200,000 cats and kittens helped every year, but still many more need help.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, we help care for abandoned cats and kittens across the UK.

Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
We have simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – we help to find good homes for cats in need
  • Neutering – we promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
  • Information – we improve people’s understanding of cats and their care and help to educate people of all ages about cats and their welfare requirements

We live in a world where there are many more cats than available homes and yet large numbers of unneutered cats are still allowed to have kittens. Sadly, abandoned and neglected cats remain commonplace.

At any one time we can have many thousands of cats in our care across the country. And there are many more that need our help. They may be abandoned, unwanted, mistreated or seeking a new home because their owners can’t care for them any longer. Old, sick, frightened…each cat that arrives in our care is different and we are committed to giving each and every one, the love and care they need for as long as it takes to find them a loving home.

Every cat that comes into us is health checked, treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated and neutered to get them ready for rehoming. We also microchip every cat, so that if they do become separated from their new owner the pair can be quickly reunited.

This dedication ensures the best possible start in their new life. However, such a high level of care comes at a high cost. From the moment a cat comes into our care, to the happy day they leave with their new family, we will do all we can to ensure the best start in their new home.

We never put a healthy cat to sleep

It is our ambition to help even more cats than we do already and cats and their welfare are at the heart of everything we do.

We can only be there for all the cats and kittens that need us with the support of kind friends, friends who are caring and generous cat lovers kind enough to consider making a significant gift towards our work. Not only can you help us to continue to offer shelter, food and care to thousands of unwanted cats and kittens – you can also help to make the world a better place for every cat by helping to educate people to become better owners and by supporting neutering programmes that will stop unplanned litters becoming the unwanted cats of tomorrow.

Can you help give cats a better today and a brighter tomorrow?

Please consider becoming a Friend of our new Black Cat Society. For further information, please contact Mandy Pope our Major Gift Manager on 01625 877 208 or email Mandy

The UK is one of the most charitable countries across the globe and most people have inevitably given to charity in some way during their lives, whether that’s via running a marathon, arranging a bake-sale or by simply donating monthly. However many do not realise that including a charity in their will, can make a huge difference to those charities. Leaving a share of the estate, or a lump sum, no matter how small in their will, can help to change someone’s life.

Leaving a gift in a will can be seen as an easy way of offering a charitable hand. As charities really need the help, if you don’t feel like you can help right now, then why not do so when you have passed on?

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing support to the UK’s servicemen and women, veterans, reservists and their families for over 130 years and it helps some 60,000 members of the Armed Forces community every year. SSAFA is only able to support veterans and their families because enough people believe their service meant something.

Tomorrow British Forces will need our support again, and the charity is calling on the local public to consider it when writing their wills. A gift of any size will make a huge difference to the lives of our past and present Servicemen and women, and the families of both, in times of real need.

To find out more or to leave a legacy to SSAFA in your will, email or call 020 7463 9257 or visit

Save The Asian Elephants is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the now highly endangered Asian elephant. Founded just 15 months ago STAE has already made enormous progress in this important cause, which recent Populus polling shows commands huge levels of public support because of the concern for this ancient, noble and gentle animal, so grievously beaten, tortured and abused across India and the other 13 range states of SE Asia. Baby elephants are snatched from the wild, isolated, starved and dehydrated, then beaten with clubs and hammers, often to death, as part of the “training” process for a life of abuse in tourism, festivals and temples.

STAE operates to raise public awareness and inform opinion, and to exert responsible commercial and political influence. STAE’s website shows the many steps taken and successes already achieved for these wondrous animals. STAE’s policies have received wide backing from across many informed groups and world figures– see       STAE:

1 was instrumental in obtaining David Cameron’s 2015 election pledge to help Asian elephants, repeated in a Joint Statement with Indian PM Narendra Modi last November.

2 is working to change the UK law to stop advertising of unethical elephant tourism. Its CEO Duncan McNair has again been invited to address a major group of MPs in the Westminster Parliament shortly.

3 works hard in Brussels and Delhi to effect political change, and to persuade the big commercial interests to stop unethical elephant tourism. A recent sad story concerns Golf the young Thai elephant who was taunted and abused and then turned on a British tourist and killed him after severe torment. Golf was taken away and tortured all night – his screams were heard across the village. But he was then placed straight back amongst tourists to work more with them! So no concern for humans or elephants.

