Saturday, 29 July 2017

Summer again

Summer is hear again and our Cats Protection branch is still as busy as ever!

Earlier this summer two North Wales RSPCA branches and our Cats Protection Colwyn & District Branch came together to fund vital surgery for a homeless tortoiseshell kitten found in Prestatyn.  A member of the public discovered beautiful Blaze with a badly-damaged leg that had to be amputated to save her, costing £600.  Because the kitten had no known owner, Clwyd and Colwyn & Aberconwy RSPCA branches contributed a combined £300 and Cats Protection Colwyn & District donated the remaining balance of £300. Lucky Blaze recovered very well and is now enjoying 3-legged life with her foster carer who chose to adopt her follow her rehabilitation. 

Mary Keenan with her cat statue
Longstanding volunteer Mary Keenan has now retired from her positions as branch coordinator and secretary after many years dedicated service.  Mary continues to fulfil vital roles in fostering and the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats and has been an invaluable volunteer for our branch.  Mary and also Dorothy Dolan (who has volunteered for the branch for around 30 years!) received recognition of their dedication to the branch by the presentation of bronze cat statues as a symbol of gratitude from Cats Protection. Dorothy acts as fosterer, TNR volunteer and website/social media volunteer.  We now welcome Leanne Curtin as our new branch coordinator who is already getting stuck into the role and we are in the process of recruiting a new secretary to join the committee.

Dorothy receiving her cat from 
Regional Development Manager Rob Hall

All other branch volunteers have also received pin badges as recognition of their dedication to and support of our Colwyn branch. There are different badges for 1, 5 and 10 years service and a number of volunteers have quite the collection already!

Our volunteers will be at Eglwysbach show on Saturday 12th August with games and freebies for the kids (or adults?), advice about adoption and cat ownership and information about the ongoing neutering scheme happening all across Wales.  

The show will be held at Cae Henblas in the middle of the village from 9:30am with plenty of stands, cows, sheep, horses with a fun dog show in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing some of you there! 

We are always looking to recruit more volunteers to join our team, particularly in fostering (indoors and outdoors), TNR and fundraising.  If you are interested in finding out more about these roles please see the Volunteering section of our website.  You can play a vital role in improving the lives of cats in North Wales by giving a little time to volunteering.  

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