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50th

Anniversary

Welcome to

AVON CAT RESCUE

‘A thank you’

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our Anniversary Open Afternoon on May 31st.

We were overwhelmed by the response and so grateful for all the gifts and donations.

NEWSLETTER


Avon Cat Rescue Summer 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends.

We continue to take in lots of cats and kittens and to find lovely new homes as 2014 moves along. All the cats mentioned in our last newsletter have found homes except poor Toby and Felix who have waited over 18 months in a pen - (more later). Three half grown black kittens were all chosen together and are doing well, as are three torti cats who all went together. We were delighted not to have to split up the threesomes.

We still find homes for lots of pairs as well. The last pair to be chosen was 14 year old brother and sister, Bumble and Saffron. They were lucky enough not to wait long. Some of the cats have been rescued from Birmingham, like Freddie, a lovely ginger and white, and Shelley, a pretty torti.  Both have found new homes quite quickly

We have had some difficult animals. Honey, a lovely ginger with a voracious appetite has been found to have jaundice and a liver problem so will not be able to be re-homed. Nemo, a stray tabby tom has had to have his tail amputated due to an old injury, is taking a while to recover.

Ice, an overweight, grumpy British Cream female aged 12, has just been reserved. We had to split her from her mate whom she attacked.  

Petra, a black female, was left in a basket outside our gates. She has a shaved foreleg but we have no information as to why or where. If only people would at least leave basic information.

We also have 2 six month old kittens that are untouchable so far. A few problems to keep us busy.

We have spent a lot of time at vets with poorly cats, cats being neutered, blood-tested or vaccinated. It is an expensive business. We try to make sure all out cats are neutered before leaving, although with stray females it is hard to be sure. We have covered the cost if cats suddenly come into season, but one took 2 years and then produced 4 kittens this year. Quite a surprise!

We have had some sad visits to the vet as well. Our little ‘Thumper’, disabled from birth, gradually lost the use of her back legs completely and finally had to be put to sleep in April. She was only 4 but she had 4 happy years with us and was always haring about the garden, climbing trees and hunting in the undergrowth.  Then Georgie, also injured many years ago when she lost her tail, succumbed to illness after our Bazaar and also had to be put to sleep.  They will both be much missed around the house and garden.

We have had a couple of fund-raising events so far this year. The Jumble Sale did really well and out Easter Bazaar was amazing despite the sudden downpour. We now have a very busy few months with stalls and events almost every week. Perhaps we will see you at our Open Afternoon.        Rosemary Spicer.

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

01789 750235

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


Special Cats for Homing

The rescue is prepared to assist with vet fees for those cats in their twilight years (12+).


TOBY & FELIX


Toby and Felix lost their home when their owner died suddenly in October 2012 and they had to be collected from the empty house.

Suddenly they were in a pen with us, very confused and unhappy.

They are big and fit but are now aged 10 and 13 and have been overlooked so many times. Toby decided to bite a prospective owner just as they were deciding to take them home last year – he can be a bit strong-willed.

They both love their food and argue occasionally but often sleep together.

Felix is more quiet and gentler.

We haven’t given up as we are sure there is someone out there who will take them home and give them another home at last.

They deserve one.


CONNIE



CONNIE is one of our cat in her twilight years.

Connie is a very sweet, affectionate and loving cat.

She needs to be the only cat as she wants your undivided attention, so a one person cat.

She is on medication for thyroid and for these tablets the rescue will pay.

Being otherwise in good health we feel sure she will make someone a lovely pet/companion.

The rescue will also pay for future vet bills should it be necessary

Other Cats for Homing


Lilly & Lola

Lilly & Lola are 2 lovely gingery/tortie sisters.

They are 5 years old sisters, micro-chipped and spayed.

Very friendly and talkative.  They love fuss

Have been used to a dog and rabbits


Topsy & Felix

Topsy & Felix are brother and sister.  They are 7 months old.

They were born in a garden and neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped by a caring lady who gained their trust

They are still quite nervous but improving

Looking for a quiet, caring home to start their new life



Petra

This black female was dumped outside the rescue in a basket.

She was hungry.  Sweet but we know little else about her

Can anyone tell us anything about her. (Picture on the website slider)


Megan and Bella

Megan & Bella are both female and 4 years old.

They are not sisters but have grown up together.

We are told they could go separately or together

They have been very much loved.

Have not been out but we think they might like to.


Olivia & Cleo

Olivia & Cleo are lovely sisters.  They are 5 years old.

They are spayed and micro-chipped.

They have been used to a small dog.

Quiet & Friendly






There will only be one stall at our Anniversay Afternoon and this will be selling  our range of goods we buy + The Raffle

Please keep other items until the July Bazaar.  Thank you


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

Email  mgth.hall@btinternet.com


Our 50th Anniversary Open Afternoon is now very close. I hope as many of you as possible will join us on May 31st to celebrate 50 years of Avon Cat Rescue.


