The UK’s largest cat welfare charity Cats Protection has appointed Madison Rogers as its Head of Advocacy, Campaigns & Government Relations.
Madison, 27, has been with the charity since 2017 and has played a central role in its campaign for compulsory microchipping of cats – a measure which is now due to be introduced in England following a Government announcement earlier this year.
She has also been part of the charity’s work to give private renters the right to own pets and helped to launch its Purrfect Landlords campaign. Since the campaign launched, the Government has made changes to its Model Tenancy Agreement to make allowing pets the default for responsible tenants.
Madison said: “There are 10.8 million owned cats in the UK, with just over a quarter of all households owning one, and it is Cats Protection’s role to speak up for all of them. We campaign on a large number of issues, from giving renters the right to own cats to banning snares and calling for licensing of air guns.
“As an animal-loving, modern society, it is important that animal welfare features highly on the political agenda. Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of encouraging developments, especially in relation to compulsory microchipping of pet cats, and we are inching closing to renters being given better rights over pet ownership. However, there is much more that can and should be done, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work with politicians and stakeholders on important issues affecting cats and the people who care for them.”
In addition to her work with Cats Protection, Madison is an Executive Committee member of the Women in Public Affairs Network and is passionate about empowering women to apply for senior roles within the industry.
Madison is also a Girl Guide leader working with girls aged 14-18 and looks after her own cat Moodles, who she adopted from Cats Protection.