Animal Friends Blog
The Moggery first opened its doors in 1997. Since then approximately 250 cats and kittens each year have been admitted, cared for and rehabilitated, and placed in loving new homes. We aim to help with all sorts of local cat problems. This could range from trapping and neutering feral colonies, taking in and re-homing much loved pets of local elderly residents who enter nursing homes, bottle feeding motherless kittens and taking care of the many cats and kittens that are abandoned each year in Bristol; the Moggery will never put a healthy animal to sleep and will offer sanctuary to all our cats until the right home is found for them.
The Moggery is run by a team of volunteers including Christine Bayka who opened the charity. We work tirelessly to feed and care for the cats, trap feral cats, transport cats to and from the vets, foster young mother cats and kittens, rehome cats and provide progress reports, and to fundraise. We will assist with neutering when we have funds to do so, and transport the cats to and from the vet to help prevent unwanted kittens wherever possible. We rely entirely on donations, fundraising and adoption fees. 100% of the money we raise is used for the welfare of the cats in our care.
Abandonment is becoming a bigger problem than ever. This year we have come under a great deal of strain, taking in multiple cats and kittens that have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves in ways that could have risked their wellbeing or even their lives.
Lilibet and her kittens were admitted on the Diamond Jubilee. A couple walking in the woods saw movement in a nettle patch. They thought it might be an injured bird and went to investigate. They found an open cat carrier with four little kittens inside. They brought the carrier to the Moggery and went back to the woods with Christine and a trap primed with tempting pilchards to find the fifth kitten. The kittens were bottle fed overnight and the next day the trap held a very young mother cat. She was so small the couple had assumed she was a kitten too. In fact she was only about five or six months old. She was perfectly tame and it is likely she was an unneutered pet, thrown out once she had kittens. She was very relieved to be reunited with her kittens and was a lovely young mum.
As it was the diamond jubilee Lilibet was named for the queen. Two of her kittens were Diamond and Jubilee and the other two Hansel and Gretel as they were lost in the woods.
Once the kittens were old enough, Lilibet was neutered and all five found new homes. Lilibet and Gretel were homed last by charming one half of a local young couple each, they arranged to be homed together. They are now called Lily and Boo.
Maddy was an unneutered adult female. She was left in an empty flat when tenants moved out. She was found when the landlord came to check the property. Fortunately he did this quickly and called for help. She had no food or water or means of escape. Maddy is now safe and well cared for at the Moggery while she waits for a home of her own.
Abandoned cats lives are put at risk. Cats like Lilibet could be injured or killed while in the woods, or when left on the Moggery doorstep like Motley and her kittens. Cats left in empty flats, like Maddy, could easily starve to death. There are also implications for small charities like the Moggery. All these cats are mouths to feed and bottoms on litter trays! They need feeding and caring for, and veterinary care including chipping and neutering. We would never turn away an abandoned cat, but each time a cat is left to fend for itself, another on the waiting list for admission and rehoming waits a little longer.
All the cats in our care rely on the kindness of the public in giving donations, offering forever homes and responding to fundraising efforts. Without volunteer staff and public help charities like the Moggery would not survive.