We’ve had lots of kittens brought in this year. Pregnant cats have turned up in boxes at the gate, feral kittens have been found in the oddest places. Every year it’s the same, abandoned cats and kittens are brought in. We try never turn them away. It’s been busier than usual as most of the large organisations haven’t been able to help, so we have been getting so many more calls. We love them all but looking after them is quite a challenge. Special accommodation is the ideal solution. The kittens are usually frail and in poor health and vulnerable to infection in the early days. Pregnant ladies need privacy. There are sometimes complications and a few days of intensive care is necessary. Our cat cabin has been a huge success and we’ve have had a great many happy tails as a result but we need a specialist maternity unit to help with the young ones.
This little poorly kitten came to us and was so dirty, numerous baths were required. The water looked like tea after cleaning. The poor thing was full of worms and fleas and need intensive treatment. This is just one of many cases we have seen this year.
We need better facilities with washing, heating and space for the mums so we’re launching a winter appeal to raise £4000 to convert an existing building for the pregnant cats and kittens that come in. It will need plumbing, a complete rewire and heating installed and we hope to make 3 new specialist rooms. It will transform our ability to help them. If you can help in any way, please send a donation marked ‘Kitten Unit’. You can send donations to us at Broomhill Mews, Broomhill Road, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9EA marked payable to the Pet Samaritans, donate online via Paypal here
or pop down and see us at the Sanctuary. We are open 10am – 3.30pm every day.
No matter how small the donation, it will help us get there. Many thanks – without our help many of these cats will not survive.