Cat ‘maids and butlers’ needed

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An animal charity is making an appeal for ‘cat maids and butlers’ to come forward to help it cope with an influx of abandoned felines.

The Sleaford branch of Cats Protection League is looking for people to foster some of the 51 cats and kittens currently in its care.

Netty needs a home

Netty needs a home

The charity issued its appeal for fosterers, who can either have a cat in their home, or in one of the new cattery pens donated to them from the Chesterfield branch.

Fundraising co-ordinator Ruth Philp said: “We, like most other charities, are full to overflowing with kittens at this time of year, so the sooner we can have more fosterers on board, the better. The more we have, the more cats and kittens we can help.

“Cats Protection provides outside pens and their electric supply, litter, food, veterinary expenses and consumables.

“The fosterer supplies care, attention and fuss and generally acts as the temporary maid and butler to the feline until a permanent one comes along.”

Big softie Cole is looking for a home

Big softie Cole is looking for a home

She added: “This is a very rewarding task. Although there are lovely fluffy kittens and cuddly older pusses, there are also the four P’s of animal welfare – poo, puke, pee and pus – so not really suitable for those of a delicate disposition.”

As reported in the Standard in March, the branch took on a huge number of cats when almost 30 from the same family were dumped in a lay-by near Billinghay. Many of these required veterinary treatment. The charity has already rehomed several of these, with 13 left to find homes for.

l Fosterers taking on one of the pens must commit to three years of fostering due to the cost of installing a pen at their home. If you can help, call 01529 488749.

Lovable cat Banan was one of two dozen cats cruelly abandoned in a lay-by near Sleaford earlier this year.

Lovable cat Banan was one of two dozen cats cruelly abandoned in a lay-by near Sleaford earlier this year.

Banan's kitten Valery is looking for a forever home

Banan's kitten Valery is looking for a forever home