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We Won!
 
We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 23rd October, our shop on Market Street, Barnsley won the Best Charity Shop category of the Barnsley Retail Awards 2019 at an evening event held at the Civic Hall.
 
This is an amazing achievement and we would like congratulate, and extend huge thanks to our staff, Beth and Lisa, and to their volunteers for all their hard work over the last year.
 
Well done everyone!
 
 
Discount neutering & chipping from Monday 7th October
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CATNIP NEWS
 
  ALL ABOUT REHOMING                                              October 2nd 2019      EXCLUSIVE

Our kittens go down a Storm!
 
 
"We adopted Luna and Storm at the end of August 2019 and I just wanted to share a little bit about our fantastic experience through RSPCA.
 
We were hoping to adopt 2 kittens, ideally siblings, and so I checked out the RSPCA website on a regular basis to help give me an idea of the process and of course see the gorgeous cats and kittens available for adoption.
 
As soon as I saw the photos and description of Luna and Storm I fell in love and knew they were meant to be!
I completed the Perfect Match form to register our interest and heard back from Jackie, the lovely Cat Co-Ordinator, within a couple of hours.
As the kittens were ready for immediate adoption and we were in a position to adopt
straight away, arrangements were made to go and meet them and if all went well, to bring them home with us too.
It was a very exciting time and am delighted to say that Luna and Storm have now been living with us for around 5 weeks.
Jackie was extremely helpful and provided plenty of guidance and recommendations about everything needed to set up in readiness for their arrival.
 
For me, it was the peace of mind provided by adopting through RSPCA. There is an adoption fee which I feel is worth every penny. I like the fact that they are checked over by vets, provided with any treatment if required, and all initial vaccinations done too. 
I also love the fact they are looked after by fosterers in their own homes until ready for adoption and so can provide an insight into personalities and behaviour.
During the short time Luna and Storm have been with us it has been such a joy getting to know them and see how their individual personalities develop.
 
Luna is like a sleek black panther, very independent, but also a big softie when she's ready for a cuddle! She loves to retrieve foil wrapper balls and would happily do so all day long! Her brother Storm is a big fluffy bundle and purrs and chats away non-stop. They adore each other and do everything together and always like to know where we are and so keep an eye on us too. They have crazy play times every day and then I think my favourite time is when they eventually give in to sleep and give the best purry cuddles!
 
UPDATE! They have ventured outside into their lovely garden. See latest photos above.
 
Luna and Storm's Mum
 
 
 
 
 
Cat litter needed urgently!
 
 
 
 
Please help if you can
 
 
We have food donation boxes at:
 
Tesco Stairfoot
Tesco Penistone
Morrisons Barnsley
Cookes Pet Store Barnsley
Abbey Vets Dodworth Rd
 
Thank you
 

 
 
Found a mum and kittens outside?
 
At this time of year in particular, please keep a look out for mum cats and kittens, or litters of kittens living outdoors.
 
Sometimes, mum cats about to give birth will find unusual places they think are safe to have their babies.
Often in these cases they struggle to find enough food to feed themselves and as a result, usually coupled with the fact that they are still very young themselves. they struggle to produce any milk for their little ones.
 
If you find mums and kittens or kittens alone or in litters, please don't approach them but contact us on 07823 550886 and we may be able to help.
 
 
 
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Rehoming
Microchipping
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Neutering
 
 
Microchipping
Rehoming
Neutering
 
More and more pets are returning home due to having been microchipped, months and even years after going missing or living stray.
 
It is now illegal in England to own a dog without a  microchip. Owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
 
Microchipping costs only a few pounds, is virtually painless and is done in seconds. 
 
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Dogs & Rabbits
As we don't yet have an animal centre, most of our dogs & rabbits are cared for by our colleagues at Chesterfield Branch.
 
 
Cats
All our cats are cared for temporarily by volunteer fosterers, in their homes in the Barnsley area, until a forever home becomes available.
 
Our cats are not free, there's a fixed donation to cover pre-adoption costs.
 
Have a look at our feline beauties to see who you'd like to give a loving forever home.
 
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If you own a cat (dog,rabbit, guinea pig or other small pet), male or female, it is your responsibility to have him or her neutered as soon as your vet advises it is appropriate, and we cannot stress enough the importance of doing this.
 
Please don't add to the homeless crisis. 
 
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Owners have a legal responsibilty to meet all of their animals' needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
 
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Animal Snares
 
We are wholeheartedly against the use of animal snares.
 
These are indiscriminate devices which use a thin loop of wire to tighten around any part of the animal caught causing devastating, brutal effects and eventual death.
 
Many other European countries have banned snares but shockingly they are still legal in the UK.
 
According to DEFRA, in 2012, besides hares, badgers and foxes, the remaining 14% caught in these barbaric traps were classed as 'other', including deer, cats and dogs.
 
Please sign the League Against Cruel Sports' petition to try to stop this.
 
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Help change the law on air gun ownership in England
 
Cats Protection has an ongoing, online campaign to urge the government to bring in air gun licensing laws across England & Wales. This is becoming more and more of a problem in our area with many animals losing limbs/eyes for absolutely no reason.
 
Please help change this by signing the petition.
 
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