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First public talks about our Feline Fund Appeal

4 Sep

The weekend of the 1st and 2nd September 2012 saw Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue take to their stand at the Love Pets Show 2012 to talk to the public about our work in cat rescue and how they and you, can help us in achieving our goals of the Feline Fund.

Our project to create a purpose built facility to secure the future for cat rescue in East Central Scotland was well received by the public.  As expected the majority of people we spoke to were not aware of the severity of the current problem and how things will decline in coming years.  Many were shocked by the statistics we provided;

  • Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue alone have to turn away 15 – 40 cats every WEEK due to no spaces for them to come into.
  • Only 20% of the cats we DO take in are Vaccinated.  Disease in cats is on the rise and is going to continue to do so with such low levels of take up in vaccines.
  • Roughly 70% of the cats that we take in at Sunny Harbour as a result of stray, unwanted or abandonment issues are UNDER 18mths of age.
  • Only 40% of cats admitted to Sunny Harbour are neutered.  Every day there are literally thousands of kittens for sale on the internet, which will become the cats in need of rescue, of tomorrow.

We were very pleased at the reception our project received at the event but the public reaction to the facts also highlight just how unaware the public truly are of the scale of the problem we face and just how much worse things are going to get.

Certainly, for the sake of the cats, Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue as an organisation and if nothing else, the sanity of Paul and Sarah our Co Founders, we MUST succeed.

Paul chatting to the public about our cat rescue work.

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