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 are very aware that our volunteers are not growing any younger. Most of the cat team have been with the Branch from the 90s and, as you will realise, are now 20 or 25 years older. We desperately need volunteers to join us, preferably people who have spare time during daylight hours and have transport to drive around the Forest area. You need to be friendly, tactful, discreet, positive and have a genuine wish to help unwanted and needy cats. A lot of the work can be done alone so it is not necessarily a job for someone who wants to make new friends although you will undoubtedly meet and come into contact with some lovely members of the public as well as the stalwart existing team of volunteers who will do everything possible to make you welcome.

Interested? You can always chat to one of our helpline volunteers who will be able to chat to you, identify your particular interests and suggest where you could fit in with us. Give us a ring on 01594 841511.


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.


Easter is our next celebration. Are there any knitters or sewers out there who could create some Easter chicks or bunnies for us to sell to raise funds for the cats? Wool and small print materials would also be very gratefully received to pass on to the creative amongst us.

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.


Please don’t forget to save the postage stamps on your envelopes. 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!


All the china cats and other cat memorabilia at Camp Mill Cafe at Dean Heritage Centre have now been exchanged for another part of the collection. This lot will be available to enjoy and/or purchase until around 17th March.

So, even if you have already visited, please COME AGAIN and see if you can find any more items that take your fancy to take home to enjoy or to put in the drawer for that birthday of a cat lover that is coming up later in the year!

We have so much enjoyed meeting and chatting with all the visitors and have raised over £300 to help the cats in our care so far.

Very grateful thanks to all at the cafe who have made us so welcome and enabled us to show these cats to so many people.

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.

In the summer months we often have 30 or more 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.