Black Cat Rescue Centre in crisis as food runs low

Jackie Bower of  Black Cat Rescue Centre

Jackie Bower of Black Cat Rescue Centre

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THE owner of a cat sanctuary in North Yorkshire has said they are down to their last reserves of food.

Jackie Bower, who runs Black Cat Rescue Centre from her home in Back Lane, North Duffield, near Selby, said the charity-reliant shelter has only a few cans of food left.

Mrs Bower said she has been inundated with unwanted or abandoned cats this year as people who are having to move out of their houses for various reasons.

Mrs Bower said: "Because we didn't have an open day this year, not only am I hundreds of pounds down but also all the cat food that people would normally bring as donations on the day. It was a difficult decision to not hold the event but at 60-years-old I am finding all the physical side of preparing for such a big event too much for me.

"Every year gets harder and harder to keep raising funds and items for sale have been very thin on the ground too. Whether that has anything to do with the number of charity shops I don't know but I have really struggled to collect suitable items and that is how we raise money at our monthly coffee mornings."

New admissions to the shelter this year have included a cat and kittens from an elderly woman due to go into hospital for cancer treatment.

Mrs Bower said: "The babies are beautiful and two are already reserved.

"I said I would also take the five older kittens. Sadly, one of them disappeared before they could catch them and one little soul died three days after coming into the shelter despite two trips to the vet. Happily Norman, Stanley and Fletcher (three gorgeous little tabbies) are healthy and happy and looking for homes."

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

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10:06am Tue 8 Jul 14

roadwars says...

There's a very easy answer to this...
There's a very easy answer to this... roadwars
  • Score: 1

10:14am Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Yes I agree,contact Tesco or one of the supermarkets for a collection day where people can buy a cat food and pop it in a box on the way out.This seems to work for food banks so why not for animal food banks.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Yes I agree,contact Tesco or one of the supermarkets for a collection day where people can buy a cat food and pop it in a box on the way out.This seems to work for food banks so why not for animal food banks. courier46
  • Score: 12

10:23am Tue 8 Jul 14

Woody G Mellor says...

roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -2

10:35am Tue 8 Jul 14

Justmythoughts... says...

perhaps you could ask someone to post on those facebook pages - Items for sale in York etc? Perhaps an appeal for food, one tin doesnt cost much and often people are more willing to give if not being asked directly for cash. Also worth asking tesco/Morrisons etc? I hope you get some donations quickly, poor cats!
perhaps you could ask someone to post on those facebook pages - Items for sale in York etc? Perhaps an appeal for food, one tin doesnt cost much and often people are more willing to give if not being asked directly for cash. Also worth asking tesco/Morrisons etc? I hope you get some donations quickly, poor cats! Justmythoughts...
  • Score: 5

10:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

Hopefully this article will raise her profile and people may want to help as for most Press readers this article it will be the first time they have heard of this cat sanctuary.
Hopefully this article will raise her profile and people may want to help as for most Press readers this article it will be the first time they have heard of this cat sanctuary. smudge2
  • Score: 4

11:07am Tue 8 Jul 14

roadwars says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that. roadwars
  • Score: -21

11:23am Tue 8 Jul 14

Bumbleina says...

Typical cat hater above. There are a lot of human beings that cause destruction and I would class them as vermin. But getting back to the story, I think if a collection point is put in place there are millions of cat lovers and animal lovers out there who would gladly donate to the cat sanctuary and I will be one of them.
Typical cat hater above. There are a lot of human beings that cause destruction and I would class them as vermin. But getting back to the story, I think if a collection point is put in place there are millions of cat lovers and animal lovers out there who would gladly donate to the cat sanctuary and I will be one of them. Bumbleina
  • Score: -8

11:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.Nothing to do with being "down on luckThere`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine!
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luckThere`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine! courier46
  • Score: -3

11:42am Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

There`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine!
There`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine! courier46
  • Score: -9

11:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

roadwars says...

courier46 wrote:
There`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine!
And Cats are a human problem, not a natural one. but I do agree with you about the list...
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: There`s no animal on this planet that is worse than the human race for destruction of wildlife and i would love to see a great many of THEM humanely destroyed.Make your own list i have a few on mine![/p][/quote]And Cats are a human problem, not a natural one. but I do agree with you about the list... roadwars
  • Score: 22

12:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

The only human probem are humans and there cruelty lack of respect and obsession to change things most times for the worse.
The only human probem are humans and there cruelty lack of respect and obsession to change things most times for the worse. courier46
  • Score: -11

12:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

problem that was
problem that was courier46
  • Score: -20

1:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BL2 says...

roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you. BL2
  • Score: -2

1:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bumbleina says...

