Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000

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Brenda Satterley rescued her first cat at the age of seven and for over forty years Brenda has given part of her home over to cats/kittens that are in need of loving homes. This is after abandonments, tragedies or a history of stray living. She runs a non-profit shelter which exists entirely because of volunteers, fundraising, donations of food, bedding, items for our charity shop, car boot sales, tombola’s and monetary donations.

During this time she has cared for the unwanted and unloved cats of the area, finding good homes for those which are adoptable, and keeps, for the rest of their nine lives, the old, injured and ugly. Thousands of abandoned and mistreated cats have been rehomed over the years.

Brenda was awarded the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Action Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Readers of ‘The People’ newspaper nominated Brenda and she was asked to go to the House of Lords where she was presented with the Award by the IFAW.

More recently, Brenda was nominated for a Telegraph and Argus Community Star Award in the fundraising category, we were disappointed that she didn’t win this, however an announcement was made and she was awarded a specially created lifetime achievement award on 4th December 2013 at the Banqueting Suite, City Hall, Bradford. Both Brenda and her husband Peter were thrilled. Brenda received over 400 nominations, the most in any of the categories that night.

The numbers of cats brought to the Rescue have gone up significantly since the RSPCA closed in Bradford. Earlier this year the centre had to close its doors to new arrivals as it was overrun with unwanted cats and kittens. Bradford Cat Rescue tries its best to help but with caring for 200 animals, many of which are kept in foster homes, they reached breaking point and just could not take any more.

Yorkshire ranks second highest in the country for animal cruelty convictions and many animals reach the shelter in a bad condition. One evening, Brenda went out at around 11pm to take her dog for a walk and she found a box on her doorstep. When she looked in there were two tiny kittens, they were only new-born and both were cold. She looked around for the mother cat and left food but she never came so the kittens must have been left there on their own. Fortunately there was a nursing mother cat in the Rescue and she took the kittens.

Brenda relies on people’s generosity but it has been a struggle over the last couple of years. Local supermarkets do help by having food donation stations but not as much food is being left as it used to be, and financial gifts have reduced greatly since the credit crunch. Brenda and the team of supporters are very concerned as to what will happen if donations continue to dwindle. If the Rescue was to close, what would happen to all the abandoned and mistreated cats in Bradford?

Allerton Cat Rescue

Location: Bradford

I have been a supporter of Allerton Cat Rescue for over 20 years and have seen some awful sights in that time. The dedication that Brenda and the team give to this cause mean that just a few of the feline residents of Bradford and the surrounding area are given a second chance.
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