Opening in November 2021, the new Cat Care Centre will transform the care Wood Green provides for homeless cats, increasing on-site capacity by 50%.
Cats are coming to Wood Green with more complex needs, so it's vital that we invested in our facilities to adapt and give every cat the best possible care. It marks a big step towards turning our Godmanchester site into a 'Centre of Excellence'.
Larger, more adaptable units – complete with connecting doors and more space than we can provide at the moment.
'Catios' – enabling cats to access the outdoors safely and give them more freedom, which is vital for our long-termers.
Climate control – giving us the ability to control the temperature of each block according to a cats’ needs and ensure all year-round comfort.
Solid walls – offering cats extra privacy, peace and quiet, which is especially helpful for nervous felines.
Enhanced vet check room – making us less dependent on our surgery facilities.
Observation cameras – allowing our team to easily monitor the cats and tend to them quicker if they need us.
When Nacho arrived at Wood Green, he refused to leave his carrier and hissed if we got close to him. After talking softly and rewarding Nacho with treats, he got used to us being around. But seeing, hearing and smelling other cats slowed down his progress.
The solid walls and separate sleeping areas in our new centre will ensure cats like Nacho feel more relaxed, increasing their chances of finding a loving new home sooner.
We want to provide the very best care for cats at Wood Green. While our teams work tirelessly to make that possible, our current cattery is no longer fit for purpose and lacks the facilities required to help us meet the needs of every cat in the way we’d like to. By investing in a new centre, we can do so much more for our cats – especially those with complex needs.
The new centre will help homeless and vulnerable cats at Wood Green in many ways – here's how:
The new centre will cost £2.4m, a figure which has been budgeted for since plans for the cattery began several years ago. The project is being 40% funded by an incredibly generous legacy donation of almost £900k from Ms Snowden, whose gift will enable us to help tens of thousands more cats. We are extremely grateful to Ms Snowden, our supporters and our partners at Sure Petcare, who have all contributed and made the project possible.
It is currently scheduled to open in November 2021, with scope for it to be expanded in the future.