We are very pleased to announce that Felines 1st has been accepted as a member of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH).
What does this mean for Felines 1st, and for cats in our care?
This is a great accolade for our charity, as it recognises that we are meeting the minimum standards of welfare expected by ADCH. For our cats, this means that not only do we provide them with their basic needs of a safe shelter, food and water, but they have safe hiding places if they are scared or shy, are visited regularly by their fosterers during the day, have ample room to exercise and play and are given love and attention when wanted…
As members, Felines 1st will be subject to regular inspections and audits, ensuring our long-term commitment to upholding the highest standards as set out by ADCH. We will also benefit from the shared experience, knowledge and practical advice of the 150 rescue and rehoming organisations that also have ADCH membership.
We are delighted to have reached such an important milestone, and we are looking forward to learning from this esteemed organisation and its members as our charity continues to develop and grow.
The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) is the the umbrella group for dog and cat rescue and rehoming groups across the British Isles and Ireland.
We exist to promote best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats. Our priority is to ensure that rescue dogs and cats get the best possible chance of new loving and caring homes.
Membership incorporates registered charities and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes, from the largest national and international charities, to the smallest volunteer run organisations.
Whilst in the care of our Members we expect all animals to receive the best possible attention including exercise, enrichment, and appropriate basic training. The ADCH Minimum Welfare & Operational Standards aims to raise standards amongst animal rescue organisations that care for dogs and cats with the overall aim of enhancing their public respect.
Through the commitment and dedicated hard work of our Members we hope to share knowledge and understanding with the public so that those considering a new family dog or cat will take on a rescue pet or purchase through an accredited breeder. The sad alternative is to support the irresponsible and unnecessary breeding of animals which simply increases the number of dogs and cats awaiting rehoming from rescue centres which ADCH would not advocate.