Students team up with animal charity to help homeless cats

Students team up with animal charity to help homeless cats

The official opening with ribbon cut by Angela Joyce, Group Principal and CEO of WCG and Katie Macalister, Regional Rehoming Network Manager at Blue Cross

A new Blue Cross cattery has been officially opened at Moreton Morrell College.


Blue Cross pet charity has teamed up with the college to care for homeless cats and kittens until loving new homes can be found for them. Cats will stay in five double pens at the college where students studying courses in animal care and management will look after them, supervised by the lecturing team, until new homes can be found.

Katie Macalister, Regional Rehoming Network Manager at Blue Cross, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Moreton Morrell College. Our partnerships with colleges give homeless cats the best chance of finding a new home, while helping students gain first-hand experience of looking after animals. So it really is win-win for all of us – including the cats!”

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Student Jade Fox with cat George

Jade Fox, 18 is studying towards a Level 3 Animal Management qualification at the college. She said: “It is great having cats at the college. Helping them gives us the opportunity to put into practice everything that we are learning on our course. It is fantastic that this also helps a charity care for pets looking for homes.”

Five of the first cats to be admitted to the rehoming centre have already found loving new homes. The first cat to leave was Lulu, almost two-years-old who was rehomed by Mr and Mrs Fleming.

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Mr and Mrs Fleming taking Lulu to her new home

To find out more about the cats at Moreton Morrell College looking for a new home or to make a donation towards their care visit or contact the scheme on 0300 777 1941 or


Moreton Morrell College offers a range of animal welfare and veterinary nursing courses. For more information go to or call 0300 456 0049.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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