New organisation is the cat’s whiskers
5:34pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A BURY woman who has devoted 20 years of her life to rescuing and rehoming cats and kittens is reinforcing her commitment to their care.
Anja Blahova has launched her own Cats Whiskers organisation, bringing together a group of volunteers who are passionate about the welfare of feral, stray and abused cats.
She has applied for charity status for Cats Whiskers which already commands a significant following on Facebook.
“Since I was a child, I’ve always been interested in looking after cats. I took it further when I was 18 and I’m 38 now,” said Miss Blahova.
Her tireless work as a private rescuer has brought her to the attention of the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations who often call on her expertise and experience.
Cats Whiskers has four fosterers who look after cats and kittens.
Miss Blahova is involved in the rehabilitation of the animals which come from as far afield as Manchester and Oldham.
She said: “The Cats Whiskers was set up four months ago when it was becoming too hard for myself and other private rescuers to take in and look after the cats that were in our care as well as any other cats that need our help.
“So, I spoke with the other rescuers and we decided to start up The Cats Whiskers.
“We felt this was the best way forward, enabling us to take in more cats and get extra help toward funding.
“We started with seven and now we have 11 people in the admin team, all with various skills to contribute.
“We collectively have around 60 cats and kittens in our care, including six litters, all of which we vet check, vaccinate, microchip, neuter, flea and worm.
“The aim of the group is not just to rehome cats but to advise and educate people on responsible cat ownership as well as behavioural and rehab problems.
“We also promote the benefits of neutering and microchipping and help to find missing cats.”
Miss Blahova continued: “We have our own Facebook group which has more than 800 members, an auction page, a news letter and a website which went live a week ago.
“Unfortunately, we do not receive any funding, so rely heavily on donations and auction sales. Over the coming months we have a number of events being set up to raise money for the cats in our care.
“The admin team will also be doing sponsored events to try to raise some money to help contribute to the vet bills and towards the £4,000 we will need for the coming months of healthcare.”
Cats Whiskers, which deals with around 15 calls a day, requires more fosterers, volunteers who can offer transport, cat food, donations, bedding and helpers.
n To offer help or donations, and for further information, visit thecatwhiskers.tk
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