Join us in the County Buildings, Wigtown on Saturday 30th November.

Wigtown’s Winter Fest continues to survive! The Wigtown Book Festival have take on the responsibility of running it this year and have renamed it The Christmas Kist. This is good news for us, as it gives us a much needed window in which to raise much-needed funds for our branch. We will be selling gifts, Christmas products and crafts.


Please support us and the festival at the County Buildings. It starts at 12 noon and finishes at 6pm – plenty of time to do your shopping! There will be many stalls there, inside and out. Both floors of the building are being used and there is a lift to all floors. The Cats Protection stall will be in the Osprey Room on the second floor. Pop by and say hello.


Refreshments will be available throughout the day. At 5pm the Christmas lights will be turned on in Wigtown and there will be a parade before everyone will be invited back into the County Buildings for refreshments.


Wigtownshire needs more volunteers

Wigtownshire needs more volunteers
Cats Protection has cared for and rehomed many cats in the Dumfries and Galloway area. Each branch is always full to capacity with waiting list of cats needing to come into our care and be re homed. Unless we increase our number of fosterers, we will be unable to help a lot of cases that are brought to our attention. local branches are run purely by volunteers, who offer their spare time to do what they can to help. It can be very rewarding and there’s no greater feeling when a cat that has been in a fosterers care for a long spell, eventually finds a loving, new home.“Each new Cat Fosterer we recruit will enable us to increase the number of animals we can care for and ultimately rehome with loving owners. Their help is invaluable to us.”

Cat Fosterers provide temporary care and accommodation to stray, abandoned or injured cats and kittens in their own homes and in their spare time. Each Cat Fosterer is fully supported by Cats Protection and receives training, the equipment needed and also expenses such as veterinary bills, food and cat litter.

We presently have two fosterers in the Stranraer & District branch, we need to treble that number. If you live in the Wigtownshire area and feel you are able to contribute to the Stranraer & District Branch in any way, please get in touch. We will only be able to continue to offer help and support to the cats in this area if we have the volunteers to allow us to do so. We are presently asking for fosterers and fundraisers.


Roxy is brown/ginger with black strips and a ginger splash on her back.  She’s wearing a red collar  She went missing around Monday teatime from Coronation Drive in Stranraer and her owners are desperate to find her and bring her home.  A reward is being offered for her safe return.


Please check your sheds, greenhouses and gardens and help Roxy and her family to be reunited.

Please contact us on 01671 830568



Tootsie, where are you? Ahhhh.. there you are!



Good news!

Tootsie is back home with her family.  What a tinker cat – she had everyone worried!

Many thanks to everyone who spread the word around and brought about a happy ending.



This gorgeous wee girl has gone missing and her owners are desperately trying to find her and bring her home.


If you have had sight of her please contact us as soon as possible.  She is very friendly and loving and she needs her family.

If you can help, please contact us.

01671 830568




Sweep now has safe shelter and is no longer in a vulnerable position.  If you are interested in offering Sweep a home please contact us and we will pass you on to his carers.  Thank you to everyone who spread the word.  After this coming weekend Sweep was set to be homeless, but he now has a temporary home where he is safe and warm.

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The lady who kindly took Sweep in after he was being bullied is having to move away and we are desperately trying to find a loving and safe home for him before she goes. Please click on the photograph to be taken to the Cats Protection website where you will find more details.

Please help if you can.

01671 830568 or 0845 371 2759

White Cat found in Newton Stewart

We don’t know his name, but we’ve called him ‘Albie’


Albie has been living in a cat lover’s garden for almost 5 months. He does not appear to have a home of his own as he still resides in the garden wanting to come indoors even in very wet weather and gets soaked to the skin. He was in the Queen Street area of Newton Stewart.

We think he is about 10 months old and is white with a medium length coat. He is not neutered.


If Albie could be your cat please contact us.

01671 830568 – 0845 371 2759



Unfortunately, Topsy has gone missing again.

