Project information

Creation of a Walk In Community Feline Care Centre

Creation of a community based walk in advice clinic for cat owners offering practical advice on neutering, vaccination, behavioural issues, basic care as well as offering low cost microchipping, free education courses and a shop to increase income for the charity.

With funding in place to get the core set up facilities done we estimate to be up and running within 3 months.

Charity information: Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue

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  • Need


    Many cats come into rescue as a result of poor care and understanding by their owners. Once behaviour escalates out of hand the cats are typically either put into rescue or abandoned.

    The charities income varies greatly month to month we wish to standardise this for better budgeting to enable us to plan for the new cat rescue centre.


    We want to help owners manage the problems before a need for rescue arises therefore lessening the load on rescue in the region.

    To take our plans for a new centre forward we must increase regular funding. Incorporating a shop facility will enable us to do so and become more self reliant financially whilst providing a direct benefit to local pet owners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish a community based cat care education facility.


    » Incorporating education of owners at the forefront of our project in the form of short courses, practical guides and information literature.

    What success will look like

    Regular use of the education materials, courses and advice walk in services by the community and subsequent results reported.

    Aim 2

    Improving pet identification for quick reunification and traceability.


    » By providing a physical location for pets to be microchipped safely by qualified, insured implanter.

    What success will look like

    An increase in the number of pets with microchips implanted over the year. We would aim to increase numbers by 100% over the year.

    Aim 3

    To improve independent financial turnover of Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue


    » By creating a specialist 'shop' for all things relating to cats. Toys, equipment, supplies and at the core, education and owner support.

    What success will look like

    A steady increase in independent turnover each month from shop income.

  • Impact


    By teaching the public to understand a cats complex needs and how differences in care can affect mental /physical state should subsequently reducing pressures on cat rescues in the region. We envisage changing the publics attitude to cats and pet ownership as a whole to improve animal welfare throughout the region. Statistics and feedback will be tracked throughout the project to ensure a return on our local investment.


    Qualified & Insured Implanter - we have ensured our Co Founder is qualified and insured for microchip implanting.

    Drop in funding for the advice centre - We have incorporated a specialist shop facility into the centre and low cost training program to cover the ongoing costs of running the centre.

    This will not be a typical charity shop, but a dedicated, specialist resource serving all of Central Scotland.


    We will maintain regular mailing lists of all donors to the project informing them of progress, results and metrics. Donors will equally be able to visit the centre when up and running and see our work first hand.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Commercial Let Rental cost of shop & office space for the year.
      £2,600 Utilities Covering the cost of Electricity and phone, broadband services monthly office consumable for year 1.
      £1,000 Set up Cost Purchase of additional opening stock.
      £900 Set up Cost Signage and displays, Merchant Cost of reclaimed racking, desks, office furniture to furnish centre.
  • Background


    Lochgelly is a long known mining town that has suffered greatly with the closure of the mining industry in the area. There is high unemployment however following a recent regeneration project the town has begun to find itself once again. More people are moving into the area from major cities such as Edinburgh, converting it into a well serviced commuter town.


    - Families on low income by gaining access to information on the best routes of affordable pet care and the organisations and schemes to help them.

    - The local area by bringing people from out of town for our education and shop services. There are no other specialist cat retailers in East Central Scotland.

    - Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue through an increase in profile, turnover and community involvement.

    - We also hope to be able to create jobs for people in the local area, given time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sunny harbour Cat Rescue have the best of nearly 20 years experience in Cat Rescue, cat care and welfare. We have been operating our advice line for over 4 years and many public events we run we are simply overwhelmed by the volume of people seeking advice about their cats.

    We have the experience, drive and passion for all things feline to carry this project forward and create a better, richer environment for cats in the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Ross

    Co Founder of Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue and the main driver of our education and behavioural services.

    Paul Ross

    Co Founder and qualified and insured Microchip Implanter.