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RUSSIAN BLUE FEMALE

A 16 year old Russian Blue female is at present living in a cattery having been left there.  She urgently needs a new home without other cats,

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NEWSLETTER



Avon Cat Rescue Newsletter Autumn 2014


Dear Friends.

Our 50th Anniversary


First of all, I was overwhelmed by the response to the 50th Anniversary Open Afternoon in May. The visitors, the well-wishers, the messages, the donations and the gifts were amazing. Thank you so much to everyone. I am taking my time spending the gardening tokens which is very enjoyable. Perhaps you will see the evidence at our Spring bazaar next year. My mother, Margery Palin, would be delighted that the cat rescue has kept going for 50 years.


On that note, we recently adopted a dog from the Dogs Trust in Evesham.  I remember going there when it first opened in the 1960’s as a small, slightly run-down kennel block. My mother had to pay to board stray dogs there ( 5 shillings a day).

Now it has 5 beautiful kennel blocks, training building, exercise area, isolation block etc and fleets of vans and lots of staff. How heart-warming that this sprang from such small beginnings.


Update


We are still struggling to keep up with  all the cats on our waiting list and trying to help other rescues which are inundated. Homing has been a bit slower over the summer, but people are still coming along to choose a cat or sometimes a pair.

We are delighted that all the cats mentioned on our homing page in the last newsletter have found homes. We were so happy when Toby and Felix were chosen after 18 months in a pen, thanks to a very kind new owner and a great feature on our website by Gina. (See stories)


Our next challenge is Spot and Stripe, our 2 disabled white kittens.(now 6 months old See Cats for Homing.


We have had some sad cats brought in.

One damp morning one of our helpers arrived at 7.30am and found a cardboard box at the roadside here.

Inside was a completely matted, damp grey un-neutered Persian cat. His matts were so knotted that he could not walk. We whipped him to the vet where he was shaved (except for his paws so he looked like a poodle) and neutered and he was found to have a disability so that he will never walk normally. But- another volunteer immediately fell in love with him and Smokey now lives happily with her - see Cat stories.


A mother cat, Mindy, was brought in from Birmingham with 5 kittens. The kittens had a virus and spent days at the veterinary hospital and only 2 survived. They are Spot and Stripe and now need a very special home.

Hatty and Heidi were  living rough in a Birmingham workshop and having litters of kittens under the cars. They are now spayed and living in a new home.

Two black kittens were found in a gateway one evening on a country road, but were picked up by a passer- by and have found a home together.

Perhaps the saddest story was about Fluff and Spot who were found in a house where their owner had been dead for some time, then turned out into the garden. A kind neighbour cared for them until the owner’s sister, who lives in Canada, contacted us and another gallant volunteer fetched them from Birmingham. They are quite traumatized, but slowly coming round.


Thank goodness there are still so many kind and caring animal-lovers out there.

Thank you so much.       Rosemary Spicer



Cats for Homing

Avon Cat Rescue, The Barn House. Chapel Street, Welford-on-Avon  CV37 8PX   01789 750235



Email:  enquiries@avoncatrescue.org  website:   www.avoncatrescue.org



A very Special home needed for Spot and Stripe

6 months white brothers, neutered and vaccinated. Very sweet, playful and loving.

Stripe has a heart murmur and Spot has damage to the central nervous system so he is a bit wobbly on his legs.

They do deserve some love and space to grow up now.

We would pay for any vet treatment should they need it.


Jess - She takes to some people and is very sweet when this happens. She is 8 yold



Lily and Molly – 2 tabby sisters 2 years old, spayed and chipped. Very sweet.



Tinkerbell – 18 months tabby and white female who is not coping well with being in a pen.

Ria – 12 year torti .Spayed, chipped and vaccinated. Lovely cat.


Bayleys – 11 year sandy ginger tom left in a garden . Nervous at first but a dear when he knows you.


Mary Lou and her 2 kittens


Mary Lou is a lovely fluffy grey tabby who loves to be stroked.  She is independent, sweet but not keen on being picked up.

She has an absolutely lovely tail as seen here on the left.

She is about 4 years old.

Her kittens were born in May 2014.

They are a little timid at the moment but playful.

They can be homed as a family or mum can go on her own.  The kittens must stay together.



From Helen Hall.  24 Hanson Avenue, Shipston on Stour, CV36 4HL

email   mgth.hall@btinternet.com


Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

I cannot thank you all enough for the support you gave to our 50th Celebrations. After a wet week the day dawned fine and warm and you supported us in your hundreds but I was not prepared for such numbers so many of you could not hear or see much. I hope you will accept my apologies for this. Also, a very big thank you to everyone for keeping the collection a secret, Rosemary had no idea.

The final collection was as follows:

We gave Rosemary garden tokens to the value of £500 and cheques for just over £1,000.

We also took £840 (taken in donations before the event) + £ 867.09   (on the day) – totalling £1,707.09


We have spent some of the money on replacing the larger gazebo which was damaged beyond repair at our Spring Bazaar.   Further to this we have purchased a fully waterproof gazebo to take to various events.  It proved its worth when we went to the Ilmington Show on Bank Holiday Monday.  Almost the entire afternoon was very wet but we managed to keep all the goods dry along with ourselves.  I know we appreciated it.


Rosemary gave me (not in the script) a beautiful owl carved out of granite and a garden lantern. I am sorry I didn’t open it on the day but I have taken a photo to show you.


All in all a brilliant way to celebrate such an achievement by Margery Palin, Rosemary and all our helpers and volunteers over the 50 years.                 A big thank you again.


Important:  I have been checking and rechecking our mail and email lists. I hope I haven’t lost anyone. Please let me know if you know of anyone who has not received their copy or if you have received hard and email copies – thank you.


Thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Bazaar. The weather was good and we had been given so much stuff to sell and it was never ending getting it out. Our final total for this event was £2,380.03. Numbers were slightly down as was the final total but having had the 50th only 5 weeks previously we couldn’t have expected anything else. Your continuing support keeps us going.


So far we have been fortunate with the weather for most of our events with the exception of Ilmington. I hope this continues for all our future outdoor stalls in the build up to Christmas. I doubt we will have any dates for a Christmas market stall in Stratford and Leamington but, if you can, keep your eye on our website and these dates would be added if we are lucky. Last Christmas we upset the market inspector in Stratford by packing up early in the pouring rain when he said he wouldn’t let us go again. (We were not the only ones that left early!). Let’s hope he has forgotten. We will need help at the Stratford Market if our application for December 11th  successful. Please let me know if you may be able to help.

We also need your help at the Autumn Bazaar on Sat.1st Nov. between 10 and 4. If you can help, please let either Rosemary or myself know.

Avon Cat Rescue Calendar

Our 2015 calendars are available and cost £4.50 each. They have some lovely photos and stories of cats we have homed.


Avon Cat Rescue Christmas cards

We have three designs this year. They sell in packs of 5 (all one design) for £1.30. They are in colour although shown here in black and white.

I hope you will support the Rescue by buying either a calendar or Christmas cards or both.  Thank you to the 2 people who drew them for us


Small change collection

Please continue to collect your small change for us. It really does make a difference. At the Summer Bazaar the bucket contained £169.83 – it was quite heavy! So far this year you have donated £500.62p.  

Please keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee saving.


Sponsorship of our ‘pensioners’

This is one of the ways we help support the cats for whom we cannot find homes. We call them our ‘pensioners’ even though some of them are quite young but extremely nervous. We have 32 cats with us permanently and this is the smallest number for as long as I can remember. However, over half are elderly and, as you know, older cats can need more veterinary care.

To help us support all these cats we have a sponsorship scheme. It costs £20 per year and in return you will receive a sponsorship certificate and 3 newsletters a year.

Cats for sponsoring

Sooty, Sophie, Lennie, Lulu, Olga and Olivia (all black)

Suzie and Tina (black and white)

Toby, Entee and Tara (tabbies)

Tyler (tabby and white)


If you can help by sponsoring one of these cats please see the form at the end of the newsletter. Sponsorship makes an ideal gift for someone who can no longer have a cat or is ‘cat-mad’! If the sponsorship is bought for a present the recipient will receive either a Birthday or Christmas card, a letter from the cat and a new photo.

Thank you to all who already do this.


Ways you can help

Offer a home to one of our ‘Cats for Homing’

Sponsor a ‘pensioner’

Help at Autumn Bazaar (Nov. 1st)

Donate any new second class stamps

Receive your newsletter by email

We use a lot of washing powder, washing up liquid, black sacks and kitchen rolls.

Donate cat food generally and especially for their Christmas dinner. (Preferably tins and pouches)


Cat Stories

Toby and Felix

We never give up hope of finding the right home for the cats in our care. Toby and Felix are two such cats who have been overlooked time and time again but finally, after 18th months, their chance came and they were chosen.

After only one day Felix was purring like an engine and sitting on his new owner’s lap. Toby enjoyed a degree of affectionate contact like the back of his head being rubbed. After a week, Felix was enjoying the company and being brushed his coat is really shining now. Toby endures a few brush strokes and then swipes out.

After having their injections they were allowed out at the end of week 3. Felix, bless him, returned when the box of biscuits was shaken but Toby just ‘glared’ and carried on exploring but eventually returning in his own good time.

The most recent report states that Felix is such a cheerful and affectionate cat and ‘chirps’ away. Toby has his lovable moments then swipes you to say ‘that’s enough!’ However, Toby and Felix continue to settle in well and always bring a smile to my face.  Felix continues to be a champion mouse catcher and certainly enjoys her time in the surrounding fields.  She is also still visiting the neighbours and having a kip in their house, thankfully they are cat lovers and knows she belongs to me!  Toby is more laid back and enjoys his comforts.  He is becoming more friendly and I am able to stroke him along his back know - though stomach is definitely to be avoided!  He has his mad moments when he chases Felix and Tinka.  You can tell Felix is used to it and swiftly gets out of his way.  Tinka is learning to run and jump up on to something out of Toby's way, or he comes running to me if I am in the house.  So I have had words with Toby, but he just looks up innocently at me and makes me smile.

Now that the weather is getting colder they are spending more time in doors, so having to establish their own spaces.  Toby used to like sleeping on a cushion on the kitchen chairs, but now that the fire is on in the lounge I am pleased to say that he is joining Felix on the smaller settee in the lounge.  Photos attached.  Tinka and I settle on the other settee.  Sometimes Felix will come onto my lap when Tinka is in his bed in front of the fire.  I have another bed in front of the fire, but neither of them seem keen on the cat beds I have around the house.  Felix does still enjoy lying on the cushion in front of the glass at the side of the front door when the sun is shining.  Felix is still very vocal and Toby just pads quietly around.  Sometimes I turn in the kitchen and nearly trip over him as I don't realise he is there.


Thank you to all those who give these older cats their chance – it can be very rewarding.


Guiness

Hi guys, Guiness here. It has taken a bit of time to get my new billet and staff in order but all ok now.

I was just settling down in the refuge but was suddenly whisked off to this new place so I took up a strategic defence position in a dark corner under a bed. The new staff thought I was timid but no way Jose, when they’d gone to bed I cased the joint, found the supplies and a tray – no problems there then.

Another cat lived there who soon showed me the flap to the jungle and some good soil beds. She’s ok really but does not seem to like my game of stalk and pounce. There is plenty of food for both of us and I let her have a little hiss and paw raise to let her think she is in charge. Her best wheeze is to glare at the food offered and stalk away and then the staff may open a tin of something extra delicious.

After a couple of weeks I decided I liked being on top of the bed rather than under it and made a nice nest between the pillows. One night I found two humans with the heads on my pillows! Even my polite explanation that it was my place made no difference. They stroke me and I reward them with a

purr.

The resident staff is shaping up quite well though, I rub against them and purr a bit but none of this sissy lap sitting for me thanks. Since they turned on the warm weather I’ve taken charge of the garden as well as the house. I patrol round and check up on people, noisy machinery and any newcomers. I chase off marauding cats too. I have lots of favourite dens to make the most of the sun and shade.

All in all it is a pretty good billet and am getting quite fond of the humans but don’t tell them that, I don’t want them getting above themselves!


Poppet (ginger/white female)

Poppet came to live with us on the 17th June 2014 and is a friendly cat who settled in well within the first week of being in her new home. We have 3 older cats and she gets on well with them.

She loves to be in the kitchen when food is being prepared in the hope of getting a tasty titbit. She enjoys being outside and chasing butterflies and anything that moves. When she is tired she loves to curl up under the bed.


Bella

Bella the pussy cat, is EXTREMELY well and divides her time between Sister’s room and mine – mine during the day and sister’s at night, except when Sister’s room is warmer than mine! If I am in the room she jumps onto my lap, whatever I’m trying to do. As soon as I stand up she takes possession of the chair.

At last she has made friends with our other cat, Bertie, and they follow each other around when not sleeping. He often sits on someone’s lap in the Community Room nuzzling into them – leaving his tail hanging over their knees … which Bella finds irresistible and tries to catch it as he whisks it from side to side which reduces the humans to helpless laughter.


Winnie (formerly known as Smudge)

I thought I would let you know that Winnie has settled in very well with us in Warwick. She is very friendly and chatty and likes to follow us round the house and to be in the same room as us. She is eating very well indeed and, I think, enjoying the space. We like her loopy mods when she tears round at full speed! She has had her first vaccinations and a microchip and we are looking forward to letting her explore the garden in a few weeks.


Mr. Percy Pickle

We had Mr Percy Pickle back in February. Pickle, as he is now known, has been a right pickle over the weeks! He likes his food and anyone else’s along with it. We cannot leave any kind of food out as Pickles thinks it is all for him. It has taken a while for us to bond with him. We have had to take him to the vet a few times and at the moment we are waiting for him to have an operation to remove a lump from his neck so here’s hoping all goes well. We have grown to love him very much and he loves us too.

He loves to follow us everywhere we go and even waits outside the bathroom door. Pickle is a lovely character and we are so glad we chose him. We will keep you informed about his health but wanted to let you know that he is very happy in his new home.


“Mum” to six cats

I am now “mum” to six cats! Originally there were 3 cats: Iota aged 16, Dulux aged 25 (I hand reared him and his 5 brothers and sisters) and Olly (originally Pip).

9 months ago I went back to the Rescue to find 2 more youngish cats but came back to Stratford with 3! Benji (was Benjamin) is 5 years old and big brother to Boots (was Socks) and Snuggles (was Junior) who are both 3 years old and from the same litter.

They are all very loving, especially Benji and are quite happy to have me as their human and personal servant. They are very friendly with my visitors but they are especially loving to my morning carer. They tell me when a visitor arrives and spend lots of time outside, especially in my long garden as they need space. When they are not outside they are usually asleep on my double-bed (5 cats and me) which is downstairs in the living-room as I am disabled.

They are a pleasure to have (I don’t own them, they own me). We all send lots of love to you. All 3 of them are such happy, loving cats and seemed to enjoy their enforced ‘holiday’ with Posy at the Rescue while I was in hospital and recovering afterwards.

Thank you very much. We, (that’s 6 cats and me), are all very happy together.


Bumble and Saffron (aged 14)

We thank Avon Cat Rescue for letting us share our home with Bumble and Saffron. They are delightful – Bumble enjoys his food and sleeping. He is also very loving with a gentle nature. He is bossed around by his lively, sweet sister, Saffron.

Saffron loves being up high and insists on attention at all times. She jumps onto laps as soon as we sit down and will purr and meow with ease.

Thank you again as it is very rewarding taking on older cats. They are sensible, clean and well behaved (apart from chicken chasing!!).


Ruby & Buffy

Ruby & Buffy are absolutely adorable and we wouldn't be without them. Ruby is still of her own mind but is a lot more forthcoming now and is usually the first one to greet us when we come in. Buffy is still a handful and has developed a liking for anything small, elasticated and roughly circular (hair bobbles, elastic bands etc) so I think there is a gap in the market for cat toys there! 


Smokey

I could write pages about this amazing little cat - he's a darling, a real lap cat who demands cuddles by nudging your hand if you stop stroking him, purrs away whilst dribbling. After a worrying couple of days (not eating much and being constipated) things changed. He has a hearty appetite and devours a 50 gm pouch at one go, always washes after a meal, he walks around and plays.  This is mostly from a horizontal position but at least he wants to play and he is able to stalk and pounce from standing. His fur is growing back quickly, looking like velvet and he is gently groomed daily.  As to his weight - well who knows.  My bathroom scales are useless, I've tried putting him in a large shoe box on my kitchen scales but he climbs out so any ideas would be welcomed.  He hasn't met Jenny yet - I tried yesterday to introduce them with the help of a friend but my daughter's dog who is holidaying here just barked and whined very loudly outside the room. She's a recue dog with separation anxiety and gets stressed when excluded from the action.  We were all getting stressed so I gave up but will try again when the family take her for a long walk next Thursday.  Meanwhile, Smokey has got the run of the first floor ( a stair gate keeps dog and Jenny away).  I bring Smokey into the living room every day so that he knows his way around. It's not ideal I know but it's not for much longer.  

I just LOVE having Smokey here - how lucky I was to be at the rescue the day he came from the vets and I feel very privileged to have been given the chance of homing him especially since I had the feeling that you, Rosemary, would have liked to have kept him. I can't thank you enough.  He is a wonderful and rewarding cat in a funny little body and will always do things in his own way.  He is much loved.


Blackie
Just a quick email to tell you how Blackie is doing in his new home.
He has settled in very well and is now firmly part of the household.  He has made himself known throughout the community and seems to get on well with the female cat next door!
He is a good friend to us all including the Guinea pigs.  He has mad moments chasing his tail which is really amusing and makes us laugh a lot.  He is well loved and we wouldn't be without him.
Thank you very much for introducing us to him.


Ella

Just to update you on her progress Ella is simply wonderful!  She is a delightful, playful get gentle cat and an avid hunter!!!  She has settled into our home very nicely and seems so grateful to be with us yet at the same time very independent.  She loves going out and hunting and at the moment spends most of her day doing just that but as good as gold she comes in at night for a good long nap.  She has put on lots of weight as she loves her food and is doing brilliantly. 


Dates for your Diary

Saturday September 27th     Autumn Sale/Coffee Morning    10.30-2pm 22, Camberwell Terrace,                                                           Leamington Spa

Saturday November 1st        ACR Autumn Bazaar      2pm  Welford-on-Avon Memorial Hall

Friday November 7th            Christmas Sale      4-7pm 24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour

(Saturday November 8th       Christmas Sale/Coffee Morning/ Ploughman’s Lunch   10.30 – 3pm

(24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour  The Ploughman’s costs £4 and needs to be booked.

Saturday November 15th     Christmas Fayre      11-2pm  St Nicholas Church, Warwick

Saturday November 29      Christmas Coffee Morning/Sale     10.30-2pm  22, Camberwell Terrace, Leamington Spa

Sunday November 30th     Leamington Spa Christmas Market 10-4  The Parade, Leamington Spa (applied for)

Friday December 5th      Victorian Evening  6-8pm  Shipston-on-Stour

Saturday December 6th     St Nicholas Street Fair 5.30-9pm High Street, Alcester

Thursday December 11th       Stratford Street Market   10-8pm   Bridge Street, Stratford

(applied for)


Happy Christmas when it gets here.  The next newsletter is due out in early February


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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

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Please make cheques payable to Avon Cat Rescue and send this form and your cheque to

Helen Hall   24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HL

If you do not want to cut the newsletter please just send your name, address and name of cat to sponsor with your cheque.



Dates for your Diary

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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

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SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

SUPPORTERS (£8pa)__________

DONATION _________  

 

AMOUNT ENCLOSED  £……………………..

 

Name of cat chosen …………………………………………………… (£20 per cat per year)

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Please make cheques payable to Avon Cat Rescue and send this form and your cheque to

Helen Hall   24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HL


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Please make cheques payable to Avon Cat Rescue and send this form and your cheque to

Helen Hall   24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HL


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Please make cheques payable to Avon Cat Rescue and send this form and your cheque to Helen Hall   24, Hanson Avenue, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HL