Cats Protection has unveiled plans for a ‘major upgrade’ of its Chelmsford Adoption Centre, set to begin in February and conclude by the end of 2022.
The new centre will incorporate learnings from across the national charity’s network of 37 centres to deliver an ‘upscaled’ level of cat care excellence and provide a source of ongoing assistance, emergency support and cat welfare information for the county.
The extension to the existing adoption centre and new maternity building has been designed with the needs of cats, volunteers and staff in mind, as well as delivering an improved visitor experience.
According to the charity, the upgraded premises will add 10 new admission pens, bringing the facility up to 50 pens, including 16 maternity and isolation pens. ‘Spacious’ indoor pens will provide controlled warmth as well as windows on to the outdoors. Solar panels on the roof will contribute towards the energy required to power the pens.
Cats Protection also said volunteers and staff will benefit from improved working areas and greater storage space while visitors will be able to take advantage of better accessibility, in the knowledge that the cats are receiving the ‘best’ care.
Guy Chadwick, Cats Protection’s regional centre operations manager, said: “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.”
“We look forward to providing more opportunities for people from across the local community to join our existing team of cat-loving volunteers and staff when we re-open later in 2022.”