|Here is a brief outline of
what our aims are and what we do as a charity:
Some of the reasons why cats/kittens come into our care. Cats
abandoned becoming a stray, relationship break-ups, moving home
or abroad. Or the death of the owner. A new baby, or allergies.
We take the cats/kittens into our care.
If our foster homes are full, we offer to put the cat/kittens on
our waiting list but in the meantime give out contact numbers of
other animal welfare charities to see if they can help.
Cat/kitten that comes to Orpington Cat Rescue will be cared for
by a foster home.
All animals will be thoroughly examined by our vets and treated
where necessary. And will stay in foster care until they are
well enough to be rehomed.
Some times we have cats/kittens requiring long term veterinary
treatment but are still homeable and the new owner’s would be
advised of this.
We have a non destruction policy, except on good veterinary
To reduce the large number of unwanted cats every cat that comes
into our care will be neutered.
With the exception of young kittens. In these instances we ask
the new owners to sign a neutering form to ensure the kittens
will kept in until 5-6 months old when they will be old enough
to be neutered.
we receive calls regarding stray cats first of all we try to
obtain if they are a genuine stray. We ask that the caller
enquire with neighbours and check with local shops for notices
and veterinary surgery as to whether the cat has been reported
as missing/lost, we also ask that a collar and disc (which can
be supplied by Orpington Cat Rescue) be placed on the cat with a
note: If this cat is owned please call tel ????.
If we receive no calls within 15 days, we will assume the cat is
a stray and take them into foster care. We then a second time
make enquiries and check with various veterinary surgeries if
the cat has been reported missing/lost ie owner may have been on
holiday for two weeks. If none of this proves successful the
cat/kitten will then be fostered for rehoming.
we receive an enquiry for a new home one of our experienced
volunteers will carry out a home check for suitability before
any cat/kitten is placed there. This will ensure that the
cat/kitten is in the appropriate home bearing in mind its past
history where they will be cared for and happy.
If any cat/kitten cannot be homed for what ever reason i.e. very
elderly or have medical problems they will stay with Orpington
Cat Rescue for the rest of there lives.
All cat/kittens that come into our care or any feral that needs
treatment/neutering to be then put back to there familiar
surroundings will be micro chipped & registered to Orpington Cat
Rescue. Even once a cat has been homed they remain registered to
the charity. All we ask is the new owners to advise of any
change of address should they move home. The reason for this is
if the cat/kitten goes missing they will be returned back to the
charity. We then make sure the cat is re-united with its owner.
But if the owner has not advised us of their new address the cat
will then come back to the charity and not have to go through
the trauma of becoming a long-term stray or go into the care of
All our volunteers who work for Orpington Cat Rescue whether a
fosterer, home checker, fundraiser, use of transport,
maintaining the website, membership & newsletters updates,
dealing with the finance’s amongst many other behind the scenes
helpers, are not paid for there work. They purely help and carry
out the work required to keep the charity going because of there
love for cats.
We fundraise in various ways. Members of the public and our
members donate various brick a brac, collectables, jewellery,
toys, stationary amongst many other items of which we could not
list them all to sell on our stalls at outdoor events such as
fetes and fairs locally. Some of our members hold garden
parties. We have collection boxes at the veterinary surgery &
cattery we use, we have a sponsor scheme for our unhomeable cats
we also have a membership scheme for a small fee for people
wishing to support us. We send out appeals in our newsletters,
we receive donations when we home cat/kittens and lastly we hold
cat food tin collection days at supermarkets.