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50th

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AVON CAT RESCUE

NEWSLETTER



Avon Cat Rescue Spring 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends.

  Winter has been kind to us this year.  We have found lots of great homes for cats and managed to get our waiting list down and help still more.  Most of the cats have remained healthy and we even had beautiful litters of kittens born in the autumn, all of whom have found homes and are doing well.


  All but 3 of the “Cats for Homing” in our last newsletter have found homes – “Gismo” has gone off with his special diet, Tinker & Taylor have joined Bonnie and Clyde in Dorset and Morgan lives near Dudley.  We have heard from most of them and it is good news.  We are lucky to meet so many caring owners.  Poppy is behaving herself.  T.C. came back for a visit and Deem has made himself at home in Shipston.


  One of our volunteers has been writing extra information about some of our long-term cats for homing and this has helped to find more homes.  In fact our website is very successful.


  Two elderly cats whose owners’ child was severely allergic came in; one was quite poorly, but, after a successful operation (costing £400), both are now doing well in their new home.  We are still taking in quite a few cats from the Birmingham area, but they have all been lovely cats and easily homeable.  (Dexter from Northfield was chosen in a couple of weeks.)


  We have had our small, scruffy pens demolished and prepared for a new pen to arrive.  I must say that it has been much easier to have 4 fewer pens to clean out and we have managed without them quite well.  Our new pen will be easier and safer to manage and we will pay for it with some of our legacy money.


  Our bad news this autumn was that Npower discovered that they had been underestimating our electricity bill for many years and that we owe back payments of £11,000.  As well as paying this off, we have to plan for higher monthly costs, which we were not expecting.  We do like all our cats to have adequate heating, so we will have to manage this somehow.  Let’s hope the winter continues to be kind to us.


  Meanwhile we still have lots of beautiful cats, all ages and colours, waiting for homes.  We have worked hard to get all the un-neutered ones neutered and to offer to pay for any females that we weren’t sure of, if they come into season.  Vets’ bills have been high this year.


  We have had some really successful fund-raising recently.  As well as our own Autumn Bazaar (£1,750.43), we have had stalls at Shipston, Alcester and Leamington Spa Christmas markets and 3 at Stratford.  All were very enjoyable and the weather wasn’t too bad.  We even had some prospective new owners. Thank you to everyone who helped.  Now we have a rest until the Jumble Sale in February.


  Thank-you to everyone who has helped us this year – with practical help, donations, offers of homes, food and goodies.  We even had a lady cook the cats a turkey for their Christmas lunch.  We managed (with a little difficulty) to ensure that they all had some that day and there was enough left over for those who enjoyed it most to get another helping on Boxing day.


  Thanks to Helen, as always, for keeping up the website and all the paperwork.  She has been working hard on a 50th Anniversary booklet which looks lovely.  We are all looking forward to the Anniversary Open Day as well.


  We must also mention Mavis Moore, still enthusiastically fund-raising after her 90th birthday.  She is amazing.

  We hope to see you at one of our events this year, or, perhaps, to choose a cat to sponsor or home.

Best wishes for 2014,                                                                Rosemary Spicer.


Avon Cat Rescue,  Barn House, Chapel Street, Welford-0n-Avon,  Warwickshire CV37 8PX

Email   enquiries@avoncatrescue.org  ‘phone   01789 750235

website  www.avoncatrescue .org

Cats for Homing
Toby (M, White with Black, 12) and Felix (F, Black with White, 9)
Bewildered and unwanted when their owner died.  Penned up now for over fifteen months.  They find the days are long.  They yearn to have space, to venture outside, to have a home with a heart.    Felix is sweet.  Toby has a strong character and likes his own way.  Both are neutered and micro-chipped

Bruno (M, Tabby With White, young, thought to be about 3)
I was found on the streets, rescued then abandoned again.  I am so sad.  Will someone loving give me a constant home where I am not cast aside again in return for a constant smile, just for you?   Neutered recently and learning to trust people.

Cloud & Storm

Cloud is male, tabby, age unknown.  Storm is male, black and 9.

They are both big cats, neutered and micro-chipped and greedy.  They were left behind after their owner moved!  They could go separately


Liquorice

Liquorice is a black, spayed and vaccinated female.  She is 2½.  She is sadly with us as her owner has died.


