If you have a pet then you know about the care and love that they need from you, the owner. Cats have always been viewed as independent, so people often overlook that our feline companions need just as much care as other pets. In Sheffield there is a small organisation called the 8 Lives Cat Rescue who care for abandoned, orphaned cats. Originally ran by Aine, who by ran it by herself, the 8 Lives Cat Centre now has a small committee, a group of local people who are dedicated to supporting the rescue.

On the 19th of March 2016 a fundraiser was held in the Strip the Willow café, in the Edgefield area, led by Jenny Taylor. In this event different types of entertainment were held, such as a tombola, raffle, bingo and a quiz. In addition, the event held a sale of items ranging from calendars to cat toys, which were all donated from various companies in the community. Even food was available, which was also donated, and attendants could enjoy cooking of the local community, knowing that what they spend would assist the cats in need. At this time many different people of all ages of the community attended, and with their assistance, £264 was raised for the centre.

Kindness of the Community: Caring for Cats in Need

Some of the attendees

Fiona, one of the organisers for the event, and volunteer to the centre stated:

“The money raised go wholly to providing food, flea treatment, worming treatment, microchipping, neutering and medical care for all cats that come to the rescue.  Sometimes cats arrive pregnant, full of fleas, sick and terrified.” – Fiona, volunteer for 8 Lives Rescue.

Kindness of the Community: Caring for Cats in Need

Left: Jenny Taylor, chief event organiser. Right: Fiona, event organiser and volunteer.

Due to the success of the previous fundraiser, another will be held on the 18th of June, featuring a performance from the young, talented musician, Max Restanio. This event will be held in the Strip the Willow café, South View Road, Sheffield.

If you wish to donate, then you can do so at: http://www.8livescatrescue.org

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