Black Cat Rescue Centre launches appeal in bid for a better year

York Press: Jackie Bower of the Black Cat Rescue Centre with some kittens she was  looking after in 2009 Jackie Bower of the Black Cat Rescue Centre with some kittens she was looking after in 2009

A CAT rescue centre in North Yorkshire has started a winter food appeal after going through one of its toughest years yet.

Jackie Bower, who runs Black Cat Rescue Centre from her home in Back Lane, North Duffield, near Selby, said she had been running to capacity all year because very high numbers of cats had been abandoned and could not be cared for elsewhere.

In July the shelter suffered a setback as many of the cats caught a virus, wiith 15 becoming seriously ill and six dying.

Despite a very upsetting three weeks for the shelter, Mrs Bower said the centre had since returned to strength.

She has now appealed to people to donate food to keep it going for the first few months of the year.

Mrs Bower said: “The response from people in York was overwhelming last time. We always run an appeal for food over the festive period, as January and February are a bit of a waste of time as far as fundraising is concerned, so we need to raise enough food and funds to last us through until at least March.

“It’s been a very difficult and at times heartbreaking, year.

“If it wasn’t for the kindness and exceptional generosity of my supporters I would never have made it through the year.

Following the virus I was so low that I seriously considered giving it all up, but the cats won’t let me. There are far too many out there that need my help.

“I only take cats that have been turned away from other rescues and while they are with me they are treated as my own and loved to bits.”

People who would like to donate good quality tinned food or sachets and cat biscuits can leave food at the shelter or phone Mrs Bower on 01757 289435.

There are also drop-off points in Selby for those who don’t drive – Bon Marche in Gowthorpe, Dam Vets in Leeds Road and Jollye’s Pet Superstore.

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9:45am Mon 30 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.
There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal. Big Bad Wolf

12:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

the commentator says...

But we are a nation of animal lovers, so good luck to her after all she is providing care and shelter to animals that we humans chose to neglect/abuse.
But we are a nation of animal lovers, so good luck to her after all she is providing care and shelter to animals that we humans chose to neglect/abuse. the commentator

12:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Boadicea says...

I would gladly donate food if there was a dropping off place in York.
I would gladly donate food if there was a dropping off place in York. Boadicea

12:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

supertillypops says...

So would I. This is a wonderful charity and deserving of support. Could a vets, supermarket or pet shop not be a dropping off point in York?
So would I. This is a wonderful charity and deserving of support. Could a vets, supermarket or pet shop not be a dropping off point in York? supertillypops

4:32pm Mon 30 Dec 13

BL2 says...

Big Bad Wolf wrote:
There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.
I'm personally much more likely to donae to an animal charity!
[quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.[/p][/quote]I'm personally much more likely to donae to an animal charity! BL2

1:47am Tue 31 Dec 13

Kathy 2010 says...

I have had the pleasure to visit Black Cat Rescue twice and donated food and Jackie is amazing. The cats are so well looked after and quite simply adored. She is doing a remarkable job. I am in York and would be more than happy to deliver food to her if that helps. My email address is kdb.57@tiscali.co.uk if anyone wishes to get in touch. Thank you.
I have had the pleasure to visit Black Cat Rescue twice and donated food and Jackie is amazing. The cats are so well looked after and quite simply adored. She is doing a remarkable job. I am in York and would be more than happy to deliver food to her if that helps. My email address is kdb.57@tiscali.co.uk if anyone wishes to get in touch. Thank you. Kathy 2010

10:30am Tue 31 Dec 13

norm says...

Big Bad Wolf wrote:
There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.
Why assume people who give to humanitarian causes won't give to animal charities and vice versa. You tend to find people kind to animals are generally caring to all. Jackie does a great job. Well done!
[quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.[/p][/quote]Why assume people who give to humanitarian causes won't give to animal charities and vice versa. You tend to find people kind to animals are generally caring to all. Jackie does a great job. Well done! norm

2:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

norm wrote:
Big Bad Wolf wrote:
There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.
Why assume people who give to humanitarian causes won't give to animal charities and vice versa. You tend to find people kind to animals are generally caring to all. Jackie does a great job. Well done!
I am sure she does, I was pointing out that there is a limit to the amount that people give and a human homeless charity would come first on my list of priorities.
[quote][p][bold]norm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: There are so many worthy human charities asking for donations at the moment I would be surprised if there is a big reaction to this appeal.[/p][/quote]Why assume people who give to humanitarian causes won't give to animal charities and vice versa. You tend to find people kind to animals are generally caring to all. Jackie does a great job. Well done![/p][/quote]I am sure she does, I was pointing out that there is a limit to the amount that people give and a human homeless charity would come first on my list of priorities. Big Bad Wolf

12:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

norm says...

Good for you, too. Happy New Year everyone!
Good for you, too. Happy New Year everyone! norm

3:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kathy 2010 says...

The offer still stands (at any point) to deliver food from York to Black Cat Rescue. If anyone wishes to do this please email me with your contact details (phone number) and I will get back to you when I see your email. My email again is kdb.57@tiscali.co.uk
. Unfortunately I haven't had any responses yet but I live in hope! Here's to a happy 2014 for everyone, including animals.
The offer still stands (at any point) to deliver food from York to Black Cat Rescue. If anyone wishes to do this please email me with your contact details (phone number) and I will get back to you when I see your email. My email again is kdb.57@tiscali.co.uk . Unfortunately I haven't had any responses yet but I live in hope! Here's to a happy 2014 for everyone, including animals. Kathy 2010

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