Kitty calendar to be released for charity

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Every day is ‘Caturday’ at Woodland Nook Cat Rescue in Swanwick – and now it can be for you too, after the release of the shelter’s 2016 calendar.

The calendar features 44 cats and kittens who have all been resident at the Delves Bank Road shelter in the past 12 months.

The images – all taken by shelter volunteers – feature some real characters, such as Loulou, who came from Crete and loved playing in the shelter’s drinking fountain, and one-eyed Bob, whose favourite pastime while at Woodland Nook was chasing pens.

Most of the cats on the calendar have gone on to find loving homes, but a few remain, including Ruby and Azazel, black and white siblings who have been at the shelter for more than a year.

But many more cats and kittens have arrived Woodland Nook since the calendar went to press.

In fact, shelter owner Jane Lynegar, who is currently developing a luxury boarding cattery in her back garden, has had to open up some of the cattery rooms early to accommodate a recent influx of cats and kittens.

Jane said: “I’ve never known it so busy. But when faced with terrible stories of neglect, or threats of cats being put to sleep, I simply can’t turn them away. This puts the shelter under enormous strain, as it costs so much to feed them all.”

The shelter is funded entirely by donations and run by a dedicated team of volunteers, and buying the calendar is one way you could help at an already expensive time of year, with the winter weather resulting in higher heating bills.

The glossy A4 calendar costs £10, including UK postage, and can be purchased via the shelter’s blog, woodlandnook.blogspot.co.uk, or by calling Jane on 07941 806536.

For more information about Woodland Nook, visit the blog or the shelter’s website, woodlandnookcatrescue.com.