The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
The UK's Premier Registration body
Annual Report June 2016
The Cat Welfare Trust is the Fancy's own charity, set up by the GCCF in 1988. The Trust Deed was written to enable funds to be used for the widest possible range of activities to benefit cats. Currently the work of cat rescue is undertaken by GCCF Member Cat Clubs and so the Trust has turned to other ways of improving cat welfare.
Three projects have been completed so far, all of which have been funded because the subjects were of particular interest to pedigree cat owners and were not likely to attract commercial funding in their initial stages.
The first of these was a Ph.D. research project to study the preparation of a vaccine for ringworm and was undertaken by Ann Robinson at Bristol University Veterinary School. The second - the Genome Project was undertaken by Dr Matthew Binns of the Animal Health Trust and resulted in the identification and analysis of 211 markers on the feline genome map. The third - a study into feline chronic gingivostomatitis - was carried out by Kitty Healey at the University of Liverpool. Chronic gingivostomatitis is a condition familiar to many cat owners, this is a very painful disease affecting the gums and mouths of pet cats causing inflammation and ulceration and there is currently no cure for this condition. Kitty's research has established a link between this condition and FCV reinforcing the need for regular vaccination. See Kitty’s thesis summary (opens in a new window).
The current project is a study being conducted by Bristol University in conjunction with Manchester University and the University of California-Davis into the genes that play a pivotal role in the control of infectious diseases particularly Feline Infectious Peritonitis.
The study should also objectively determine relative levels of inbreeding in various breeds and whether the gene pool is dangerously narrow putting specific breeds at increased risk of inherited disorders and disease susceptibilities. Results of this latter part of the study should supplement the information available to the BACs when they look at their breeding policies and help encourage best practice.
The Trust is dependent on donations from the Clubs and members of the Fancy and so it is easy to see that in order to be able to make grants large enough to make a difference to cats' lives we rely on you for all the financial support possible. Donations and legacies to the Trust will ensure the continuation of this work. Please remember the Trust when you or your club consider welfare donations.
Please send donations to The Treasurer, c/o GCCF, 5 King's Castle Business Park, The Drove, Bridgwater, TA6 4AG. Further information is also available from the GCCF Office.
You can help us maximise your support by enabling the Trust to reclaim tax on your donations under the Gift Aid scheme. All you need to do is to state that you pay Income Tax and wish the Cat Welfare Trust to treat your donation as Gift Aid.
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