Here at Garston Animal Rescue our role is clear - we help those that need rescuing, often those that are most in need. We are often their last chance.
We provide a safe space and veterinary care for an animal who may be sick, injured or in danger. The team offer a gentle voice, a reassuring hand and loving care. Our aim is to rehabilitate and where possible rehome the animals that come in to our care.
The rescue was established by Nancy and is run day to day by a small group of amazing people, volunteers who give their free time to help the rescue with cleaning, feeding, doing vet runs and trapping/rescuing cats across the Liverpool area. We are a small independent rescue that is run from local premises; it’s not fancy or purpose built but we are fortunate that it has a large enclosed yard, which enables some of the cats in our care to enjoy fresh air and hear the sounds of the birds. We are not a funded rescue and space is limited, so critical to the work we do is our much relied upon network of wonderful foster homes - without them we simply couldn’t support the amount of cats we do due to the limited space at the rescue premises.
Our work with Feral Cats
We have a neuter, recover and release program for feral cats, often referred to as TNR. This is when a cat can not adjust to life inside a home and it would be too stressful for them to remain at the rescue. We humanely trap feral cats, take them to the vet to be neutered, health checked and receive worming and flea treatment. We then allow the cats to recover for a period of seven days before returning them back to their original site. This program helps to prevent hundreds of unwanted kittens each year and the horrific injuries that unneutered animals receive from fighting and during mating.
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 due to them being unwanted at the location or very often because the area where they are living is unsuitable, such as a derelict building. 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 you have space to take a small group of Feral cats, such as a farm or a smallholding with outbuilding, a feral cat(s) can be a great addition and they and us would be forever grateful. Please contact us if you think you could help.
Due to the amount of knowledge the team have, we are able to provide advice and guidance to people who may be experiencing difficulties with their pet and who are considering surrendering them to rescue. Often this is avoidable, easily rectified and we have lots of leaflets giving advice on many topics including: