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Laura’s reading with cats is a lockdown sensation!

15 July 2020
Laura’s reading with cats is a lockdown sensation! When Haslemere cat carer Laura Williams rediscovered a childhood love for reading during recent social restrictions, she saw a chance to highlight the work done by her Cats Protection colleagues who remain #HereForTheCats.

Laura said: “When we closed to the public my niece and nephews couldn’t visit the cats so I sent them short videos of me reading to the cats. They loved to see how we still care for the cats behind closed doors. That’s when I had the idea of making more videos to show what we do to make the cats as happy and comfortable as possible. They depend on us and we take a lot of pride in our work.”

Since those first clips, Laura has posted more than 25 storytelling videos surrounded by kittens and cats at the Haslemere Adoption Centre, and her online audience continues to grow.
“A few times people saw cats in my videos and then got in touch to adopt those specific cats. That was special, to be able to make such a difference for the cats and their new families.”
The natural storyteller said: “I don’t have any experience of filming or even reading to children, but people seem to like the videos so maybe that’s part of the charm. I just read and let the cats get on with being themselves. One day I was reading with kittens and they undid my shoelaces. Kittens being kittens; that was a special day.”

Laura will be appearing on BBC Radio Surrey at 8.45am Thursday 16th July

Laura’s films can be found at Cats Protection Haslemere’s Facebook page  or YouTube 

The full story can be found on Essex-tv.co.uk