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VIP invite to open cat enrichment area at Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Who doesn’t like an invite to a party? Especially when that party is at Bath Cats and Dogs Home to celebrate the opening of their cat enrichment area that Support Adoption For Pets supported with one of our recent £50,000 grants.

Despite the dreary weather, there was a good turnout and everyone’s spirits were high at the grand opening of the new cat garden at Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Our Trustee Tanya was on hand to cut the ribbon, had make a toast to the future and then got down to the most important business of the day  – interacting with the 5 kittens who were already playing in the garden.

Sitting on one of the benches she was quickly immersed in the feline antics going on all around her. The kittens were able to dart around the garden, which has lots of high and low shelves and platforms to climb on and a plethora of cat friendly plants to nibble on.

If that’s not enough to keep the cats happy and engaged there was also an abundance of toys, rest areas and of course, the fact that they had plenty of room to interact with each other.  This environment also provides them with the opportunity to explore their human guests, safely and calmly. A true cat haven.

Bath Cats and Dogs Home will now be able to provide all rescue cats with ample opportunity to play and to exercise in a home from home environment. This will aid in rehabilitation, where required, and will provide the much needed mental and physiscal stimulus that all cats thrive on, and that every rescue cat deserves. It also provides a wonderful place for cats to interact with their potential new owners.

We think the cat garden is going to provide many fond memories for the Bath Cats and Dogs Home team and their volunteers,  prospective owners and for the cats themselves.

 

Meet the Team – Emily

EmilyHello, I’m Emily and I am the Rehoming Centre & VIP Coordinator for both Support Adoption For Pets and Pets at Home. Being 23 I’m the baby of the team and do like to remind the team of this every once in a while. I moved over to Manchester in the summer of 2013 after spending 4 years in Huddersfield for university but I’m originally from Llandudno, North Wales which I’m very proud to say – my desk is decorated in an array of Welsh memorabilia! Being Welsh, naturally I’m an avid rugby fan but I also have a passion for athletics and skiing – the team will tell you I’m a little competitive.

Before moving to work in the Support Office I used to work for Pets at Home as a store colleague for just over 5 years and have been working within the Charity Team for nearly 12 months and I love it!

My job has two sides to it, a green and a pink one! The green side of me (the Pets at Home side) looks after the charities that are on the Pets at Home VIP club and make sure that all the charities get their Lifelines to spend in store each quarter. The pink side of me (the Support Adoption For Pets side) manages the grant applications that rescues submit for funding from the charity. Rescues can apply for grants for various purposes including help towards vet bills, kennel fees, towards the purchase of a vehicle and capital projects – we’ve recently given away our largest grant ever!

We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of grant applications that we are receiving every week, especially since rescues can now easily apply on our website – whilst this keeps me very busy it just shows much help all the rescue and rehoming centres out there still need!

I love going out to visit all the different rescues that apply for funding, I think it really helps me develop my role and have a better understand of the rescues and what their needs are. Without a doubt, the best bit has got to be calling the rescues that have been granted funding by the Trustees and telling them the good news!

As well as this I love our team and how we’ll give pretty much give anything a go to and we are not afraid to get our hands dirty! This includes me organising a team of 100+ colleagues to run in the BUPA Manchester 10k in aid of Support Adoption For Pets in May – I’ll keep you posted with how the training is going!

I’m the odd one out in this team as I actually don’t have any pets! This isn’t because I don’t want one, I’ve always wanted a dog but I live in a rented flat and it just wouldn’t be fair – this is a huge part of why I enjoy visiting rescue centres so much. Whilst I don’t have a pet I do have a boyfriend who goes out running with me as part of our training for the 10k so I’d say that’s pretty close! He’ll kill me for saying that…

For anyone who is looking to get a pet I would definitely recommend adopting from a rescue as there are so many fantastic pets that are looking for their forever home and just need to be given the chance. Having been to a small number of rescue centres I was amazed by the number of such beautiful and varied pets and breeds that just want someone to take them home and show them a little bit of love and attention. Taking on a new pet is a massive responsibility and every aspect of it should be thought through before bringing home your new family member but I would always pay a visit to your local rescue and rehoming centre as you never know who you’ll meet and fall in love with!