Nescot has today opened a Blue Cross rehoming unit for homeless cats.
The college has gone into partnership with the pet charity, and will be caring for cats in four new chalets in the Animal Care unit.
Students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management will help care for the cats and kittens as part of the Kennel and Cattery Management unit of their course, as well as assisting in the rehoming process by interviewing prospective owners.
Head of Animal Studies Adam Beral is a qualified pet behaviourist and lecturer Zoe Brown is a qualified veterinary nurse, so the college will be able to help rehabilitate any pets that need extra help and support.
Adam said students and staff were pleased with the partnership, and had been looking forward to the centre opening.
“The students are going to get some great practical experience, as well as being able to do something that benefits the cats and the Blue Cross charity,” he added.
“For example, they’ll be caring for cats with all kinds of temperaments and backgrounds, and they’ll also be working a lot in a customer care setting.
“It gives them the chance to put what they learn in the classroom to use in a real-life setting, so that prepares them very well for where they go on to work or study after Nescot.”
Kittens and older cats being cared for by Blue Cross will be sent on to Nescot, and people interested in rehoming an animal will be able to select Nescot from the drop-down location list on the charity’s website.
People will then make an appointment to meet a cat, when they will be interviewed by students and staff to make sure they’re an appropriate match for their would-be pet and to talk about the animal’s individual needs.
“Blue Cross rehoming centres across the UK are full of cats and kittens desperate for new homes and our catteries are often full to capacity,” said Rob Skinner, Senior Fostering Manager for the charity.
“We’re really happy to have set up this new partnership with Nescot, which will give homeless cats in the area the best chance of finding a new home, while enabling students to gain useful first-hand experience of looking after animals.
“So it really is a win-win partnership for all of us, including the cats!”
Nescot’s four chalets would ordinarily home one cat each, with exceptions including cats with a litter of kittens and animals that are used to living together.
All animals rehomed through the Blue Cross scheme are vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and neutered, checked over by a vet, and given a behavioural assessment to see what kind of home they need.
The charity also offers ongoing advice and support.
The college’s Animal Care Unit is already home to animals including pigs, sheep, ducks, goats, tortoises, fish and chickens.
You can find out more about rehoming a cat from the Nescot rehoming centre on the Blue Cross website, or by calling the unit on 0300 777 1930.