All entries for Thursday 28 October 2004
October 28, 2004
Coventry does not have a dedicated cat rehoming centre. It should have, the city is big enough.It has an RSPCA home which has about 30 cat pens but most of these cats do not come from Coventry and the RSPCA has limited contact with the local cat groups. The Cats protection group tell me that by the use of volunteers working with indoor and outdoor pens they managed to home more cats that the RSPCA last year – enough said!
Last year I was lucky enough to work at the Cats Protection Birmingham rehoming centre. This centre had about 200 pens, isolation units , a feral home and over the year rehoused over 1200 cats. Together with their resident population (which they have now had to pen due to home office directives) they usually had well over 300 cats – and (of course) they was still a waiting list to get your cat in!
So being that a cat home will never be empty and always have waitinig lists I Have a dream….....
Get a committee, get a charity set up , do some fund raising. Identify the site – be it some land or an existing building – ideally close to the city, near a good bus route. With lots of money it would be fantastic to build one the size of Birmingham, I would want to add a little Cafe so that it could also act as a day centre for education and social events. Perhaps even get a dedicated Vet set up in a surgery that could treat all the inmates and also external clients for profit back into the centre.
However before I start spending over the million pounds and getting carried away….....
It's more likey to be a house somewhere with a nice back garden which can be turned into a dedicated charity – and even that will cost a fortune unless somethings bequethed.
So as a start anyone out there want to help? Do you know your way around charity commission forms, can you design a website, would you like to be on the committee, do you have coffee mornings and are looking for a local charity to support, do you love cats, do you have a million pounds going begging????
If so please get in touch!