Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, joined Cats Protection at a reception in Parliament to celebrate the charity's work speaking up for cats and to hear more out how their recent campaigns are progressing.

Cats Protection is the UK's leading cat charity, helping around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 34 centres. Gosport's very own Cats Protection branch is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year!

Commenting Caroline said:

"It was good to meet with Cats Protection to hear more about the work that they are doing to help protect cats across the UK.

Locally Cats Protection do so much - from helping reunite pets with their owners to offer neutering and microchipping at low cost."

The charity's Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said:

"Cats are one of the nation's favourite pets so it was wonderful to welcome so many politicians to our Christmas Reception.

"It has been a busy year with our major campaign on kitten sales, our 2022 Agenda for Cats launched ahead of the General Election, and our petition calling for licensing of air guns in England and Wales in line with the new licensing regime in Scotland.

"More than 47,000 supporters joined us in calling for better regulation of commercial kitten sales. We have also received over 75,000 signatures for our air guns petition and are delighted the Government has announced it will be reviewing air gun licensing. Sadly, air guns are frequently used to deliberately inflict harm and suffering on cats.

"All this shows that there are a lot of people who want to see real change to improve how cats are treated in the UK. It's heartening that so many politicians came along to our reception to support Cats Protection."

To find out more about Cats Protection's advocacy work, please visit To read their 2022 Agenda visit To view their air guns petition visit