Cats Protection is planning a major upgrade of its adoption centre in Chelmsford.
The new centre will provide an improved level of cat care facilities, including a maternity building. The upgrade will add 10 new admission pens, bringing the total to 50, including 16 maternity and isolation pens.
Volunteers and staff will benefit from improved working areas and greater storage space, while visitors will be able to take advantage of better accessibility. Solar panels on the roof will contribute towards the energy required to warm the pens.
The charity’s Chelmsford adoption centre rehomes an average of 420 cats annually and helps many more through trap-neuter-return programmes for feral cats, assisted neutering to support the local community, as well as cat-focused education, information and advice.
Guy Chadwick, Cats Protection’s regional centre operations manager, said: “We have seen an ongoing need for Cats Protection’s services through our Chelmsford Adoption Centre and neighbouring branches. This investment is part of our ongoing commitment to the future of the centre and will enable us to provide the best possible care for cats and their owners in the local area.”
The Chelmsford centre will close during construction, scheduled to start by February, and re-open towards the end of 2022.