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28th October 2017
With your very generous support, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity will run our ‘Community Protection for Animals’ project, through which we will be able to support both local people and animals in need. This project will enable us to provide meaningful support to our community in two distinct ways:
1) Offering assistance to vulnerable individuals and their animals in the most complex of situations.
Oak Tree Animals’ Charity is the only local animal rehoming centre able to support owners and their animals in multi-cat households, or hoarding environments, where compassionate guidance and support is absolutely essential. We offer non-judgemental advice to owners and provide treatment for animals in some of the most difficult situations, finding positive solutions for all involved. This includes facilitating veterinary care for animals who sadly may have become very unwell. Without our intervention, cats within these complex situations simply would not receive the treatment they need, causing ongoing distress for both owner and animal.
Our partners at Riverside Housing Association, whom we have worked alongside within many such cases have kindly passed on the following feedback: “Riverside and myself would like to pass on our thanks to Oak Tree […] We are very grateful for the help from Oak Tree which is the only local rescue service able to respond in this way […] They really do care about the welfare of the animals”.
2) Providing essential community neutering.
Alongside assisting animals and their owners, with your support we will also be able to help other animals in our community. We are the only local animal charity running a Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) programme, a project which helps free-roaming, or feral, cats.
TNR involves visiting a site with free-roaming cats, capturing them within a humane trap, and then facilitating access to veterinary care for neutering and any other treatment they may need. Kittens who are young enough to be socialised may then be rehomed, with older cats returned to their outdoor territory to live happily and healthily.
The need for our TNR programme is very significant; we helped 269 feral cats in 2016 and are made aware of more feral cat colonies each month.
Without neutering the risk of illness, disease and fighting between cats is very high, and the number of animals grows very quickly. If left unchecked, one unneutered female and her offspring could number 20,000 cats in just five years, resulting in significant issues for our local area!
TNR is therefore an essential intervention, and we value it as the best solution for cats and our community. It is simple and low-cost, and ensures that cats are healthy and thriving, whilst preventing the population from growing any further.
Thank you so much for considering our project. This work really will make a huge difference to both local animals and our community. We can’t do any of this without your support, so please vote for Oak Tree Animals’ Charity!