Fund raising in 2014

This has got off to a good start with the Jumble Sale in February raising £801.48 (2013 £856.73) and the Spring Bazaar raising £2,383.23 (2013 £2,323.83).

The total for the Spring Bazaar was amazing considering that selling almost came to a halt with the onset of the sudden gale force wind breaking the frame of the largest gazebo and the heavy rain which, although only for a brief time, made goods and people pretty wet.

Thank you to everyone who helped and/or supported us in anyway. Your contribution is much appreciated.

As you will see from the Dates for your Diary, we have a lot of stalls at various events at which please support us if you can.

Looking forward

Can you help at the Summer Bazaar on Saturday July 26th? We need help either in setting up in the morning, putting away later in the afternoon, providing items to sell and/or coming to support us on the afternoon.

Small change collection

Over the year many of our supporters collect their small change for us and bring it to one of our events.

At the Jumble Sale we collected £61.79p and at the Spring Bazaar £138.96.

So far this year we have collected £219.27. Please keep saving your small change for us.

Ways you can help

Offer a home to one of our cats, especially our ‘Golden Oldies’ – these are Toby of Toby and Felix, Connie, Reg & Ron.

For these four cats the Rescue will pay for future vet bills.

Bake a cake for us to use at our Celebration Afternoon Tea.

Provide a raffle prize for either the Celebration Afternoon or the Summer Bazaar.

Sponsor a ‘pensioner’.

We use a lot of washing powder, washing up liquid, black sacks, kitchen rolls and cat food and always appreciate donations of these items.

No more jam jars for the time being – thanks.

Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeep saving your small change.

Donate any spare new second class stamps.

Do you have any wool lying around that our knitters can turn into blankets please?

Receive your newsletters by email saving the rescue £1.89 per person per year.

Help at our Summer Bazaar on Saturday July 26th

2014 Christmas cards and 2015 Calendar

These will be available from the Summer Bazaar.

Cards will cost £1.30 a pack of 5.

Calendars will cost £4.50.

Sponsorship

The number of cats we have for sponsoring is as low as I can remember. The present number of ‘pensioners’ is 35 but they are still a big drain on our resources. Fortunately many of those that have died were elderly but not in the case of Thumper as Rosemary has already mentioned. We have, over the years, taken in disabled cats that we are not able to home. Thumper, was such a cat, had a wonderful 4 years with us enjoying the grounds of the Rescue and meeting people. This is 4 years she would not have had but for us.  Thumper had well over 50 sponsors so if you were one of them please select another cat to sponsor and let me know.

Some of our present cats for sponsoring are:-

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

Suzie and Tina-fluffy (bl/wh). Toby, Entee and Tara (tabbies), Georgie B (fluffy ginger) Tyler (tabby/wh).

If you think you can help by sponsoring one of these cats I would love to hear from you.

It costs £20 a year and in return, you will get a sponsorship certificate with a photo and our 3 newsletters a year.

A sponsorship form can be found at the end of the newsletter.

New pen – Blackthorn

Any of you who came to our Spring Bazaar will have seen that Brownie and Q have been removed and a new base laid for 2 new homing pens.

Sadly the company we booked with and who built Hollies and Willows, has gone bust. Fortunately we had not paid over any money so have not lost out.

Not having these extra pens has made life a lot easier at the Rescue and we are now thinking long and hard about putting any more up.


Hoping to see many of you on May 31st.


Cat Stories

Remus and Romulus (Tabbies)

Remus and Romulus have now been settling into their new home for 2 weeks. They are very happy and are playing a lot together and appear very content.

They have been playing with toys such as toy mice but are just as happy with a piece of string or a box. They would like to thank you for caring for them and finding them a good home.


Kitty (a Tabby aged 8)

Kitty is settling in very well, loves to play and have lots of cuddles. Her 2 favourite places to sleep are under our bed and a spot in the airing cupboard. She is always happy to see us when we return from work and always purrs very loudly. She really shows a lot of love to me and Rani and our little girl Lana; even if she is playful she is gentle when approached by anyone. We are very pleased and proud to have Kitty as another family member. She enjoys her food and has a choice of wet and dry food – wet food morning and evening and dry food for when we are at work. We have taken hundreds of pictures of Kitty already and would love to send you some. We will forward you some pictures via your email address.

Thank you again for everything and we will always be happy to keep in touch.


Mitzi (black/white short hair)

Mitzi has settled in fairly well. Still won’t let you handle her though but now comes and sits on the arm of the chair in the evening and will let us stroke her and she purrs. Sometimes she will let me use a comb. I’ve brushed her once but she will not let me do it again.

She’s very nervous of people and the doorbell when she hides behind a chair. Has not ventured outside yet or wanted to – it is very hard to get her into the cat basket for vets.

But on saying all of this, I love her to bits and just hope she will improve and become more confident.


