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.


We will be at Tesco in Lydney on Friday, 16th December so please come and have a chat! We will, of course, be hoping for some financial donations but we will also have some stocking fillers for your cat and lots of pictures of the cats in our care looking for new homes. Please come and keep us company and pick up a few goodies for your own special puss!


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.


We are hoping some of you will be kind enough to donate something special for the Christmas dinners for the cats in our care on 25th Dec! Our shop in Lydney, The Forest Cat, will be only too happy to accept cat food gifts in the bin near the door. If that is tricky, our Treasurer will be delighted to receive cheques and we will select some tasty dinners for the cats from you. Please send cheques made out to FOD CP to Forest View, Forest Road, Bream, GL15 6LX.

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. We are about to start a brand new year. Could you do this job? if only for a year? If you’d like to talk it over, phone 01594 841511 and ask to speak to Sara.


Please don’t forget to save the stamps of the envelopes of your Christmas cards. A tedious job, we know, cutting them all out but, if we all collect even a few, we will receive a healthy cheque for them all which again, helps us to help more cats!

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.