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

Email  my personal email  mgth.hall@btinternet.com


  The survival of the Rescue for so many years is a testament to Rosemary for her lifelong commitment to Avon Cat Rescue as well as that of the many helpers who give their time voluntarily to provide the care necessary to look after the cats and, of course, to all those people who support or have supported the Rescue by providing us with the means to continue.

   Please show your support by joining us at our 50th Anniversary Celebration Open Afternoon on Saturday May 31st at 2pm.

Looking back at 2013

  This has, as always, been another busy year. We took in 170 cats and kittens and have homed 174. This year has been particularly busy with mums and kittens but by the end of 2013 most kittens had been found homes.


  During 2013 we received several legacies as well as donations in lieu of flowers. For both we are extremely grateful.


Legacies received from:

Mr & Mrs DAWES of Cookhill

Mrs Catherine Grace FERGUSON of Oxford

Mrs Wyn Millatt of RUSTINGTON (formerly of Welford on Avon)

Mrs Iona Charlotte LAWRENCE of Wellesbourne


Gifts in memory of:

Mrs Lane of Alcester

Mr Millward of Stockport

Sue Deakin of Wellesbourne

Mrs Penny Pearson of Shipston on Stour

Mrs Margaret Wade of Stratford on Avon

Jean Rainey of Catford, SE London

In lieu of a legacy - Monica Beckett of Stratford on Avon

  Our plan to start to replace the corrugated plastic sheets with Perspex panels has been shelved as the cost of the Perspex is prohibitive.

    Sponsorship remains an important part of our fundraising. Sadly in 2013, 57 people did not renew theirs. Fortunately we had 58 new ones so we are just about keeping our heads above water so to speak!

   Most years we say farewell to at least one of our pensioners. This year was no exception and during the summer we had to say farewell to some and especially Brandy who had become the Rescue mascot. For those of you who don’t know, we keep a record of all of them in our “Gone but not forgotten” book and this is available to see at our events at the Rescue.  Sadly 11 other pensioners died and all are recorded in the above mentioned book.  

   This summer we only had 38 pensioners, the lowest I can remember but then it all changed. Desperate for space for cats to come in, especially those in kitten or with kittens; we had to move 7 cats out of the Homings pen. They had all been with us for 18 months and it seemed unlikely that we would home them.  So, from 38 to 45 pensioners in the blink of an eye.

  We invested in a stronger, waterproof gazebo to help us keep dry at various events. As it is stronger and therefore cost more, we hope it will stand up to our variable climate. It has only been used once so far as it arrived too late in the Autumn to be of much help.

  During 2013 we received a legacy from one of our late supporters and we decided  to use this to replace the old and leaking Q pens and Brownie. Both had seen much better days but in the past had provided invaluable emergency spaces. After getting permission to remove a tree, the area was cleared and the base laid. Getting permission had taken longer than hoped and we missed our slot with Welland Timber to put up the new pens. These two new pens, to be called Blackthorne, will hopefully be in place by the Spring Bazaar.

  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our 2014 calendar, the Christmas tin collection and to all those who give us a regular amount by Standing Order. We are thankful we have so many kind and generous supporters.

Looking forward into 2014

    As I said in the last newsletter and earlier in this letter, 7 cats were moved into Wildmoor in September and of these, Olga, Olivia, Sophie and Suzie as yet have no sponsors. We also have a dear old white and black cat called COLLEEN who will live with us for her remaining days. If you can help by sponsoring one of these cats (cost is £20 per year) please get in touch. Photos of Suzie (black and white) are few and far between but hopefully, over the coming months she will be brave enough to show herself for me to take a reasonable photo.

(A Sponsorship form can be found at the end of this newsletter).

   Now to the more mundane.  We need your help at the forthcoming Jumble Sale (Sat. 22nd Feb.) and at our Spring Bazaar (Sat. 26th Apr.). If you can help please let Rosemary know asap . We both spend a lot of time trying to find help and then, when we think we will be short of help, find that people just appear on the day. You could be of great help to us by letting us know in advance.

Ways to help:

Photos for consideration for the 2015 calendar by the end of March.

Save your small change for us and bring it to an event. In 2013 this

made a valuable contribution of £691.24.

