We also have a 'Direct Rehoming Service'
for cats whose owners, for whatever unfortunate reason, are no longer able to care for them and are trying to find new homes.CAN YOU HELP CATS PROTECTION KEEP THE CASH IN THE KITTY?
Derby and District Branch needs to recruit a volunteer Treasurer to organise funds and enable the charity to help even more cats. The Branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, needs someone who can spare a few hours a week to oversee its finances. Experience in accounts/book-keeping is desirable and ongoing support will be provided.
We do a huge amount of work to help local cats but, due to the retirement of our present Treasurer, we really need someone as soon as possible to help us keep our finances in order to help us increase our work. You don’t have to be a financial expert, as the charity can provide assistance and support materials, but we do need someone who cares about cats and has bags of enthusiasm. By sparing a few hours a week it can make a huge difference to needy cats. We are sure whoever takes on the role will find it incredibly rewarding. It’s also a great way to make new friends – both human and feline!
As a Branch, our Headquarters require us to be self-sufficient and raise our own funds. We are not part of the Cats Protection Adoption Centre at Dalbury Lees which is wholly administered and funded by our Headquarters at Haywards Heath. However, when the cats in our care are well enough to be rehomed, they are passed to the HQ Adoption Centre to await their new homes.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity and Derby Branch is part of a nationwide network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres that together help over 218,000 cats each year. As well as finding new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, the charity also offers cat care advice to the public and can help towards the cost of neutering.
If you are interested in this role, then please call the Branch’s Cat-line on 01332 206956 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information and to arrange an informal chat. Find out moreVOLUNTEER NEEDED AS REHOMING CO-ORDINATOR
This is a newly-created role within the Branch. Further details and Role Description
.VOLUNTEER NEEDED AS CATLINE CALL HANDLER
Can you spare a few hours, one day a week? We are urgently seeking someone living in the Derbyshire area who could offer their services free to staff our Catline. This would involve the volunteer retrieving recorded voicemail messages from members of the public (using their own phone three or four times a day one day a week) and passing the details on to the appropriate Branch volunteers. Training and support would be given. The Branch will pay for Catline and Cats Protection related calls only but not the telephone line or equipment rental. Don’t worry if all this sounds daunting – remember, help is always at hand.
This would suit someone who is at home for most of the day. It is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to help cats without leaving the comfort of their own home. For more information, telephone the Catline on 01332 206956 and leave a message for Jane Baynton or send an email to email@example.com
CAN YOU HELP PERCY GET BACK ON HIS PAWS?
Young Percy came to us with his brother, Ron, as a welfare job. Our volunteer was called to a home in Derby and was horrified to find that not only had Percy broken his leg but the owner had strapped it up to his body(!) with tape. They were both in a terrible condition as they weighed only 370 grams, were emaciated and had cat flu. We didn’t think they could be saved.
However, our welfare volunteer contacted the West Midlands Veterinary Referrals who immediately agreed to take their case on board and we are delighted to tell you that they have both settled in amazingly well. Little Percy is coping really well with his leg and will shortly be having the metal removed. They are eating for England and there are good homes in the pipeline for them when they are well enough to move into the big wide world. The vet said it was amazing how bright and happy they were despite their ordeal. Percy's photo shows him in a cage as he had to have cage rest after his orthopaedic procedure so he doesn't look very happy but he's a changed lad now.
Although the bill is cost assisted to us as a charity, getting Percy up and running is still going to cost the Branch over £800. Can you help us with a donation towards this, however small? If you are able to make a donation, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions: https://www.justgiving.com/Derby-Branch
or you can post a cheque made payable to Cats Protection Derby and District Branch to us at the Charity Shop, 31 Wardwick, Derby DE1 1HAUpdate on Percy and Ron
They are both into everything and are unable to sit still! This was last night enjoying his night time snuggles. He has had the metal work removed from his little leg now but is still to be cage rested as his bone is still very weak. He has a bit of a limp at the minute but we are hoping that with a little patience this will resolve. Ron is absolutely fine too and they are both besotted with each other.
On the afternoon of 22 June our Welfare Officer, Gill Heath, received a call from our Catline about six kittens that needed immediate help. They had only been born two days previously but their mother had died that morning. Immediately, Gill rang someone who has hand-reared kittens for us in the past and she agreed to help but couldn’t start until the evening of the next day as she was going to be out of Derby. Gill asked a vet we use a lot for help and was told to bring the kittens to them because they would give them kitten formula milk that day and a young vet nurse would take them home that night. This was an impressive thing to offer because to feed six kittens of such a young age is no mean task. They need feeding every two hours, but the process of feeding them takes half an hour which means that the feeder gets very little rest in between.
Having secured the kittens immediate future, Gill dashed out to the owner’s house, not knowing what she would find because we had only had contact with a support worker, who had given us the address. Would some, or all, of the kittens have died? Would she be ringing the hand-rearer, thanking her for her offer of help, but saying it was no longer required? To her great relief, the kittens were all still alive and, wrapped in an old T-shirt, were cradled in the arms of the man of the house. This was a good precaution to take because kittens of that age need warmth almost as much as food - when they are cold, they cannot be fed.
Leaving the kittens at the vets, she still had more to do because the hand-rearer would not return to Derby until late evening and the vet she had taken the kittens to closed at 7 pm. Another vet practice in the hand-rearer's area was open till 10 pm and said they could give the kittens two feeds until they were picked up by the hand-rearer.
