It is a sad fact of life that, in order to help the many cats who need our care, we need money. It is a constant struggle, but with the help of our supporters, somehow we manage, although naturally, the more money we raise, the more cats we can help. Please consider helping us help the cats, using one or more of the methods below.
We are always happy to welcome new members, who can be as active or as inactive as they like. The membership fee not only helps local cats, but also entitles you to four copies of our quarterly newsletter, The Catalyst, which will keep you up to date with what we are doing and how you can help.
Annual membership runs from 1st January, and the cost is as follows:
Junior (Under 17)/Unemployed/Senior Citizen - £5
Single - £10
Family - £15 Donations
The Cats Protection lottery is an excellent way to support the branch and you may even win one of our great prizes ! more information is available here
You are now able to donate to the branch via our PayPal account on MissionFish. Please simply click here and select the Donate Now tab. You can select one of the standard donation amounts or choose your own. Please don't forget to Gift Aid if you are eligible.
Sponsorship of Blake's Pen
Blake was a very lovable big white and black cat (see photo at the top of the page) who came to us at the age of 13. Before coming to us, he had spent 4-5 months at a vet's, because his previous two owners had died. Upon coming to us, Blake was cared for by Nicky, one of our members, who is an ex-veterinary nurse.
Blake was severely diabetic, and in his particular case the condition was very hard to control. The only diet which was at all effective plus Blake's insulin were costing us £70 a month in total, so we were most grateful for all donations to help Blake received via "Blake's Fund".
Very sadly, just before Christmas 2003 we lost Blake following a stroke. Nicky writes:
"In the time he was with me, Blake was an absolute pleasure to look after and showed me so much love: at least I know how happy he was in his last years with me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported Blake and kindly donated to his funding, helping to ensure that he always received the best care and treatment possible. He was much loved and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him."
"Many of you who knew Blake will know that he was the first cat I took in when I decided to foster for Cats Protection and my new pen was being built. Blake arrived before the pen was completed and, within the week it took to finish, he had captured our hearts and moved into our home, never needing to move out into the pen."
"I thought it a fitting memorial to Blake to have an inscribed plaque displayed on my pen and this then gave me the idea for a new Pen Sponsorship Scheme. In return for a minimum annual donation of £15.00 (more for sponsors outside the UK in order to cover increased postage costs), sponsors will receive updates, with pictures, detailing the cats who have been helped by the pen. Already this year "Blake's Pen" has helped ten cats to find loving homes and secure futures: hopefully many more will benefit in the years ahead."
Please contact us if you would like to offer sponsorship of Blake's Pen. This is also a great gift for somebody who loves cats, but who cannot have one of their own for some reason.
Donations do not only have to be financial - we always welcome unopened cat food, such as food which perhaps your own cat does not like. Prescription food is particularly welcome, because we do need this for some of the cats in our care, but it is expensive.
Please contact us for more information, or simply drop the food off at our shop at the Springfield Centre, Orchard Street, Kempston.
Empty Ink Cartridges or Old Mobile Phones
By donating your used ink cartridges and old mobile phones to Cats Protection, you can help us recycle them and raise funds to help the cats in our care. Please call our helpline on 0345 260 2505 or email us to find out where you can send them or where your nearest drop-off point is - or why not visit our charity shop at the Springfield Centre, Orchard Street, Kempston where there is a collection box.
Our shop is located at:
Unit 12 The Springfield Centre
Bedford, MK42 7PR
Monday - Saturday - 9am to 5pm
Sunday - 10am - 4pm
There are a number of ways in which you can support the shop, as follows:
Helping in the Shop
We are always happy to hear from people who are able to help keep the shop running smoothly, whether it’s sorting and pricing goods or helping behind the till. If you can help, please e-mail us or contact the shop direct on 01234 840827.
Providing Items for Sale
We are always grateful to receive any saleable items you may have or make, such as books, ornaments, small items of furniture, crafts, bric-a-brac or unwanted presents. Collection can be arranged if necessary. Please note that for safety reasons we are unable to accept electrical equipment. Soft furnishings must have fire retardant labels and prams and buggies etc. need to have a kite mark.
Of course, you may prefer to support the shop by becoming a regular shopper. We stock Cats Protection catalogue goods, gifts, clothes, toys, houseware and much more, so why not pay us a visit? The shop is open Monday - Saturday 10am – 4pm and there is plenty of free parking. We also have Open Evenings on the first of every month at the shop.
Sell your unwanted goods on eBay and raise funds for us! eBay for Charity allows you to list an item on eBay and donate 10-100% of your final sale price to us - it's that easy. To sell an item now and help the Branch, please click here.
If you are running in any road races, such as the London Marathon, and would like to run on our behalf, please contact us.
Make a Donation
Your donations, no matter how large or small, will make a huge difference to the lives of the unwanted cats in our care. Without you we simply wouldn't be able to continue with our valuable work. Thank you for your support.