Donate any new postage stamps left over from Christmas. Last year

this saved us £210.50.

Receive your newsletter by email.

Offer a home to a cat or pair of cats. (For Mitzi, our ‘Golden Oldie’

we will pay vet bills for any illness.)

Sponsor a pensioner.

Donate cat food, kitchen towels (we use a lot) and washing powder and washing up liquid.

Help at one of our events at the Rescue.


I hope you enjoy the brief look at the Rescue in the booklet.   

A very happy and healthy New Year to everyone.

Cat Stories

Persephone (Seffi) fluffy grey female aged 5   &  Mr. Tibs – fluffy black/white male aged 2

  Seffi: yowled all the way back and retired to a cupboard as soon as she could but did come out to explore in the evening. She is confined to the downstairs rooms and does not like any house noises but is happy to be stroked and groomed (a bit!). Does not like being held but is friendly and playful. She is interested in her companion.

  Mr. Tibs: Wide-eyed interest in everything and adventurous but unsure about house noises.

Did not approve of first food offered so begged and got the chicken thigh supposed to be my lunch!  Likes being groomed and stroked. Disciplined for eating my orchid and also for chewing the cord of the electric iron.

Both cats are very relaxed with each other and we are very relaxed with them. Grandchildren and daughters entranced! 12 days after arrival they are both well settled but still surprised by house noises. They are very close, could they be mother and son?

Their greatest delight is to be outdoors where they play and chase for hours but they dash in to use the dirt boxes – alas! It is difficult to get Seffi in by midnight but I have won the battle and have the scratches to prove it. They like to be upstairs but make no fuss when confined to their own beds downstairs at night. They only use the cat flap when it is propped open so we have to work on that. I think that once Seffi will open it herself Mr. Tibbs will follow.

Ozzie (known by us as Curtains)

   Just a quick note to let you know that Ozzie has settled in well with us, and as you will see from the attached photo is thriving in his new home. He was very nervous to begin with but is now a lot more confident and very playful. He particularly enjoys a game of football, something we have never known any of previous cats to do! He has started to explore the garden, but never goes too far away. He likes his food, and we have to be careful to put food away - he has been known to chew the end off a loaf and pinch the remainder of a joint of beef!  His favourite place is on the stairs where he likes to play tag.

Penny Morgan (known by us as Morgan)

  Morgan As you can see she has settled into "Cat Heaven" very well, She likes and gives a lot of fuss, we haven't seen too much of her grumpy moods yet.

  Not knowing her back ground too well we are training her into our ways, she seems reluctant to go out, won’zsat use a cat flap and attempts the stairs in a very funny way, no problems with food, never leaves anything.

  When she first arrived her coat was very dusty and moulting, no problems now, she has a very good coat and looks after herself very well.

  We don't think we could have found a better "cat friend"

Jackson (was Saracen a fluffy bl/wh)

   We renamed Saracen as ‘Jackson’ as soon as we picked him up from your centre and to say moving him in has been a breeze would be an understatement. He very quickly became comfortable in his new home and now is the most chilled cat you have ever met. He loves hanging around you, often choosing to wrap around my (Helen’s) leg and if he’s not doing that, he’s taken over one of our sofas or he likes to sit on our decking outside and watch the world go by.

  He really is such a softie and has been the perfect first time pet for us both – most importantly the best first time pet for me as a dog lover. We absolutely adore him and are really thankful to you for taking him in and rehoming him with us.

Misty (2 year old silver tabby)

  Misty is gradually settling in. Four days after having her, we had to take her to the vet as it was quite clear she had cat flu!” Luckily this was caught fairly early and with the help of antibiotics, Misty made a full recovery. This hampered her settling in though.

  She is now fully vaccinated and will experience the outside for the first – she is desperate to go out!

Her coat has become more shiny thanks to a varied diet. She loves to play and thinks scratching the chairs is part of playing! She constantly jumps on the kitchen side and is constantly being told to get down! Loves going in the wardrobe, jumping on window sills and racing up and down the stairs.  Having lived in a flat before, she didn’t know what stairs were for but she does now!  If we are cooking a joint on a Sunday, she lays siege to the kitchen until she has some. It has taken her a while to get used to being around people – it is as though she wasn’t socialised – but that’s improving. All in all, she is settling in well.

Simba (formerly Mango)

  It took Simba a full 20 minutes to settle in here and he hasn’t looked back since!

  He is one of the nicest cats we have ever had and has been the purrfect companion as I’ve recovered from back surgery. We still find it difficult to believe that a family could abandon such a lovely character.

We haven’t allowed him out yet as two of our neighbours are having building work done and Simba is becoming a little inquisitive – as all cats should be – but we do not want to lose him in the back of some van!

  Thanks again for providing us with such a furry bundle of joy!

Poppy

  Poppy has settled in very well. She is a very loving cat and loves to cuddle up next to me on the sofa. She also likes to sleep on the bed in out spare room! However I think she has already got us twisted round her little paw! She has been chipped and vaccinated and has explored the front and back gardens and finds her way back happily.        Thank you again.

Bonnie, Clyde, Tinker and Tailor

  We thought you might like to know how we are getting on in Deepest Dorset. We have an ENORMOUS garden for our nearly exclusive use. The house is small but there are enough beds/cushions & shelves  in the airing cupboard for us all. The food is all right and we can also catch mice, voles and rats as a change.

   Special message from Bonnie. I am top cat here for obvious reasons. Everyone admires me and makes way for me. My missus understands my wishes.

  Special message from Clyde. I spend most days rushing about outside and I catch a lot of mice – on average one a day. I bring them indoors for safety’s sake and also for congratulations. My missus says I am her best black cat.

  Special message from Tinker. I seem to have been well named as I started my time here by travelling. I was on the road for 4 days and then decided to come home and settle down. I sit on my missus’s lap a lot and like sharing her meals.

  Tailor’s special message.  I too went AWOL but only for 24 hours and now feel very comfortable here. I sit in front of my missus’s wood burner which makes me very comfortable and warm.

We all want to say thank you to the Rescue for looking after us and finding us this home.

With love from Bonnie, Clyde, Tinker and Tailor.

Pixie & Peanut

  Just to let you know the kittens are growing fast, they’ve had both vaccinations now and are both micro-chipped. They are now getting to know the back garden, having a whale of a time watching birds and chasing the leaves. They have sweet little characters and Pixie (the one with the white blaze on her face) likes to know where we are most of the time. Peanut likes nothing better than to curl up on my lap and Pixie likes to disappear under the recliner chair to sleep it being where they went when they first arrived and made them feel safe.

   They’ve having their last trip after Christmas to be neutered and that hopefully will be it for a while – fingers crossed.

Deem (a small black fluffy male with slightly noisy breathing)

  My husband and daughter arrived home from the rescue centre and immediately handed over to me the cat basket with a ball of black fluff inside – (Deem). I carefully put the basket down and opened the lid. The first thing I noticed was that he had hairy ears like a handlebar moustache which brought to mind a friend of ours. This friend has some weird and wonderful middle names so when we were deciding a middle name it just had to be one of his, so Deem is now:- Tobias Degruchet Mulford (Toby for short).

  Toby settled in immediately. He is a house cat like our three other cats and is extremely happy. He jumps about like a spring lamb, plays with his assortment of toys and two of his new brothers. (The other one is still a little bit wary of him even though he’s three times the size of little Toby) but he’s improving.

  Toby especially adores my husband (who has recently retired) and spends lots of time with him. My husband adores him – we all love Toby. His noisy breathing has improved greatly and obviously does not cause him any stress. To say we are delighted with him is an understatement! Thank you to everyone for our little boy.

Lily (mother), Milly (female kitten), Timmy (male kitten) & Billie (small female)

  Lily and the kittens were living on the street when they were caught by the kind lady who subsequently brought them to Avon Cat Rescue on the train.

   We had been looking to adopt two more kittens but it seemed impossible to separate the mother and siblings so we took them all. They have had some adventures along the way – we had registered them with Petplan and our vet before they’d been see and it transpired that Timmy (was to have been Tilly) was a tom kitten. Billie (was to have been Billy) was a female. Much confusion ensued until all was sorted.

   Mother has been spayed and vaccinated but Timmy and Billie are rather small and have foreshortened front legs, however, the vet is convinced that they are healthy and viable – just a little ‘different’. Gradually mother discovered the outside and began to teach the kittens to hunt but a dead mouse terrified them.

