The RSPCA has opened a brand new £200,000 cattery in Brent Knoll this weekend.

The facilities, in Brent Road, were officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday attended by doxzens of supporters and guests.

It comes after a busy year in which 214 cats have been re-homed by the branch.

Rita Hinton, RSPCA secretary at the centre, told “The new cattery provides us with a new assessment centre for when cats arrive, plus a state-of-the-art quarantine area, and a new behavioural unit.”

“We’ll be able to accommodate more animals at the new facilities – 80 cats in all – which means we can help more animals.”

“Building the new cattery and associated work has cost £205,500 with the money coming from fundraising and the support of our neighbouring RSPCA branch in Somerset.”

Nikki Tutton, centre manager, said: “These modern new facilities are a real boost and will enable us to handle more cats than we curently do, but we are conscious that our running costs will rise and therefore more fundraising will be essential through our 11 shops in the region.”

“We couldn’t do it all without our wonderful volunteers and supporters.”

The new cattery has been named the Joan Martin Cattery after the branch’s long-serving former Chairwoman.

Pictured: The ceremony was led by Rita Hinton, secretary, with Nikki Tutton, centre manager, and Colin Strong, retired branch support specialist