Feline Christmassy? David Drew joins fellow parliamentary cat-lovers to support Cats Protection
David Drew was among 65 MPs and peers who joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception at Westminster to celebrate the charity’s campaigning work.
The event, held on December 5 highlight the charity’s work in helping improve the lives of cats and the people who love them.
Politicians were able to find out more about the charity’s award-winning Purrfect Landlords campaign, aimed at encouraging more landlords to allow tenants to own cats. They also learned about the charity’s work in calling for compulsory micro-chipping of cats and the licensing of air guns in England and Wales to prevent cats being the victims of shootings.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 36 centres.
David is a well known cat-lover.
“We have four cats, two rescue and two strays who’ve moved in and we couldn’t be without them or our other animals, our rabbits. We’d be lost without them and know how important pets are to quality of life and wellbeing,” he said.
David even features in the Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlord Guide, alongside Stroud District Council which was praised for having a pet policy which allows its tenants to keep pets.
Cat Protection’s Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats are much-loved pets for millions of people in the UK, so we were pleased to welcome so many politicians who were keen to find out how we’re helping improve the lives of cats.
“The day was a great opportunity for us to highlight the problems faced by many renters who are unable to own cats due to ‘no pet’ policies. We were pleased that so many MPs wanted to find out more about the problem and how our Purrfect Landlords campaign is helping change the way cat ownership is viewed by landlords and letting agents. Cats make for happy tenants with 94% of private tenants with a cat saying that cat ownership has a positive impact on their lives.”
To find out more about Cats Protection’s advocacy work, visit www.cats.org.uk/speakingupforcats.