Appeal raises £600 for local kittens in need
15 September 2018
Volunteers from Cats Protection Gateshead and Newcastle Branch are celebrating as an online fundraising campaign generates £600 to help local cats in need.
The fantastic sum was raised thanks to the generosity of both supporters and kindly strangers in response to our appeal for help with the cost of caring for Molly and her kittens.
Back in July, we shared the sad story of pregnant mother and daughter Molly and Polly
who gave birth to their kittens in quick succession, a few days after arriving in our foster care.
Tragically Polly passed away and Molly became mum and grandma to twelve tiny kittens. Sadly two had to be put to sleep but Molly has remained dedicated to the other ten kittens.
And volunteer fosterer Cecielia Sinclair has been on hand to help raise the two litters, bottle feeding the kittens around the clock to ensure they receive the highest level of care.
However with ten hungry mouths to feed, Cecielia has found she's consistently in short supply of food with the kittens munching their way through an entire box of pouches every day.
Unable to leave the kittens alone for long, it's proved difficult to keep a stock of essential items like puppy pads, cat litter and bin bags and so the Branch decided to launch the online appeal.
Going live on September 5th, the JustGiving page
raised more than £200 in the first day - a staggering amount for the Gateshead and Newcastle Branch which is ran entirely by volunteers.
Donations continued to flood in and less than a week later, the funds topped the charity's £500 target to the delight of local supporters. Fundraising Team Leader Caitlin Hunter, said:
"Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the campaign. Whether you donated yourself or shared the JustGiving page it all really helps and we couldn't have done it without you.
"The money will be invaluable in helping care for the cats until they are ready to be rehomed in the coming weeks and we hope it has also raised awareness of the importance of neutering your cat," she added.
To date, the appeal has raised a total of £600 and the Branch will continue to accept donations until the end of the year.