Cat Call Hastings, known today as Cat Call Organisation UK, was an idea dream’t up and implemented by Dorothy Jason in November 1983. The founding cornerstone of her idea was a Lost and Found Cat Register, where missing or found cats details could be registered and exposed to Dorothy’s proactive approach to reunite them with their families. As the little organisations reputation grew a network of foster homes was established where found cats could be temporarily homed until their original family was located or a permanent safe home found.
In August 1991 the organisation was formally registered as a UK charity given the charity reference 1032117. Dorothy with the help of her daughter Julie and a growing network of volunteers established a cattery in Windmill Rd Hastings in support of their work and complementing the foster home network. After Dorothy passed away in 2007 Cat Call’s work was continued with vigor and focus by Julie and the cattery moved to Brigthling road Hastings. Julie sadly and suddenly passed away in November 2010, the volunteers at the time rallied round and between them managed to home the cats from the cattery which could no longer be sustained and was closed.
The organisation then went through a difficult period but throughout stayed true to its founding principles and objectives which are;
- The Hastings, St Leonard’s , Bexhill and Battle area “LOST and FOUND” Cat Register putting lost Cats and Kittens back in touch with their families by maintaining a register and proactively working and liaising with other charities and agencies to reunite lost and found cats with their families.
- Resources permitting, the organisation provides support to cats in distress and rescues cats in need, these cats are given shelter and medical attention, when they are ready the team look for long term homes. Some cats due to their circumstances see out their lives in Cat Call’s care.
Cat Call no longer has a cattery but relies on a well-established foster network to support its work. The Cat Call Team and Members harbor the aspiration, when financially possible, of again having a cattery.
Cat Call is a non-profit making organisation, all the money raised through donations, its charity shop and ongoing fund raising activities are wholly spent on its work with Cats. Everyone in Cat Call is a volunteer, there are no salaries or personal expenses paid or marketing costs, the volunteers give their time and pay for the resources they need and use themselves.
The primary costs incurred by Cat Call are;
- The monthly vet bill
- General care costs of the Cats in its care; cat litter, food etc
Money is raised through its charity shop in Bohemia rd. St Leonard’s On Sea, donations received and fund raising events.
The Organisation is formally run by three Trustees;
Brenda Marshall Chairperson – Trustee Cat Welfare
Lorraine Shackel – Trustee Cat Welfare
Debbie Keech – Trustee Secretary
Cat Call is massively supported by a fantastic group of volunteers and members including but not limited to; The Charity Shop Manager Lyn and her great team who staff the shop, the army of knitters who make wonderful cat blankets, cat nip mice and beautiful knitted items which the organisation sells, and some very supportive organisations including Asda Hastings/St Leonards On Sea, ESK Hastings, 1066 Vet practice, Pets At Home Ravenside Bexhill, St James Place Wealth Management and Red Robin Gardening Services, as well as local organisations who very kindly put out Cat Call collecting boxes including BP the Ridge, Esk Hastings – needless to say it’s never enough, the organisation always needs more help be it donations, quality items for its charity shop, volunteers for fund raising events, homes for cats and foster homes.
Love Cats – Love Cat Call.
Cat Call provides a telephone Hot Line 01424 429904 . In our year April 2017 to March 2017 we answered 700 phone calls for help, posted 146 cats on our Lost and Found Cat Register helped 91 Cats in the community, homed 31 Cats and had 29 Cats in our care.
We were rated by the people we helped.