Category: Charities and Trusts
Address: Toynton Villa, Saxon Street, Manchester, M24 2AD
Landline: 0161 65...
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Oldham Cats was founded in 1995 by the joining of two cat rescue groups in the Oldham area. We became a registered charity on 11th October 1996 (no: 1058621). At this time we were operating from the home of one of our volunteers, but this was not ideal for either us or the cats so we began to search for suitable premises.
In February 1997 the RSPCA in Oldham had closed down due to lack of funds so we rented the cattery from them. In August 1998 the RSPCA had raised enough money to move back in, so we started once more to search for suitable premises.
A supporter of Oldham Cats knew of a building that had been a boarding cattery until the owner had died, so we contacted the landlord and were allowed to rent the building for our rescue. Work began on our new building; tidying, painting, wiring, plumbing and much more needed to be done. Oldham Cats moved to Middleton on August Bank Holiday weekend 1998.
Our new cattery is ideal and, even though we pay a nominal rent, we have been allowed to overflow into most of our kind landlord's garden. Since moving in we have adapted the room next to the cattery into a kitten room, added three outside catteries, all with heated rooms, and large outside runs where groups of cats can live.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Oldham Cats goes from strength to strength, and we're able to help more cats every year.
If we have cats in our care for a long time they will probably become residents. Our cattery cages are spacious but if a cat had to stay in one for a very long time then he or she would be likely to become depressed so we let them out to be resident cats. These cats have the freedom to go outside and play in the fields and gardens around the cattery, we are far from roads and other houses so they are totally safe and happy. The main cattery and our office are filled with cat beds, toys and food bowls so the residents have plenty of places to snooze and never want for human company! Most of these cats will find homes relatively soon, many who appeared shy in cages will come out of their shells when they're allowed some freedom. Those who cannot be homed will stay with us forever. Usually these are cats with long term health or behavioural problems or very old cats. More details about them can be found in the Sponsorship section of the website.
As a non-profit, totally volunteer run charity, we rely entirely on the generosity of donors and fund raising efforts to allow us to continue providing a safe place for the cats and kittens in our care. Our dedicated team of volunteers provide care and support for our cats and kittens 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so your donations are vital to us in order to keep the rescue open. There are loads of ways in which you can support us. Here are some of them.
Give us a call or pop in during opening times and pick up a membership form or print out the form lower down this page. Once you pay the annual membership fee you will receive our periodical newsletter (3-4 times a year) for a year. Yearly membership fees are as follows:
- Single membership is £3.00
- Family membership is £5.00
- Concessionary membership is £1.50
- Additional donations on top of the membership fee are always welcome!
Oldham Cats is a UK registered charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing stray, abandoned and unwanted cats & kittens. We have been helping cats in and around the Oldham, Rochdale & Middleton areas of Greater Manchester, England since 1995 and gained our charity registration in October of the following year. Since 1998 we have been based at our rescue in Middleton.
We really need Your Help!
We find homes for hundreds of homeless and abandoned cats and kittens every year, and we need your help to continue to do so. Making a donation no matter how small will help provide much-needed funds towards food, medicines and veterinary care.
We are a non-profit, totally volunteer run organisation and rely entirely on the support of our loyal volunteers, fundraisers and supporters. We often get asked why we put so much work into rescuing and looking after cats and the only answer is... Because We Care. Our dedicated team work 7 days a week, 365 days a year ensuring the cats and kittens in our care are getting the best possible attention.
Oldham Cats exists to rescue, neuter and rehome unwanted cats and kittens. We take in every animal we have room for and so we're pretty much always full. By neutering every animal before rehoming we hope to try and reduce the number of unwanted pets, but there are always more than we can find room for. We operate a no-kill policy: animals stay in our care until we find them a home. We will never have a healthy animal put to sleep. The only occasions when we will have cats put to sleep are if they are ill and suffering with no chance of recovery.
Call or visit our website for more information.