by Ruth

With a huge thank you to Michael for allowing me to post this appeal on behalf of Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary.


Along with all other Animal Rescue Sanctuaries, Kays Hill are suffering from a lack of donations which have steadily dwindled as times have become harder for everyone because of all the job losses and cuts in our country, particularly here in the North of England.

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They have over 300 animals to feed and care for, from guinea pigs to horses and all other animals and birds in between.

Despite their loyal supporters helping as much as we can, they now have to turn needy animals away apart from in an emergency. Kevin worries what happens to those animals he just can’t help.

One example of the good the Sanctuary does, is when a houseful of cats were abandoned, the tenant left huge rent arrears and we found out in the evening that the locks were due to be changed next morning because the tenant was evicted.

Kevin and Leanne despite working from first light that day, made room for those cats in their already almost full cattery and collected them at 10pm, taking them to safety and settling them in. It was midnight before their day was over.

The present cattery is old and although the cats are well cared for and comfortable it’s not an ideal building and soon will be unfit for any cats at all.

But the new cattery lacks a roof.

Please see the Teasdale Council challenge link on the Kays Hill web site for the pictures of the progress they made before running out of money.

Some more progress has been made on the cattery since those pictures were posted. But because of lack of funds, every penny Kays Hill receive now has to go towards the day to day care of all those unwanted animals and to pay the huge vets bills which are unavoidable as some animals go to them with their health having been neglected by the people wanting rid of them.

No animal is ever euthanised unless he or she is incurably ill.

Kays Hill desperately need help to finish that new cattery, ideally a building firm to help them out with the materials needed for the roof.

As if they didn’t have worries enough, the van in which Kevin transports animals and goes in for their supplies, is off the road now and needs very costly repairs.

But what touched my heart when we visited yesterday was seeing the sole hanging off one of Kevin’s boots and he has no more to wear. This is a man who has given years of his life to rescuing unwanted animals and birds of all kinds and my heart breaks for him and for Leanne who works tirelessly with him and for the volunteers who battle on against the odds.

Please, will anyone who can help these wonderful people, contact Kevin via the telephone number or email address on his website.

He may be busy at the time but he will always get back to you with great gratitude for any help at all, no matter how small.


This is the new cattery under construction. I hope you are agree that it very impressive.

Please donate through PayPal if you can. Small amounts add up. I am running this through my PayPal account as Kevin needs some help with online donations and any funding will be passed on.

See more on this vital project.

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Mar 20, 2012 Help NEW
by: Safe Hands Vets

We are here to help and think it’s great what the sanctuary is doing and achieving. Thumbs up.

Mar 01, 2012 latest NEW
by: Ruth

A recent hernia op for Crystal the kitten and vets treatment for Gimpy have left Kays Hill in desperate need of help with vets bills, so a huge THANK YOU to Nicola and Kath for donating via PoC paypal button.
Poor little Gimpy had the chance of a lovely home but due to anxiety had to see the vet and the people have changed their minds.
She has lived through such traumas it’s no wonder she was anxious at strangers looking at her.
I hope she is well soon and gets another chance.
Crsytal had a successful op and has already gone to her new home.

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Mar 01, 2012 Donations NEW
by: Ruth

A HUGE thank you to Michael for recent donations coming in thanks to this page with the donate button.
Michael you are a STAR.

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Jan 11, 2012 See the good news from Leanne NEW
by: Ruth


Dec 17, 2011 thank you all
by: leanne

there are some seriously good hearted people on this site, we really do appreciate everything you do. thank you so much again for your kindness. i’ll have to go we’re moving paving slabs and i’ve left kevin to do it while i’ve sloped off.

Dec 17, 2011 Go Dorothy too
by: Ruth

Yes Michael rocks and so do you Dorothy and Edward too and I love you all for being such wonderful kind people.

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Dec 16, 2011 GO MICHAEL!
by: Dorothy

You Rock.


Dec 16, 2011 To Leanne
by: Edward

I got lucky.
Michael liked what I wrote about cats behaviour and is putting my pay in for a donation for your roof.
It has made me ever so happy as I wanted to give you some but always stony.

Dec 09, 2011 roof costs
by: leanne

hi edward, thank you so much for your kind thoughts. yes its going to be rough to sort this one out but even if people can only send us their good wishes it reminds us that what we are trying to is right and that thought keeps us going, so thanks for the boost. we understand that in the financial climate the whole world seems to be in at the moment people dont seem to have spare cash, but things will get better eventually. thank you again.

