.
We would be so grateful if you could support our British 10K runners by donating via their online fundraising pages, if you can (please click on the links below). Every donation – large or small – is truly appreciated and makes a real difference.
Thank you so much for your support, and GOOD LUCK to our amazing British 10K runners!
Pictured - Top row (left to right): Natalia, Stephen, Catherine
Bottom row (left to right): Leah, Vanessa, Natalie