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  • 保護する猫 protecting cat
  • 保護される猫 protected cat

But when the bold parts are removed, I don't know the exact meaning.

Which is the correct meaning for 保護猫? Protected cat or protecting cat?

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    @JACKB Please try not to answer questions in the comments section. – snailplane Jan 30 '17 at 20:21
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Based on its usage at animal adoption websites like this, the word appears to refer to the rescued cat itself, not the people or institution that is doing the rescuing.

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