CATS PROTECTION
CATS PROTECTION

Jackie Baillie MSP joined Cats Protection to find out more about cat welfare priorities for Scotland.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP joined Cats Protection at a parliamentary reception in Holyrood to discuss the charity’s work across Scotland to improve feline welfare which includes through rehoming, neutering, education, and their campaigning work.

The event, on 16 June, was held to highlight ways that politicians can help support Scotland’s 685,000 pet cats and their owners.

Cats Protection’s ‘The Time is Meow: A cat welfare Action Plan for Scotland’ sets out the issues the charity is campaigning on, which includes calling on the Scottish Government to introduce compulsory microchipping for pet cats.

Jackie Baillie said: “As a cat lover, it was a pleasure to meet with Cats Protection to find out more about what they are doing to support cats and their owners.

“It is imperative that we do all we can to protect cats and provide guidance and assistance to their owners to ensure they are cared for appropriately.”

Cats Protection’s Advocacy and Government Relations Officer for Scotland Alice Palombo said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many MSPs who were keen to find out how they can support cats and the people who care about them.

“Scotland is a nation of cat lovers, with 20% of households owning one, so their welfare is important to a huge number of people. While Scotland already has some strong legislation in place to protect cats, there is always more that can be done. We were pleased to discuss our priorities with so many MSPs as part of our work to help cats in Scotland.”

To find out more about the charity’s campaigning work, please visit www.cats.org.uk/speakingupforcats

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