By Adele Boocock-Crabtree
“Many of you will not have heard of Paw Prints Cat Rescue, and that is something we are trying to change”, says Adele Boocock-Crabtree, one of the many volunteers for Paw Prints Cat Rescue.
The rescue has been open since 2012 and was founded by Elaine Rodgers. Over the past year or so it hasn’t been easy for the Paw Prints which struggled for support both financially and also support with fundraising and help at the rescue when there were so many already well established rescues in the Bradford area but those times have changed. Paw Prints is and has moved in the right direction and we a revamp of the Facebook page, the new website up and running then we are seeing great times for the rescue and all this has been done by dedicated and true cat loving volunteers.
We opened our doors for our first ever open day at the rescue this Easter weekend and we are pleased to say it was a massive success. Not only could we showcase what the volunteers have been doing at the rescue with improvements in the garden area, additional cat runs to house more felines in need, a total make over in the main housing unit with fresh coat of paint and new lino laid but also to show that Paw Prints has a dedicated team of volunteers wanting to make a difference to the kitty’s that come through Paw Prints doors. The support by the public was immense and overwhelming. We raised a staggering amount of £1000 plus a healthy amount of food was donated by the people that came to our open weekend and we found loving homes for seven of our kitties.
We are fortunate that our founder, Elaine, treats all the kitties that come through the Paw Prints doors like her own, which can become difficult when trying to rehome, but Elaine only wants to best possible homes for them after such a poor start in life being unwanted or neglected before coming into Paw Prints Care. Elaine insists on home checks to ensure that the cat will have their forever home, after all a cat chooses the human and not the other way around. We like to see how the cat interacts with his potential new home and new family. It is all about find homes for the felines BUT only the right ones and if Elaine thinks any different then we don’t just rehome for the sake of it or just to number crunch. The welfare & Safety of the cat is the priority.
We are now making headway with our fundraising and have regular bag packing dates at Morrisons, Girlington and Tesco Extra, Great Horton as well as monthly food trolley days at Tesco Extra and dates with Asda Living, Foster Square but any rescue will tell you fundraising is a continuous circle that never stops as it only pays towards vet bills, food and other needed items for the cats at the rescue. Without the help from companies like these, our supporters & followers and of course our veterinary practice, Northcote we would not be able to continue and we are lucky to have, though small, a truly dedicated team of volunteers.
We are gearing ourselves up for our “Bangers & Mash for Cash Bash” at The Mercure Hotel, Bingley on the 19th June 2015 in which Spotlight Event Photo Booth, Musical Time Machine Dj Services are donating their time for free to help us make this an amazing night. Tickets are only £10.00 per person in which £5.00 goes directly to Paw Prints and we have some fabulous prizes already for the auction and raffle. We will have live entertainment and dj on until 1am. For tickets please contact the rescue via their Facebook page or email them via their website www.pawprintscatrescue.com
If you are interested in potentially giving a rescue kitty a loving home then please contact Elaine on 01274 723708 or Mobile 07743 743069