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Animal Management Students Work With Blue Cross

Posted on 5th January 2015 in Animal Management

Blue Cross has teamed up with Hadlow College to help find homes for unwanted cats, whilst giving Animal Management students valuable hands on experience.

The adoption cattery is based at our Mottingham site.  Blue Cross have provided the four purpose-built pens (which can house single or multiple cats), cat care equipment, funding for vet care and an ongoing supply of food, litter etc

The first two cats arrived on Wednesday 17th December and had two days to settle in before the official opening ceremony on Friday 19th December.  The event was attended by Blue Cross and Hadlow College staff, as well as Hadlow College Animal Management students.















Both cats have been moved to us from other Blue Cross centres:


Ziggy’s previous owners didn’t have the time to care for him.   Oscar had been living with a family, but was scared of the children.

Both Ziggy and Oscar are now up for adoption - click here for further details of the Blue Cross rehoming process.

Our Animal Management students are responsible for the daily care of the cats, including feeding and cleaning out the pens.  The students will also help to socialise any nervous cats, to help them to find a new home.  All students will get involved with the cats daily care.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, second year students will get involved further with monitoring the behaviour of the cats and have written up ‘cat profiles’ to help the matching process of cats to new owners.

Once the programme is established it is hoped that we can increase the number of cats and include various breeds, types, colours and ages.

This is an excellent opportunity for our animal management students to experience working within a fully operational rehoming cattery, including practical cat handling and husbandry, but also record keeping, administration and gaining customer care skills, whilst working alongside a nationally recognised charity.

For more about the work of Blue Cross pet charity please visit

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