How we did - 2017
02 January 2018
As we look forward to a new year it’s also time to look back on the efforts and successes in 2017 for Gosport Cats Protection.
The 35th anniversary of Gosport CP was celebrated in 2017 and the determination and dedication of volunteers and supporters hasn’t diminished. 2018 saw 13 cats in care and 11 on the waiting list, a very different situation from the same time last year when we experienced the slightly unnerving state of no cats on the waiting list. Things didn’t stay quiet for long and there was soon pressure on foster space. Kitten season was late for the charity though there was no let up once the first kitten arrived in June – there were still kittens in care at Christmas.
In 2017 a total of 64 cats and 15 kittens were rehomed by Gosport CP having been fostered by volunteers and successful home visits conducted by volunteers. Unusually we had three 3 legged cats in care during the year and all were happily adopted. There were also cats who needed extensive vet treatment for health problems apparent before they came into care. Some of the foster cats were adopted by their fosterers who decided they just couldn’t be parted from them! We welcome new fosterers to the team and the charity looks forward to helping even more cats.
Gosport CP took positive steps to help cat owners too and subsidised snip & chip campaigns in May and September 2017 mean 107 owned cats are now neutered with 97 of these also being microchipped. Owners paid just £10 to invest in their pet’s health and well being.
Fundraising is vital to support our work and a whole array of events from information tables in supermarket foyers, stalls at fetes, fayres and markets, quiz nights and sponsorship events including the Great South Run. A special mention to Mollie & David Pearson who raised £3272.77 from garage and driveway sales in 2017. Thank you to everyone involved in fundraising efforts which up to 30/11/17 has raised £11,566.87.
It was another busy year for the Lost & Found service with volunteer Carole taking reports of missing and stray cats each week and even on bank holidays. Practical advice, an empathetic ear and action to scan cats for microchips is appreciated by owners and finders. In 2017, 152 cats were reported as missing to L&F with 121 of these returning home and some sadly found as traffic accidents. There was also an increase in reported found cats in 2017, the majority of whom were reunited with their owners and some strays taken into CP care. Microchipping, with current contact details, is encouraged for every owned cat, as this can make a real difference in reuniting cats with owners.
The passion for cat welfare continued to motivate volunteers and supporters in our 35th anniversary year and it was heart warming to end 2017 on a high with our first festive feline shoebox appeal. So many kind and generous people filled a shoebox with treats, toys, blankets and food for a cat in care, we were inundated. This captured everyone’s imagination and it has been wonderful to share the stories of foster cats enjoying their very own Christmas present.
Thank you to all, Happy New Year and look out for Gosport CP in 2018.
Contact Gosport Cats Protection on 02392 582601 or www.gosport.cats.org.uk