Dec 09, 2011 Serious money
by: Edward

Man you are talking needing serious help like a roofer to do it in his spare time if you ever get enough to buy the roofing stuff.
I wish I could help or think of somebody who could but Im a driver and dont know any roofers and worse Ive got no money.

Dec 08, 2011 roof cost
by: leanne

Hi edward, sorry we haven’t replied to your query till now. we have been quoted between £3,000 & £4,000. but even after that of course the rest of the rooms will still need to be finished and then there’s electrics and plumbing, its telephone numbers isn’t it!!

Dec 03, 2011 Thats tough
by: Edward

Man thats tough.
Im real sorry for you as its a horrible position to be in wanting to help them cats but cant.
If I had any money Id gladly give you it.
How much is your roof going to cost?

Dec 03, 2011 helping cats on an allotment
by: kevin

saturday morning and the phone has just rang, a lady sounding very worried on the other end , saying the population of stray and ferral cats on an allotment area are all in danger, it appears that the cat poulation on these allotments have increased over the past few years and cats are becoming inbred,and a nuisence, there are so many that the alotment holders have asked the local council to kill them . so then what do i do, im left with a problem of if i go and trap them first were would we put them , these cats may be fiv positive like many colonies are,which will incorperate vet bills, my heart goes out to the poor cats but i just cant help them all we just dont have the space,
so now im left sitting here feeling guilty as if its me letting these little cats die, these cats like many others will be condemed to death for no reason of their own i just wish we had more to offer but untill our new cattery is finished my hands are tied so if any one out there can help us please please come forward and get our roof on the new building we need the new cattery so much, your probably sick of hearing me begging but its not for me its for the hundreds of cats that need people like me and you

Nov 30, 2011 appreciation to michael and his friends
by: leanne

hi i am leanne, general slave to all the cats at kays hill (and all other animals here too!!) i have worked at kays hill’s old cattery now for more than 5 years and have seen from the start how hard kevin has tried to improve the lives of 100’s of unwanted cats (plus the lives of all sorts of other creatures) our present cattery is unsuitable for the job it is doing and was only ever meant to be a temperary structure until the new buildings could be built, of course we very soon realised that these new buildings were not going to be easily achieved, there started the long fight for planning permission, which we eventually won after a very long and expensive battle with local council. our new cattery is
60 ft x 20ft, will have a small kitchen/food prep areas and 28 new walk in rooms to house previously unwanted cats until they can go onto their new homes, there will also be outside runs attatched, this will all go to making the cats stay with us much more comfortable, there will also be central heating so they can curl up safe and warm. to achieve all this we need help from people like yourselves and we are amazed that people are willing to put themselves out the way michael has to help us. i would also like to tell everyone that ruth and barbara have been fantastic in there support and we will continue to be grateful to you all.

Nov 30, 2011 Thanks from Leanne
by: Ruth

Just been asked to pass a thank you on from Leanne to all you kind people too.

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Nov 30, 2011 Thank you Michael
by: Ruth

THANK YOU Michael for all your help and kindness. Kevin will be in touch with you very soon.
Yes it’s a very impressive size cattery and needs to be so because of all the cats Kays Hill have to accomodate.
They are wonderful at finding homes, even for very old cats, I don’t know how they do it !
But there are always more coming in and living in a cage is horrible for them even for a short time.
The new cattery will have comfort and room and eventually outdoor runs added.
I am filled with admiration at the work and worry going into making unwanted cats lives happier until they are rehomed and the kind people here on PoC have touched my heart.

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Nov 30, 2011 Staggered
by: Michael

I am staggered at the size of the cattery. Very impressive. I can see that you need some real funding for that.

I have emailed Ruth about this and Paypal.

Have you tried the Jean Salisbury Animal Welfare Trust?

No idea if they can help. Just a thought.

Nov 30, 2011 Thank you Grahame
by: Ruth

Thank you Grahame, that will be worth looking into if Michael hasn’t managed to come up with something meanwhile…I know he’s trying.

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Nov 30, 2011 RUTH, here is alternative payment processor for Kevin
by: Grahame

Ruth, if it is still operating, Google Payments is/was an alternative payment processor. Many people used it, myself included, when they did not want PayPal.

This might be viable for Kevin.

