A cat charity in Shropshire has set up a retirement village for cats to ensure they live comfortably in their golden years.
Shropshire Cat Rescue, located in the West Midlands region of England in Shrewsbury, is a sanctuary that takes in stray, homeless, abandoned, and unwanted cats and kittens and organises veterinary care for feral felines in the nearby area.
The cat charity has recently completed its latest unique operation, constructing a retirement village for older cats.
Shropshire Cat Rescue – looking after cats who need it the most
Shropshire Cat Rescue is a charity which has been actively rescuing and rehoming cats in the Shropshire area since 1989.
While cats who live in the sanctuary tend to be in their later years, there also happen to be others who are as young as three.
The cats who live in the sanctuary enjoy a comfortable life with volunteers who look after every need, even local kids visiting them to read to them once a month.
While Shropshire Cat Rescue can sometimes rehome the elderly cats, they usually tend to live out the rest of their lives in the Moggies Retirement Village.
Moggies Retirement Village – a retirement home for cats
When talking about the retirement village, volunteer vet Susie said, “The shelter was intended to create an area for cats who were too elderly or had ongoing health conditions that needed regular treatment and monitoring to live out their days in comfort.
“It also opened the door for people who had elderly cats and were going into a nursing home and couldn’t take them with them. It gives a different option and eases a stressful upsetting time by finding somewhere the cats could live out their final days”.
Videos of the new gated community posted on social media show a series of mini cottages surrounded by well-kept gardens where the cats are housed.
Each cottage in the retirement village contains a bed, a litter tray, food and drink bowls, and a variety of great toys for the cats to play with.
“The retirement village cats are weighed weekly and monitored for weight changes or indications something isn’t right, and they are highlighted for a vet check.
“If there are any cats who are a concern beforehand, they get taken straight down or booked in asap,” explained Susie.
Volunteers at the Shropshire cat charity – doing important work around the clock
The volunteers at the Shropshire cat charity work around the clock, 365 days a year, to ensure that the cats receive the best love and care possible.
“Our volunteers are amazing coming up regardless of whether snow and torrential rain won’t stop them”.
Volunteers there have even come up with the momentous and thoughtful idea of creating memorial stones for all of the cats that have passed away.