Hespin Wood – home to a well-loved cat colony

February 7th, 2019

For a number of years, our Hespin Wood site has been home to a number of feral cats. The colony was growing substantially and despite the best efforts of the staff at Cumbria Waste Group to socialise and rehome the kittens, it was decided that a solution to reduce further pregnancies was to be sought.

From here, we contacted Oak Tree Animals’ Charity based in Wetheral. The charity has a Trap Neuter Return (TRN) programme.

This involves the animals acclimatising to feeding regimes, getting trapped in humane traps and taken to the vets. It is here that they are neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and treated for fleas & worms.

In total 14 cats were trapped and Cumbria Waste will continue to work with the charity to capture any more kittens that appear on site.

The staff at Cumbria Waste are very protective and caring towards the animals. The Site Operatives donate food and milk, with a number of staff members even adopting kittens to rehome.

Our Site Manager at Hespin Wood said “The cats are a part of site life. They roam around site and even use the designated walkways and pedestrian crossings to get around. The drivers that are on site every day often have to stop what they’re doing to let them move around safely.”

We are very grateful for the work Oak Tree Animals’ Charity have undertaken to help control the cat colony and increase the overall welfare of the cats that are on site.