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Cats Protection marks ten years of National Cat Centre

A summer of celebrations is being planned to mark the 10th anniversary of Cats Protection's ground-breaking National Cat Centre.

The charity opened its state-of-the-art centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, in 2004 and since then it has been at the forefront of its work in rehoming unwanted cats, providing cat care information and promoting neutering.

The site is home to the National Cat Adoption Centre, the largest rehoming centre of its kind in the UK, and also houses a central administrative hub providing support to the charity's network of 250 voluntary-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

Since opening its doors, the 202-pen facility has rehomed more than 10,000 cats and kittens and can house up to 450 cats and kittens.

Set in the Ashdown Forest, the National Cat Centre has become a popular visitor attraction, complete with family-friendly cafe, children's play area, shop and nature trail.

To mark its 10th year anniversary, the charity will be hosting a Homing and Birthday Party for the public on Sunday, September 7.

And from mid August to mid September, there will be a display and silent auction of cat-themed quilts from the Feline Fancies quilting challenge in the site’s visitor centre. Those who are interested in seeing the quilts and possibly making a bid, but who can't get to the National Cat Centre, can contact Cats Protection’s Helpline on 03000 121212 for a copy of the Feline Fancies catalogue.

Cats Protection resources manager Jan Turner says: “The National Cat Centre has become hugely important in moving the charity forward over the past decade and enabling us to help more cats.

“During the past 10 years we have worked hard to create a welcoming and relaxed environment for both those looking to adopt a cat and those who just want to enjoy a day out.

“Our nature trail has become very popular with walkers and families, and we're proud that our Visitor Centre cafe was recently awarded five stars in its Scores on the Doors inspection.

“Crucially, the site has helped many, many cats find new, loving homes. There is much to celebrate, and much to look forward to, so we hope the cat-loving public will raise a glass and join us in marking this occasion.”

Cats Protection's National Cat Centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free but anyone wishing to bring a treat for the cats in its care can bring along a can of Felix cat food.

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