My name is Claire Jones and I'm the cattery supervisor at RSPCA Millbrook
I'm just one member of the large team of people who are
here to help cats in need recover from difficult challenges and find a happy
new forever home. From the RSPCA animal rescue officers and inspectors
who bring rescued cats to our door, to the vets, animal care assistants and
other staff who help them recover and move on - we are all completely
dedicated to giving each cat everything they need to heal and thrive.
There's one more vital member of our team - YOU! As an RSPCA Sponsor,
you're absolutely at the heart of everything we do to help cats in distress
learn to love, trust and find their confidence again. We just couldn't do it
without your generous support.
A stray cat called Huckleberry is a fantastic example of the enormous
difference your gifts help to make each month. Ten-year-old Huckleberry
arrived at the beginning of April, after a member of the public spotted him
looking unwell and handed him in to a local vet who called the RSPCA.
Our vet examined Huckleberry and as he had symptoms of highly contagious
cat flu he had to be kept in an isolated cat pod, away from other cats. Both
Huckleberry's eyes were also badly injured, possibly from a number of fights,
so he needed a delicate operation to remove damaged
skin inside his eyelids.
After surgery, our animal care assistants and I gave
Huckleberry eye drops frequently for the next four
weeks, which had to be done gingerly, as he didn't
like them. We also gave him natural supplements and calming remedies to help him feel more relaxed.
As Huckleberry recovered, his personality began to shine. He's such a lively
character. He especially adores his little mouse toy and plays happily with it
when he thinks we're not watching.
We discovered Huckleberry loves snuggling up and being fussed too, and he
soon became a big favourite of mine. Over the months we formed a very
special bond, and he gets so excited whenever he sees me - especially if I
have a brush, as he loves to be groomed. He really melts my heart.
Happily for Huckleberry, our team's love and hard work - and your
fantastic support - are paying off. He's now ready to be adopted by a
special, loving family and start a new life.
So thanks again for being an amazing RSPCA Sponsor.