Animal sanctuary looking after 'most abused and injured cats' suffers fundraising blow: can you help?
A South Ribble cat sanctuary has started a sponsorship programme for its most misunderstood and disabled moggies after COVID-19 decimated its fundraising activities.
Noah's Ark Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Tarleton, Preston provides full-time care to some of the most injured and abused cats that may not be able to be rehomed.
One resident, 'Precious' the cat, was attacked by a dog or fox and only has half a nose and ear which makes the feline prone to infection.
This ultimately means that running the sanctuary is very costly with vet bills and other costs piling up.
Noah's Ark is run by couple Julie Tattler and John Wareing and relies solely on donations from members of the public.
It has been unable to fundraise as it normally would due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Now, in order to support the sanctuary's work, a budding volunteer has started a 'sponsor a cat' campaign.
Cathy Taylor adopted ‘Hunter’ from the Ark in December 2019.
The cat was the longest staying resident at the sanctuary due to ‘terrible behavioural issues’.
This is when Cathy first became aware of the Ark’s work and, when she was furloughed last year, she volunteered to help the sanctuary.
“This is when I realised the enormity of it: the size of the place and the time and money it takes to run it,” Cathy said.
The volunteer suggested setting up cat sponsorship because of the huge toll the pandemic took on fundraising.
Couple Julie Tattler and John Wareing run the sanctuary from their home but because of the demands of running the sanctuary alongside full-time jobs, the idea was put on the back burner.
Volunteer Cathy eventually took the reins and is looking after 'sponsor a cat'.
“John and Julie both work full-time and rely purely on donations and fundraising but fundraising has been really limited because of COVID,” Cathy said.
“There have been tears: I’m overjoyed with the sponsorship results so far.
“It would be brilliant if more people sign up to sponsor.”
Sponsors not only get the warm and fuzzy feeling of supporting the cats at the sanctuary, they also receive a welcome pack.
Cathy is determined to make sponsorship as personal as possible and donors will receive a photo of their chosen cat, a keyring, newsletters and a special birthday surprise.
Adorable pictures of the cats available for sponsor can be found below.