GARSTON ANIMAL RESCUE do exactly that - WE RESCUE
- -We are a small group of people trying to do our best.
We don't have a fancy premises
We don't have a reception area or staff in uniforms.
We don't have landscaped garden for our animals to play - but we do have a large enclosed yard that is interesting and cat friendly .
We aren't funded.
We aren't a lost and found charity.
So we ask respectfully that if you find what appears to be a lost cat don't make us your first port of call. There are other local groups who are fabulous at reuniting pets with their owners.
What we do is rescue animals who are in dire need.
What we do is provide a safe space and veterinary care for an animal who may be sick, injured or in danger .
What we do is offer a gentle voice, a reassuring hand and loving care
What we do is aim to rehabilitate and where possible rehome the animals in our care.
The great majority of phone calls we receive are from people wanting to get rid of their cats! In a lot of cases this turns out to be avoidable.
We have lots of leaflets giving advice on many topics including:
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Our work with Feral Cats
We have a neuter, recover and release program for feral cats. We humanely trap feral cats, take then to the vet to be neutered, health checked, wormed and deflead. We then allow the cats to recover for a period of seven days before returning the feral cats back to their original site. We are only able to return feral cats to a site where they are being regularly fed and have adequate shelter. In too many situations feral cats are unable to be returned to their original site; this may be due to inadequate care – they may not be being fed; unsafe circumstances – they may be being persecuted by youths or very often because the area where they are living is unsuitable – a derelict building for example. In these cases, we often have to provide long term sanctuary for the cats who are usually incredibly frightened and nervous around people. Although they can learn to trust again, it takes a lot of time and patience from very special people and sadly we rarely come across this type of home. If anyone has space to take a small group of Feral cats maybe you have a farm or a smallholding with outbuilding - They and us will love you forever.
In an emergency please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999