FORMER Warrington Cllr. Yvonne Fovargue, now MP for Makerfield, paid a visit to Cats Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre recently to see first-hand how the charity helps cats both in the local area and across the UK.
The MP met staff and volunteers at the centre before enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour where she met some of the cats currently looking for new homes.
Cats Protection speaks up for the 10.8 million UK cats and their owners and has helped an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year over the last five years through its national network which includes around 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
As the leading voice on cat welfare, Cats Protection is calling on the UK Government and politicians to introduce measures to help improve the lives of UK cats, including banning blanket ‘no pets policies’ to address issues around renting with pets, as well as strengthening breeding regulations.
Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “It was lovely to meet the cats and the wonderful team of staff and volunteers who look after them and find them loving homes. I was also pleased to discuss the wider pet ownership issues facing cat owners including how the cost of living crisis has affected cat welfare, and how Cats Protection is supporting both cats and their owners. I was also interested to find out about the Lifeline service which provides temporary cat fostering to people fleeing domestic abuse.
“Cats Protection relies on donations and volunteers, so if you have some free time and love cats, please do get in touch with them – they would love to hear from you.”
Cats Protection’s Senior Advocacy and Government Relations Officer Annabel Berdy said: “We were so pleased to welcome Yvonne to the Centre to discuss the work we do to help cats and the people who care about them, including campaigning for an end to blanket ‘no pet’ policies in rented housing. We also discussed other important issues affecting cats, and the amazing contribution of our volunteers who help countless cats every day. It’s great to see politicians taking a keen interest in cat welfare, which is an important issue for many people.”