A CAT rescue centre in North Yorkshire has started a food appeal following the busiest year in its 12- year history.

Jackie Bower, who runs the Black Cat Rescue Centre from her home in Back Lane, North Duffield, said she has been running to capacity all year as unprecedented numbers of cats have been abandoned.

There have been a number of occasions when Mrs Bower said she has not been able to take in homeless cats because she simply has no more space for them at the refuge.

She is asking people to donate presents of cat food an appeal which she hopes will be as successful as last year, which helped to feed the cats for months.

Mrs Bower said: "Last year people were so generous the food lasted until the end of April.

“Peoples’ generosity never ceases to amaze me. When I have nothing left, it's like magic and someone turns up with something. Without such generosity we couldn't keep going."

She said there are a number of cats waiting to be homed including Scarlett, a one-year-old tabby rescued from a garage in Hemingbrough, ten-year-old Mickey and one-year-old black cat siblings Ash, Rowan and Violet.

Donated food should ideally be Whiskas or Felix tins or sachets.

If you would like to rehome a cat or kitten or to donate food, phone Jackie to arrange a time on 01757 289435. If you would like to leave food, there is a lidded bunker outside the front door.

For those living in Selby, food can also be donated at Bon Marché in Gowthorpe, Jollyes Pet Superstore in Bawtry Road and Dam Veterinary Clinic in Leeds Road.