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Yorkshire Cat Rescue centre to re-open after virus outbreak
9:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A cat rescue centre that has been quarantined for more than a month due to a potentially deadly virus will re-open on Saturday.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue, based in Haworth, has thanked all the people who supported it through the six week lockdown, but says it now needs funds “more than ever.”
The centre was hit by an outbreak of the Feline panleukopenia virus last month, which claimed the lives of several kittens and caused the centre to shut down to stop the spread of the disease, leaving almost 50 cats quarantined.
They were unable to take in any new cats and around 100 had to be kept in foster homes for their own protection.
It came at a bad time for the charity, already struggling to cope with record high levels of abandoned cats in 2013.
The charity has now completed the costly process of vaccinating its animals and waited through the disease’s incubation period. Members hope a raft of fundraising events in the coming months will help them get back on their feet.
Founder Sara Atkinson said: “The past month has been extremely challenging and a huge drain on our limited resources. However, we have taken an uncompromising approach in terms of making sure the virus was contained, eradicated and in making sure unaffected cats and kittens were kept safe.
“Although we have not yet opened the doors to the centre, we are planning to do so on Saturday. Our cats and kittens have waited so patiently for a new home these past weeks so I’m urging anyone thinking of getting a cat to pay us a visit or see our website for more details.”
Anyone hoping to arrange a visit to the centre once it re-opens, or to volunteer for fundraising, can call (01535) 647184.
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