Nov 30, 2011 To Kevin
by: Ruth

I don’t think Michael will mind you ranting Kevin and I’m sure many people will be interested to hear more about Kays Hill and you and the wonderful Leanne and other volunteers.
Especially about cats as this is a cat site.
I wish I was younger and fitter I’d be there pitching in and helping you physically too.
Our house is like a collection point at times as kind people give us stuff to bring you.
Hoping not to land you with anyone else donating more cats though lol !
We can’t thank you enough for taking those 10 urgently that night.

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Nov 29, 2011 29 nov 2011 cold wet windy
by: kevin

yes it was a cold wet and windy day at the sanctuary yet we were so happy to see visitors yes it was ruth and babz with a car full of brik a brack and food , we are always pleased to see people with an intrest in the work we are trying to promote here, things may be tough but we took in yet another cat today, a five yr old tabby in great condition , reason for admission was a babys allegy, when will people stop jumping on this as an excuse to dispose of a family pet , when i was a child, allegies we never heard of and a pet was a family member for life reguardless of its faults and problems,i believe if you persivere with these allegies they would improve in time , and is your pet not worth a little discumfort, anyway sorry for the rant

Nov 29, 2011 Kays Hill today
by: Ruth

Babz and I have been up to Kays Hill today and Kevin told us that his original paypal account was hacked into and this is why it was closed.
How disgraceful that someone should try to steal money that way !
He showed me a long list of things they demand to know and papers they need posted to Dublin to sort it …..it seems quite hopeless that it will be very soon.
It has been a very cold, windy and wet day here which makes all the work there even harder, but he stopped his jobs to show us his progress in the new cattery. I took some photos which I’m going to ask Michael to add to this page.
One bit of good news was that some kind soul is going to fix the van for him at the mininum of cost.
Kevin is heartbroken that some lovely people are wanting to help him with donations but he has no paypal.
He sends a HUGE thank you to everyone who cares.

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Nov 29, 2011 Rotten luck
by: Ruth

I’m so sorry Kevin, you’ve had such rotten luck for a while now and I don’t know why fate is so cruel to such a kind and caring person who does so much good in the community.
I know you are frantically worried about the cattery and the cats you are having to turn away.
The local Cats Protection is overflowing now.
We can’t think what to do next.
Babz has sent an appeal to our local newspaper letters page but they may not print it of course.
Desperate times but hang in there !!!!

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Nov 28, 2011 what more can go wrong for kays hill
by: kevin

hello again,
i am so pleased by the people that were willing to help us with our cattery but once again we have hit yet another great hurdle this time due to a mystery hacker our pay pal account has been frozen , i spent forty five miniuts on phone internationaly today trying to sort it but was unable to i have to send our bank details , not for profit number and other id ect to dublin by post so unfortunatly for us we cant do anything in a way you can send us a donation at the moment , even thou we honestly require every penny we can get at the moment to try and move forward, unfortunatly if we can not get the cattery finished soon i guess after christmas we will have to stop takeing in the large number of cats that pass through our sanctuary , as our presant building is unsafe and rains in , we do need help thank you all

Nov 28, 2011 Thank you Dorothy
by: Ruth

There’s not much more we can do then but wait.
What a time to have his paypal account not working, just typical of Kevin’s luck !

But you have brightened my weekend with your caring, Dorothy.
Thank you.

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Nov 27, 2011 Re Kevin’s paypal problems
by: Dorothy

Kevin wrote me a nice note explaining they had been locked out of their paypal account due to suspicious activity. He’s trying to right it, but it could take some time. Ruth, you may have to re-post the plea when the paypal is ready to get the good energy flowing again. It is difficult for us in the US to donate without the online means. I know there are many willing and able and the Kays is just the kind of charity folks who frequent Michael’s fine website like to help.

Best of luck.


Nov 27, 2011 Kevin
by: Bill Y

Mate after this lady has written such a heartfelt plea on your behalf and people are waiting to donate on line can you tell us what the hold up is?

Nov 27, 2011 Kevin where are you ?????
by: Ruth

I can only keep on trying to get Kevin to sort it out.
I’m really sorry for the inconvenience Dorothy.
THANK YOU so much for your patience.

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Nov 27, 2011 To Ruth and Kevin
by: Dorothy

The paypal account is not accepting donations. This needs to be fixed.


Nov 27, 2011 Those who will make a donation
by: Dorothy

I found the “donate” button on this page:

***site has moved – sorry, can’t find donate button***

Here we go!


