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15th December 2007

A Cool £500 for Coventry Cats

Coventry Cats Protection wins Petplan Charity Prize Draw

The Coventry branch of Cats Protection has won a valuable £500 donation from the UK’s leading pet insurance provider Petplan. The branch plans to set the money aside for a major neutering campaign due to be launched next February.

Petplan works with more rehoming charities than any other insurer to help fund the care of thousands of homeless cats and dogs. The company offers a cover note for six weeks free insurance to every owner adopting pets through the organisations it supports and also donates vouchers for insurance to visitors and supporters of the charities. Each month a prize draw is held from all the vouchers and cover notes issued and one charity benefits from the prize fund.

Cats Protection has been active in Coventry for around 50 years. Branch leader Andrea Tobin and around 25 key volunteers take in and rehome around 450 cats and kittens and assist in the neutering of around 1000 cats each year. Entirely self-funded, the branch runs a charity shop and relies heavily on the work of a long list of supporters.

Andrea says: "This donation will make an enormous difference to our 2008 neutering campaign. This work is tremendously important because Coventry has such a huge cat population that it is very difficult to find good homes for all of the kittens born here. We really do want to reduce the numbers and will be launching our campaign on February 14 to signal the fact that we need to curb the activities of Coventry’s amorous cats."

Petplan is committed to supporting the valuable work carried out by animal shelters all over the country, ranging from locally-based charities like Coventry Cats Protection to leading national organisations such at Battersea, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust.

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s head of marketing said: "We understand what a difficult time it can be rehoming a cat and are happy to provide the extra peace of mind that insurance cover gives during the first few weeks of an animal’s life in a new environment. Having your pet insured is an important part of taking care of its future health and making sure that you can manage any unforeseen veterinary costs."