Darlington cat shelter is appealing urgently for donations as it searches for a new home

The RSPCA Cat Hub in Darlington is trying to raise £50,000 for cat pods at a new cattery. Photos: Stuart Boulton

A Darlington charity cat shelter has appealed for funds to build a new cattery, after having to move from its current location.

The RSPCA Cat Rehoming Hub looks after cats that have been abandoned or handed over after their owners could no longer care for them.

The Cat Hub team at Darlington is looking to raise £50,000 to build 10 new cat pods after a proposed rent hike forced him to move house.

The shelter has already secured £25,000 to cover the cost of the new modules.

The Northern Echo: The shelter has already secured half the funds, but is now appealing to the public for donations.  Photo: Stuart Boulton

The Northern Echo: The shelter has already secured half the funds, but is now appealing to the public for donations. Photo: Stuart Boulton

The shelter has already secured half of the funds but is now appealing to the public for donations. Photo: Stuart Boulton

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Sophie Moran-Barker, RSPCA Cat Hub Rehoming Coordinator, says: “We have been caught in a perfect storm of rising costs and falling donations, so we can no longer afford to rent out our cattery.

“We rely solely on donations to carry out our work. Donations have dropped markedly during the Covid pandemic and the cost of living crisis. At the same time, boarding fees and other charges have increased.

“Until our new cattery is up and running, we will continue to rehome cats using our extensive network of foster families, albeit in reduced numbers. With kitten season upon us, we plan to be stretched as to how many people we can help.

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The RSPCA Cat Hub is one of the most successful cat placement centers in the country, finding happy and permanent new homes for over 1000 cats and kittens in less than four years.

It is home to abused, neglected and abandoned cats rescued by RSPCA officers.

The Cat Hub is supported by four local branches of the charity, including the RSPCA North Teesside and District branch based in Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, South Tees and District branch, and Northallerton, Thirsk and Dales branch and is administered by the RSPCA Darlington and District Branch.

The Cat Hub has a JustGiving page for donations at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CatHubPods or Click here.

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