Open Day a success!30th May 2012
Thankyou to everyone who came out and supported us at our May Open Day last weekend. Not only did it not rain but we even had sunshine for a good long while there! You guys raised an incredible £2,100 and Legal and General have donated a further £500 on top of that! Amazing! Thankyou all so much.
Thankyou to Waitrose20th December 2011
A very big thankyou to Waitrose, Queen Street, Cardiff branch for their generous donation of £125 from their Community Matters Scheme and importantly, a very big thankyou to all of the shoppers who put their green coin into the SHUA box!
Harvey says that buys a LOT of roast turkeys, yum yum, thanks and Merry Christmas!
Christmas Emergency Fundraiser14th December 2011
Well, you've finally done it guys - we are speechless at your generosity. You raised an amazing £3,250 in ONE DAY! Phenomenal! Plus homes for 14 of our furry friends. AMAZING - THANKYOU ALL SO MUCH!
We told you how dire things have been this year: the global financial crisis has hit everyone hard and the UK's pets are no exception. There have been an unprecedented number of pets being abandoned this year and, just when we need them the most, fewer people coming forward to adopt. The result has been that rescue and rehoming centres up and down the UK have been beyond capacity all year. And - again, just when we need it the most - there has been a corresponding decrease in the level of donations.
To give you an idea, the Cats Protection rehoming centre at Bridgend, which usually has an 8-10 week waiting list towards the end of kitten season, currently has a 5 month waiting list. If the major national charities are experiencing a shortage of homes, you can imagine how tough things are for everyone.
Normally, by this time of year, most of our kittens have been rehomed, however, we currently have 29 juveniles and 22 kittens awaiting homes (plus the usual number of adults). This translates into an unforeseen vet bill since all of our juveniles will need neutering and spaying by the New Year.
Flu season also hit us hard this year, necessitating veterinary treatment for most of our kittens and some of the adults too.
It really has been miserable! But you guys - you are just a breath of fresh air. We are so incredibly lucky to have such a loyal base of supporters. We couldn't do it without you and we are incredibly grateful. Thankyou one and all.
Thankyou!20th November 2011
We would like to thank the Cambria Cat Club for their kind donation of £50. A very welcome early Christmas present!
Goodbye dear friends22nd September 2011
We have had to say goodbye to far too many of our dear feline friends recently.
Bilko - the handsome black and white cat with his tongue hanging out - was dumped at SHUA 3 years ago, around the same time that we noticed another new black cat, who we named Lover. Bilko was very nervous of people but soon found where dinner was served every day and integrated himself into our colony easily. However, it took a year for us to gain his trust enough to get him inside where we could scan him for a microchip. We found out that Bilko and another black cat had been rehomed by Cats Protection Brincethin to a woman in Barry - but of course nobody at the address knew anything about this. She had long since moved on. Really, we should have caught Bilko's friend and sent them both back to Brincethin but they were both so nervous that we knew they would never be rehomed and, anyway, they had made lots of friends here.
Bilko had lost a lot of weight earlier this year and seemed congested - so we hospitalised him and, after a course of antibiotics and a dental operation, he was back to his old self. He was fine until just recently, when we noticed a rapid deterioration. He was eating fine but his tongue was permanently sticking out, then it started dripping blood. Our vet suspected lung tumours and within a matter of days, his quality of life decreased. We said goodbye to Bilko on Monday 12th September.
Jenson - a sweet old grey boy - came to SHUA shortly after Easter this year. He had hyperthyroidism which had been left untreated for a very long time and so he was very skinny when he came to SHUA. He had the ability to sniff out food at an amazing distance for such an old fella and would be there within moments if the morsel in question was something sugary ... he had a real passion for doughnuts and muffins and the like, most unusual for a cat!
Jenson had sadly been deteriorating over the last few weeks - our vets had noticed a suspiciously thick gut - and catching the awful flu virus that we have had at SHUA recently was the final straw. He just wasn't strong enough. When he refused his Hills A/D and chicken portion last Thursday (15th), we knew that the time had come. Jacqui held and soothed him as he drifted off to sleep one last time, in search of a banquet of muffins and fresh doughnuts.
Sheldon - the gorgeous black and white boy with a cloudy eye - came to SHUA in February this year. He was a street-fighting feral, the sort that any rational person would be fearful of ... or so he had us believe when we first met him. When he tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV - the feline version of HIV), we had to have a serious chat with him. We couldn't release him into our colony if there was a chance he would attack (and infect) other residents and there really was nowhere else that he could go. Sheldon was one of the first cases where we have tried homeopathic remedies and you'll have to draw your own conclusions here but he turned into just the sweetest, most affectionate, big, old teddy-bear of a cat! He was adorable.
With FIV, you just never know when it is going to progress. Sheldon started losing weight a few months ago but was happy enough in himself. Tragically, we found him dead in his bed on Sunday morning (18th).
We will miss Bilko, Sheldon and Jenson very much and treasure the short time that we had with each of them.
Dinas Powys PLEASE keep your cats inside20th September 2011
We have heard that an unusually high number of cats have gone missing from Dinas Powys over the last 3 months. This might be a coincidence BUT it also might mean something far more sinister is going on.
Something that we tell people time and again when they want to rehome their pet cat is never to rehome via the paper or other advertisement e.g. Free to a good home. The reason for this is that there is a very real vivisection, fur trade and dog-baiting trade in South Wales. People can come to your house, pose as really nice, loving, friendly people and then sell the cats to a torturous end.
Now - we have absolutely NO evidence that cats are being stolen ... but the sheer number is unusually high. Since they are not pedigree cats, the purpose could not be for breeding. Which leads us to a serious concern that if cats are being stolen, it is for a far more sinister reason.
We truly hope that this is not the case and, again, we have NO evidence of this. However, if I was a cat owner living in Dinas Powys I would be keeping my cat indoors for at least the next month and I would be continually asking around to find out if the numbers of cats going missing is still high or decreasing.
SHUA celebrates its 10th anniversary11th September 2011
Today marks the 10th anniversary of SHUA.
Those of you who also work in animal rescue will know that when you have a good outcome, it makes you smile briefly, sometimes even cry tears of joy; but that the pain of losing friends along the way, the ones you cannot save no matter how desperately you try, scars you forever. We all carry these scars, like battle wounds, in our hearts. But our founding trustees, Jacqui and Kay - who run SHUA on a daily basis - carry the lion share. They deal with situations that you and I cannot even imagine. They see things that would give us all nightmares. And they calmly work through it to rescue the animal in need. They spend weeks and often months rehabilitating cats who have been abused, abandoned, bullied and seriously injured. And when a cat or kitten dies or has to be euthanased, it breaks their hearts. But unlike you and me, they don't have the luxary of breaking down and taking even an hour to grieve. Their other charges still need feeding, medicating, cleaning and socialising; there's still the rescues, the vet runs, the shop, the viewings and the rehomings. It's a full time job. It is completely understandable that they both feel utterly defeated at times.
So today, I want to thank Jacqui and Kay, and our other trustees Jenny and Geoff, as well as all of our volunteers past and present (with a special mention for Chris, Geoff's wife) for their tireless work over the last decade. SHUA has rehomed more than 2,000 cats and kittens in this time. And that's just the ones that I (SHUA Webmaster AKA Sally) have adoption paperwork for. (Anyone who knows the girls will know that they are GREAT with the animals but not quite so enthusiastic with the paperwork side of things!) If we add in those cats and kittens who sadly did not make it, plus those whose adoption paperwork was misplaced (!), plus the relatively few who became residents at SHUA, plus the non-felines we have helped over the years (various dogs, rabbits, parrots, even goats and horses), I am confident that the total number of animals helped must be more than 2,500. And that is nothing short of AMAZING.
Jacqui and Kay: I know that I speak for all of us when I say that you guys truly are heroes and that we are all very proud of you. Thankyou for all of your hard work.
Goodbye dear Rusty31st August 2011
Today we had to say goodbye to someone who has been with us for over a decade, since before SHUA was founded. Rusty was the sole survivor of a litter of 6 kittens born to a feral mum who had been trapped, then pregant, in a garden in Whitchurch. Back then, pre-SHUA, Jacqui and Kay were volunteering for another rescue organisation. When mum and all 6 kittens became desperately ill with flu, the lady fostering the family did not know what to do. Tragically, 4 kittens died before the family was assigned to Jacqui and Kay. Only the mum and Rusty survived and mum was too sick to really look after Rusty so Jacqui and Kay took over.
Mum was returned to the garden she was found in - spayed, healthy and with someone to watch over her but sadly she was run over a year later.
Rusty was about 6 weeks older than Maisie, another orphan who Jacqui and Kay had taken on. They soon became firm friends and Rusty mothered Maisie as soon as she was brought home, clambering into every box and bag that Maisie was in, to make sure that she got bottle fed too! Rusty and Maisie were good friends right up until the day Maisie died, in December 2009.
Rusty had a very strong spirit. She was very well respected by all of the other cats here and even the bigger boys - like the Ducks - would not mess with her! But Rusty was also a total sweetheart, loving cuddles and cwtches with her mums and with anyone else that she knew. And, of course, Rusty was just so beautiful!
These last few years, Rusty has been slowly going down hill. She has been regularly vomiting and having diarrhoea. We had all the blood tests and all of the work-ups that could be done, but there was never anything conclusive that could be treated. She carried on and was still enjoying life (see photo of Rusty rolling around in the catnip, taken not so long ago) but recently she had started to lose weight and this then became a lot of weight. Our vet told us on several occasions that she should probably be put to sleep but Rusty wasn't ready to let go. She rallied every time - until now. Being Rusty, she fought until the very end. Jacqui raised the vein on Rusty's paw this morning for the vet and both Jacqui and Kay gave Rusty cuddles and kisses until she fell asleep for the final time.
