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BREAKING MEWS: Purrfect Valentine's gift for Caithness pussies

By David G Scott

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Cats Protection Caithness (CPC) received a surprise donation of £2000 into its bank account over Valentine's weekend to help provide for pets in its care during the pandemic.

The donation was made by Support Adoption for Pets (Sap) – the UK’s largest grant giving animal charity started by Pets At Home – to recognise the tireless efforts and hard work at CPC since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

In total, the charity is giving away nearly £600k to rescue centres up and down the country, to help them look after the animals in their care as the financial hardship of Covid-19 continues.

Cats Protection Caithness celebrate with a £2000 Valentine's Day gift –and that's no kitten.
Cats Protection Caithness celebrate with a £2000 Valentine's Day gift –and that's no kitten.

CPC is partnered with Wick Pets at Home store through Sap Charity of the Year programme and through this received a total of £4526.70 in 2020.

To continually raise funds throughout the year, Sap holds various fundraising activities such as its Summer Fundraiser and Santa Paws campaigns, encouraging donations online and in-store.

Sap charity manager, Amy Angus, said: “Our message was simple over Valentine’s Day weekend and it’s one that we’re really passionate about as a charity. We’re here to share the love and surprising Cats Protection Caithness with a donation of £2000 meant the world to them.

“The impact of Covid-19 is monumental and rescue centres continue to fall under real pressure. We’re reaching out to provide them with much needed financial help and to do our best to ensure that abandoned pets are given a second chance of happiness.

“Not only has the charity surprised rescues with nearly £600k but we have also increased our emergency grant programme by £400k so rescues can apply for funding during these difficult times.”

Sap is a charity established by Pets at Home in 2006. Since then it has helped more than 1000 rehoming centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK. In addition to its fundraising work, it also runs dedicated adoption centres in Pets at Home stores.

For more information, and to make a donation, please visit www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/support-us/donate/

Animal rescue organisations can apply for a grant at www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/

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