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Volunteers scoop National Cat Awards

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A group of volunteers from Frome who set up a scheme to benefit both local students and cats, have won a prestigious award at the National Cat Awards 2019.

Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch was announced as winner of the Star Team award at a ceremony at London’s Savoy on 8th August.

The volunteers were recognised after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College, to increase the number of cats they can help. Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers at their own homes before being found new homes. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen unit at the college, with students from animal care courses providing day-to-day care. 

Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch homing and welfare officer, Mandy Wescott said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award, which recognises the dedication and commitment of our volunteers to help cats in need.

“The scheme is a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more unwanted cats and the students benefit from working with us to provide the best in feline welfare.

“Seeing cats going to their new homes, knowing what a huge difference they’ll make to people’s lives, makes it all worthwhile but we’re really pleased to receive this award and want to thank everyone who has helped make it possible.”

The branch was named as the winner of the Star Team category following a public vote.

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by Purina,  is an annual celebration of cats and the people who dedicate their time to helping them.

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said, “The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of 36 centres and around 250 volunteer-run branches.


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