Feline generous?

The Deeside Branch of Cats Protection will be holding a homing show at the Burnett Arms in Banchory from 10am-noon on May 5.

This is an opportunity to go along and meet some of the charity’s lovely cats and kittens, who are in need of loving new owners. Following the homing show there will be a volunteering event starting at 12.30pm at the same venue.

Branch co-ordinator, Liz Robinson, is keen to encourage people to come forward to help the charity.

She said: “Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience, particularly if you have a skill that would benefit the charity or would like to develop new skills by taking on a fresh challenge. Our volunteers gain a great deal of satisfaction helping cats to get a second chance in life, whilst meeting like-minded people along the way.

“We work hard to match people’s skills, interests and time availability to the roles on offer, so if you think you have something to contribute, please come along. We are in particular need of fundraisers, fosterers, who look after cats in their own homes or in a pen in their garden, and a recruitment volunteer.”

Throughout the day there will be a chance to find out more about the charity and its work which is based on the three aims of “rehoming, neutering, education.”

The Deeside branch aims to provide an essential cat rehoming service and is currently made up of ten volunteers who do their best to help local cats in need. Last year they homed 32 cats and paid for 108 to be neutered, including 29 ferals.

Sadly, many cats are still given up or abandoned every day, placing a heavy burden on the charity’s services. Cats Protection has around 7,000 cats in its care at any one time across the country, all being cared for until loving new homes are found.

Cats Protection’s Deeside branch is part of a national network of 253 volunteer-run branches and 29 adoption centres.

If you are interested in either giving a cat a home, or in volunteering, but cannot attend the meetings call 07837 342660 for more details.