Bromley charity Romney House Cat Rescue has been awarded a special grant from leading animal welfare charity, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The funds granted by Battersea will support Romney House Cat Rescue’s work and enable them to rescue more abandoned cats each year.
The Downe-based charity, which rescues over 400 cats each year, will use the grant to revamp some of its cat houses. They will also have support from Battersea with the overflow of rescue cats they receive.
Silvana Locke, founder of Romney House Cat Rescue, said: “We’re thrilled that Battersea Dog & Cats Home have awarded Romney House funds to revamp some of our cat houses. They are also going to help with the huge number of cats that come our way by taking the overflow to their centre for re-homing. This is great news and we look forward to working with them.”
All cats that are rescued by Romney House are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped before being found a suitable new home. Cats that are unsuitable for re-homing can live freely in the cat sanctuary that forms part of the rescue centre in Downe. Romney House supports cat neutering and encourages people to adopt rescue cats rather than buy them online.
Margaret Hulme, Grants Manager at Battersea added: “We hope that this grant will help make a real difference to the lives of cats and dogs in the community. Battersea helps more than 7,000 dogs and cats each year, at our three centres in London, Berkshire and Kent and beyond. We want to support rescues and shelters in the UK, not only by awarding funding, but also by sharing the experiences and knowledge we have gained as an animal welfare charity that has been rescuing and re-homing animals for 158 years.”
Battersea Grants is a new initiative that aims to support smaller rescues and shelters by offering grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. This money will help organisations continue their great work with dogs and cats across the UK.
About Romney House Cat Rescue
Romney House Cat Rescue, based in Downe, Bromley, has been dedicated to rescuing cats since it was established by Silvana Locke in 1998. It became a registered charity in 2007 and now rescues on average 400 cats each year. Each cat that comes into the centre is neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, then sought a suitable home. The centre also provides a sanctuary for those cats who are feral, semi-feral or cannot otherwise be re-homed, and it has a charity shop at 93 Queensway, Petts Wood.
With thanks to Richard Kimpton Construction, who are carrying out the improvement works on the cat houses.
About Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
• Since it was founded in 1860, Battersea has rescued, reunited and re-homed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
• Battersea believes that every dog and cat deserves the best and aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
• In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
• For further information on Battersea, please visit www.battersea.org.uk. Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or www.facebook.com/Battersea.