Our Mission Statement
We are a not-for-profit cat rescue group set up and run by volunteers. Our primary aim is to help and rescue cats throughout Devon and the UK. We were established in 2009 in Paignton in Devon. We have outreach fosterers in other parts of the UK, all overseen by the Paignton HQ.
We have Kevin Foster MP and the author Chris Pascoe as our patrons.
We rescue and care for ill treated, unwanted, abandoned and stray domestic and feral cats and kittens, all of which are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms, all are seen by a vet prior to being offered for rehoming.
We are a ‘no kill’ organisation. If a cat is considered ‘unhomable’ due to age, temperament or health condition, we seek to keep that cat in foster care for the duration of its life. We only euthanize cats when there is no other option and only on vet’s advice. This includes FIV+ cats. We have a sponsorship scheme to help raise funds for these cats.
All prospective new owners will be subject to a home visit, undertaken by one of our volunteers. They will also be invited to view the cat/s of their chose at the home of the fosterer, by mutual appointment. We aim to match the cat and family in a responsible fashion. We also offer full lifetime back up for our cats.
All those working for Feline Network do so as volunteers. Volunteers are also subject to references and home visit as appropriate for their chosen role within the group.
All funds are raised either via the charity shop in Paignton, and other external fund raising events, as well as online auctions, Ebay sales and Christmas Raffle. Donations from re-homed cats also go towards vet, food and other sundry bills accrued as a result of caring for cats in care.
Our charity shop is our main source of income, and is run entirely by volunteers. Accounts and bills for the shop are kept separately.
We have a network of volunteers, including foster families, transport volunteers, home checkers, administration help and shop volunteers. We work alongside other rescue groups to facilitate help for urgent or at risk cats, and have volunteer help available throughout the UK.
We have humane traps available for helping with ferals in need, and can also help to find placements for ferals as required.
We are pleased to help the public with information and advice should they approach us via phone, internet enquiry, at the shop or an event
We also offer a reasonable micro-chipping service, which is available at the shop or through home visits.
We run a pet food bank to help those in crisis.
We have a dedicated bank account where all monies are paid in and kept account of.
Debbie Johnson Dip.Ed.Fel