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Virus-hit Black Cat Rescue centre closes its doors to new arrivals
9:50am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A CAT rescue centre has closed its doors to new arrivals until next year after the animals there were hit by a severe flu-type virus.
Six animals have died and almost all the animals looked after at Black Cat Rescue at North Duffield, near Selby, have been ill, says its owner Jackie Bower.
“I have had the worst two weeks of my entire life and am on the verge of a nervous breakdown,” Jackie said.
“I am so upset and sad that the cats I care about so much are suffering like this.”
She said 95 per cent of the cats had come down with very high temperatures. Some had badly ulcerated mouths, and one had been at the vet’s on a drip for several days.
“I have been at the vet’s every single day – sometimes three times in one day – for 17 days and the £1,700 bill for all this has cleared out what little money we had, and it’s still not over. I can’t go through this again. Luckily my employers have been marvellous and let me take time off work to look after them all, which is presently a full- time job.”
Jackie said she had no idea where the virus came from but she could not risk putting the existing cats at risk again, and so she had made the difficult decision to close the centre to any new residents until 2014, when she could rethink matters.
“In the meantime however we have all the present residents to feed and litter so I still need everyone’s support,” she said.
She added that she was cancelling a drop-in event at the end of August, as she was not sure the virus would have gone by then, but she still needed donations of cat food.
She said she would be going ahead with planned coffee mornings and an auction would take place at about 6.30pm on Saturday, October 19, at North Duffield Village Hall to raise much-needed funds.
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