Charity Mews: Cambridge cats lose toys in flood at rescue centre

Hi everyone,

While this is not one of our happy mews stories we thought it was important to share this. Originally seen on the BBC the Blue Cross charity is seeking help from people to replace the toys, blankets and scratching posts lost in the storm a few days ago. Luckily all cats were rescued which is the more important part!!!

Blue Cross kitten and scratching posts
Cats and kittens lost all of their scratching posts and many toys and blankets

Dozens of abandoned cats living at a Cambridge rescue centre have lost their toys and scratching posts after they were destroyed by flooding.

The Blue Cross charity centre had to throw out all 90 posts when they became saturated by drain water after torrential rain early on Friday.

All the animals were safe, although 15 kittens had to be evacuated from the nursery which was covered in sludge.

The centre has appealed for help to replace the posts and toys.

Fifteen kittens in the centre's nursery had to be evacuated
Fifteen kittens in the centre’s nursery had to be evacuated

There are currently 46 cats and kittens looking for new homes at the charity’s Garlic Row centre, animal welfare assistant Claire Thomas said.

The animals did not seem “too traumatised” by the torrential downpour or standing water in their pens, she said.

However, staff were “gutted” when they saw the devastation caused by the overnight storm.

All 90 posts were saturated and are now falling apart
All 90 posts were saturated and are now falling apart

The rescue centre was among a number of businesses and organisations in Cambridge affected by the overnight storm.

The cat rescue centre has now been cleaned up and the destroyed posts, toys and blankets piled on the lawn.

It would not be sanitary to dry them out, Miss Thomas added, so they will all need to be replaced.

The Cambridge branch of charity Blue Cross cares for over 400 cats and kittens every year.

Staff spent much of the day cleaning up after the floods

If you would like to help their contact details can be found here or you can message them on Facebook.

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39 thoughts on “Charity Mews: Cambridge cats lose toys in flood at rescue centre

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Now that would be a good chance for some UK-based-business specialising in cat accessories to jump in and donate and thus get well known to the future cat owners. I know if I was something like Fressnapf, just from the UK I would totally use that chance.

  2. The Canadian Cats says:

    Bummer! I hate to hear of kitties going without. A UK business should take the opportunity to get lots of publicity and help these guys and girls. Kitties are in need!


  3. lawjic says:

    Heartbreaking Story. UK residents: Please help them out if you can! They are in dire need, it appears! So very sad.

  4. jabrush1213 says:

    A great story about a good cause. Over here in America we have programs for cats that are abandoned, not just cats, but dogs and other animals in need of homes as well. Knowing that there is a sad and lonely animal in need of love and something to play with makes me sad. But, knowing there are programs like this is wonderful. I hope they get as many donations as possible from the residents in the UK.

  5. pilch92 says:

    I am glad that the kitties were saved. How sad about all their stuff- I wonder if some could be salvaged with dehumidifiers.

  6. sidilbradipo1 says:

    Unbelievable! Cambridge in flood, and here no rain since a month of heat and sun! To help the Rescue Center I’ll donate some money, it’s the only thing I can do from this part of Europe 😀

    • Marc-André says:

      I know 🙁 I’m sure they will! Many people shared this so hopefully it reached some of the larger companies that can make a difference to this. 🙂

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