One of the UK's biggest cat charities, Cats Protection, has put out a desperate plea for additional volunteers to prevent one of its branches closing its doors forever.
By, 17 Dec 2019
Located on the Isle of Mull just off the west coast of Scotland, the Ardnamurchan and Mull branch of Cats Protection plays a vital role in rescuing and rehoming stray kittens.
A call for help
It also educates people about pet ownership and runs an essential neutering programme to keep the local cat population under control.
Without it, the number of stray cats will surge, leading to increased cases of kitten mortality, diseases, and environmental issues.
And with no other large scale charities on the island, keeping this remote branch has become a top priority for the team behind the charity.
Local cat lover Alison Lamont has already created a petition to help save the branch. She also wrote:
"Many will remember that it was this branch that helped out when there was a large number of cats to be spayed and neutered in Loch Awe, so it covers a large area."
"This will be a huge loss to our area as so many feral cats are going to have no help at all. The branch did so much for these poor cats catching, spaying, and neutering them."
Show your support
The petition received over 600 signatures, as well as the full backing of the Cats Protection. A spokesperson for the organisation said:
"A number of committee members of the Ardnamurchan and Mull branch are retiring after many years of dedicated service...Cats Protection hopes that if enough new volunteers come forward then, under the branch operation structure, the Ardnamurchan and Mull Branch can carry on."
You can show your support by visiting www.cats.org.uk/support-us/get-involved-volunteering!