Charitable Foundation’s donation to cat charity

Steve Worth, from Caring for Cats.
Steve Worth, from Caring for Cats.

Building society members’ small change has made a big difference to a charity which helps to trap and re-home feral and stray cats in the area.

Caring for Cats (Yorkshire & Humber), which is based in Market Weighton, has been able to buy new humane cat trapping equipment thanks to a £500 donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

The traps are used to catch stray and feral cats so they can be checked by vets, rehabilitated and then re-homed.

The donation came from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation which is funded through the Small Change Big Difference scheme, which sees account holders donate the annual pence from their interest to help smaller charities and good causes around the UK.

Rose Atkin, volunteer at Caring for Cats, said: “There are two types of cats which we help, those which have been born outside and are considered feral, and those which have become homeless after straying or being abandoned.

“The traps have food at one end and when the cat enters they stand on a trigger which closes door. This allows us to safely take them to the vets for a health check without the distress that can be caused by handling them.

“Once they have been given a clean bill of health and neutered we take them back to our rescue centre where they are cared for until we can find them a safe, loving home.”

Caring for Cats was established in 2000 and has around 40 volunteers. Its main homing centre is based on York Road, in Market Weighton.

On 26 April, Caring for Cats will host an open day at the homing centre, for people to find out more about the charity, how to rehome a cat or how to become a volunteer.