Mission Statement - Catwatch Rescue Service (CWRS) Caring for the Unowned and Abandoned
Cat Watch’s Mission is to provide sensitive care for the unowned cats of the locality – abandoned, lost, and street cats. We cover a 30 mile radius from Amesbury in Wiltshire and south Hants.
Cat Watch was set up in August 2019 after 3 of my own cats came home injured. Cat Watch came into its own through Covid – in the early days of the pandemic there was no organisation caring for these cats locally, Cat Watch worked through the pandemic and never turned a cat away! Cats are taken in, given appropriate veterinary attention, neutered if not already, vaccinated, chipped and suitable new homes found.
From a few pens in the garden the organisation has come a long way in a short time. Charitable status was achieved, and a network of volunteer fosterers and helpers established. In collaboration with the Tisbury-based ‘International Cat Care’ (ICC) organisation Cat Watch has achieved iCatCare friendly rehoming centre status, and Marnie has the ICC course in shelter management. 2 Pens have been built to recognised welfare standards with the goal of 4 more in the pipeline.
Ongoing vision short-term is consolidation of the Cat Watch organisation with longer-term goals of education, aiming to reduce the number of cats needing Cat Watch care.
Cats in need will be treated in a timely manner, firstly establishing their homeless status.
Every cat at CWRS is an individual being with a personality, feelings, intrinsic worth and value, and will be treated with care and respect in a non-judgemental, safe environment. All deserve to be pain-free.
Each is treated as an individual, addressing its emotional and physical needs.
Cats are re-homed as soon as appropriate.
Cats unsuitable for re-homing will undergo ‘T N R’ – trap, neuter, release.
All veterinary issues will be treated in an appropriate manner provided that this is in the cat’s best interests, and within sensible financial constraints.
Euthanasia is a last resort for un-manageable cases.
Rescue/welfare cats often come with their own emotional troubles, and sometimes chronic disease problems. Adopters will be given all details of possible ongoing issues.
CWRS are not a re-homing centre, but may be able to help you if you need to find a new home for your kitty. We do not often have the facilities to take them into the shelter unless this is a dire emergency!