She went missing around 4th July.

Topsy is a small 7-year-old with brown/grey stripes and a thick black stripe down her back.  She has white paws and is white under her chin.

Her owner doesn’t have a photograph but hopefully someone will scan it for us to post.

If you have seen a cat in the King George Road area of Stranraer who looks like this please contact us on 01671 830568 or email


Thank you.





Rory has been found safe and well and is back with his family.


Many thanks to all who spread the word .




Rory went missing in Stranraer on Wednesday morning.

He’s pure white with a mark under his right eye from his tear duct.  He’s also a big lad, but very timid and he’s more likely to run away and hide if approached by people he doesn’t know.  If you have seen him around please call 0845 371 2759 or 01671 830568 to help us reunite him with his family.



Microchip your pet


Microchipping offers cats a safe and permanent method of identification and increases the chances of a lost feline being safely reunited with his owner.

  • Microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet (chips don’t come off or put the cat at risk of injury like collars can)
  • Each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner’s name and address from the database’s records
  • A microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades
  • The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an injection. A cat will not be aware of the microchip’s presence once inserted
Remember you should change your microchip details if you move house. You can do this by contacting your microchip database – find the phone number on your microchip paperwork’.

Cats Protection is a member of a Microchip Advisory Group (MAG), aiming to improve the standards of microchipping across the UKCats Protection is also a member of the Microchipping Alliance which is currently campaigning to make permanent identification (microchipping) compulsory for dogs and raise public awareness of the benefits of microchipping to cats and other companion animals.


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A Perfect Companion Cat

Suzie would love to have a home to call her own. She has been with us for over a year now and we are keen to find her a permanent and loving home. She would make a fantastic companion pet.

Suzie came to us along with four other cats, although she has lived with other cats we feel she is much happier as the only one. She is very confident with people, absolutely loves getting attention, being a lap-cat and would spend all day on your knee,she’s so friendly and very affectionate. She just adores human company. She is such a lovely companion to have around the house and would be great company for someone living alone.

She is known to have arthritis, at the moment she is not on any medication and leads a normal life. Most cats of her age would probably have the same condition. She is as healthy as any other 10 year old cat, probably fitter than most.

Whoever gives this little cat a chance of a home will be rewarded with the most loving and loyal pet. I will be very sad to say goodbye to her, but know she deserves more than the lounge of a foster home.

Gender -Female
Age – 11
Breed -Domestic short-hair
Colour -Black
Can live with cats -No
Can live with dogs -Perhaps
Can live with a family -No small children
Can live with mature family -Yes
Indoor cat -Yes
Access to Outside -Perhaps
Feral cat -No
To contact the Stranraer & District branch about Suzie please call us on 0845 371 2759 or email us at
All rehomings are subject to a successful home visit where we check both the suitability of your home for the cat and, of course, the cat’s suitability for your home and your family.

Think about Neutering sooner rather than later!

Whether you have a domestic pet or farm cats or ferals living in the area, neutering is important. An un-neutered tom will be more prone to fighting and more likely to spread disease through cat bites, neutering will not reduce a cats ability to hunt.  A large percentage of our funds go towards neutering. If we get to groups of cats before they have bred into colonies , the problem is much easier and cheaper to deal with. Our funds are not endless, so please if you notice cats breeding  on your farm, take action now.

The Stranraer District assisted in the neutering of an incredible 471 cats in Wigtownshire during 2011 and a similar number in 2012. The cost of this to our Branch has been enormous and in order for us to continue to offer assisted neutering, we are now asking for a £15 donation towards the neutering of each domestic cat.  If you have a pet cat and feel you are unable to afford to neuter it, our volunteers will be happy to discuss your situation.

Call 0845 371 2759

If the telephone is unmanned when you call, please leave your name and number on the answerphone and you will be called back as soon as possible. All our staff are volunteers, who give their time for free, please be patient if it takes a couple of days for us to get back to you.