4 is developing a programme to send UK vets and vet students to work with captive Asian elephants in India, to raise awareness, and standards in elephant care, and spark interest in vets working there with elephants for their whole careers, as has happened already.

5 to found a mahout (elephant manager) training centre in India, with licensing and accreditation, based on compassionate and positive training methods, rather than brutality.

6 has just started its primary schools competition Asian Elephants-Create Awareness, in West London. This had a massive response from 40 local schools and nearly 2000 entries, the prizegiving attended by Lords, MPs MEPs, the Mayor, the Youth Mayor, celebrities, parents, teachers and winning pupils and schools in the Town Hall. STAE wishes to roll this out across the UK to hugely raise awareness.

STAE needs funding to continue this cutting edge work. No Board member receives any pay so virtually all income goes straight to its work for the elephants. Please help STAE to continue its work – before its too late for the elephants – by donating at

Charities are part of British life. They range from small groups meeting local needs with few resources to the well-known major charities with budgets of millions.

Whatever their size or purpose, an essential requirement of all charities is that they operate for the public benefit and independently of government or commercial interests.

Our job is to ensure our readers are provided with the best possible regulation and information on these charities in order to increase charity effectiveness, public confidence and trust in them.

What is classed as a Charity
UK charities are non profit organisations that carry out activities that help society such as charity events & fund rasing and help fund vital research into medical conditions such as cancer or heart disease, helping children & poverty and help raise awareness of endangered species by such acts as “adopting an animal” sponsorship schemes.

Below you will find our charity directory. It lists a number of charities that we have worked with, supported and recommended over the years.


RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve

RSPB Leighton Moss is a popular nature reserve set within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the largest reedbed in north-west England. It is a great place to explore and discover some very special wildlife.  It is home to some unusual birds; breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers, as well as more familiar garden birds, ducks, and swans. But it’s not just about birds, you will get the chance to see Britain’s largest land mammal, the red deer, and if you’re lucky, an otter swimming across the pools.

You can visit nature trails with hides, look round a superb shop and enjoy a home-made meal in their award-winning café. Pride is placed on sourcing high quality, fresh, local produce, which is organic wherever possible. Try a tempting selection of hand finished cakes made exclusively for the reserve by ‘Taste of the Country’ with a pot of refreshing Fairtrade tea or coffee. There’s also a ‘fledgling’ menu for the kids. 100% of the profits go to help nature, so your extra helping of pudding will really be helping! Get 10% discount in the café if you travel by public transport or by bike.

Special family events run throughout the holidays, check out the website for details. At any time, children can take out Explorer Backpacks and seasonal activity quizzes or bird bingo for the younger ones. Whilst you are there, you might even fancy joining the RSPB to support their work, and get some great benefits in return. Once a month they run a fantastic ‘Wildlife Explorers’ Club for children and a brilliant ‘Phoenix’ Group for teenagers too.


RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserves

Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire, LA5 0SW

Tel 01524 701601



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Humanitarian organization British Red Cross International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement American Red Cross Help without Frontiers Christian Aid UK Islamic Relief The soldiers Charity Médecins Sans Frontières The Salvation Army Christian Aid Oxfam Jewish Care Samaritans Joseph Rowntree Foundation St John Ambulance Surrey Methodist Relief and Development Fund

Child abuse and other child issues Child line National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Abuse – Signs and Symptoms

Autism National Autistic Society

Deaf British Deaf Association National Deaf Children’s Society Royal National Institute for The Deaf

Disabled Kids American Association of People with Disabilities Down’s Syndrome Association

Blind People Action for Blind People The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Bullying A charity that deals with the important issue of bullying An internet charity that deals with bullying A charity that deals with the issue of bullying Cyber Bullying Act Against Bullying website

Mental Illness Mind SANE Rethink

Learning disabilities

The Aged Help the Aged

Animals and wildlife Royal Society for the Protection of Birds People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Scottish SPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal aid Farm Animal Welfare Council League Against Cruel Sports World Society for the Protection of Woodland Trust Advocates for Animals; Captive Animal Protection Society, UK Wildlife Protection Society of India, Greenpeace International

British charity networks Wales Council for Voluntary Action NCVO website for England SCVO website for Scotland NICVA website for Northern Ireland

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