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Feline friends reunited!

24 February 2013
Feline friends reunited! Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, has joined forces with the leading search service for pets in Britain to help reunite more lost cats with their owners.

The charity’s branches and centres are now able to direct people to the Animal Search UK website from their online lost and found pages. The site is free to use and helps to reunite owners with lost pets.

Lee Bishop, Cats Protection’s Website Manager, said: “Our branches and centres have been offered the opportunity to direct people from their lost and found pages to the Animal Search UK site so that they can register pets on a national database. We hope that this will increase the chances of pets being reunited with their owners.”

Tom Watkins, former police officer and Founder of Animal Search UK, added "The website is completely free of charge to use. Not only does it enable users to add up to 4 photos of a missing family pet, or in fact a pet that has been found straying, it also has a sophisticated mapping system that automatically matches lost and found reports dependant on their location in relation to one another.

“In the past, despite the best efforts of many, there have been occasions whereupon a missing pet has been adopted after being rescued and the original owners had been none the wiser, particularly if the pets did not have a microchip which confirms the owner's details.”

Animal Search UK also offers one of the largest networks of Pet Patrollers with over 20,000 volunteers keeping an eye out for any type of lost or found pet throughout the UK. When a pet is reported as missing the Pet Patrollers in that area are alerted, with the owner's permission, so that they can keep an eye out.

Cats Protection recommends microchipping as a safe and permanent means of identification, encourages owners to ensure they keep their registered contact details up to date, and ensures all its cats and kittens over 12 weeks of age are microchipped before rehoming.

For more information about the charity please visit the website at www.cats.org.uk.

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For further information, including photographs or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email media.office@cats.org.uk

Notes to editors:

1. Cats Protection helps over 235,000 unwanted cats each year through a national network of 260 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.

2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. Please use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.

4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk

5. Animal Search UK was founded in 1999 by former West Midlands police officer Tom Watkins. The online service does not charge for owners or finders of missing pets to advertise them with 4 photos. Their free to use website receives reports and photos of up to 100 different pets each day across the UK. On average over 1200 members of the public visit the online resource to search listings for their pet. The team of missing pet search co-ordinators work 7 days a week in the Herefordshire headquarters and assist with the reunification of 65% of the pets reported to them. Animal Search UK has the only professional uniformed Missing Pet Search Team service. They conduct door to door enquiries and physical searches for missing cats in mainland Britain. They utilise marked ‘police style’ vehicles to raise awareness when conducting searches of neighbourhoods. For more information about Animal Search UK visit www.animalsearchuk.co.uk