Cats Protection Celebrates 90 Years Of Helping Cats With Fun And Games

Cats Protection Celebrates 90 Years Of Helping Cats With Fun And Games

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre will be celebrating the charity’s 90th birthday with an afternoon of fun and games on Sunday 14 May. The centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, will be welcoming visitors from 12pm – 4pm for a great line-up of family activities with stalls, a tombola, raffle, and children’s activities including face painting and a lucky dip. Staff at the centre are also hoping the charity’s 90th birthday may inspire potential cat owners to adopt one of the feline OAPs currently in the care of the centre.

Since it was formed in 1927 by a small group of cat lovers, Cats Protection has grown into one of the UK’s most well-known voluntary organisations. With over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres across the nation, the charity helps around 200,000 cats every year The charity moved its national head office to the National Cat Centre in Chelwood Gate in 2004. As well as the largest cat adoption centre in the UK and the charity’s administrative hub, the site is also home to a popular Visitor Centre with café, children’s play area and nature trail.

Deputy Manager of the National Cat Adoption Centre Tania Marsh said: “We’re really proud of Cats Protection’s history of helping cats in need, so we wanted to throw a party to celebrate our 90thbirthday. “We’ve always had such a lot of support from local people since we opened our head office and National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, so we’re hoping to see a lot of familiar faces. It would also be great to welcome back anyone who has adopted a cat from us in the past to help us celebrate. Cats Protection has seen many changes in the past 90 years, and there have been many challenges over the years. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges we face today is finding homes for all the older cats in our care – with so many kittens being born, these older cats find it particularly hard to attract the attention of potential owners. As well as having a bit of fun, we’re hoping our 90th birthday party will help us find homes for some of these golden oldies.”

Older cats currently in the care of the National Cat Adoption Centre include Mitsy, a 16-year-old who came into the centre after her owner went into care. She would love a quiet adult-only home where she can enjoy a peaceful life.

Thirteen-year-old Tessie Bear also came into the centre after her owner went into care. Although she can appear shy at first, she is affectionate and loves to be stroked.

As well as hosting its 90th birthday party on 14 May, the National Cat Centre will also be hosting a prestigious exhibition of artwork from members of the Society of Feline Artists. Over 200 paintings from over 40 artists will go on show at the centre from Friday 28 April until Sunday 7 May.  The exhibition will be open each day from 10am until 6pm and admission is free. Original artwork, limited edition prints and greetings cards will also be available to purchase.

To find out more about adopting Mitsy or Tessie Bear, or any of the other 150 cats currently in the care of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, please email the centre at

The National Cat Adoption Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. For a map and directions to the National Cat Adoption Centre, please visit