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Novel cat rehoming centre set to open in Harrow
The new Harrow Homing Centre is opening in March.

Centre specifically designed to reduce stress

An innovative rehoming centre set to benefit London’s cats and stressed out strays is opening in Harrow next month.

Leading feline welfare charity Cats Protection has converted a former warehouse into a state-of-the-art ‘wellness haven’ that can house up to 600 needy and abandoned urban cats annually.

Opening on Saturday 14 March, the centre has been specifically designed to minimise stress; from spacious enclosures heated to a constant 21 degrees and waist-high walls to prevent cats seeing each other.

Feline residents will also be treated to comfy beds with blankets, enrichment toys, feeding stations and special resting perches designed to help them feel safe and secure. Furthermore, anti-anxiety plugins and relaxing music will be available for the most anxious cats.

“Harrow Homing Centre has been specifically designed to limit how much cats in care see other cats, so reducing stress whilst they wait for their forever home,” explained Daniel Cummings, Cats Protection’s behaviour manager.

“Cats are solitary, territorial animals. They like to have their own space away from other cats that they are not socially bonded to. As such, cats in shelters can have increased levels of stress due to the proximity of other cats as it is contrary to their natural behaviour.”
He continued: “Increased stress can lead to the development of behavioural and medical problems, which is why Cats Protection does everything in its power to reduce stress for cats in our care. Not only does it improve their welfare, but with the cats feeling less stressed they are more likely to respond better to potential adopters and improve their chances of being rehomed.”

The centre has also been designed with the environment in mind. Besides being repurposed from an existing building, it also incorporates a variety of green credentials including dropped ceilings to provide greater energy efficiency and an electric branded van for transporting the cats.

Cats Protection hopes that Harrow Homing Centre will ease the burden on the charity’s other London centres in Mitcham and North London, and help people in Harrow and the surrounding area find their perfect pet.

“Our existing London centres do a fantastic job giving unwanted and abandoned cats a second chance in life, but sadly there are many more cats in need,” said fundraising manager Hannah Ashwell. “This new homing centre will take in cats from the local Harrow area, providing the care they need before finding a happy new home nearby.”

Cats Protection needs to raise £6,000 to cover the cost of furnishing the pens with beds, feeding bowls and enrichment toys. To make a donation, please visit the charity’s JustGiving page. 

Image (C) Cats Protection.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.