Archive | August, 2012

Can you help us?

28 Aug

If you are reading this thank you for visiting to learn about our project and can we say how much we desperately need your help to reach our objectives.

Whilst you can support our project with regular or one off   monetary donations there are also several other ways you can help us create a safe future for the street cats of tomorrow, even if it is just sharing this website, telling friends and family about us and helping us raise more support.

1 way is to arrange community collections.  There are a number of items that Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue collect that we utilise to raise funds for the cat rescue.  Items such as:

  • CD / DVD / Games (Xbox, PS, PC)
  • Unwanted Gifts
  • Mobile Phones
  • Costume Jewellery, Beads, Gold / Silver Jewellery (Broken or whole)
  • Watches (Broken or Whole)
  • Good Quality Clothing
  • Foreign Paper Currency

Perhaps you could post a notice in the local shop?  Or ask friends and family or even neighbours to help in collecting goods?

You could organise a bake sale?  BBQ at home? take part in a car boot sale for the cats?

You don’t have to do anything big, even little things help and the more people we can get to support our work and help us a ‘little’ the greater chance we have to reach our objectives and continue providing first class care to more and more cats every year.

Challenge yourself with a fundraising event such as a sponsored hill walk, swim, cycle, bungee, abseil or any other activity you think would be fun and challenging to raise critical funding needed to save the cats and kittens of tomorrow from disease and sickness as well as homelessness.

Co Founder Paul abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge in a sponsored abseil for Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue

If you wish to do a sponsored event remember you can use our Virgin Money Giving pages to collect sponsorship and Gift Aid online.

Whatever way you choose to help know that without you, we could not provide the care we already do for SO many cats and kittens each year.  Without you, we will never be able to improve the world for the cats and kittens of tomorrow.  We desperately need your help to spread the word, help our fundraising efforts and keep us pushing forward in these already very difficult times.

If we don’t put in place plans for the future to expand we fear that our current resources will be stretched to breaking point leaving the cats with no Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue for help.  Please, if you can, take a few moments to consider how best you can help us and our feline charges.

If you would like to know more about our vision for the future be sure to visit our main Feline Fund website.

Please do contact us with any questions you may have or ideas for fundraising you feel can help us achieve our goals.

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What is the Feline Fund?

28 Aug

The Feline Fund is the name Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue have given to our project to raise the capital needed to purchase land and begin building works to create our very own purpose built cat rescue centre within a radius of approximately 20 miles of our current location in Fife, to secure the future welfare of the ever increasing stray cat population in the Fife, Edinburgh and Lothian regions.

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue primarily serve the Fife, Lothian and Edinburgh areas, however we regularly take in cats in desperate need of help ‘out of area’ from Oban to Glasgow and even as far south as Birmingham, where there has been a need for our specialist care.

Sadly, despite over 2 decades of sending out the Neutering message there continues to be an alarming increase in the number of cats in need of help and the problem is getting bigger with every year that passes.  The volume of stray cats wandering our streets is forever increasing and more and more people are looking for help in rehoming their cats or kittens. Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue’s currently limited resources are struggling to cope with the deluge of new cases that arrive every day.

This is a much needed resource in the area and without it, animal welfare, particular for cats is going to revert back a few decades in level of care, disease and volume of stray cats.

Joey - Just one of the cats that Sunny Harbour have fought desperately to save, only to be lost to Rainbow Bridge as we got to him too late.

At the current time we have to turn away approximately 20 – 40 people a week who are looking for homes for their cats due to a wide range of circumstances, simply because we do not have the facilities or room to help as we are at full capacity 90% of the year

By putting in place a purpose built facility we will be able to create essential spaces to help these families and cats in need without having to turn them away simply due to lack of facilities.  We will be able to provide dedicated facilities and areas for post natal and intensive nursing care as well as rehabilitation of cats with severe behavioural problems.

As part of the expansion we will also be looking to include education on animal welfare for local children’s groups and schools through talks and inviting the children to the centre to learn what rescue work entails and how to responsible care for a pet.  Extend our volunteer programs and work with local vets and the veterinary school to provide trainee vets with insight into how rescue truly work as well as enabling hands on experience in the hope of enriching their start to a veterinary career