Tilly

Thought you might like to know Tilly is very happy and settling into her new environment alongside Monty the dog. They have not had one cross word but today I realised he is really far more interested in her food than her! He had crept onto the bed and was stretching across to her bowl on that chest of drawers …. so I have moved it to the small room next door onto a desk he can’t reach. She can have dried food to graze there and from now on I will feed them together so poor Monty stops being teased with the strong smell of cat food.

Hope you are well and best wishes from Monty the dog.


Bubbles and Fleur

Just to let you know that we are now very settled in our new home. We have lots of toys to play with as we are house cats and don’t go outside. We love to sit on the windowsills and watch the birds in the garden and the ducks which come to the kitchen window every day.

Our owners play with us and are trying to get us to be groomed but we are not very keen. We love visitors and they have all fallen in love with us. Our owners are going to your coffee morning in March taking their friends so we hope you do well.

Now it is time for a nap on the bed in the sun.    Love Bubbles and Fleur




Pixie (4 yrs grey and white) and Waldon (2yrs black and white)

Pixie and Waldon have settled in extremely well. They are both much loved by their new family and their contented behaviour indicates that they love their new family too.

They have settled into a routine of staying in at night and being let out in the morning. They come in again on the few days that we are all out at school and work but on the days that one of us is home they have free reign to come in and out all day. This suits them well.

They love their new garden, lots of places to hide and trees for Waldon to climb. Pixie tends to stay paws firmly grounded! They are both eating well and have had a trip to the vet for a health check and vaccinations, confirming both are fit and healthy.

Thank you Avon Cat Rescue as we now have two beautiful additions to our family and we wouldn’t be without them.


Milly (Torti and white)

Milly has settled into our family brilliantly! After a couple of days exploring the house and telling our two dogs who is boss, it was like she had always lived here.

She is very friendly and sociable, loves a fuss and likes to play with toys.

She really likes spending time with our two children and in particular, has formed a bond with my 7 year old autistic son. She loves to curl up on his bed while he goes to sleep and doesn’t come downstairs until he’s asleep.

If she’s missing during the day, she can usually be found in his room, on the window sill or curled up in his soft toys on top of the cupboard!

She has been going outside for a week now. No problems there. Using the cat flap well. She’s enjoying sitting in the low branches of our cherry tree and loves to lie in the sun on the garden bench. We really love having her as part of our family – thank you so much!


Topsy (tabby female approx. 9 mths old)

I was the runt of my litter and my 4 siblings quickly outgrew me. They also bullied me a bit but those great people at Avon Cat Rescue saw to it that I had enough food. I think I’m always going to be a small, neat and dainty girl though.

My new home suits me very well and soon I’m going to be allowed outside (I’ve only just had my operation …..). There are two other cats here I get on pretty well with on the whole. Percy is a big tabby white and I just love him. He is quite patient with me when I jump about all over him and lets me sleep close to him on the boss’s big bed where I feel warm and safe.

The other cat is a black and white female called Nonnie and she has a problem with one of her back legs. She is quite nice really but does not seem to like kids much but I can manage.

The outside looks great and I can’t wait to get out there, I tap the window at the next door cats, chitter at the birds on the feeders and the lawn and find it all fascinating.  I tried to catch a buzzard on the telly the other day but was unsuccessful.  I got my paws on it but it still got away!

My brown paper carrier bag is full of super toys and I have a climbing frame and scratching posts but the best toys of all are my collection of milk carton tops of which I possess about 25 and counting. I carry one round in my teeth and you can see that I am practising for all the hunting I’m going to do when I get out there!

Food is plentiful here but I find that Percy’s special diet kibble is much to my liking … I do eat whatever’s going too but I don’t think I’m supposed to scoff Percy’s special thingies!

I may be young but not too young to realise that I am a very lucky cat to have fetched up in my new home and I also thank ACR for looking after me when I needed a home and help.


The next newsletter is due out in late September


Dates for your Diary

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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)

Name ………………………………………………………………..

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Post code ………………………

If the sponsorship is for a gift please give details and date of birth if for a birthday present.

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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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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

SUPPORTERS (£8pa)__________

DONATION _________  

 

AMOUNT ENCLOSED  £……………………..

 

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

Name ………………………………………………………………..

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Post code ………………………

If the sponsorship is for a gift please give details and date of birth if for a birthday present.

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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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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP £20 per cat _______

SUPPORTERS (£8pa)__________

DONATION _________  

 

AMOUNT ENCLOSED  £……………………..

 

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

Name ………………………………………………………………..

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Post code ………………………

If the sponsorship is for a gift please give details and date of birth if for a birthday present.

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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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SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS’/DONATION

SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORTERS (£8pa)/DONATION   Please delete as appropriate

Anniversary Donation  ______  

AMOUNT ENCLOSED  £……………………..

 

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

Name ………………………………………………………………..

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Post code ………………………

If the sponsorship is for a gift please give details and date of birth if for a birthday present.

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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