Nov 27, 2011 To Kevin
by: Dorothy

Kevin, please take the time to set up a paypal account. This website (POC) has the ability to reach hundreds or more folk from around the world who are willing to lend a helping hand for your effort. It has to be safe and easy to send money. It’s important that you make donating easy. Paypal will walk you through setting up an account and it will only take 10 minutes of your time. I’ll send you an email as well.


Nov 27, 2011 PS
by: Ruth

One thing I forgot to mention in my article was that the person whose cats Kevin took in urgently that night had promised to raise enough money for the cattery roof, through a huge event. Sadly it had only been said to impress someone they wanted to impress and it was never going to happen.
Kays Hill instead had 10 more cats to care for and feed.

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Nov 27, 2011 Thank you Tracey
by: Ruth

Another £10 from Tracey which we will take to Kevin this week.

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Nov 27, 2011 Kevin
by: Bill Y

Mate you need a paypal button or similar.
Make it easy for folk to give and they will.

Nov 26, 2011 thanks to all who support kays hill
by: kevin

well thank you to all who have supported kays hill in the past years without your support we would have gone under long ago,
as ruth and barbara have told you all, we find ourselves trapped in a difficult situation regarding the new cattery ,we have the outer walls up, some doors on and a few internal pens built all the steel trusses in place for the roof, but this recession has been so long that donations come in few and far between we find ourselves in need of the roof sheets the building is sixty foot by twenty foot if any of you could think of a way to help please get in touch with us at kays hill 01388 834996 or email kayshillanimalsanctuary@talktalk.net
with out our new cattery we will have to stop taking in these cats that require our help after christmas i dont know what else we could do

Nov 26, 2011 To Dorothy
by: Ruth

Thank you so much, how kind of you from so far away from Kays Hill.
I haven’t been able to catch Kevin yet but have sent him messages so hopefully he will come and comment soon.
I can only think some urgent animal rescue has come up to stop him catching up on computer stuff so far.

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Nov 25, 2011 Kays Plea
by: Dorothy

I will make a donation as soon as online payment arrangements can be made. Good luck and thank you for all you do.

Central Coast, California

Nov 25, 2011 Thank you everyone
by: Ruth

Michael I think Kevin will visit this page to sort out about paypal or similar as soon as he has a minute to spare, as I’ve sent him the link.
I also put it on Kays Hill facebook page and already someone has enquired about setting up direct debits.
Thank you PoC and the lovely cat loving people who come here.

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Nov 25, 2011 In support of Kays Hill
by: Barbara

Just to add my suppport to this plea, Kays Hill do a brilliant job under difficult circumstances, recently we’ve had patches of thick fog in our area and Kevin told us that with the sanctuary being on high ground the fog up there didn’t clear at all for two days, this time of the year they face wind, rain, mud, frost and snow and of course this is a 365 days of the year commitment. Come any weather Kevin and Leanne and the diehard core of volunteers are there tending all sorts of animals who’s lives would have been cut short had Kays Hill not welcomed them into the fold. I hope that even in these hard times people will be able to spare something to help towards the new cattery, even coppers, like little acorns, grow into something worth having and it will be wonderful for the cats to have a new, modern and more spacious place in which to wait for their forever homes. Thank you Michael for your help.

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Nov 25, 2011 Admiration
by: Michael

I have massive admiration for Kevin and associates. It sounds really hard.

By the way, is it possible for Kevin to put a PayPal donation button on his site and the button that Elisa uses on her site, which is Chipin. I am not sure if Chipin is international but I think it is.

You’ll need a PayPal account but it is not difficult to set this up. PoC gives on PayPal frequently as it is easy and it is international so you can get people from other countries giving as well.

These may not suit Kevin (and I would understand that) but they make it very easy to donate online and making it easy to put in a small amount encourages giving.

Nov 25, 2011 Kays Hill Cattery
by: Grahame

Perhaps the winner of the Santa Claws competition might consider donating all of part of their prize monies to Kays Hill for the cattery and the van.
Indeed, it does not seem beyond possibility that someone has a van in working order who could give it outright to Kays Hill as a charitable contribution.

I am still paying off huge veterinary bills and cannot myself contribute at this time.

In the photo, which is Ruth and which is, I presume, sister Barbara?

Nov 25, 2011 Thank you Tracey
by: Ruth

Thank you to Tracey who already sent £10 to the cattery roof fund last week, we passed it on to Kevin on Wednesday and he much appreciates it.

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