Cats rule ok!
Cats rule ok! Bumbleina
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

roadwars says...

BL2 wrote:
roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.
Good for you. I wouldn't, unless they're our native wildcats that your beloved pet has helped to nearly wipe out.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.[/p][/quote]Good for you. I wouldn't, unless they're our native wildcats that your beloved pet has helped to nearly wipe out. roadwars
  • Score: 16

1:57pm Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

BL2 wrote:
roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.
Agreed BL2
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.[/p][/quote]Agreed BL2 courier46
  • Score: -11

2:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Thecynic says...

I'd rather have a cat in my house than a rat or a mouse!
Come on people rally together, spend a pound and let's see if we can help the cats.
I'd rather have a cat in my house than a rat or a mouse! Come on people rally together, spend a pound and let's see if we can help the cats. Thecynic
  • Score: -1

2:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

roadwars says...

courier46 wrote:
BL2 wrote:
roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.
Agreed BL2
Well good for you too.
Because you can't defend your destructive pointless pets you don't like me, fine.
But there are lots of people like me who actually care about nature, natural balance and stopping people like you from destroying the natural world.
You give to your destructive crazy cat charity, I'll carry on working and volunteering to protect what you love to destroy.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.[/p][/quote]Agreed BL2[/p][/quote]Well good for you too. Because you can't defend your destructive pointless pets you don't like me, fine. But there are lots of people like me who actually care about nature, natural balance and stopping people like you from destroying the natural world. You give to your destructive crazy cat charity, I'll carry on working and volunteering to protect what you love to destroy. roadwars
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Woody G Mellor says...

roadwars wrote:
courier46 wrote:
BL2 wrote:
roadwars wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
roadwars wrote:
There's a very easy answer to this...
Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.
Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.
I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.
Agreed BL2
Well good for you too.
Because you can't defend your destructive pointless pets you don't like me, fine.
But there are lots of people like me who actually care about nature, natural balance and stopping people like you from destroying the natural world.
You give to your destructive crazy cat charity, I'll carry on working and volunteering to protect what you love to destroy.
I think the majority here agree that the cats should be cared for.

On the other hand, the majority agree that 'roadwars' should be put down, lets skip the humanely bit.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: There's a very easy answer to this...[/p][/quote]Hope they do the same for you when you are down on your luck.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with being "down on luck", it's about a half-witted desire to own an animal, one that causes more destruction to native wildlife than most other activities in this country, one that is a pest and if it were a wild animal would be classed as vermin but yet there are no restrictions on who can get hold of one, no laws to prevent it from breeding and no responsibility taken by many "owners". Any surplus Cats should be humanely destroyed, easy as that.[/p][/quote]I'd rather have cats in the world than people like you thank you.[/p][/quote]Agreed BL2[/p][/quote]Well good for you too. Because you can't defend your destructive pointless pets you don't like me, fine. But there are lots of people like me who actually care about nature, natural balance and stopping people like you from destroying the natural world. You give to your destructive crazy cat charity, I'll carry on working and volunteering to protect what you love to destroy.[/p][/quote]I think the majority here agree that the cats should be cared for. On the other hand, the majority agree that 'roadwars' should be put down, lets skip the humanely bit. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

I believe he is what is known as a troll and not a very good one at that!
I believe he is what is known as a troll and not a very good one at that! courier46
  • Score: -10

10:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Yorkshire Soph says...

£10 cheque in the post to you hope you manage to get lots of donations x
£10 cheque in the post to you hope you manage to get lots of donations x Yorkshire Soph
  • Score: 4

1:43pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

Wouldn't all of you cat lovers not be better offering to re-home one of the cats instead of sending a donation?
Not really a cat lover myself but have nothing against them.
Wouldn't all of you cat lovers not be better offering to re-home one of the cats instead of sending a donation? Not really a cat lover myself but have nothing against them. Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 7

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