Wood Green, The Animals Charity has revealed a new development at its 43-acre site. Following years of planning and disrupted construction during the pandemic, the Snowden Cat Care Center is now open – enabling the charity to provide even better care to thousands of cats in need.
With 60 units, the Snowden Cat Care Center has increased Wood Green’s on-site capacity by 50 per cent. The large, adaptable units have sliding doors in order to create double or triple units for pairs of cats, and a number of secure areas called ‘catios’ allow vital outdoor access for cats to exercise and display natural behaviors like climbing, jumping and exploring.
Wood Green can have up to 500 cats, dogs and small pets in its care at any one time. Some of these are from owners who can no longer care for them, and others are strays with nothing known about their history.
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Vanessa Cunningham, director of care and veterinary services at Wood Green, said: “Since we opened our doors as a charity 1924, two things have remained true: the UK is a nation of pet lovers, and there have always been pets in need of our help. However, we now have a much greater understanding of their needs and we must continually adapt to provide the right care, and the right services, in order to fulfill our purpose.
“A new Cat Care Center has been a part of our plans for a number of years, and I couldn’t be happy that we have been able to go ahead, despite the impact of Covid-19 on the charity and thanks to the generosity of our supporters. This project is incredibly close to my heart and I’m delighted to see the first residents settling in so well and benefitting from the space as we had envisaged they would.”
The charity is often required to respond quickly to emergencies, with pets in critical conditions requiring life-saving treatment. Around 3,500 pets are rehabilitated and rehomed each year, more than half of which are cats, but the existing on-site cat accommodation was becoming increasingly outdated.
In order to meet the demand for Wood Green’s services and cater to the changing needs of the cats coming through their doors every day, it has now been replaced. The Center is named after Ms Sheila Snowden, who left the charity an incredible legacy donation of almost £900,000, providing around 40% of the project’s total budget of £2.4m. The remaining funds were donated by individual supporters, as well as gifts in kind from partners like the pet technology company Sure Petcare.