Purr-fect Christmas gift? Calender will help fund Newtown cat charities

Reporter:

Keri Trigg

Residents of Newtown, local organisations, businesses and emergency services have come together to feature in a 2017 calendar to raise money for Cats Protection.

The calendar was arranged by Kelly Healy, aided by Luci Roberts of Roberts & Bumford, with photographs by semi-professional Wayne Roberts of Studio 289 Photography.

It is dedicated to Mr Jingles, a cat that was found in November last year unconscious with hypothermia and other life threatening medical problems, but with the care of Vastre Veterinary Centre he was able to live a normal life with Kelly, his foster carer, for eight months before passing away due to old age.

Wilbur the cat, one of the stars of the calendar

Kelly and Luci thanked the businesses that sponsored the calendar – the Dolau Inn, Ego, Body Sense, Phillips & Lewis Electrical Services, Hopkins Steel, Gilbert Davies Solicitors, Vastre Veterinary Centre, Plas Cath Luxury Cattery, Gwyneth Prosser Travel Counselor, Studio 289, the Upper Rectory and Newtown Decorating Centre – and Wayne for taking the photographs.

The calendar’s release comes as Cats Protection aims to increase awareness of the ‘Neuter Wales’ scheme which allows those with low incomes to get their cats microchipped and neutered for just £5.

Cat fosterers Luci Roberts (with baby Annabel) and Kelly Healy (with Wilbur the cat) with Sheila Phillips from Cats Protection

Sheila Phillips, a volunteer at the Cats Protection in Newtown, said: “Sadly without neutering it is possible for kittens to give birth to four to eight kittens in their first year.

“This is happening in Newtown, in built up areas and has become a problem to residents, with many cats and kittens living outside in groups.

“We work with like-minded people to capture, transport to a vet and care for them to limit numbers but only a few are able to be re-homed as kittens are socialised by eight weeks old.”

She added: “None of this is possible without donations from the public. Your support in all our fundraising events is vital.

“Thank you for buying the calendar, your money will directly help rescue unwanted cats and kittens in our area.”

The calendars are now on sale in Body Sense, Ego, Freedom Leisure, The Dolau Inn, Oriel Davies Gallery and Vastre Veterinary Centre, priced at £6 each.

A calendar is produced for a different local charity each year. If your business can help with sponsoring the calendar for 2018, please contact Kelly on 07904564517.

For more information on Newtown Cats Protection please visit the website www.newtowncatsprotection.co.uk

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