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Project information

Building New Coventry Cat Rescue Centre

We have just been left an ideal property in a will .
This is a unique opportunity to establish the house as a cat rescue as wished by the owner. The house has previously been used for boarding cats but pens are now falling down. Coventry has no cat rescue centres and many homeless cats.

July 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Coventry Cat Group

Coventry Cat Group logo
  • Need


    Coventry has a population of nearly half a million people and a huge problem with unwanted and stray cats. Currently Coventry has no cat rescue centre and the problem is so great that we cannot get enough volunteers to foster all the cats and kittens we get called upon to help. Last year, for the first time ever, we had to refuse to help a pregnant stray cat - and that was after urgent appeals on the local radio for emergency fosterers. It is something we do not want to do again!


    By securing the funds to build some new pens and establish the house as a rescue centre we will be able to help more cats at any given time. Together with the continued use of our network of fosterers we can more than double our current capacity. The existence of a real shelter, rather than just our virtual website, will also increase our homing rate as people will be able to visit the centre and engage with the animals.
    The centre will also provide a location for fundraising days.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To Establish the house as a cat rescue centre and begin phase 1 of the refurbishment of the pens.


    » Increase awareness of our plans for the centre and embark on some "serious" fundraising starting with the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the ability to start using the centre to house some of the homeless cats in time for next year and can be shown by higher cat numbers and homings.

  • Impact


    We hope to be able to not only increase the number of cats we can deal with at any given time but also increase our homing figures by having a place where people can go and visit the cats. With the ability to base all our resources in one location we will be able to manage our Animal Action Days and increase the awareness of basic animal standards such as neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and good nutrition.


    The main risk to the project is that we run out of operating funds and the charity has to close. This is a danger that all charities face in these times. We have policies in place to prevent this from happening and can develop this project at a pace to match specific fund raising that is done for the centre. We are also investigating how to keep all overheads very low or at nothing (renting part of the accommodation for example).
    We are also working closely with the planning department.


    donors will be added to our membership/newsletter circulation and will also be able to follow progress on our website. At key stages of the development we will hold open days at the site and invite our donors to visit us.

    We are hoping to include a memorial feature(s) for all donors if they wish.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Pens replace the existing 30 pens.
      £10,000 pens new concrete bases and pathways
      £10,000 house Bathroom, Kitchen, decoration, repairs
  • Background


    Coventry Cat Group is a local charity that serves Coventry and the surrounding area. Coventry City has one third of the human population of its next door Birmingham, and yet we have no cat rescue centres whereas Birmingham can boast several well known rescue including a large Cat Protection homing centre.
    35 neighbourhoods in Coventry (out of 197 in total) in national top 10% most deprived


    The obvious benefits are to the cats but many people also benefit.
    Some cats are given to us via social services where families have got into severe troubles and quite often one of the first things they are asked to sort out is the number of pets they have. With no limited rescue places available these people are faced with either abandoning their pets or euthanizing them.
    There are many elderly people who refuse to move into sheltered accommodation for worry of what will happen to their cats

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been doing what we do successfully for the last 20 years and achieved charitable status 15 years ago in 1997 . (Hence our 15K challenge!).
    Over the years our focus has changed slightly from mainly feeding and caring for the feral colonies across the city to mainly work with domestic cats, and hopefully this reduces the amount of new colonies.
    We understand the problems and challenges of living in our city and hope by establishing this centre we can raise awareness and levels of care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angie Willems

    Chairperson, trustee and treasurer (all by default!) and fund raiser.

    Judith Stanley

    Trustee and cat co-ordinator and fosterer. Handles all the incoming calls and normally keeps her temper. Very hot on animal nutrition.

    Nicky Clark

    Trustee and fosterer. Also involved in Labrador Lifeline.

    Brenda Williams

    Secretary, fosterer and volunteer co-ordinator.

We want to transform this....

We want to transform this....