‘It is no longer about rescuing as many cats as possible, it has become about cutting as many costs as possible,’ said former volunteer Bernice Moorhouse.Well, damn. Is there any charity out there not yet subverted?
Mary Millar told how administrators chipped away at funding for her branch in Inverclyde, until they closed it for good in October.
She said her branch had requested £9,000 for neutering in 2013, based on the number of cats brought in the previous year, but had been given only £1,600.
She said: ‘It’s appalling the way they treat the volunteers by cutting back, irrespective of the effects on the animals.’And what are they spending the money they are saving on?
Well, a salary of £100,000 for its chief executive and more staff at the HQ doing anything else that a big charity does, like political lobbying and expensive advertising campaigns to screw yet more money out of the public, of course.
‘How can they justify paying themselves such high salaries while shutting the centres where the real work is carried out?’Probably because they've seen that all the other charities get away with it...
Another volunteer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, accused ‘heartless’ Cats Protection of putting down cats unnecessarily.
‘When I was working for them I was fostering a lot of cats and they said they would take a couple off my hands and rehome them.
‘I stupidly believed them. One of them was a six-month old kitten and they ended up putting her down. They said she was too frightened on her own in the pen. But they didn’t make any efforts to help her. In my opinion it was just easier and cheaper for them to get rid of her.
‘They also wanted us to put down any cats that were over ten years old,’ added the former volunteer. ‘And if blood tests revealed the cats had any diseases, regardless of age, we had to put them down too, rather than pay a vet to cure them.’
However, Cats Protection deny the claim and say they ‘never put a healthy cat to sleep’ and put down sick cats only on vets’ advice.Sadly, as we've seen with that other large charity, they never seem to have any problem finding vets who are prepared to say anything they want, do they?