This is a very exciting time for Wadars as we continue to develop our Animal Rescue Centre in Ferring. We have now completed the construction of a purpose-built cattery for the rehoming of cats and kittens, and also developed a small wildlife unit.
Wadars Animal Rescue Centre begins
We have rehomed cats, dogs, kittens and puppies in the community for the last 50 years, but previously all of our animals have either been cared for in commercial catteries and kennels or with our volunteer fosterers until suitable forever homes could be found. The new cattery means that cats and kittens looking for new forever homes are now cared for by our specially trained Wadars Animal Welfare Team.
At any one time, up to 34 cats can be receiving care in our specialist purpose-built facility, which includes an animal intake and assessment room and a food preparation area as well as a separate isolation unit.
Purpose Built Cattery
Each cattery pen consists of a large bedroom area leading to an enclosed run. With each pen individually heated, the bedroom can be closed off from the run during periods of cold weather. Several pens have lift-out sections which enable us to accommodate larger groups of cats if they have come from the same home or utilise it as a maternity unit for a new mum.
Having the new cattery will mean that we can take-in and rehome a far greater number of cats than we have previously been able to, and for the more nervous individuals, a team of volunteer cat socialisers come in and spend time with them in the comfort and safety of their pen.
Away from the cattery, we have developed a small wildlife unit within an existing flint barn. In 2018 Wadars dealt with more than 1,300 birds and other wildlife, and the new unit, which has has space to accommodate up to 30 birds, hedgehogs, and other casualties at any one time, means that where possible we do not have to transport them to other centres.
Providing a Fighting Chance
During autumn and winter, we will care for large numbers of hedgehogs who are not heavy enough to survive hibernation. In the Spring we will be caring for numerous baby birds who have either been orphaned or fallen from their nests.
Our wildlife unit has been designed to be as flexible as possible with a variety of pens and cages of different sizes in which to accommodate casualties, meaning that they will have a far greater chance of survival and rehabilitation into their natural environment.
We desperately need your support to make all of this a reality
Although we have now completed the cattery build and developed the wildlife unit, the cost of running them runs into many thousands of pounds each year. Please make a donation today to help us rescue, rehabilitate and care for wildlife and companion animals.
How your donation could help
- £20 could provide a bed for one of the new cattery pens
- £50 could pay for a wildlife pen in which to house an orphaned hedgehog
- £100 could pay for the items required to completely kit-out a cattery pen, including an igloo-style cat bed; litter tray; scratching post; food & water bowls; toys; and dustpan & brush
- £150 could pay for a freezer in which to store food for casualties in the wildlife unit
- £350 could provide a cat with an initial veterinary assessment and treatment, and a warm, safe environment until it can be found a new home
- £500 could pay for an incubator in which to care for orphaned casualties in the wildlife unit
Whatever support you can give will help us to care for even more cats, kittens until they can be rehomed as well as wildlife including hedgehogs, young birds, and other small mammals until they can be released back into the wild.