Plea for funds to help rescue centre care for sick kitten

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 January 2019

Tracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Tracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A rescue centre is raising money to help to pay for a sick kitten’s escalating veterinary bills.

Tracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONTracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Jeffrey was given to Little Paws Rescue in Portbury because he was too sick for his owners.

After numerous X-rays and tests, Langford Vets confirmed Jeffrey would need an operation to remove his kidney.

Rescue centre owner Tracey Bryant said: “Jeffrey came to us needing a major operation to remove a kidney. “We were asked to take him in when he started having accidents in the house. “On collection it was obvious that his stomach was extremely swollen.

“This resulted in a trip to the vet which confirmed our worst fears.”

Tracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONTracey with helpers Tammy Griffiths and Derek Wilks, and Jeffrey the cat. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“After many X-rays and tests, they confirmed the kidney would need removing, due to a very large cyst, for him to survive.

“Jeffrey is just six months old and is very loving and special.

“He is also a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes on each of his feet which we find gorgeous.

“Here at Little Paws Rescue we work tirelessly to raise much-needed funds, but Jeffrey’s costs are totally out of our remit.”

More: Rescue centre needs more foster carers for cats.

The rescue centre has put on a fashion show and auctioned off a flyboarding experience to raise money for his treatment.

Tracey added: “Cases like this don’t happen very often, but here at Little Paws Rescue we do our best to help those cats in need to the best of our ability.

“We are a small, yet very dedicated team and we really do try to do all we can to raise money and look after the cats in our care until we can find them lovely new families and homes.

“Recently we were given registered charity status and while this means we can apply for grants and help, there aren’t many options out there as all charities are in the same position, needing help from the same pot.”

Tracey set up Little Paws Rescue at her home in Priory Road and the centre can take up to about 25 animals.

The rescue centre is appealing for donations to enable staff to provide the best possible care for the animals they look after. The charity is also in desperate need of more foster carers to help look after abandoned cats and kittens.

To find out more, or to donate to Jeffrey’s treatment, call 07811 699176.

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