Welcome to the Cherwell branch of Cats Protection, the national cat welfare charity’s regional rescue serving the Oxfordshire towns of Bicester, Banbury and Brackley. Formed in 2006, Cherwell Cats Protection is operated by a small group of dedicated volunteers, supported by local fundraising and donations from generous members of the public locally and from around the World.
What we do
Our team of volunteers aim to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home as many of the many lost, unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens in the Cherwell Valley as possible. To accomplish this we undertake vital tasks such as trapping, fostering and socialising cats, as well as arranging for veterinary treatments for animals in our care and conducting home visits for prospective adopters.
We operate a neutering scheme for qualifying cat owners in the Cherwell area, in collaboration with local veterinary practices. Neutering is primarily beneficial to the individual animal’s health, but also has additional benefits of reducing the emergence of feral cat colonies in the area, as well as reducing the spread of feral-borne illness throughout the local domestic cat population.
We advise Oxfordshire’s residents on a range of feline welfare issues locally, and offer advice to new cat-owners and experienced owners alike as to how best to care for their pet and generally improve the quality of their pet’s life. Cherwell CP recommends that cat owners always consult a qualified veterinarian when seeking medical advice concerning their pet.
Adopt a cat
If you’re interested in adopting a cat you can be confident that not only will you be giving a loving home to a grateful pet, you’ll also be indirectly contributing to the welfare of a number of other felines in need. Read our advice explaining how to adopt a cat from Cherwell CP, and when you’re ready take a look at the cats we have ready for adoption via our Find a Cat page.
Rehome a cat
There are numerous reasons people find they can no longer look after a pet cat, and so as circumstances change owners decide to give them up. If you feel you are in this situation please remember that no animal ever needs to be abandoned, and that Cats Protection is here to help you. Please contact your local Cats Protection branch to re-home your cat without judgement.
Lost a cat
If you have lost a cat around Banbury, Bicester or Brackley or any of the surrounding villages please read our advice explaining how to improve your chances of getting your beloved pet back home safely, and what we can do to help.
Found a cat
If you have found a cat in or around Brackley, Banbury or Bicester please read our advice outlining how you can help it and how we go about receiving cats into our care.
Support Cherwell cats
Whether you’d like to help raise money for urgent veterinary treatment or simply provide food for the cats in our care, you can support the work we do in a wide variety of ways, all of which directly or indirectly contribute to the wellbeing of cats looking for their forever home.
Our fundraising efforts continue throughout the calendar year and our team of volunteer cat heroes dedicate their time and skills in numerous roles, each vital to our goal. It’s easy to become a fosterer, and it’s even easier to make an immediate contribution by purchasing an item from our Amazon Wish List.