New cattery at RSPCA Sussex North set to open at rehoming event

JPCT 070214 RSPCA cattery, Roffey. Anita Marsland RSPCA contact for rehoming. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 070214 RSPCA cattery, Roffey. Anita Marsland RSPCA contact for rehoming. Photo by Derek Martin

The grand opening of a refurbished cat accommodation will take place tomorrow (February 8) at the RSPCA Sussex North’s cat rehoming facility in Roffey.

To celebrate the opening, the branch are holding a cat rehoming event giving supporters and those interested in adopting a cat a unique opportunity to view the cattery and find out about their services.

The day kicks off at the site in Crawley Road from 10am with the official ribbon cutting. Entry is free although donations are welcome.

“We hope we can get more people through the door to see the cats and to make people aware that we’re here,” said Anita Marsland, the contact for cat rehoming at the branch.

“We also hope we can promote the fact that we do offer things like neutering vouchers for cats to help people that may not be able to afford it.

“We have a neutering clinic and vans that tour and we want to show the support the RSPCA can give you as well.”

As well as cattery tours, there will be a tombola, goodie bags and one of the dedicated volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions on cat care and more.

The four cat pens, each capable of holding up to three cats at a time, provide extra room whilst the cats are awaiting their new home.

Anita and Pat are both concerned about the current national cat over-population problem, with finding new homes for cats taking longer and longer. The enhanced accommodation is desperately needed to keep the cats comfortable in their temporary lodgings.

“January wasn’t good for all sorts of reasons,” explained Pat Berwick, rehoming co-ordinator. “Maybe after Christmas people didn’t have the money, the weather has been awful and people haven’t been out and about to look for a cat.”

The RSPCA claims to prioritise the victims of cruelty, neglect and suffering and RSPCA Sussex North branch provides vital support to the RSPCA inspectorate in Sussex, ensuring that they have somewhere safe for cats to be nurtured back to health.

To find out more about RSPCA Sussex North branch (covering Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath & surrounding villages visit or email