Gill had been warned that it was likely not all the kittens would last the night but was told the next morning that they had all survived - in fact, had been quite greedy in taking their feeds! Now that it seemed they might have a longer-term future, the kittens were sexed and weighed. There were three males and three females, three tabby and white, one black and white, one tortoiseshell and white and one ginger and white. Three weighed 0.1kg, two weighed 0.09kg and one weighed 0.08kg. At 4.30 pm that day, after the kittens' feed at 4 pm, another volunteer and Gill drove in rush hour traffic to the other vet, arriving 25 minutes before their next feed.21 September 2015
- All the kittens are now doing very well and are ready for homing. Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our volunteers took an innovative approach recently by attending the Derby Cattle Market
to distribute leaflets to the farmers about having their farm cats 'fixed'. The farming fraternity has always been a difficult area to get into but the volunteers are offering to humanely trap their cats, take them to the vets to be neutered/spayed/health-checked and returned to the farmers as healthy vermin catchers.They will be doing all this FREE OF CHARGE
and in their own time with no disruption to the farmers' businesses. If anyone needs further information on neutering farm cats, they can contact our Catline on 01332 206956 or email email@example.com
WHY BOTHER MICROCHIPPING YOUR CAT? Here's why.....
Derby Branch of Cats Protection recently had a call from a farm in Derbyshire to help control their ever-growing feral cat population. We were only too pleased to help – after all, this is what we do.
So off the volunteer fieldworkers went with humane traps and food to start the process. While surveying the job, one cat caught the eye of a trapper. It sat back somewhat from the rest of the pack and she just had a feeling that it didn’t ‘belong’. She gently went over to test the water and it didn’t run away – completely uncharacteristic behaviour for a feral cat. She was able to lift it into a cat basket and take it to the vet where it was checked for a microchip - always the first thing they do. Would you believe it was chipped, found to belong to someone only half an hour’s drive away, and had been missing for 13 months? Of course, the owners were more than delighted to get her back. They had tried everything to find her; posters, adverts etc. but to no avail so they had given up hope after all that time.
Luckily, the Branch manages to reunite many cats fairly quickly with their owners as a result of them being microchipped. Most have only been missing for a relatively short time although we had one which was missing for three years and a cat reported found in January 2015 had been missing since 2013. There have been recent reports nationally of cats being reunited with grateful owners after five and seven years!
Of course, there’s a moral to this story. Can you guess? Yes, it’s GET YOUR CATS MICROCHIPPED – and also remember to update the details if you move. We also, fortunately quite rarely, come across cats that are microchipped but we are unable to contact the owner as the address and phone number are out of date.
HOTEL MAKES OWNER'S DAY
It was just a normal afternoon on the Derby Branch Catline when the volunteer on duty got a call from an employee at the Derby City Days Inn Hotel.
She had seen a cat in their car park for three days and was starting to wonder if it was lost. He was quite distinctive, a ginger and white male, with one eye and a red collar. So she gave it some sausages and water as it was obviously starving. She then had the presence of mind to look on the Branch website’s Lost and Found Section and was amazed and very pleased to find a cat that had been lost way back in June from Allestree with this exact description.
Our volunteer immediately contacted the owner and left a message on his voicemail. Some time later, he arrived at the hotel’s car park and the cat immediately came running to him when he heard his voice.
Jerry is now back home with his companion, Arthur, and being spoilt rotten. Where he had been all that time we will never know but we think he had got into a van and travelled all the way across the City before jumping out.
It’s so nice to have a happy ending for a change.
Over the past few months our branch has paid for three complicated operations on cats which were all successful.
In June, a woman in Nottingham reported to us that a kitten she had recently adopted from a family in Derby was found to have a broken leg, which had happened before she adopted it. She had been told the operation would be very costly, and she was regretfully considering putting the kitten to sleep because she couldn’t afford it. We negotiated a better price with the vet and the operation was successful.The kitten (Oscar - pictured right) is now undergoing a few weeks cage rest in a puppy pen the new owner has borrowed from us.
In July, vets in Chaddesden asked us for help with funding for a cat found injured in a main road. The cat had several breaks in her pelvis and it was possible the x-rays could show that the damage was too great for surgery to be undertaken. However, surgery went ahead and after a while the vet finally said the cat seemed to be recovering her full functions, so she is now receiving cage rest with one of our volunteers. Posters had been put up in the area of the accident but no owner came forward and the cat will eventually go to the Adoption Centre for rehoming.
Poor Gordon was involved in a road traffic accident and, as he was a stray, it was a little while before a member of the public became aware of his plight and kindly took him to the vets to see if they could help. He was taken to St. Leonard's Vets and their first thought was that his jaw was so badly injured that there wouldn’t be anything they could do for him, making it very unlikely that it would heal properly.
After discussions with Cats Protection, it was decided that he would be given painkillers and antibiotics and kept warm and comfortable to see how he progressed over the weekend. Gordon had made quite an improvement in those two days and the vets were able to see the area which was damaged, so it was decided to go ahead with the operation to repair his jaw. Part of the operation involved a procedure called osteostixis, which this particular vet had not done before, so Gordon was a bit of a first.
He spent a couple of weeks recovering and became a real favourite with the staff for the way he had fought through his difficulties and his winning personality. He was then well enough to go to his fosterers for a bit more 'tlc'.
His fosterers were amazed by how well he looked considering all he’d been through. He was a fantastic cat to look after, always ready to pop out of whichever bed he was resting in to come out for a chat. He loved to lie alongside the fosterers with his head on their knee discussing the issues of the day.
After three or four weeks, a couple of vet check ups and his vaccinations he was all ready to go and was sent up to the Adoption Centre at Long Lane from where has now been rehomed.
Each of these operations was costly, and any Cats Protection members who would like to make a donation towards the cost of these and any possible further operations are welcome to contact our Catline on 01332 206956.