CAT welfare association, Chats du Quercy, has had a busy year having taken in more than 200 cats and helped hundreds more.
Here Lynn Stone, of the Chats du Quercy team, writes of how the charity helped one small kitten and how you can help them in their work:
"The Christmas season heralds a time of new beginnings and new life, but for some cats, from the moment they are born life is a struggle against disease, hunger and rejection.
But poor Billy was cruelly neglected by his owner after an injury; this resulted in infection and eventual amputation of Billy’s leg.
Billy’s owner didn't appear worried that his four-month-old kitten had been severely injured by an illegal and vicious trap.
Several days passed before Billy was eventually taken to a vet, but the owner didn’t want Billy as it would cost too much for his treatment, the vet said he would have to put the small kitten to sleep.
Chats du Quercy rescued the adorable Billy but, it soon became clear that because it was just too infected Billy would not be able to keep his leg and our vet was obliged to amputate it.
If Billy had been taken to the vet as soon as his owner was aware of his injury (the neighbor had informed him!), this little cat would still have its four legs.
Billy’s treatment will cost up to €400.
It could be said that Billy is one of the lucky ones, as we will guarantee that he will find love and security, but our battle never ends and will continue into 2013.
Chats du Quercy aims to provide solutions for local communities by promoting a comprehensive approach comprising knowledge and education of veterinary professionals and local residents, supporting cat sterilisation programmes and informing local authorities on cat welfare.
How your donation can help.
10€ - Will help pay for flea and worming treatment.
20€ - Will help pay for a vaccination
30€ - Will help pay for an identification micro-chip
35€ - Will help pay for the neutering of a male cat
80€ - Will help pay for the neutering of a female cat
(The above indicate average vet fees charged to Chats du Quercy)
There will be many more cats needing our help in 2013, so when you are doing your Christmas shopping please consider whether you could also make a donation to help us care for our abandoned cats this Christmas, and for the ones we will need to help in the new year.
Anything you can spare, no matter how small, is of vital help in enabling us to be on hand for innocent victims who have nowhere else to turn.
P.S. Billy is doing very well and is enjoying life like any other four month old kitten. You can visit him at the Chats du Quercy rescue centre where he is integrating excellently with our other resident cats."