We are a small, cat rescue charity, founded in the 1960s. Our rescue centre is based in a picturesque village in South Warwickshire, although our activities extend to neighbouring counties.
At any one time we have upwards of eighty cats to manage at our centre. The manifold tasks involved in caring for the cats are carried out, on weekdays, by a group of four carers. At weekends, we have a rota based entirely on volunteers.
Carers play a pivotal role in the running of the rescue. They feed the cats, clean litter trays and maintain the pens. The weekday carers are responsible for giving medication, in the form of pills and injections, and ensuring that the supplies of medication are maintained. They may also take cats to the vet. They take viewings: introducing potential owners to the cats. They socialise timid cats to ready them for homing. An important role is that of getting to know the cats so that the right home may be found, whilst also observing them for changes in behaviour that might indicate illness. They are, in fact, the constant person in the cats’ lives, the people whom the cats learn to trust and look forward to seeing every weekday morning.
The four weekday carers have been with us for many years. Together with the weekend volunteers, they provide the cats with the care, love and attention they require. We owe so much to our carers.
We are funded entirely by donations. During the year we hold several fundraising events and attend other events, where we have a stall. Some of our volunteers hold their own fundraising events, coffee mornings, cream teas, ploughman’s lunches, for example. Gift Aid adds a small amount to our annual income. Legacies and memorial donations are a great way of ensuring that Avon Cat Rescue continues its work long into the future.