Posted: Mon 20th May 2024

North Wales MS welcomes rollout of service for cats of owners fleeing domestic abuse for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A North Wales MS has welcomed the rollout of a dedicated service for rescuing the cats of owners who are fleeing domestic abuse.

Llŷr Gruffydd, who represents North Wales in the Senedd, recently met with representatives from cat charity Cats Protection at the Welsh Parliament for the official launch of the service in Wales.

The Plaid Cymru politician praised the Cats Protection Lifeline, which is a specialist cat free and confidential fostering service for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, who wants their cat to be taken care of until they can be safely reunited.

Llŷr Gruffydd MS said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Amy Hyde and Katie Reshaw-Taylor this week to discuss Cats Protection’s Lifeline Launch.

“I welcome the rollout of this important service in Wales, which will allow those fleeing domestic abuse to find temporary homes for their cats.

“With most refuges unable to accept pets, the network of dedicated volunteer fosterers to provide temporary homes to cats whose families are fleeing domestic abuse is a vital service.

“It gives families the chance to get to safety, knowing they will be together again soon.”

Referrals are handled by a specialist and experienced team who support cat owners They arrange to collect cats, and organise foster placements through a network of dedicated Lifeline volunteers.

Cats Protection is looking to recruit more Lifeline volunteers. The charity will send new volunteers resources to help settle in a foster cat, as well as cover any costs.

Volunteers will also receive ongoing support from the Cats Protection team, who will be on hand to guide them every step of the way.

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