Erica becomes 1000th cat to be homed by local branch of cat charity

(Cats Protection Press Release) Lucky black cat Erica has become the 1000th cat to be given a second chance in life by Cats Protection’s Fareham & Waterlooville Districts Branch since it was formed five years ago.

Named after the volunteer, Eric, who collected her, Erica was found as a stray with poor skin condition, thought to be due to a flea allergy.

Following treatment and TLC, the two-year-old puss has been rehomed to a new family, which includes two children who adore her.

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This landmark figure reflects all the hard work of volunteers at Cats Protection’s Fareham & Waterlooville Districts Branch, which has rehomed around 200 cats a year since it launched in 2011.

Erica is now settling in to her new home with Chris Alexander and his children Grace, 10, and Joe, 8, in Southsea, Hampshire.

Chris said: “Grace looked on the Cat Protection website at all the cats and she thought Erica looked cute. We went in to see Erica and found that she was very friendly and we immediately wanted to take her home. She has settled very quickly and has the run of the house. Her favourite place is the top room where the sun shines in.”

Nicky Davies, Rehoming Officer for Cats Protection’s Fareham & Waterlooville Districts Branch, said the branch was pleased to have been able to find a new home for Erica.

She said: “The sad reality is there are many unwanted cats and this is what keeps our branch so busy around the year. Cats come into us for all sorts of reasons, the main one being that their owner’s circumstances have changed, such as a change in landlord.

“The saddest cases are those such as Erica who was wandering as a stray in poor condition. There must have been a time when she was a pet, but at some point she was left to fend for herself. We’re thrilled she has now found such a lovely and happy new home.”

Nicky added that one of the biggest challenges facing the branch was a shortage of volunteers to help care for cats and raise money for the branch.

She said: “We desperately need more fosterers to look after cats while they are in our care.

“We also need more people to help as fundraisers, as without this vital source of income we wouldn’t be able to help nearly as many cats.

“We are a friendly bunch of volunteers and joining us is a great way to get to know new friends and enjoy the ultimate perk – spending time with some of the cats in our care and helping to give them a second chance in life.”

While Erica is settling in well to her new home, there are other cats in the care of the branch desperate to find their own new owners.

Dolce and Banny, both aged 12, have been in the branch’s care since January and are desperate for a new home where they can see out their golden years.

To find out more about adopting a cat, volunteering for the branch, or for more information about its work, please visit www.fareham.cats.org.uk or call 01489 574529.

Cats Protection’s Fareham & Waterlooville Districts Branch is part of the charity’s nationwide network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres that together help over 205,000 cats and kittens each year.

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