An Interview With Naomi.
What is your charity called?
Celia Hammond Animal Trust.
Who is Celia Hammond?
Celia Hammond was a model in the 1960s, she became a campaigner against wearing fur and persuaded other models to stop wearing fur.
Later she became involved in rescuing stray cats on the streets of London and began neutering cats to control the feral population.
This gradually took over Celia's life and she gave up modeling to concentrate on her cat rescue work.
When and why was the charity established?
In 1986 Celia founded the Celia Hammond Animal Trust with the aim of opening low cost neutering clinics to provide affordable neutering for pet cats and dogs to humanely reduce the pet population by preventing the birth of unwanted litters as opposed to a situation where surplus kittens and puppies were euthanased.
The first of these clinics opened in Lewisham in S.E London 1995, and a second opened in Canning Town in East London in 1999.
Can you please share with me the history of the charity?
More about the history of the Charity can be found on our website. http://www.celiahammond.org/index.php/about-us/about-celia
What animals reside at the charity?
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust also runs a sanctuary in Brede (Nr Hastings) for animals (mainly cats)who are not suitable to be homed for various reasons. In addition to neutering animals, the clinics (and sanctuary) also help to rescue and rehome animals (mainly cats) - now homing thousands of cats each year.
Are behaviour tests carried out on the animals?
Behaviour tests are not carried out on our cats.
We take time to get to know them and assess their temperaments.
Many traumatised cats take weeks or months to regain trust in people.
The trust also rescues and rehomes hundreds of feral kittens every year to normal, domestic homes.
Socialising 'taming' these kittens can take several weeks.
What medical care is offered?
Our two London veterinary clinics employ their own vets and nurses to provide a full veterinary service to the public for their animals including neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, general treatment for sick animals and emergency care for sick or injured animals.
As well as neutering and treatments for our own rescue cases.
What type of food do you use?
We feed our cats on dry (biscuit food) and wet (tinned or pouches) commercial cat food, much of which is donated.
What fees are involved?
The rescue and rehoming part of the charities work is entirely funded by the generosity of the public who donate money to our charity.
The veterinary clinics charge a low cost, subsidised fee to pet owners who use our clinics, the shortfall is made up with donations.
How do you promote the charity?
We promote our charity via our website, social media pages and largely through word of mouth and recommendation.