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Cumnock & Doon Valley Branch Cats Protection

Cumnock & Doon Valley Branch of Cats Protection

We rescue, rehome and neuter cats for Cats Protection because we care, and inform the public on all cat matters

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Cats Protection

We rescue, rehome, neuter and educate to improve the lives of cats and kittens

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The Cumnock & Doon Valley branch of Cats Protection is run by dedicated unpaid volunteers. We cover post codes KA5, KA6 and KA18, a wide area of small villages and hamlets, our only small town being Cumnock which has a population of 8844 (published 2008). Most of the villages are ex mining communities, and although the people are kind hearted, money is scarce, as there is a lot of unemployment.  We took on a new volunteer in 2013 who only traps, neuters and returns feral cats, and she is helping a lot of farmers as farm cats are low on the list of priorities when needing neutered/spayed or any veterinary attention     Due to the poor economic climate we are finding it harder to home cats in our care, therefore we have them for longer, which increases the food and litter bills, and we cannot take in as many cats as required.   In 2013 we even found it difficult to home kittens, which is the first time since our Branch opened in 2001.   Most of our issues are – cats being put out as owners cannot afford them, people moving away and leaving their cat(s) behind, no money for much needed veterinary bills, requiring assistance with neutering, owners dying and families not wanting cats.   In  2013 we neutered 373 cats making a record for the Branch.   Since then we have run several assisted neutering campaigns which we hope will help the ever growing kitten boom.  and will be taking on another fosterer in 2014.   The Branch does try to raise funds itself, but would be very grateful for any donation you can give to help us out mainly with unplanned vet bills for the strays and ferals we have to deal with.



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Beezer

Late one Saturday night our Welfare Officer got a phone call to say that a kitten required urgent vet treatment, so as she can never say no to a sick cat, off she went on a 50 mile trip to collect the kitten and take it to our local vet.   The 5 week old kitten was one of a litter of 4 and had been stood on in a freak accident.   Our vet had to de- glove ( stitch the kitten's chin back together ) and because he was so small the stitch was wound round one of his bottom incisor’s.   The kitten now named Beezer was taken to one of our fosterer's as he could not go back to his busy home as he had to be kept separate from cats, kittens and young children, and be hand fed a kitten mouse and milk as he could not feed himself. Naturally, having cared for Beezer intently for several weeks, his foster Mum could not give him up, and he will stay with her permanently.   We would like to thank Niall the vet at MBM in Mauchline for his special work on Beezer and although he will never win a beauty competition, beauty is only skin deep, he has turned out to be a very loving little lad.    If you feel you would like to help towards the cost of Beezer’s treatment, we would appreciate any donations received.

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