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Video: RSPCA East Norfolk needs £50,000 to revamp cattery

PUBLISHED: 15:32 24 June 2014 © Picture by Julian Brown for Smoking Gun PR © Picture by Julian Brown for Smoking Gun PR

Julian Brown

The RSPCA’s East Norfolk branch is hoping to double the size of its cattery if it wins a share of £500,000.

Still struggling to cope with the number of unwanted cats being taken to the Broadland Cattery in Ingham, near Stalham, the charity is now bidding for cash from grant-giving animal charity Support Adoption for Pets.

Launched in 2006, Support Adoption For Pets has raised £10 million for animal welfare organisations over the last eight years and, to celebrate, has pledged ten grants of £50,000 to animal charities across the UK.

RSPCA East Norfolk, which covers the Great Yarmouth borough from Hopton in the south to the Broads villages in the north, is now the running for a £50,000 grant after submitting a video to Support Adoption For Pets’ Facebook page.

As previously reported in the Mercury, the RSPCA runs at the Broadland Cattery run by Lesley Rogers has been so full for almost a year, it’s becoming harder and harder for the charity to take in sick and injured animals.

In their video bid, branch manager Debs Cook explained: “We have seven cat runs for the RSPCA and when they are full we have no where else for these animals to go. The plan is to renew this block and build another seven on the back, giving us more facilities to take in more animals and then rehome them.”

The charity wants to extend the runs, adding seven more, and upgrade the isolation block to provide special care to injured cats before they can be rehomed.

To win the money, members of the public must vote for the branch via Facebook.

“For an organisation like ours, receiving such a large donation would make a huge difference to the work we do,” said Debs, calling for as much support as possible.

“We’re keeping all of our fingers - and paws – crossed and hoping that the local community will vote for us.”

Amy Wilson, charity manager at Support Adoption For Pets, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the quality of the videos we’ve received so far. The £50,000 grants are available to all animal rescue centres and welfare organisations - big or small. This is a fantastic opportunity for charities to receive a significant donation towards their individual fundraising projects.”

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  • Apologies for that Larson.E.Whipsnade. I will keep my postings down to speculation in the future :)

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    Lisa Robson

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • This makes me very cross. Obviously the local RSPCA branch does admit and rehome some cats - but is this just a con? How can any charity pay so much money for such a small building on land they don't even own? What happens when there's a fall out with the boarding catteries owners? Or the cattery owners decide to retire and sell up? My next query is why are they spending so much on a temporary structure built out of wood? Surely they should be aware that ringworm infects wood and obviously isn't a sensible long term option for cat accommodation. One would think they would have involved someone at the design stage who has more experience in animal care and would have known something so basic! And why on earth are they asking for so much money to build only 7 more pens when they've just CLOSED DOWN their own freehold cattery on Barrack St. The trustees of this group need a rocket up their wotsit and the money should go to one of the other, harder working independent local charities who make money stretch further to help more animals (I suspect those charities don't even have time to play around making videos because they're too busy rescuing animals!) I can only hope there's another option for the cat loving facebook voters to pick - the cats deserve the £50,000!

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    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • well done to the detractors!! who cares what money they do or dont have, what cant be disputed is they do great work looking after cats and dogs let down by humans.Anything that can help keep more in better conditions is a good thing in my book

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Please don't confuse the posters on here with facts Ms Robson .

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • RSPCA East Norfolk Branch is a self funding charity and have to raise their own funds to continue. A lot of people don't realise this and assume they get the money that RSPCA have. They don't

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    Lisa Robson

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • The RSPCA are one of the richest charities. Check out how much they have on the Charities Commission website. They are mega wealthy and are left millions and millions in bequests.

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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