Harrow East MP Bob Blackman and wife Nicola Blackman – councillor for Edgware ward – paid a visit to Cats Protection’s Harrow Homing Centre to see first-hand how the charity helps cats both in the local area and across the UK.
The pair met staff and volunteers at the centre, in Tudor Road, and also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour where they met some of the cats and kittens currently looking for new homes.
Cats Protection, an advocate for cat welfare in the UK, marks its one-year anniversary by highlighting its impactful work. The organisation has aided an average of 157,000 cats and kittens annually over the last five years through its extensive network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centers.
As it celebrates its milestone, Cats Protection urges the UK Government and politicians to address crucial issues by proposing legislation to criminalise cat theft, combat cat and kitten smuggling, and support pet-friendly renting for tenants by ending ‘no pet’ policies.
Mr Blackman MP said: “It was great to meet the staff and volunteers at the Harrow Homing Centre. The cats are clearly so well cared for and such an effort is made to understand each cat’s unique needs. It was also great to hear about the work Cats Protection does in the community helping cat owners as well as feral and stray cats.
“I was also interested to hear about the Lifeline service, which provides invaluable help to those fleeing abuse. It is devastating that victim-survivors often see having a pet as a barrier to getting to safety. This service will provide a temporary loving home with specialist care for the cat, until they can be reunited safely with their owner.”
Cats Protection’s Senior Advocacy & Government Relations Officer Annabel Berdy said: “We were so pleased to welcome Mr and Mrs Blackman to the centre to discuss the work we do to help cats, such as encouraging more landlords to allow tenants to have a pet cat.
“We also discussed the amazing Lifeline service which helps those fleeing domestic abuse by offering a temporary home to their cats until they can be safely reunited. It’s great to see politicians taking a keen interest in cat welfare, which is such an important issue for many people.”