The Country Cat Shelter (CCS) was formed at the end of September 1997 by a
group of people living in the Norfolk/Suffolk area concerned with the welfare of
local cats and kittens. Several of the founder members already had pens in their
gardens. It was decided to go ahead and set up a CAT
As many other cat lovers had voiced an interest, a meeting took place on the
28th September 1997 and a decision to become a Registered Charity was taken. One
of the founder members had already done the ground work and had a Charity
Number, so it was decided to try to take it over and the wheels were set in
motion. On the 19th November 1997 we received official notification that we were
now a Charity.
At a meeting at the end of October a competition took place
for the Name, Logo, and Motto, and the winner was adopted. Many other people
from all walks of life wished also to become involved and became helpers,
fund-raisers and members.
Our rescue is run by the use of fosterers rather than having
a central sanctuary. On average we have some 60/70 cats in our care at any one
time, rescuing on average 200 cats/kittens and re-homing about the same
annually. We have several main fosterers taking the bulk of cats and kittens
into pens and their own homes, plus some emergency fosterers, taking in one or
two cats/kittens or the odd emergency. All cats/kittens are either vaccinated
prior to re-homing or a discounted vaccination is arranged at one of the
veterinary surgeries that we use.
Assistance is given, both financial (when funds allow) and
with food etc. to people who have cats in need (approx 150 per year have benefitted
from this assistance).
We do not have any official boundaries, the
area we cover is approximately within a 25 mile radius of Beccles in Suffolk. This is because it would cost us too much to
do home-checks and follow- up checks if out of these areas.
In conjunction with other animal rescues, we
hold a Spring and Christmas Bazaar. A quarterly Newsletter is published giving
information and general topics, also hopefully interesting stories and articles
We are an entirely self-supporting
Your support is always welcome, either up
front or in the background, whichever you prefer. No pressure is put on you to
do anything except as our motto decrees
" Help Us To Help The Cats "
The provision of a sanctuary for the care
and protection of cats and kittens. Also the placing of unwanted cats and
kittens with new owners.
The assistance of people who are in
necessitous circumstances in the care of their pets including neutering,
spaying and including visits to the vets by grants towards the charges.
The giving of advice and information in
the care of cats and kittens.
The welfare of the cats and or kittens
remains our primary consideration at all times.
No cat or kittens are ever put to sleep
unless to ease suffering and only then on the advice of a vet.