  Billie has some difficulties with human contact and her tendency is to run except when food is supplied. We are not too concerned as having brought cats home from Cyprus and going through quarantine we know that it can take some time for them to become secure. The matriarch of our cat family is Rosie and at 18 years of age has become a gentle and loving old lady.

  We are grateful that we were allowed to ‘parent’ these babies (mother was only about 10 months old) and are most admiring of the kindness and dedication of those at ACR – if only everyone cared as much.

Simba (formerly Mango)

  It took Simba a full 20 minutes to settle in here and he hasn’t looked back since!

  He is one of the nicest cats we have ever had and has been the purrfect companion as I’ve recovered from back surgery. We still find it difficult to believe that a family could abandon such a lovely character.

We haven’t allowed him out yet as two of our neighbours are having building work done and Simba is becoming a little inquisitive - as all cats should be - but we do not want to lose him in the back of some van!     Thanks again for providing us with such a furry bundle of joy!

Dromio (a fluffy black cat)

  I just wanted to drop you a few lines to let you know how Dromio is getting on.  He had a nervous start when he arrived and spent the first evening hiding behind the sofa....until about 3am when his inquisitive nature got the better of him.

  Since then he has settled in nicely...found his appetite (not lettuce but very keen on beef) and is currently helping me write this email. He is gaining in confidence every day and is now exploring the great outdoors. He is a great asset to our family and his character is making itself known...a lovely friendly cat who loves to play with his golf ball & peg! We did buy him real cat toys but he prefers the ones he found himself.

Bella (torti colour)

  Bella settled in well after the first week. It didn’t take her long to step out of her travel box and have a nosey round. She soon found a really good hiding place under the tv unit.

   Bella: I was a bit scared at first but am now confident in my new home. I soon found some tinsel to play with and made friends with the rabbits and the rats. I climb up to see them in the tall cages. At night I sleep in the bedroom with my new mummy and daddy and get by the pillows and curl up where it is warm. When I get hungry in the morning I just meow and my food gets brought to me. Then I play with my toys and curl up to my teddy that their little girl gave me to keep me company. I also like to hide in the pillows and in an open drawer. I really enjoy being here. I got given a very pretty pink collar with a bell it so they know where I am at night. On Christmas Eve I helped wrap presents and played with the wrapping paper on Christmas Day. I am very happy at my new home. Thank you for looking after me.   Love Bella

  She has started to show her character and makes us laugh when she hides on our bed. She loves pouncing on our feet and chasing things. She is really sweet and purrs a lot when she is happy. Oh, and she loves watching tv with us. We will love her forever.

Tiberius and Katinka (Olga’s kittens)

Both cats are doing very well indeed. Tiberius has grown into a very big cat indeed with enormous feet. He is very affectionate to us and loves a cuddle (during which he dribbles a lot). Although such a big, powerful cat, he is scared stiff of strangers and will hide in the wardrobe for an entire weekend if visitors are staying, only venturing out once they have all gone to bed. On the other hand, he has fallen in love with the window cleaner and tracks him round the house on the inside making inviting little chirruping noises. He also keeps a collection of toys and screwed paper in a little box and gets them to show the window cleaner when he visits (he puts his possessions in the box by himself).

Katinka is still a very little cat but she is very pretty and has lovely soft fur and a tubby tummy. She is still semi-feral although she does not stray far from the house. She is a happy little thing and is content to stay with the garden, lurking in the bushes and running the length of the garden while making little happy noises to herself. She has a bit of an eating disorder – she runs away and hides from her meals but then comes to us to beg for biscuits. She isn’t a lap cat at all and does not like to be picked up either but she does like to shimmy against us and head butt us gently.

The cats get on very well with our older cat Tiglet, who is now 14 years old. They have given her such a new lease of life that, on occasion, she has some naughty moments of her own when tries to copy the mischievous things they do (like scaling the net curtains). Before the kittens arrived, she had just about given in to old age and spent most of the time eating and sleeping. The young cats treat her like their wise old aunty and come to her to be groomed and to snuggle up to her to sleep.

The cats are a wonderful addition to our household and we wouldn’t be without them. em.___________________________________________________________________________________


SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

SUPPORTERS (£8pa)__________

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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

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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