The cats are in the new cattery at last!
It still isn’t finished as there will be more pens to add and then outdoor runs to add to each pen eventually, but as always, money is tight and the feeding and care of the 300+ animals has to come first.
The cats are sharing their accommodation as there are so many and the old cattery is now out of use, but they seemed to be getting along very well with their room mates and some had actually arrived together.
Like Twirl and Twix, two 11 month old sisters both relinquished pregnant. Poor little black and white Twirl had lost a rear leg too. As we admired them Twirl started to give birth, no fuss, out popped a tiny black kitten. then a bit later another black kitten. Her sister a silver tabby watched with interest, her turn soon. Twirl has a home to go to once her babies are weaned but now Leanne and Kevin have the headache of finding homes for these kittens being born, on top of all the cats and kittens already there waiting for someone to love them.
Sadly Gerty the remaining one of the 15 cats abandoned next door to us a year gone May is still there, she lost her chance of a home by having a panic attack with fright when someone chose her. At Kays Hill other unrehomable cats live free and sleep in the feral shed, but Gerty is tiny and has never been outside in the 9 years of her life. She looked content and the cats are really well cared for there but it saddens us that she has no special person to love and understand her and maybe never will.
The torrential rain causing floods here have affected Kays Hill and it’s too wet and muddy for visitors at present, so they can’t hold their once popular Open Days which help raise funds. We can only admire Kevin and Leanne and their few volunteers for all their hard work, raising funds gets more difficult as everyone is struggling for money, but they stay cheerful and turn no animal in need away and no healthy animal is killed simply because they are homeless.
How different to the USA where many animals are killed because of that, there have been a few cases lately of Rescuers in the USA being overwhelmed and people have criticised them for taking in more cats than they can cope with. How I wish instead of criticising, those people helped instead, either physically or financially, but most of all how I wish when someone takes a pet home they would realise it should be for life! The fault of overcrowded and struggling Shelters in any country, rests firmly on those irresponsible people who dump their pets in them for any flimsy excuse at all and then walk away.
Ruth AKA Kattaddorra
See an earlier post: https://pictures-of-cats.org/kays-hill-cattery-roof-appeal-part-2.html
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