Staff and volunteers at the centre have also helped thousands more cats through their neutering and education work.
“It’s amazing to think we’ve helped that many cats over the years – you just get on with the job each day, doing the best you can for the cats in your care” said Deputy Manager Molly Hughes.
|The Bridgend team are hosting an anniversary party on 7 September|
Molly has worked at the centre ever since it opened, starting out as a cat carer and now working as deputy manager.
She said: “The way we work has changed a lot since 1994 – when we first opened there were no computers, no reception, just a phone and a notebook!
“We now have 24 members of staff and more than 70 volunteers helping us care for the cats, raise money, run reception and maintain the building.”
Everyone at the centre agrees that the best thing about their work is making a difference for cats and changing their lives for the better.
These include seven kittens found dumped in a zipped-up handbag and left for dead outside the centre in 2011.
When the abandoned kittens were spotted by a passer-by, they were only semi-conscious, suffering from a lack of oxygen and heat exhaustion. Luckily the kittens recovered from their ordeal and were soon found loving new homes.
|The kittens found inside Parc Prison, Bridgend|
The following year, stray cat Donatella won hearts and gave staff and volunteers a Christmas surprise when she gave birth to a huge litter of 11 kittens.
|Donatella with her litter of 11 kittens|
“We’re lucky to have a lot of support from the public. Lots of us have family and friends who say that – wherever they go in the world – they always meet someone who knows someone else who has adopted a cat from us. Unbelievable!”
Staff and volunteers often find themselves trying to help people as well as cats.
“It can be frustrating if you’re trying to help someone but they don’t necessarily want to be helped,” said Sue.
"For example, some time ago we took in some cats from a lady in Cardiff because she had too many and it was all too much for her. But unbeknown to us, she’d hidden a cat upstairs in the house and the situation soon escalated again.”
|One of the Parc Prison kittens being bottle fed by Bridgend staff|
More than 19,000 people follow Bridgend Adoption Centre on Facebook, giving the team the chance to educate people across the UK and around the world about good cat welfare.
Sue said: “We have followers from more than 50 countries and people from outside the UK regularly donate to our fundraising appeals.
“Social media allows us to tell the story of what we do and helps a lot with fundraising. It’s our window to the world and a huge audience we didn’t have before.
“It’s helping us to help even more cats – so here’s to the next 25 years!”
To find out more about the work of Bridgend Adoption Centre, visit www.cats.org.uk/bridgend