Harvey was THE St Ives cat. He was loved by many and had a huge following on Facebook. Visitors loved to find him and fuss over him. He was well photographed and his big personality was part of the lives of many people who visited the town.
With great sadness, Harvey was attacked by a dog near his home on Thursday, 27 August 2020. He was taken to a veterinarian where one leg was removed and another was fixed because it was broken. He got through the surgery and was recovering but he passed away on 28 August.
He was 17-years-of-age. The Twitter video on this page shows him following a woman walking on the pavement at the seafront of St Ives. They said he was desperate to help with their property inspections that morning. They said he should just relax but stay on his paw patrol. Harvey was clearly a very friendly cat. He was confident enough with strangers to make friends with them.
Being an outdoor cat he had to face dangers. I’m sure people were aware of that. We do not have details of the dog attack on him. Perhaps they will come out in due course. Somebody knows what happened.
Fans of this black-and-white cat have raised £5,696 out of a goal of £4,000 at the time of this article. 412 people donated. The money was raised and continues to be raised for veterinary bills, a memorial and donations to charities.
The organiser of the fundraising, Nicola Clark, lives in Stroud, south-west England, UK. St Ives is in Cornwall, right at the tip of the country on the north coast.