CANINE FRIEND HELPS AT CATS PROTECTION CHRISTMAS FAYRE

A five year old rescue dog helped at the Christmas Fayre run by the Yeovil & District Branch of Cats Protection in the Henhayes Community Centre on Saturday morning. Wilf helped Santa as he welcomed children and gave them a present. Wilf’s owner Mary Dawe who is Branch treasurer said: “Wilf lives with lots of cats and is used to them. Today he is the dog who is representing all the cats and is lapping up all the attention.” The fundraising event was the Branch’s last one of the year and raised £514.90.

Local author and retired Vet Malcolm Welshman donated the proceeds from the sales of signed copies on the day, of his latest book of memoirs An Armful Of Animals. Along with the usual cakes, crafts, collectibles and tombola stalls, there was also Cats Protection merchandise on sale and pots of honey from one of the foster carers hives. The Branch would like to thank Henhayes Centre for the warm welcome they received and all those who attended and helped to make the event a great success, enabling the Branch to continue their voluntary work to find ‘forever’ homes for unwanted cats and kittens.

So far this year 77 lucky felines have been adopted. There are still many looking for a new home, particularly black cats who sadly seem to be overlooked by families looking to adopt a cat or kitten. The Yeovil & District Branch of Cats Protection also promotes the neutering of all cats and operates a voucher system to help those on state benefits or low incomes. For the month of October, the Branch ran a free neutering scheme and the RSPCA paid for the cats to be micro-chipped.

Branch publicity officer Leslye Stansfield said: “In all 130 cats were neutered and micro-chipped. Hopefully there will be far fewer unwanted kittens next year and should any cats go missing their chips will help them find their way home.” Anyone who is interested in adopting a cat, reporting a lost or found cat, fostering or volunteering is encouraged to phone the Branch line on 01935 412755 or visit www.yeovil.cats.org

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