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Becoming a Trustee

Before I became a trustee I had read about the great work that Support Adoption For Pets does, but as with so many things, it’s not until you see for yourself that you really get to understand the value of our work.  So I was really looking forward to spending the day with Amy who had arranged for us to visit three of the rehoming centres we support.

First stop was the new Manchester rehoming centre run by the Dogs Trust – WOW!  What an amazing place and what fantastic people!  This is a purpose built facility so the public areas are all light and airy and designed to provide as much access to and information about the dogs as possible.  But, impressive as this is, it is the facilities for the dogs that really stand out – the reception facilities, the multiple exercise grounds providing sensory and physical enrichment, the care taken with individual diets and the rehoming itself; nothing is left to chance.

After a cup of tea which gave us time to chat with the team, we headed over to the RSPCA centre in Accrington.  Physically the contrast was quite stark.  Here was an assembly of older buildings with no obvious ‘identity’ but inside the devotion to the care of their pets was obvious.  They care for an array of dogs and cats seeking new homes as well as those being housed longer term.  We also found a pair of ferrets who were enjoying play time with one of the volunteers.  One of the key aspects of our visit was to discuss their plans for a new rabbit unit to replace the rather dilapidated unit which now cannot be used.

Final stop of the day, after a quick stop for a burger at the Motorway services, was a visit to Carla Lane Animals in Need near Liverpool.  We have funded an intensive care unit for cats as part of a major redevelopment at the site so it was a huge pleasure to hand over one of our plaques for their wall.  Three passionate trustees showed us around the centre, the open spaces they use to rehabilitate the dogs in their care and the other facilities.  They were rightly proud of what they have achieved, yet very humble about the hill that’s still to climb to provide homes for the pets that so desperately need one.

I returned home inspired.  Seeing really is believing.

Brian Hudspith joined the Support Adoption For Pets board of Trustees in 2015

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.