Goodbye dear Rusty. You will be missed tremendously.
Summer Open Weekend Thankyou21st August 2011
Our annual Parents' Weekend was held on the 6th and 7th of August this year. Once again, we have been bowled over by our supporters' generosity - raising a truly massive £2,800! Thankyou! We all had an excellent time and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with everyone.
Equally importantly, we found homes for quite a few of our cats and kittens, including one senior citizen and one young cat who has been at SHUA for many, many months. YAY!
We would also like to thank everyone who baked for us! We had the best selection of cakes ever and this was evidenced by the fact that Wendy's Kitchen raised more this year than ever before! So thankyou all!
Thankyou to the Chris Iva-tooth-loose Fund9th June 2011
In memory of his beloved wife Chris, who died so tragically from cancer last November, SHUA trustee Geoff has set up the 'Chris Iva-tooth-loose Fund'. This is a play on their surname Ivanuszezak, you see, Chris had a phobia of dentists and knew that SHUA always has numerous golden oldies coming in needing dental operations, which hit the coffers pretty hard. Chris was a tireless supporter and volunteer worker for SHUA - donating most of every week to working in our charity shop, as well as helping us to man events and, of course, looking after her many fosters and adopted cats. Even in her illness and eventual death, Chris was determined to continue supporting SHUA. She made arrangements for a priority gift of £1,000 to her 'babies' should there ever be an insurance payout for her accident falling down her front steps and breaking her leg, back in August 2007. Though she never lived to see the insurance payout, her generosity is a legacy that many cats will benefit from. Thankyou Chris and, of course, Geoff.
Thankyou to the late Sylvia Thomas9th June 2011
When we first met Sylvia Thomas, back in 2006, we knew instantly that she was a very special lady. You see, not only had she come to us looking to adopt a senior citizen (a very rare thing indeed), she chose a tortoiseshell! Torties are famed for their temperaments - 'naughty-torties', as we like to call them, always have that extra bit of cattitude. That special feistiness that all red-heads are reknowned for! She adopted a special little cat called Curry, then 10 years old. Curry was actually a very sweet girl and she had a wonderful retirement with Sylvia and could not have wanted for anything else. We were all sad to hear of Curry's passing a few years back but knew that she had had a fantastic life.
A few weeks ago, we had a phonecall from Sylvia's family, informing us with the sad news that Sylvia, too, had passed away. After a long chat, catching them up on the events of SHUA over the past few years, they told us that Sylvia had left a gift to SHUA in her will of £4,000!
This gift came as a total surprise and will obviously do an awful lot of good for all of the cats and kittens both here at SHUA already and those we can help in the future.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Sylvia's family in their time of grief but also to offer our thanks for such a kind and generous gift - on behalf of everyone here at SHUA and also all of the future cats and kittens who this will help to rescue and rehabilitate.
Goodbye our dear Beauty11th January 2011
Tragically we had to say goodbye to our gorgeous little friend Beauty this afternoon. (Beauty is at the front in this picture, curled up with Danny Duck)
Beauty came to SHUA in June 2006 with her 6, then 10 week old, kittens. She had been found in a back garden in Gabalfa. We managed to tame and rehome 4 of her kittens but the other 2 and Beauty remained at SHUA as residents. It wasn't that Beauty was unhomeable - on the contrary, and as you can see, she was a supermodel among cats and had a fantastic personality too - Beauty was a clever cat and this was entirely her choice. She was a completely normal cat for SHUA Webmaster and the trustees at SHUA and would happily allow herself to be seen at Open Day events - but if we tried to introduce her to a potential family, all of a sudden we would have a feral cat!!
Beauty lived with our middle colony here at SHUA and had been busy and active right up until last week. She is the fourth cat at SHUA to fall victim to a particularly nasty strain of cat flu which is currently doing the rounds. Both Castrol and Rusty had been very ill with this flu but recovered and Jazzy B is still fighting. Sadly Beauty was not strong enough.
Heidi found Beauty on Sunday morning, choking on blood in her mouth and with green mucus pouring out of her nostrils. She was in a terrible way - her tongue was a mess of ulcers. She was taken into our vets and put on a drip - but even the warm fluids would not raise her subnormal body temperature. By this morning, she had developed pneumonia and was in full renal failure. Charlotte (our vet) called us in to say our goodbyes. Beauty was so pleased to see Jacqui and Kay and despite being so very ill, she was trying to purr and making pudding with her paws into Jacqui's jumper right up until the end. Such a brave little girl.
She will be sorely missed by all of her friends here at SHUA - human and feline.
Christmas Parents Weekend a success!7th December 2010
Thankyou to everyone who braved the icy weather and came along to our Christmas Party at the end of November. We all had a fantastic time and hope that you did too. You raised over £2,000 so be incredibly proud of yourselves! Thankyou!
Chris loses her battle against cancer13th November 2010
It is with great sorrow that I write to tell you that Chris, beloved wife of SHUA trustee Geoff, died at 4.50pm on Thursday the 4th of November. She had been diagnosed with end-stage Ovarian cancer in September, with secondaries and tumours in her lungs and liver. She died peacefully and with dignity, with Geoff and Jacqui at her bedside.
Many SHUA supporters will know Chris from our charity shop on the High Street in Barry - where she had volunteered since it opened in 2005. We would like to thank everyone who sent their well-wishes to Chris while she was in hospital. Your kind thoughts really lifted her spirits - so much so that she had written a thank-you card only 2 days before she died.
Chris truly had a heart of gold and was dearly loved by everyone at SHUA. She will be deeply missed.
The funeral will be on Thursday the 18th, in Barry.
Harvey found15th August 2010
After several days of searching the fields and surrounding areas, we found Harvey ... he had collapsed and was rushed to the vets. He has been in the hospital for several days on a drip and is being syringe fed. When a cat is Harvey's size and doesn't eat for a few days, it can have a serious impact on the liver. We'll update you all in due course but please all send positive vibes to Harvey for a speedy recovery.
URGENT Harvey missing10th August 2010
Harvey, our supersized feline furry has been missing for 24 hours. If anyone has found our white and black, very friendly though slightly grumpy friend, please contact us immediately. There will be no mistaking that it is Harvey - he weighs approx. 9 kilos.
Parents' Weekend26th July 2010
A very big thankyou to everyone who came to our Parents' Weekend. We raised just over £2,200 AND found forever homes for 24 of our cats and kittens. Fantastic!
Thankyou also to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make it all possible!
Whitchurch Festival10th July 2010
A big thankyou to everyone who came and supported us at Whitchurch this year. Another roaring success, our best tombola ever and combined with our stall we raised approx. £700!
SHUA supporters will recognise our volunteers Paul, Wendy, Linda and Howard, who manned the event as usual this year. They also had help from some newer recruits, Jan and Carolina - this was their first time doing an event for SHUA! Carolina's husband Maciej also helped with setting up at the start of the day. A big thankyou to all of you!
Georgie's amazing tale28th May 2010
Earlier this month, a young cat who had been found straying in Dinas Powys was brought to us. She had been hanging around for nearly a week, sheltering under cars and running up to people for attention. She was getting more and more desperate and, at one address, was standing on her legs pounding on the patio doors, totally unfazed by the dogs or the grandchildren.
When we scanned her, we found that she had a microchip - good news! The chip was registered to a man at an address in Cathays (Cardiff) but there was no answer on either the landline or mobile numbers registered to the chip. We left messages and waited. At 10am the following morning we got an exuberant phone call from her owner, Gareth, who had already packed up his car ready to start a FOUR HOUR DRIVE to collect her - from London!
Gareth and his wife had taken this little cat 'Georgie' in over 2 and a half years ago, after finding her broken body on their doorstep in Cathays. She was in a pitiful state after a road traffic accident and it was touch and go as to whether she would survive the night. The vets also found signs of older injuries - Georgie had obviously used up several of her 9 lives! They fell in love with Georgie and adopted her and understandably, Georgie never really wanted to go outside again. The vet also expressed concerns that Georgie may have sustained some brain damage - she could not judge danger. This became apparent on Georgie's first trip outside, via the window - she ended up in next door's garden and got savaged by the neighbour's dog! Several hundred pounds later, numerous stitches, blood transfusions, the works, Georgie was brought home safe and sound and kept indoors.
Earlier this year, Gareth and his wife relocated to London. While they were travelling back and forth, moving belongings etc., for safety they sent Georgie to stay with their parents in Sully. She stayed indoors for at least 3 weeks, quite happy, but then on one of her first trips out to play in the garden, she simply vanished.
That was 3 weeks before she was brought to SHUA. Somehow, Georgie had walked nearly 3 miles, negotiating fields and brooks, with foxes, cars and other predators all around. If it hadn't been for the microchip, we would NEVER have found her owners - nor would we have guessed how many of those 9 lives Georgie had already used!
The moral of this story, without a shadow of a doubt, is to get your beloved cat or dog microchipped. It will cost you around £25 - well worth the peace of mind.
Is your cat's collar safe?23rd April 2010
Over the years we have seen many collar injuries at SHUA - but now we have seen the first death.
To explain, a collar injury occurs when a cat gets one of their front legs through the collar, while it is still around their neck. Obviously the collar will be too small to fit around the cat's neck and armpit - and so the collar starts to dig into the flesh in the armpit and sometimes on the opposite side of the neck too. Sometimes the skin starts to grow back over the collar because it is embedded so deeply into the armpit. An open wound will obviously then become infected and start to cause serious problems.
Every collar injury we have seen at SHUA has been caused by flea collars with an elasticated section and a buckle - like those pictured. Lottie and Summer - both now residents at SHUA, and Stretch, Seth and Libby - who have since been rehomed - all had terrible collar injuries caused by this kind of collar. But BOOTS, who was found in March, died as a result of the injuries caused by the collar. Our vet said that the collar had been cutting into his armpit for over a month and his entire lymph system was compromised, causing swelling, cancer and tremendous pain. He was with us for just under 2 weeks and received around the clock care - but eventually had to be put to sleep. It was absolutely heartbreaking for all of us - a totally unnecessary and avoidable death.
If your cat wears a collar, PLEASE make sure that you do not use this kind. ONLY buy the safety 'snap' collars - these have a plastic button which pops open under pressure, meaning that if your cat gets the collar caught or snagged on something or tries to put its leg through, the collar will pop open and your cat will be unharmed. If you need to treat your cat for fleas please use something like Frontline Spot-On, which when used regularly as per the instructions on the pack, will keep your cat flea-free.
Warning: garden product which KILLS cats and dogs22nd April 2010
Last month, one of our volunteers was out walking his 2 dogs. 15 minutes into the walk, his 18 month old Malamut Husky dropped dead. They had recently moved into a house on a new estate where all of the neighbours were busy landscaping their gardens. We think that the dog ingested a product called "COCOA SHELL MULCH", also known as "SUNSHINE OF AFRICA". This is manufactured by Hershey's (the American chocolate company) and is sold in various garden centres, under various guises, in the UK.
The key ingredient - cocoa bean shells - are a by-product of the chocolate industry. This product is then being marketed not only as a good mulch for your garden but also as being more environmentally friendly (from renewable energy resources). HOWEVER, chocolate is POISONOUS to cats and dogs. It is the THOEBROMINE in chocolate which is so lethal - and this is found in extremely high concentrations in the cocoa bean shell. PLEASE help us to warn pet owners and non-pet owners alike NOT to use this product. There have been many pet deaths linked to this cocoa shell mulch. Check out the snopes website for more info.
Farewell Maisie21st December 2009
All of our supporters will remember Maisie, one of our tabby and white residents at SHUA. Maisie and her brother were thrown out with the rubbish straight after they were born. They were soaking wet and had been there at least 24 hours when we found them. Sadly Maisie was the only survivor.
With great sadness I must report that Maisie was put to sleep this morning. She was 9 years old and had complete renal failure. Given the traumatic start to life that Maisie had - with septacaemia and brain damage (of which she was blissfully unaware) - we have to be grateful that she had as many as 9 years - and they truly were glorious, fun filled years with us. Goodbye Maisie and rest in peace.
Legal and General double our Spring Open Weekend total!26th May 2009
Legal and General have very generously matched what we raised at our Spring Open Weekend - bringing our total to a massive £3,000! Thankyou very much to Sarah Nash and Hayley Ashurst for helping out and for nominating SHUA as their chosen charity for the year - and of course a very big thankyou to Legal and General for the fantastic donation! To date, Legal and General have donated £5,000 to SHUA - this is an awfully big sum of money for the charity for which we are truly grateful. (To put it into perspective - £5,000 equates to approx. 12% of our annual running costs or nearly half the year's vet bills.) Thankyou!
Spring Open Weekend22nd May 2009
A very big thankyou to everyone who put on their woolly jumpers and waterproofs and came to our event last weekend. We did have a few showers and admittedly it wasn't the warmest of weather either but we hope you all still had fun. Apologies that Harvey wasn't wearing his new outfit. We had the dress rehearsal the week before and he got in a major strop. He refused point blank to wear it. (Sorry Auntie Carol).
So onto the results … we raised a brilliant £1,500! Thankyou very much to all of you who gave so generously.
Thankyou also to Sara & Heidi who spent hours slaving away over a hot stove, baking hundreds of scrumptious cupcakes (and then very kindly left SHUA webmaster a few spare ones yum yum).
New Charity Shop opens today!14th April 2009
Our charity shop has moved premises. The old shop closed down on Thursday last week and the new one opens up today. Previously we were at number 107 High Street; we have moved further down the same block to number 97 High Street. For those of you worried that you won't find us, our friends at Designs and Signs have made sure that the outside of the shop clearly identifies us! (see photo - work-in-progress this weekend.) The new shop is much bigger than the old one and Jacqui and Kay have worked really, really hard to get it ready so please, please come down and support us! (SHUA Webmaster's advice: check out the kids' room first of all - it's absolutely brilliant!)
We also want to say a very BIG thankyou to the Royal Bank of Scotland who very kindly gave us £500 and a team of their fantastic staff for a day to help with the big move. Thankyou guys!
Poor Zsa Zsa!8th April 2009
For obvious reasons we cannot reveal our sources but we took in a cat this week who had been taken to the vets by her owners to be put to sleep. Was she fatally ill? No. Her owners had had enough of her though. Can you guess her crime? She wasn't savaging anyone; she wasn't ripping up their furniture. No. The reason they wanted to have her put to sleep was because she was the wrong side of middle age and had started refusing to go outside to go to the toilet. But they would not have a litter tray in the house. She's far better off here (and actually we have found her a home already). If they can't cope with a simple litter tray, can you imagine what would happen if the poor cat needed real veterinary attention or medicating every day? Let's hope these people never bother to get another pet since they clearly don't understand furry friends the way we do.
New arrivals at SHUA7th April 2009
Welcome to Daisy, the beautiful long-haired tortie found on Holton Road in Barry a fortnight ago. Poor Daisy had the worst matting around her neck that we have seen in a very long time. The vets couldn't sedate her to use the clippers because of her age (she is ancient) so it had to be cut out very carefully by hand. It was so matted that her skin had actually been pulled up into the mats - which made cutting the mats out all the more risky for fear of cutting through her skin. Thanks to Jacqui and Heidi for their patience and persevering! Daisy has now been transformed and is much more comfortable.
Welcome also to Aluwyshus and Slim Shady. They came in separately from different parts of town. Both had been run over and left for dead. Aluwyshus has a fractured pelvis (and a limp tail as a result), his skull was fractured (and hence his right ear looks lop-sided), his cheekbones were fractured and he is bruised all over. His pupils are very dilated and he was completely blind when he first arrived at the vets but after 4 or 5 days it looks like his vision is starting to come back. All Aluwyshus wants to do is be cuddled, bless him.
Slim Shady is a juvenile, a kitten-cat, and is a big custard but a total sweetheart. He has a fractured pelvis and a wound on the side of his face and much bruising. He hid under his blanket for the first few hours at SHUA and then very carefully smelt our hands before hissing very loudly and then licking his lips (meaning he was nervous). As soon as you started to cwtch him though he caved - rolling over and showing us his tummy! Read more about Aluwyshus and Slim Shady
Dimitri Duck killed on Hayes Road16th March 2009
Everyone who supports SHUA and who comes to our Open Days knew Dimitri Duck. He was the big friendly tabby with a red collar who loved cuddles. He was one of the most sociable cats we have here. Jacqui and Kay hand-reared a litter of 5 tabby kittens and because of the way they used to follow Kay in single file, they became known as "The Ducks" - Dear, Darling, Danny, Dizzy and Dimitri. Tragically, Dizzy died late last year. Despite being young, he had kidney failure. It is with great sorrow that I have to report that Dimitri has now also been cruelly taken from us.
This morning the postman nearly battered down the front door trying to get someone's attention. He said that a cat had been killed on the road outside the house. His face was ashen and he very nearly vomited. This was no ordinary hit and run. There wasn't even enough of Dimitri left to identify him. There were small pieces of him strewn up and down the road. It was like a scene from a horror movie. The microchip scanner could read that there was a chip but the chip was so badly damaged that it couldn't give us a number. The only way that we know it was Dimitri was by a process of elimination - checking and counting all of the other tabbies here at SHUA.
Rest in peace Dimitri and give our love to your little brother. SHUA will never be the same without you.
Goodbye to Lucky Manky Bristles and Simon6th February 2009
Simon lost his fight against FIV this morning. He died peacefully, surrounded by friends, at around 10am. He came to SHUA 6 months ago and was rehomed with some other special needs cats - Daisy and Dotty. We rehomed little Eve (our Christmas Miracle, see below) with them earlier this year. He loved Eve and she would accompany him on his weekly visits to the vets for treatment. Simon will be sorely missed by all of us.
Lucky Manky Bristles came to SHUA in Autumn 2007. He had somehow survived living on the streets at Bessemer Market. He was semi-feral so we couldn't rehome him and he didn't want to live inside - so we acclimatised him with our colony here and he soon became a very popular cat, making friends with everyone. It was actually quite bizarre how popular he was - all of the cats wanted to cuddle up to him at night-time - it was like he had his own little fan club - groupies, if you like. Perhaps he had lots of fantastic stories to tell - and of course he had been very handsome in his day - a long haired brown fluffy (a bit more manky bristles in his later days!). When we picked Lucky up we had him neutered and blood tested - finding out that he was FIV positive. He had just over a year at SHUA, a happy, healthy chap, life and soul of the party. In early December last year he started to go downhill. He moved himself indoors into our utility block with Harvey and co. and sadly died a fortnight later. Rest in Peace Lucky.
Thankyou to Waitrose and to our supporters!31st January 2009
We have been notified that we will receive £374 from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. A very big thankyou to both Waitrose and to everyone who put their green tokens in our collection box!
Welcome Home Merlin!30th January 2009
Last summer we rehomed a nervous cat called Merlin to a family in Sully. We had a frantic phonecall after only 2 days to say that he had escaped and ran away. We were devastated. We knew Merlin didn't know the area at all and was too nervous to approach people. We were certain that he would either starve to death or be run over.
2 days ago we had an email from a lady on Arlington Road in Sully reporting a found cat. There was a long haired black cat, gender unknown, who had first appeared last October. As the months went by it became apparent that the cat didn't belong to anybody and she took pity on it and started feeding it. Her own cat refused to allow a new room-mate however and so the cat had to remain outside. She had phoned all of the local vets and put notices up and we were her last resort.
Arlington Road is only 2 streets, as the crow flies, from where Merlin went missing. We were secretly very excited but didn't want to get our hopes up too much ... We are delighted to say that the found cat was indeed Merlin. He is very knotted and matted but otherwise in good condition. We never would have guessed that he would have the confidence to befriend somebody and are so very, very grateful to Julie for looking after him.
Merlin will soon be paying a visit to the vets for a shave (!) but after that, we don't intend for him to go anywhere for quite some time! Welcome home Merlin!
Our Christmas Miracle13th January 2009
On Christmas Eve we went on a rescue to a derelict caravan behind a pub in Fairwater. We had had reports of kittens seen in the caravan. On the first visit we heard and saw nothing but left a bowl of food down. When we returned the following day we came equipped with all of our gear. We silently approached the caravan and could hear the really quiet, desperate howl of a kitten. It was a sound we have heard previously - right before a kitten dies. Time was of the essence.
All of the windows in the caravan had been smashed partially or fully so first of all we set about securing them with netting and gaffer tape. Once we were certain that we had blocked all of the escape routes Jacqui went into the caravan. The floor of the caravan was literally piled high with rubbish. With rubber gloves on Jacqui carefully started sorting and moving the rubbish into piles to try to locate the kitten. After about 30 minutes we found a skeletal, sad looking little kitten cowering. She made no attempt to wrestle free - a clear sign of how far gone she was.
We called our vets and rushed her straight over - but even after 15 minutes sat on Sally's skin and surrounded by layers of her clothing the kitten was still freezing cold to the touch. When the vet examined 'Eve', as we had decided to call her, she said that there was really no hope for this kitten. She was completely emaciated, listless and, in all probability, her organs would be shutting down. We asked her to give it a go anyway - in the spirit of Christmas. Our vets voluntarily stayed open all afternoon for us (they had been due to close at lunchtime) administering warming and rehydration fluids to the tiny little kitten.
We were told to call at 4pm and thought about nothing else all day. When we did call, we had expected to be told that she had died - but to our amazement she was still alive. She still looked awful - but she was alive. We collected her and Jacqui's Mum quite literally cuddled her for 2 days solid, with Jacqui administering rehydration fluids every hour. Little Eve kept going. After a few days, we tried offering her some special high-calorie recovery food (Hills A/D) and to our surprise, she greedily starting eating. By New Year's Day, we were confident that this little kitten would make it.
And so Eve is our 2008 Christmas Miracle. She may not live as long as a normal cat - who knows what damage her terrible start in life has done to her internal organs - but for now she is a happy, normal, healthy kitten. She even has a home lined up with some friends of ours - a very special home with their 3 other special needs cats from SHUA: Dotty (who is deaf due to a head trauma), Daisy (who was found paralysed from the waist down clinging on for dear life in a tree, having been drop-kicked up there) and Simon, who is FIV positive.
We left more food down in case there were other kittens but after several visits back to the caravan, found no trace. We can only assume that Eve was the sole survivor of the litter.
Finally a happy ending13th January 2009
Just over a week ago we picked up an elderly white & ginger cat. No chip, no collar. We assumed that this would be a classic case of an elderly cat being abandoned over the winter period - historically, we always seem to acquire elderly cats over the winter period and noone ever comes forward for them. Well we are very happy to report that in this case we were wrong! A phonecall received yesterday revealed that the family had just moved into the area and their 12 year old boy had accidentally got out and got himself lost a fortnight ago. They had been searching for him high and low! So there you go. There are happy endings for our more senior guests as well.
Thankyou to Legal and General11th January 2009
Thankyou to Legal & General for generously donating £500! A special thankyou also to L&G employee Alana Hale who made this possible - we really appreciate it!
Thankyou to the Barry Waterbabies!24th November 2008
A special thankyou Deryn Grigg and her Barry Waterbabies for donating £100 to SHUA! We have been told that Deryn donates all proceeds raised through running the Barry Waterbabies to charity - which is incredibly generous of her. Thankyou very much for thinking of SHUA!
Christmas Party a hit!24th November 2008
Once again, our loyal SHUA supporters have done us proud. The credit crunch is affecting everyone and rescue centres are no exception - we are getting less homes for the animals already here, far more animals are being dumped and there is less money coming in at the charity shop. A pretty bleak picture all round. Money has been so tight that we decided to take a chance and hold another fundraiser (our third this year). Since it was so last-minute, we were only able to do a one-day event - which, in turn, meant that we had to invite fewer people - which is why we mainly invited supporters who lived locally.
We all had a fantastic time and hope that you guys did too. The event smashed all previous records raising a huge £1,300 in just one day! On top of this, the cats and dogs received so many Christmas presents that they are beside themselves with glee! Thankyou so much.
We had a slight panic when our bake sale team pulled out at the last minute - but thankfully some local bakeries came to the rescue: a very big thankyou to Ferraris Bakery (on Cowbridge Road East) for donating a massive 18 inch square sponge cake (worth £70); to Brutons Bakery (also Cowbridge Road East) for the lovely jam tarts; to Greggs (Glebe Street, Penarth) for the tasty doughnuts and festive cakes; and to Waitrose (Palmerston Road, Barry) for the scrumptious lemon drizzle, chocolate, coffee and carrot cakes. All generously donated these cakes at pretty much no notice! It was greatly appreciated.
A bug thankyou also to Kay's Mum for baking all of the mince pies! They were yummy!
We also need to say a very special thankyou to the fantastic brass band who came and entertained us all with Christmas carols - again with no notice! (And thanks to Sue for organising it)
Also we need to thank all of our volunteers who kindly gave up their weekend to help prepare for the event and man the stalls.
Finally, a well-deserved thankyou to Luca (one of our dogs) for his clever strategy for increasing sales revenue for the cafe shop: he sat quietly and adoringly next to the tables and chairs, waiting for someone to sit down with their just-purchased refreshments; then, when they were looking in the other direction he would silently sweep his mouth over the edge of the table and swallow the cake or mince pie in one. Of course this meant that they had to go and buy a replacement cake. Good boy Luca! (apologies to any of his victims…)
Thankyou to Taegan and her friends!24th November 2008
Thankyou very much to Taegan and her friends who had a Bring and Buy Sale, raising £35.66 which they generously donated to SHUA! Harvey is happy because that will buy him at least 7 boxes of Whiskas yum yum yum …
Autumn Fete fundraiser a success!15th September 2008
We would all like to say a VERY big thankyou to everyone who came down to the event this weekend. We were very lucky with the weather and everyone had lots of fun. It was great to see you all and thankyou so much for all of the photos and updates you gave us on our furry friends. So, drumroll … onto the result - as usual you all reached deep into your pockets for us and raised over £1,800! Thankyou!
In addition to the money raised this weekend, Legal and General have, for the third time, generously allocated us match funding (this time £750) which is just brilliant. This means that, to date, Legal and General have donated £3,000 to SHUA. Thankyou Legal & General! We would like to say a special thankyou to friends of SHUA Sarah Nash, Hayley Ashurst & Jessica Wise, who work for Legal & General and nominated SHUA to receive the donations. Thankyou!
Finally, we would also like to say thankyou to everyone who helped make the event happen - to all of our volunteers and to sisters Jennie & Liz Smith who ran a cake stall (that must have been one serious bake-a-thon guys!) And yes, all of the cakes were scrumptious (talking from personal experience - Sally AKA SHUA Webmaster) and sold out very quickly!
Thankyou to Legal and General15th September 2008
As mentioned above, we would like to say a very big thankyou to Sarah Nash, Hayley Ashurst and Jessica Wise for nominating SHUA for match funding by their employer, Legal and General. They have now donated match funding for 3 events in a row - a total of £ 3,000 to date. Thankyou very much Legal and General and thankyou girls!!
Thankyou to Royal Bank of Scotland15th September 2008
We would like to say a very big thankyou to Royal Bank of Scotland for generously donating £500 to purchase a new shed to be used for food storage. We would also like to thank them for the donation of loaning us a team of their staff for the day to actually put the shed up (during work hours!). And finally, of course, we would like to thank the individual members of the team, led by Carol, who put their names forward for a day of hard slog at SHUA. The new shed is already in use, making the place look a lot tidier as well as keeping the food secure and waterproof! Thanks guys!
Four Sunken Oars preparing for 2008 sponsored row18th August 2008
Tregonning Muse update2nd August 2008
Those of you who have visited SHUA will know about the summer exercise area for mums & their kittens, the basic structure of which was started with money left to SHUA by the late Mrs Pat Tregonning. "Tregonning Muse" has been a work in progress for over a year now, due to lack of funding for materials & also for labour. We have been chipping away at it little by little until last month, when a local family donated over £600 worth of tiles. This, together with the donation of time & tiling skills by some kindly volunteers, has enabled us to tile each of the 5 pens! The mums & their kittens (as well as all of us) would like to say a very big thankyou to everyone involved!
Keira killed in hit & run29th July 2008
Kay looked out of the window this morning and saw a lifeless cat lying on the road outside the house. She raced downstairs & outside to find Keira dead. She had been run over. Mercifully she had been killed outright - she would not have suffered. Keira had only been at SHUA for 3 or so months. She was very highly strung when she arrived (& being a tortie didn't help!) and was quite unpredictable, lashing out at the dogs and other cats for no apparent reason. But as time went by she settled down and understood that SHUA was her home. She quickly became a very affectionate, inquisitive & loving little cat. She had not quite found her niche here at SHUA, but was well on the way to doing so. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Since the development down at Hayes Point (off Hayes Road) we have lost an increasing number of cats on the road due to the increased traffic. Cars speed down Hayes Road without a thought for the wildlife. We have lost nearly as many cats to the road this year as we have in the past 5 years. How would we go about organising a campaign to get a speed camera (or at least a sleeping policeman - the humps in the road) put near SHUA to slow the cars down? If anyone out there knows and can help, please do get in touch.
July fundraising28th July 2008
July was a very busy month for Kay, putting together all of the tombolas for the Whitchurch, Rhiwbina & Big Cheese events. A very big thankyou to everyone who turned up to show their support us &, of course, to the volunteers running the stalls for us. Between the 3 events, we raised over a thousand pounds! Brilliant!
Luca has a mishap30th June 2008
For the past week or so, Jacqui had noticed that Luca (one of SHUA's guard-dogs) had not been eating all of his dinner. Luca has always been a bit fussy with his food but Jacqui had her suspicions that he had taken to stealing someone else's dinner on a regular basis. She did some investigative work but drew a blank & thought nothing more of it. Then, a few days ago, the truth finally came to light when Jacqui & Kay heard Luca yelp in pain one evening. Kay ran to find Luca behind the Lindee Lu pen with blood dripping down his face. He had been stealing food from the ferals' feeding station behind the lindee lu pens - & had somehow managed to tear part of his cheek on a nail sticking out of the wood which he had broken in through!
Poor Luca felt very sorry for himself and the girls had to rush him to the vets for an emergency operation. Thankfully, there was no permanent damage done and after a clean-up and some stitches he was sent home with a lampshade collar to remind everyone just how foolish he had been. Our vet & her staff were not very impressed with Luca because the anaesthetic caused him to fart very stinkily all through the operation and for the rest of the afternoon!
2nd August update: Luca has now fully recovered & the ferals' feeding station has been turned into fort knox.
Llandaff Rowing Regatta20th May 2008
Last year The Four Sunken Oars singled handedly raised more than £900 in sponsorship monies for SHUA at the regatta. The sponsored rowing event proved so popular with SHUA supporters that we now have two teams rowing for SHUA for the 2008 event!
When we have the date of this year's event, we will let you know so that you can come on down. We will also be providing details of how you can sponsor team SHUA either via the website, by post or in person.
Spring Parents Weekend a huge success19th May 2008
Finally, some good news!
A very big thank you to all of you who came along to our first spring extravaganza and gave so generously.
We've had a very tough start to the year with the shop not doing as well as usual, far more pregnant females much earlier in the year than expected and a flu outbreak which closed us down for the best part of six weeks.
The cats needed a boost from their adoring public and you certainly didn't let us down.
We raised a massive £1,500 which brings us up-to-date with the vet and food bills, so thank you very much!
Goodbye Patti26th January 2008
All of our supporters will have read about Patti, who came to SHUA on Good Friday, 2002. Bulldozers destroyed the tree under which she had sheltered for some 8 years and, in her efforts to escape, Patti's fur got caught on some barbed wire, causing horrific injuries. Years of living rough had also taken its toll on Patti - she had no teeth and her tongue was lacerated from scavenging in bins; her claws had grown around in a circle, impaling her paws. She wouldn't have survived as long as she had if it wasn't for 2 very kind ladies living in the block of flats nearby, who, despite being old and infirm themselves, fed Patti every day, throwing scraps out of their windows for her. (They weren't allowed pets inside the flats)
Patti has lived happily and healthily at SHUA for nearly 6 years, but she just couldn't make her Easter anniversary this year. Patti died in Jacqui's arms at 8.40 am this morning, being cuddled and kissed and fussed until the end. She will be sorely missed by all of us. Rest in Peace Patti. May there be endless supplies of fresh roasted chicken in heaven.
Goodbye Hannah12th January 2008
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Hannah, Harvey's life soul-mate, has passed away. She was dignosed with FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) only a few weeks ago and succumbed to the illness yesterday. She died in the afternoon, at home, with Harvey by her side. She was so very young and full of life, a real tragedy. Rest in Peace Hannah, we will all miss you.
Rest In Peace Ieuan7th January 2008
Some of you may have noticed Ieuan, a rabbit, on the rehoming section of our website over the past few months. A few weeks ago, a family who came to visit SHUA fell in love with Ieuan and reserved him along with one of our young cats. He was due to go to his new home when tragedy struck - he died from an infection caused by a tiny cat bite on his muzzle. Ieuan was friends with many of the cats here at SHUA and we had no idea that such a superficial cat bite could be so harmful to rabbits. We wanted to put something on the website to remember Ieuan but also to warn other pet owners out there who have both rabbits and cats living together. Get any bite, however superficial, treated by a vet immediately (they will most likely give a course of antibiotics). Rest in Peace Ieuan, you will be missed little fella.
Dog flea spray can kill cats3rd January 2008
As some of you may have read in the national press in December, it was reported that a chemical used in over-the-counter dog flea treatments can be fatal to one in ten cats and leaves 88 per cent twitching and suffering convulsions.
The insecticide - permethrin - is so dangerous that cats will fall sick by sharing bedding with a recently treated dog.
The flea treatments include Bob Martin Dog Spot On, Johnson's Insecticidal Flea and Tick Drops, Wikdo Dog Flea Drops and Armitage Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs, according to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
Please be careful when using these products!
Happy Christmas from SHUA!21st December 2007
Harvey (albeit reluctantly) dons his Santa hat.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year! From the team at SHUA.
Special message for Jason19th December 2007
Jacqui has asked us to put this message on the website for Jason - just to let you know that Missy and her kittens are all doing brilliantly. See the 3 pictures we have put up on our gallery for you.
Onwards and upwards11th November 2007
Using the funds raised by the Four Sunken Oars, SHUA is in the process of applying for the necessary insurance to allow volunteers on-site to help with all aspects of the cats!! A big thank you, once again to all those who participated and helped to make this possible!
Denise Bailey (from the rowing team) sent in this fantastic picture of her cat draped (adopted from SHUA, naturally!) over the money box used on the day. This picture is NOT doctored in any way.
If you wish to help SHUA by volunteering your time, contact us!
A r'oar'ing success for team SHUA at Llandaff Rowing Club9th October 2007
Team SHUA, the Four Sunken Oars had a fantastic couple of days last weekend, managing to raise over £900!!
Huge thanks to the team (Karen Tuckfield, Claire Johns, Laura Burns and Denise Bailey), all of our supporters and to Llandaff Rowing Club for allowing us to participate in the event. It was a lot of fun and a great time was had by all!
Homes for all three blind Siams7th September 2007
Well, it's only taken nearly three years but we have finally found fantastic homes for Window, Silly-Puss, and Oh-no! The girls went to their new home in May and Window went to his home in August, both on a temporary foster basis. We didn't want to annouce their adoption on the website until now just in case it didn't work out! Both families have given their new additions glowing reports and we knew that you would be as pleased to hear the news as we are to give it! All three cats seem to have finally found the loving, caring homes that they deserve.
Apparently, Window found the novelty of stairs so exciting that he spent several hours just running up and down them!
As a result on her eye surgery last year, as well as daily massaging by her new Mum Ann-Maree, Silly's vision has improved and, with it, her confidence - so much so that she now bosses Oh-No about!
To find out more about Window, Silly and Oh-No, read their rescue story
SHUA 3rd Annual Parents' Weekend a roaring success.6th September 2007
A BIG thank you to those of you who made it down to our 3rd annual parents' weekend, on the 1st & 2nd of September. It was lovely catching up with everybody and thank you for all the photos of our furry friends!
Thanks to your generous support, we raised just under £2000! This could not have come at a better time, with both Chris who runs our charity shop and Jacqui who runs SHUA being out of action because of their accidents.
Four Sunken Oars, Llandaff Rowing Club 'Pubs & Clubs Regatta'1st September 2007
Llandaff Rowing club are holding a Regatta on the weekend of the 6th of October.
Check the events page for more info.
When it rains it pours...31st August 2007
In a bid to out-do Chris with her broken leg, Jacqui has managed to hurt her ankle, with a double sprain and torn ligaments. She is unable to walk or drive and the doctors have said that will be 8 weeks minimum before the ligaments have properly healed.
There are certainly a challenging few months ahead for SHUA with first Chris and now Jacqui both out of action.
Please hurry up and get better the both of you, the cats need you!
Get well soon Chris25th August 2007
Regular supporters of our charity shop will be aware that Chris, who runs the shop with her husband Geoff, fell down some steps at home and broke her femur a few weeks ago.
Thank you to all of the well wishers who signed the get well soon cards left in the shop. Wishing you a speedy recovery Chris!
As a result of Chris being out of action, the charity shop will be open for slightly reduced hours over the next few months.
Mrs Puss, our first Mum-to-be10th April 2007
Our first Mum-to-be of 2007 is Mrs Puss, a beautiful calico (ginger, black & white). She is very pregnant and we are expecting her to have her litter any day now ...
Fingers crossed for Harvey1st April 2007
You may recall reading about Harvey in a news item back in January. He weighed more than 12.5kg when he came to SHUA and was suffering from a serious bout of cystitis. As it turns out, the water infection was the least of his worries. He has hepatic lipidosis - or fatty liver syndrome - a very serious condition which can be fatal. Harvey has had many in-patient stays at the vets over the past month, receiving round the clock care. In addition to medicines to strengthen his liver (the poor boy was positively yellow all over from jaundice) and stave off the nausea, Harvey was refusing to eat and had to be syringed special high-calorie food to keep his strength up. As bizarre as it might sound, with hepatic lipidosis, an obese cat can die if they don't consume enough calories to keep the body functioning properly.
It really was touch and go for a long time and we thought that Harvey wouldn't make it. He was incredibly depressed and so, in spite of what the literature said about needing cage rest, we started taking Harvey outside for a wander. The fresh air and sunshine really cheered him up - and so this has become a big part of his daily routine. (It's not like he can run off and escape over a fence!) We also managed to reunite him with his companion, Hannah, a beautiful (slender) Siamese. They absolutely adore each other and sleep cuddled up to each other, with their arms around each other's necks. Awww!
Harvey has lost nearly 1.5kg so far. He still has a long way to go but we'll help him every step of the way. Keep your fingers crossed.
Goodbye Cliff31st March 2007
It is with great sadness that we report our dear friend Cliff lost his battle to cancer earlier this week.
Cliff came to SHUA in May last year, having been found straying in Barry. We joked that he was a former rugby international star because of his cauliflower ear - an old battle scar from his days living on the streets. Cliff had a tough time settling in at SHUA, mainly because he hated other cats. We'll never forget all those times that Cliff and Fergus, another elderly resident at SHUA, squared up to each other. It was hysterical - two former street-fighting tom cats, now in their golden years, a bit deaf and arthritic, pretending to talk the talk! Bless them.
Cliff hadn't been with us for long when he was diagnosed with cancer of the throat. Thankfully, it wasn't very advanced at that time, and Cliff had nearly a whole year with us before the cancer became aggressive. Cliff was very misunderstood when he first came to SHUA but with a lot of love and patience we revealed a very caring, loving cat. Cliff died with many friends and he will always have a special place in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
Goodbye Celia16th March 2007
One of our eldest residents, Celia, was put to sleep today. She was our eldest tortie (after losing both Pepsi and Bjork in December last year).
Celia has lived at SHUA for several years. She never really settled in our Silly Old Sods wing and soon moved herself into Jacqui's house. Celia could often be found staring at the fridge, willing it to open. To be fair, it worked - she always got fresh roast chicken at least once or twice per day, as well as some milk as a treat now and again! Celia's party trick was sneezing - we once counted 29 in a row!
Celia was a tiny, quiet little cat with a very big personality. She gave us lots of joy and will be greatly missed by all of us. Rest in Peace Celia.
Thank you to Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust15th March 2007
A big thank you to everyone from Day Surgery, Endoscopy Theatre & Ground Floor at Llandough Hospital for kindly donating the proceeds of their recent table-top sale. The £50 that they raised will go towards microchipping our furry friends before we rehome them.
The biggest cat we have ever met!19th January 2007
On Friday we had a call from the vets to ask if we would look after a cat who had been dumped there. Harvey weighs more than 12.5kg - yes, really, 12.5kg! Poor Harvey has a very serious case of cystitis which has been left untreated for at least 3 weeks and he must have been in absolute agony before our vets started treatment.
Remarkably, Harvey's heart sounds pretty good for someone as obese as he is. Quite what damage his internal organs may have suffered as a result of the obesity, only time will tell. Harvey needs to lose more than half his body weight but it will have to be a very slow weight loss program because losing weight quickly can be very dangerous for cats and actually do more harm than good. We'll keep you updated.
Goodbye Pepsi and Bjork21st December 2006
Our eldest resident, Pepsi, was put to sleep on Tuesday (19th). She would have been 27 years old in only a few months' time.
Pepsi was found in a skip on Rover Way in 1980 when she was just a wee kitten. The lady who found her hand-reared her and they lived together happily until 2002 when, sadly, the lady died. We took the-then 22 year old Pepsi in to the shelter because there was nowhere else for her to go. She has ruled the roost here at SHUA for 4 years and even the feral cats wouldn't mess with her! She was greatly respected by everyone - cats and humans alike, and was a naughty tortie through and through. A fantastic character.
With Pepsi gone, Bjork (also a tortie) was the oldest feline at SHUA, estimated to be between 18 and 20 years old. Bjork had been at SHUA for a few years. She came to the shelter after falling through a false ceiling in Iceland, landing in a freezer and was found devouring several chicken (frozen) carcasses - remarkably sturdy for such a frail old lass! Bjork was adopted by SHUA Webmaster's (my) family recently and, for the short time she was with us, she had lots of fun - exploring everywhere, eating everybody's food (feline, canine and human!) and enjoying lots of cuddles. Tragically, Bjork was taken ill yesterday morning and went down hill rapidly over night. She was put to sleep this afternoon.
We will all miss both Pepsi and Bjork terribly. Rest in Peace.
Burns Pet Nutrition26th November 2006
We would like to thank Burns Pet Nutrition for their kind offer of support for SHUA, a regular monthly donation of their cat complete dry food and rehoming packs to give out when we rehome our cats and kittens. This is a tremendous help and we are all very grateful!
Burns Pet Nutrition manufactures cat and dog food with an holistic approach to health and nutrition. Importantly, they are BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) approved, meaning that they have been approved under the 'No Animal Testing' Pet Food Standard.
Goodbye Thomas12th November 2006
It is with great sadness that we have had to say goodbye to our friend Thomas. He had lung cancer and we had to have him put to sleep on Friday (10th November). Many of you will have met Thomas and will know that he was the head of our colony here at SHUA until last year when his beloved wife Mummy-Cat died. After she passed away, Thomas grieved for many, many months and stepped down from his role as alpha-male. passing the reins instead to a young female cat called Fabia. Thomas was one of Jacqui and Kay's first feline friends and they have known him for more than 7 years. He was a street-hardened feral cat when they first met him and would scram you as soon as look at you - but with the years he mellowed and became a big old softy, enjoying cuddles like any other tame cat. We reckon Thomas was 14 years old this year, which is double the estimated life-span for a feral cat, so he did pretty well really. Nonetheless, he will be greatly missed by all of us. We have buried him with Mummy-Cat, next to Leo (Kay's beloved woofums who also died earlier this year). Rest in Peace Thomas.
Parents' Weekend 2006 Photo Gallery up15th October 2006
Photos from the 2006 Parents' Weekend are now ready to view in our 'The Cats' section.
Warning for anyone wanting to rehome their cats1st October 2006
We have been warned by other rescue organisations in and around south Wales about a group of people who are responding to ads placed in papers for rehoming cats and kittens. They seem to be particularly interested in pedigree cats and kittens but are not concerned whether or not the animals have been spayed or neutered - meaning that they aren't interested in breeding. Pet owners who have taken these phone calls say that the callers sound foreign but that they could not place the accent. From speaking with several pet owners, it seems that it isn't always the same person making the call but always similar content to the call. From what is being said, we are all very concerned that these cats and kittens are being sold into vivisection - animal testing.
Animal testing is conducted at universities, hospitals and other research facilities. Despite what you might think, animals are 'acquired' by any means possible - the cheaper, the better. There are always people out there who will do anything to make an easy profit, even if it involves selling animals into torture and death.
If you genuinely need to rehome your cat or kitten, please read our advice …
Parents weekend a big hit!25th September 2006
It was great to see all of you at our parents' weekend and, thankfully, the weather managed to hold for us - despite the rain overnight we had beautiful sunshine on both days. We hope that you all had a good time, we certainly did! Thankyou for bringing along all of the lovely photos, it's always nice to see how our furry friends have settled in with their new families!
We raised nearly £1,500 and also managed to persuade some of you that you really wanted another feline family member! Our shop was big hit and raised most of the money, but we also had plenty of donations from you all, so a very big thankyou from all of us.
We will be holding some more events nearer to Christmas and hope to see you all again then!
The SHUA parents weekend 20063rd September 2006
The annual event for all of you who have adopted one or more furry friends from us over the years is now fast approaching. It is scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of September (11:00-16:30). Invitations will be going out in the post/email this week. If we have missed anyone out, please get in contact via the email. Likewise we would be grateful if you could RSVP via the email so that we can get an idea of numbers. Please make sure that you include your full name, address and name of cat/s you adopted. Thanks!
We look forward to seeing you all!
Rest in Peace Mayhem11th August 2006
Some of you will know, or have read about, litle Mayhem. She came to the shelter in May this year after being found straying, with a collar on so tight that it was choking her. She was barely 6 months old and, after several mysterious illnesses, we discovered that she had feline leukaemia. This death sentence could easily have been avoided had she been spayed or vaccinated.
Jacqui officially adopted Mayhem and they soon became very good friends and would curl up together at the end of every day with a good book. Tragically, at the start of August 2006, Mayhem became very ill. She went downhill rapidly and we had to put her to sleep today, Friday the 11th of August. We are all devasted. She was just such a perfect little cat, so loving and affectionate, playful and cheeky, intelligent and beautiful. Thankfully, she didn't seem to know that anything was wrong until the last few weeks of her life. We gave her as much love and affection as we possibly could and she returned it ten-fold. She will be greatly missed.
Poor Taj6th July 2006
We were contacted on Father's Day by a member of the public who had found a small, skeletal cat cowering in one of her dogs' kennels in her back garden in Barry. 'Taj', as we have named her, is painfully thin and has an horrendous collar injury extending from her armpit across her back. Even more worrying, she is pregnant and is far too weak to be operated on. Taj has been at the shelter for a couple of weeks now and is receiving around the clock care. At this stage, it is still far too early to say whether she will recover, let alone what chance her unborn kittens have. We will do what we can for her and will have to hope for the best. Find out more about Taj...
Mayhem's story6th July 2006
In May this year a young female cat, approx 6 months old, was brought to the shelter. She had been found straying, still wearing the collar she had been bought as a kitten. However, the injuries around her neck turned out to be the least of her problems. She had developed pyometra, a very serious and deadly bacterial infection of the uterus and had to be treated immediately with an emergency spay operation. There should have been an immediate improvement but, instead, Mayhem developed other symptoms and went downhill rapidly, culminating in her being rushed back to the vets with a temperature of 106.3° and being put on a drip for a week. After further investigation and to our shock and horror, she was diagnosed with leukaemia. The real tragedy in all of this is that she would not be facing this death sentence if she had only been spayed or vaccinated. Find out more about Mayhem...
Summer's setback4th July 2006
Most of you will remember Summer, the little lady we rescued on Mother's Day this year with extensive burns and a collar injury. She was due to go to her new home early in June after a final check-up at the vets but unfortunately her progress has taken a few steps backwards. Her burns have all completely healed up now (although there are a few small patches where the fur will never grow back) and we had thought that her armpit had healed up as well. However, investigation by the vets showed that although her skin had covered over the wound, there was still a hole in the tissue underneath. Poor Summer, she was doing so well! They have had to re-open the wound and she has the dreaded buster collar back on. It will be several more weeks before she is even ready for another check-up by the vets, and that's assuming that everything goes to plan this time! We must all keep our fingers crossed that it heals properly now.
Welcome back Fergus!2nd July 2006
Fergus, the star of one our special SHUA cards (Fergus & Rosebud), is back with SHUA for a few months whilst his owner is working abroad. If you have seen the card, you'll see that 'Fat' Fergus, as we used to call him, is a shadow of his former self. He may not be so portly anymore but he still has a very healthy appetite and is currently on 4 sachets of felix per day!
Fergus was rescued by SHUA in 2002 when his owners took him to the vets to be destroyed with no justifiable reason. We homed him in 2003 and has lived happily with Tim ever since. Find out more about Fergus including a recent picture of him.
Home found for ferals30th June 2006
Any cat rescue or rehoming shelter will tell you that homing kittens is easy; homing adults is less easy; and homing ferals is nigh on impossible. The best that you can hope for is to find a neighbour in the area who will commit to feeding the feral cats and keeping an eye on the colony to ensure that any sick or injured cats receive veterinary attention and any new cats are trapped and neutered.
So you can imagine how delighted we were when we were offered a home for all 4 ferals currently needing homes. Patti and Austin, who were rescued from a block of flats in Llanrumney, & Damon and Curran, an old 'married' couple from an industrial estate in Penarth, will all be going to a fantastic big farm in West Wales in a few weeks' time.
Bark in the Park cancelled27th May 2006
Unfortunately, due to the bad weather we have been having recently, Cardiffs Park in the Bark event, organised by Blue Peter has had to be cancelled.
Even if the weather tomorrow is glorious sunshine, the ground would still be too treacherous for people to walk on.
New 'Homes Needed' section of website!26th May 2006
We have added a new section to the website today called 'Homes Needed'. This section will be used to feature all of the adorable adult cats that we currently have at SHUA awaiting adoption.
All too often, the adult cats are passed over by visitors; most people want the cute, fluffy kittens. Kittens turn into adults, and adults need just as much love. So please, all we are asking you to do is just have a look at their pictures and take a minute to read their stories.
Go to Homes Needed
Summer has a home!21st May 2006
Those of you who are regular visitors to our site will have read about Summer, the little cat that came in on Mother's Day this year with terrible burns and a collar injury. She has progressed fantastically and we anticipate that the vets will give her a clean bill of health in just a few weeks' time.
And as if that wasn't good enough news, one of the ladies that alerted us to Summer (and who named her) has decided to adopt her! Summer just needs a few more weeks for her collar injury to heal completely and then she can go to her new home.
Bark in the Park event Sunday 28th May 200613th May 2006
Blue Peter has organised an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first guide dogs in the UK. They promise a fun-packed family day out for all (including a dog show and special appearance by Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones). Admission & parking are free, and best of all, four-legged friends are welcome too!
SHUA will be there along with many other animal charities and organisations, so come on down and join in the fun!
Can you offer a home to Suki?5th May 2006
Suki is a beautiful white and black, long-haired, young, male cat. We rescued him last year after his feline mum was killed by kids with an air rifle. He has had a very traumatic start in life and desperately needs a loving home. Find out more about Suki...
Thankyou for your support4th May 2006
We would like to say a very big thankyou for the donations and many kind words you have sent to us as a result of the feature in the local paper about our shop window being smashed. In particular, we would like to thank the anonymous benefactor who signed their letter 'an animal lover' - your continued support is greatly appreciated by all of us.
Charity Shop window smashed19th April 2006
We got a call on Saturday night (15th April) from the police to say that our shop window had been smashed in a fight. We rushed up there with wood and tarpaulins to make the window safe. It took ages and it was the small hours of Easter Sunday before we got home.
Due to the Easter bank holiday, our insurance company wasn't able to come out until Tuesday to assess the damage. A new window has been ordered, but obviously until it has been fitted the shop will have to remain closed.
We will probably have to be closed until next week at the earliest - which means that on top of paying the excess for our insurance policy, we will have lost a week's takings. And all because of a drunken fight.
How could anyone do this?4th April 2006
On Mother's Day (26th March) we received a call from some concerned ladies reporting that there was a cat on Archer Road in Ely that was in desperate need of veterinary attention. We rushed down there to find a timid little female cat with terrible injuries. She is painfully thin, has a collar injury and has burns on her back.
We have been treating her for just over a week now, in our isolation wing, and this little cat really wants to live - she has a very healthy appetite, she loves a fuss and purrs lots. She doesn't complain about her injuries; she really is a brave little soldier. We have set up a page for 'Summer' (she was named by the ladies who found her) which we will keep updated over the coming weeks and months so that you can read about how she is progressing.
Thankyou to Stanwell School!3rd April 2006
A very big thankyou to all the students and teachers of Stanwell School in Penarth, who have kindly donated lots of catfood.
Goodbye and Rest In Peace Leo26th March 2006
We are very sad to say that we had to have Leo put to sleep yesterday morning. He was only eight years old.
He had been ill for a few weeks and lost a very difficult battle against diabetes. We simply weren't able to stablise his blood sugar level and we think that his organs failed as a result. He died in Kay's arms. More details and memorial page…
SHUA closed except for emergencies9th March 2006
On Monday night (6th of March) there was a flood at the house. The upstairs bathroom flooded and the weight of the water has partially collapsed the lounge ceiling. Jacqui and one of our volunteers, Karen, came back from shopping to find a waterfall in the lounge.
Thankfully, noone (humans or furries) was hurt. Jacqui and Kay's lounge is home to some of the more 'damaged' cats that SHUA cares for. Most of the cats had scarpered into the kitchen or up high, but Pattie and Celia (two of our 'golden oldies') were both still sat on the sofa, with plaster dust and bits of ceiling insulation on them. While all the other cats were clearly distressed and panicking, Pattie and Celia simply looked at Jacqui and Karen as if to say 'Well, you took your sweet time. We can't possibly get our paws wet so be a love and give us a carry to safety would you?'!
The last few days have, as you can imagine, been somewhat chaotic. The restoration process is going to be slow and, because Jacqui and Kay run SHUA in their spare time, the end result is that SHUA has had to close, effective immediately. We hope to be back up and running at full capacity sometime in May 2006, but this obviously depends on the repair work being completed by then.
Please note, we are still on-call and open to help with genuine emergencies, as usual 24/7. We are also, as ever, desperate to find loving homes for all the cats, young and old, that we have currently have at SHUA - so if you wish to adopt, please contact us in the usual way.
Can you help? The flood has damaged much property. We have lost cat beds and bedding, scratch posts and toys. In addition, we used many of our (donated) towels to stop the water from spreading. If you are able to donate anything to help replace items that have been lost, there are plenty of furries (and humans too) here that would be incredibly grateful. At the same time, we are now very short of space with approximately one third of the house damaged by the flood. We simply don't have any room to store extra stuff! We would ask that you hang on to any donations you feel able to make and give them to us in a month or so's time, when we will (hopefully) be somewhere approaching normality again.
Leo is on the mend!2nd March 2006
Leo has finally finished his medication. At the outset, last November, he was taking literally tens of pills per day. These have been stepped down gradually and he is now off them altoghether.
The illness has definitely aged him and his coat has been left in a terrible condition (he has bald patches here and there and lots of scabs) but he is vastly better in himself. He has put himself back on active guard-dog duty again at SHUA - we had all forgotten just how much he woofs!! More than anything, you can tell he is better because he smiles so much. We're all very pleased to see him back on his feet.
R.I.P. Houdini5th January 2006
Tragically one of our feral cats, Houdini, was killed in a hit and run accident yesterday evening, outside our sanctuary. Her brother, Harry, met the same fate a few years ago on the same road. Her companion Max, is devastated. We will all miss her. Rest in peace Houdini.
A home at last for Archie and Knita!5th January 2006
Many of you will have seen the plea that we were running on our website for Archie, a long-term resident of SHUA who desperately needed a home. His new year's wish has come true - he has finally been adopted. He now lives with his new family in Lisvane and has an entire stable block to himself. Archie loves the outdoor life and has really landed on his feet with plenty of rats and mice to hunt and acres of land to roam.
Also, you may remember Knita, who had been at SHUA for nearly a year. Knita was constantly overlooked because she was nearly 8 years old and only has one eye. She had pretty much given up making an effort when anyone came to look around for a cat to adopt. She found comfort in her food - as lots of us do when we are depressed - and put on a fair bit of weight. Well, Knita's new year wish has also come true - she has finally been adopted! We took her to her new home this week and said that it would be on a trial basis, knowing her chequered history. Her new mum said no, you're not having her back, she's part of the family and is here to stay. Knita even has a budgie to taunt! What a perfect home.
Congratulations to both Archie and Knita!
Open Weekend 200522nd December 2005
The gallery of this years Open Weekend is now online. Take a look at all the good times had by all.
Castle Coch19th December 2005
The Annual Dickensian Event as Castle Coch was fantastic as usual, with Santa and Mary Christmas putting in plenty of appearances. We raised a spectacular £500, so thank-you to everyone who came down and supported us.
Christmas Cheer19th December 2005
A very big thank-you to:
- Everyone for the lovely Christmas Cards (and generous donations contained within!) we have received.
- George La Zarou hairdressers in Cardiff, who very kindly donated £190
- The Windsor Arms in Penarth, whose management, staff and customers donated more than £350! A special thank-you to Colin for organising the drive.
SHUA's stall at Dinas Powys a hit15th December 2005
A big thankyou to all of you who came out & supported us last Friday (9th) at the annual Dinas Powys event. It was lovely to catch up with those of you who came over & chatted. The tombola was a hit as usual & on our main stall, our hand made chenille scarves & hampers went down a treat; in total we raised just over £400, which will help tremendously.
Felix, Smokeit & Diamond go home!14th December 2005
For those of you who have been following the tale of poor Mr Felix, you'll know that he had already been adopted & was waiting to go to his new home in September when he had an accident & broke all the digits in his paw. Good news! He has finally had the bandages removed & has now moved in with his new family, just in time for their first Christmas together!
Also you may remember Smokeit, who was savaged by a dog & spent several months at SHUA whilst his broken leg healed. During his time at SHUA he fell in love with another little kitty called Diamond. They became inseparable & we were determined that they would be homed together... You'll be glad to hear that they went to their new home last month & have settled in well together.
Poor Leo18th November 2005
Leo has been diagnosed with an auto-immune skin condition. This is pretty rare & very, very serious. Poor Leo was in a terrible state whilst we waited anxiously for the test results to come back. He is now receiving the vital medication he needs (which he kind of enjoys because it means he gets extra special treats - pills hidden in meaty delights such as ham or chicken) & lots of extra special cuddles. We have been told that Leo will probably need the medication for at least a year, which is a very long time. We hope he feels better soon & makes a full recovery.
Misty loses her fight to cancer14th November 2005
Some of our supporters may remember the three elderly sisters that were affectionately known as the 'Munchkins'. They were lucky enough to be homed together in 2004 even though Misty was terminally ill with cancer. Sadly, last week Misty passed away and will be sorely missed by her sisters, adopted mum and everyone at SHUA.
Open-weekend a roaring success!19th September 2005
Everyone at SHUA would like to say a very BIG thank-you to all of you who came to our open weekend! You were all fantastically generous and we have raised just over £1,700! Equally important, a number of you have kindly offered homes to some of our kittens and even a couple of our adult cats.
The highlight of the weekend was definitely bath-time with the "Tribbles" (a litter of hand-rear kittens), it was standing room only!
Photos from the event will be up on the website hopefully in the next few days …
Collar injuries on the increase15th September 2005
SHUA has taken in three cats in the past 10 months with horrific collar injuries. This is where the cat has struggled with its collar (for whatever reason) and managed to get one or both of its front legs through it. Left unattended, this can cause terrible injuries.
Lottie is the latest victim being cared for by SHUA. This brave soldier has to wear a lamp-shade collar and her back leg is bandaged up to stop her from opening the fragile wound. Thankfully she is finally on the road to recovery.
This sort of injury is very serious and yet is very easy to avoid. Collar injuries are a large strain on our resources: financially (regular trips to the vets), time-wise (the wound needs regular attention) and in terms of pen space (injuries of this type can take months to heal properly). If your cat wears a collar, please ensure that it fits properly!
Whisper returns!14th September 2005
Having been missing for 6 weeks, Whisper has been found! We had a phone call early this morning from the staff at Ty Hafan informing us that a cat had been crying outside their door from the early hours of the morning. We went to investigate and found Whisper tucking into some breakfast.
Jasper sees the light!10th September 2005
Jasper was born with an exceedingly rare congenital eye defect which meant that the surface of his eyes were constantly irritated by his over-sized eye lids. This resulted in permanent eye ulcers and pain so excruciating that he kept his eyes shut most of the time.
He has had two extensive operations at the specialist eye clinic in Leominster, where the senior vet has only seen two other similar cases in the past 20 years!
Jasper is now 25 weeks old and recovering from his second operation with his brother and adopted family. For the first time in his life, he can SEE and is free from pain. His family tell us that he chases any thing that moves and is an extremely naughty kitten-cat. He must be making up for lost time!
Read more about Jasper.
£5000 from legacy of local Cardiff cat lover5th September 2005
In August this year we took in three beautiful elderly feral cats who's owner had sadly passed away. Girlie-puss, Ginger and Blackie have their own luxury apartment at SHUA and dine only on the finest of foods, including roast chicken, fresh fish and their favourite: pork chops. This is the lifestyle that they had become accustomed to and which we will maintain for the rest of their natural lives.
SHUA's trustees are currently discussing how best to utilise the monies for the future of the charity.
Smokeit's bandages come off!4th September 2005
We had a phone call from the Vets saying a beautiful grey kitten had been savaged by a dog. His leg was in a terrible state and we were given the choice: Amputate or Pin (a costly procedure, but would save the leg). We were adamant to save his leg and our supporters as always rallied round. He has now fully recovered and has a girlfriend called Diamond. They are inseparable and we are now looking for a home to take them both.
Legacy funds new path and play area for cats31st August 2005
Earlier this year we received an anonymous donation from a lady on behalf of her late grandmother who had a passion for animals. We have put the money to good use and built a path in front of the Lindee-Lu pens and bought 2 'Wendy' houses which are going to be modified for kittens to play around in the summer.
Blackwood Balloon Fiesta a roaring success!29th August 2005
SHUA had a stall here for the second year running and thanks to your support, managed to raise more than £1000 over the three days! Many thanks to Caerphilly County Council for organising the event and putting on a great show!
RIP Jaffa23rd August 2005
First thing this morning, Kay discovered that Jaffa had sadly passed away in the night. Jaffa was one of our senior citizens and had spent several happy years here at the sanctuary. He had made many friends and will be sorely missed.
Whitchurch and Rhiwbina Fayres23rd July 2005
Whitchurch and Rhiwbina Fayres - In one weekend we raised over £550! Tombolas are proving to be very popular with our supporters.
Mum and Baby units up and running30th June 2005
Being able to purchase the second set of geeling pods and finish the indoor/outdoor pens and the utility block is the realisation of a dream for both Jacqui & Kay, who would like to give a truly heartfelt thank you to all those who have made it possible.
- 31 January 2005
SHUA now have a shop on Barry High Street (number 107 near Hyper-Value if you are interested). We are hoping to open later this week, so please come on down and support your favourite cat charity! We will be selling new and nearly new items including clothing, books, videos, bric-a-brac and much, much more! We offer a fantastic gift wrapping service, for a small charge to cover materials. Come in and join the fun!!
The shop is open Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, 9am - 4pm. Come and see us sometime!
- 8 December 2004
When Jacqui opened the post this morning, there was a Christmas card from one of our patrons ...
containing a cheque for £1,500!! This money has been specifically donated to enable us to
complete the indoor/outdoor pens & utility block.
A huge thank you to Linda for all her efforts in putting together the various grant applications over the past year, without her help many of our projects would not have been possible.
- 7 December 2004
- We have just had word that we have been awarded a grant for just under £3,000 to purchase the second set of geeling pods (isolation units) to be used for queens and kittens! A very BIG thank you to our generous benefactor Pet Plan Charitable Trust.
- 5 December 2004
- We have not seen Elvis (a long standing resident at SHUA) for over 2 weeks and now fear the worst. It seems that the King has left the building ...
- 25 November 2004
- Sadly we had to have KitKat euthanased today. She had a rare jaw disorder which caused her tremendous pain when she opened her mouth to eat etc. We had tried everything: blending her food, conventional medicines and alternative therapies. She will be sadly missed by all (especially Thomas our feral alpha male).
- 21 November 2004
We had an excellent weekend with lots of your turning up to offer your support (Due to insurance/legal
requirements the weekend was invite only; sorry to anyone we missed out!). We managed to raise a whopping
£1800 over the whole weekend, thank you all so much for your support! We even managed
to persuade a number of you to adopt a furry friend or two!
One of our supporters kindly entered us into a competition in the South Wales Echo and has won us a laptop! Thank you very much.
Great News! Our indoor/outdoor pens are finally finished and operational, hurrah! It has been a LONG struggle to get them operational; Thank you to all who helped out, from donation to construction, to making the tea! A special thank you goes out to Castleton Turf, St Brides, Newport who graciously donated over 2 tonnes of top soil & 36 square meters of turf. We are still looking for another isolation unit, so if you can help, or know someone who might be able to help, get in touch!
- 12 September 2004
Update on the cattery project:We have managed to raise enough money to purchase all the tiles! The whole project is now going great guns, the outdoor pens have been constructed (looking good!), but there is still quite a lot of work to be done indoors. Once the tiling has been completed we will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
- 28 June 2004
Update on the cattery project:We now have one of the isolation units (purchased with the VCVS grant). As a result of other fundraising efforts, we have completed the feral block and made good progress on the six indoor/outdoor pens (each of which can house 2 cats). Thankyou to everyone who has helped make this possible for their continued support!However ... we still have a way to go to complete this project:
- The indoor/outdoor pens - work is currently delayed until enough money has been raised for the tiles.
- We desperately need another isolation unit (and these don't come cheap!)
- 23 June 2004
- Masterfoods have graciously donated a large food package of kitten food, which we picked up today. We will distribute any surplus that we have to other rescue organisations in the area. Get in contact with us if we can help you out! We are still waiting to hear back from other pet-food manfacturers, but the great news is we are allowed to approach them every quarter!
- 7 April 2004
- We have purchased a second-hand disused Lindee Lu pen for £500 from the Cats Protection League, Swansea. This pen is identical in specification to the pen purchased with the VCVS grant; it just needed a bit of TLC to bring it back into working condition.
- 13 February 2004
A big thankyou to the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services who through the Kick Start Grant Scheme
has given us a grant to purchase the following:
- An isolation unit (comprises four self-contained isolation pods, each with its own heat pad)
- A double Lindee-Lu pen (complete with sneeze barriers)
- Microchipping kit (complete with microchips)
- 6 February 2004
- We finally received our Charity Registration Number!
- 9 September 2003
We are fundraising for a purpose-built indoor/outdoor cattery. This will include:
- Two isolation units
- Six indoor/outdoor pens each housing two cats
- Feral block