App tracks stray cats in Bulwell

A mobile phone app to track stray cats in Bulwell has been launched by the Cats Protection charity

A mobile phone app to track stray cats in Bulwell has been launched by the Cats Protection charity

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A mobile phone app to track homeless cats has been launched in Bulwell in a bid to reduce and control strays.

The pilot scheme, launched by Cats Protection, is targeting Bulwell as it believes there is a high stray population in the town.

Neutering manager Jane Clements said that if the scheme is successful, it will be trialled in other areas and rolled out across the UK.

She said: “We’re asking members of the public to download the app onto their mobile phone which will enable them to quickly and easily send photos and details of cats they believe are homeless. The data we gather will enable us to target our neutering work which in turn will help reduce the long-term stray population.”

The free app can be downloaded from the Google Play store or the Apple store by searching “Bulwell Cat Watch”. It uses GPS technology and allows users to take a picture of a stray moggy so Cats Protection can map where homeless cats are living.

The charity is encouraging residents to report stray cat sightings.

There will be a Halloween-themed event at the Crabtree Community Centre on Sunday October 30 from 12pm-4pm, with drop-in sessions there every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am to 6pm, and at the Bulwell Tesco Community Room on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm.