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Stubbington Ark launches cattery fundraising campaign
A HAMPSHIRE animal shelter is hoping to modernise its cattery with the launch of a new campaign.
The Stubbington Ark needs £250,000 for a rebuild of its feline facility and is hoping the public will support this through its latest fundraising campaign Paws4Help.
The RSPCA centre, in Fareham, said that the 25-year-old cattery hasbeen part of the centre since it first opened.
It wants to moder nise the facility and ultimately hopes this will help in the rehoming of the growing number of cats it takes in.
Vanessa Eden, head of fundraising at Stubbington Ark, in Ranvilles Lane, said the roof is leaking in the current building and it is dilapidated.
“The appeal is to sustain and modernise the Stubbington Ark whilst continuing to promote awareness amongst the public,” said Mrs Eden.
“The ongoing appeal will focus on funds for the overall benefit of animals in our care to maintain and improve levels of animal welfare.”
The cattery at present houses around 120 cats in separate ‘ca bins’ .
Overhaul plans include a bigger building and a more efficient heating and lighting system. It would have better facilities for the cats, such as steps going down fromtheirmain cabin to their play area, which at the moment is a slope, making it easier for the cats.
Mrs Eden said: “At the moment the cat is the most abusedpet in the countryso we have seen a high intake of cats and long-termers – cats that have stayed here a long time.
“We hope that by refurbishing or modernising the cattery we’ll be able to rehome more cats because it’s more attractive and more accessible to the public.
“They can go into the refurbished cattery and the public will have more space to look around, the cats will be able to come out a bit more and play.”
Organisers hope that the Paws 4 Help appeal will extend beyond the cattery to other projects at the ark as well as supporting the work it does caring for animals across the south.
The Ark’s campaign will be officially launched with an event at the Holiday Inn in Fareham on October 25 to which business leaders and other influential community figures will be invited.
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