My wife and I are cat fosterers and we have fostered over 20 cats. Bringing them to full health and re-humanising them after usual traumatic treatment by former owners and their children has brought us much pleasure over the years.

From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres.
Our work doesn’t stop there, however: we also provide an array of cat care information via our publications, website and Helpline; promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow and seek to educate people of all ages about cats and their care.
We help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year thanks in no small part to our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres.
These include the charity’s flagship adoption centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex where our administrative offices can also be found.
Cats Protection is governed by a Board of Trustees which, in turn, is advised on its decisions by an Advisory Council of appointed representatives of the charity’s membership.
Today Cats Protection is the UK’s largest feline welfare charity. In the last 90 years, we have rehomed over 1.5 million cats and kittens and championed the rights of cats. But where did it all begin?

During the 1920s, cats were not seen as the companion animals today – instead of much-loved pets, they were considered as nothing more than pests. Concern was expressed at the ignorance of many people regarding the needs of the domestic cat. In an attempt to raise the status of cats, a group of like-minded people gathered together at Caxton Hill in London. They formed the Cats Protection League.

Since its humble beginnings, the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and staff has never waned. Surviving war and recession and defying the odds to help as many cats as possible, our aim remains the same as it did in 1927.

Become a volunteer
We’re always looking for volunteers living in area to become cat fosterers.

There are some great benefits to being a Paws Protect Volunteer Fosterer.

Here are just some of them:

• You’ll be helping a family and their cats to escape an abusive environment

• You’ll have the enjoyment of caring for a cat without a lifetime commitment

• You’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills and expand your knowledge of cat welfare

• You’ll have all food and expenses covered by the Paws Protect project

Here is some of the feedback we’ve received from our volunteer fosterers:

“We really wanted a pet but it wasn’t feasible to move with it. The Paws Protect scheme allows for the best of both worlds we get to love and take care of a pet, but without the cost and permanent commitment of ownership.”

“I’m really happy to be part of this programme. It is lovely when owners are reunited with their pets following difficult circumstances, and it is really rewarding to feel part of that.”

“As a previous victim of domestic abuse, it feels as if I’m giving something back. Making a positive difference to someone’s life is of great value to me.”

If you’d like to speak to someone about becoming a fosterer, call the Paws Protect team on 0345 260 1280 or email

Of course the ultimate aim of the Foster Family is to find a permanent home for these lovely creatures. This ultimate guide to pet adoption is well worth a read! Click Here.