Charity Focus – Feline care
11:00 a.m. January 29, 2022
The first of our weekly Charity Focus pages focuses on a cat sanctuary in South Norfolk, their purpose and how they have been affected by the pandemic.
Feline Care is a small independent local charity based near East Harling, Norfolk.
We specialize in helping older, sick and problem cats who are less likely to find homes due to their less conventional needs.
We may have up to 150 cats living or staying on site at any one time, many are looking to find their forever home and many more call Feline Care their forever home. We believe euthanasia should only exist to eliminate suffering and only when there is no hope of a cure, so many cats live out their days at Feline Care, knowing love when they need it most.
Our nearly four acre cat-safe site has over 60 free-roaming cats, the majority of whom will become our friends over time and we hope many of them will one day experience a sofa or duvet with people to them! Loving and understanding houses is always necessary.
Our main cattery has underfloor heated rooms, some larger common areas for groups of cats, an intensive care unit, two quarantines and an unheated area for cats who are temporarily staying with us and cannot afford to lose their winter coat. This is primarily used for our TNR program, the neutering of farm and feral cats to stop the overpopulation of cats in rural and industrial settings. Neutering is the best way to reduce suffering and increase the lifespan and quality of life for all cats.
Feline Care is funded by members of the public, our kind supporters and donors, who care about the cats that society has abandoned.
There are many ways for you and your family to help support Feline Care Cats, whether it’s donating unwanted items for our charity shop, Pop Up Shop or eBay, volunteering at events, to participate in our monthly lottery, to have one of our collection boxes in your shop. or share our publications on Facebook. Everything helps to make Feline Care known and what we do.
Please email [email protected] for more information on how to help.
Impact of Covid-19
As a small charity we only had two stores before Covid, unfortunately we lost our largest store based in Diss in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Attleborough store was also closed for 8 months until reopening with a click and collect service which has proven very popular with our customers. We have now resumed normal business and are open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Covid-19 also prevented us from having our open days at the Sanctuary. These are fun days with music, stalls, raffle, food and cat hugs with some of our bravest wild residents.
It’s not just our stores that are impacted by COVID-19, our sanctuary is run mostly by volunteers, pre-Covid we had amazing teams of volunteers coming in to clean the cats’ rooms. During COVID, to keep everyone as safe as possible, we had to drastically reduce the number of people on site, teams of four or five people were reduced to teams of two, who worked in shifts, a in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Lockdowns also meant ever-changing policies and processes, with home adoptions now part of our routine. Many adopters have adopted cats without even meeting them!
An unexpected bonus from the first lockdown was that adoptions soared, although sadly cat breeding also increased as kitten prices rose and vets were told to stop neutering for a short time by the BVA. The ripple effect has been a high number of cats with behavioral issues such as “single kitten aggression” and grooming issues and many more stray cats expected in the months/years to come.
Donations can be accepted now and dropped off at the East Harling Sanctuary on Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please visit our website to see what we can/cannot accept, www.furball.org.uk or follow our shop page on Facebook, Feline Care Charity Shop.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and continues to support us during this very difficult time, we couldn’t do it without you.
Adopt a cat
If you are considering adopting, please visit our website or complete our adoption application form here: https://forms.gle/hJ7pUP2cFWirjA7S9
Good homes are always needed, as are special people who are ready to face our very special cats. Taking on a cat that has suffered past trauma or never known a proper home is an extremely rewarding experience for the right person.
Once we receive your application, we review it to compare it with the cats in our care who are ready for new homes. Unfortunately, some of our cats can wait months for that perfect person, but the right home is always worth the wait! Plus, for every cat that finds their couch, we have room to help another lost soul.
If you know someone who wants to adopt a cat, encourage them to rescue so they can save lives!