AN animal charity has won a generous grant to continue its successful project.
Gosport Cats Protection (GCP) has secured £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund after winning a national online vote for their neutering campaign.
The group was the only cats protection branch in the national competition.
Volunteers promoted and publicised the charity’s project – neutering a snip at £10 – and managed to achieve 2,876 votes, which was enough to make it into the finals in June.
A business case submitted by GCP’s Kate Stapleford was then considered by the Aviva judges, who scored the entry highly against some very strong competition.
GCP promotes responsible pet ownership and runs a £10 neutering campaign to help keep the cat population down.
Cats can start breeding from just four months old and will mate with their brothers, sisters and parents.
Neutering for male and female cats is a routine operation which has lots of benefits for cats. Indoor cats, both males and females, should be neutered.
There will be two campaigns in the Gosport area this year, with the second being held in October using the Aviva award money.
The kittens born this summer will be old enough to be neutered during the later campaign.
Throughout July, cat owners on benefits or a low wage, as well as students and pensioners in the PO12, PO13 and PO14 areas, are encouraged to call GCP on (023) 9258 2601 to register their pet for the £10 neutering offer.
The neutering operation for the kitten/cat must be booked with the participating vet (of which there are several in the Gosport and Stubbington areas) by August 31.
GCP has expressed its thanks to everyone who voted for the neutering project as well as Alver Vets and Vets for Pets for their support.
For more information about the GCP’s work in the community, visit gosport.cats.org.uk