About the Forest of Dean Cats Protection

Founded in 1991 and situated in the Forest of Dean between the rivers Severn and Wye, we enjoy a rural location but incorporate the larger towns of Cinderford, Coleford & Lydney. On the edge of our area are Ross-on Wye, Chepstow and Monmouth, all of which we cover.

We are all volunteers with the exception of the manager of our shop which is located in Lydney High Street. The shop,The Forest Cat, is the mainstay of our fundraising activity.

Our resident cats are cared for in cosy units erected in our fosterers’ gardens. Each unit consists of an insulated sleeping cabin with an electrically heated bed and a spacious outdoor run maintained to the standard of a professional cattery.


 Do you enjoy looking at gardens and getting ideas for your own?

We received the princely sum of nearly £250 from the Open Garden at St Briavels Common, a very welcome addition to our funds. it was lovely to see many friends there and the garden looked very colourful and attractive despite the weather being somewhat unpredictable. Very many thanks to Beryl and her family for their generosity in organising the occasion for us.


If you have lost or found a cat, please take a look at our Facebook page where we post information that is given to us. If you recognise any of the cats on the page, please do get in touch and help us re-unite lost pets. And if you have found a stray, please take it to your nearest vet to see if it has a microchip. The vets do not charge for this service and you may find you are instrumental in reuniting someone with their dearly beloved pet.


Does anyone have an old bookcase they no longer need? It needs to have shelves at least 8″ (20cms) front to back in order to accommodate boxes of pouches lengthways. approx size of 4′ (1.20m) wide and 6′ (1.83m) tall would be ideal but we would be grateful for anything!!! It must be fairly sturdy to take the weight of a lot of cat food! Please ring our Helpline if you can help. 01594 841511.

Grateful thanks to Caroline in Chepstow who has kindly donated one which is already doing a great job for us. Any more out there?

Next on the wish list is a Fundraiser? Is there anyone out there who enjoys booking and organising events which will raise money for the cats. If you’d like to talk it over, phone 01594 841511 and ask to speak to Sara.


Did you know that Cats Protection have an on line shop? They have nearly 4000 products on offer and 100% of the profits from each sale go directly to help the cats. You can choose whether the profit from your purchase goes to help cats in general or choose the Branch or Adoption Centre you would like to support. It’s another way you can help us! Please take a look and see if you would like to buy a treat for you or your cat!


As it is now…

Please don’t get cross with us if we cannot take the “stray” or “abandoned ” cat that is worrying you. It is not our fault – please target your rage at the irresponsible owner who dumped or left the cat behind. We are all volunteers – none of us is paid – and we do what we can for love of cats. It is all in our own time, as and when we have volunteers available.

We currently have over 40 cats in our care. There is a limit to how many we can take in because our volunteers and our pens are limited in number.

We can help by providing cat food so you can help any cat in need in your area and, if you can provide a photo, we can advertise it on our website.

If you are a genuine cat lover, at this very difficult time, please help us to help them.