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Cats Protection makes life better for cats and people together, even in the toughest circumstances. 


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Cats Protection Lifeline is our specialist cat fostering service for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. 

With most refuges unable to accept pets, we use our network of dedicated volunteer fosterers to provide temporary homes to cats whose families are fleeing domestic abuse. 

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

Watch the emotional journey of Ava and her pet cat, Mr Biggles, whose story, based on cases supported by our Lifeline team, has been nominated for a Smiley Charity Film Award.

(Trigger warning: contains details of domestic abuse).

Donate to Lifeline

Lifeline is just one of the ways we are making a difference and your donation will go towards helping cats and kittens in need across the UK.

Please donate today and together, we can help make a better life for cats and people.


Could you open your home to a cat like Mr Biggles? 

Our Lifeline team desperately needs more volunteer fosterers who can open their homes and hearts to a cat whose family is fleeing domestic abuse, until they can be together again with their loving owners. 

As a Lifeline volunteer, we’ll send you everything you may need to help settle in your foster cat, as well as cover any costs. You’ll also receive ongoing support from our experienced team, who will be on hand to guide you every step of the way.  

Foster for Lifeline

Interested in learning more? Watch as some of our Lifeline fosters share their insights and experiences about becoming a part of our fosterer community.

Our impact

Last year alone our Lifeline team were able to support over 350 cats and their families to get to safety after experiencing domestic abuse.

And best of all, 201 cats were reunited with their families, with plans being made to safely reunite many more when their owners are ready.

Sadly, demand for Lifeline is still increasing, with more and more cats and their families desperately needing our help to get to safety. But with your continued support, we are committed to being there for every cat, even in the toughest of circumstances.

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