This evening, as a bit of rest and relaxation, my friend Sam took me out to Assisi Animal Sanctuary near Newtownards to volunteer to give some love to some cats. There were so many cats there it was almost heartbreaking to leave them behind, but I know that there they do get love and are looked after while waiting for potential rehoming.
One was pointed out to me, with only three legs, she has become rather timid and apparently shoots off before any new human can get near her. Well, I started off towards her. I took short steps, and finally was kneeling beside her and stroking and talking to her for ages. Another cat took offence that I was not stroking him, so bounced over to where I was and off jumped the three-legged one. I only have a photo of her sitting after this.
A new found friend at Assisi Animal Shelter, Newtownards.
Hopefully I will get to go out there again, and meet more of the adorable felines that are there. I know that Andrew and I have talked about having cats in the future and hope that in the future we will be able to help cats who may be difficult to home including FIV cats – for somewhat obvious reasons. I really enjoyed it this evening.
About Assisi Animal Sanctuary
Founded in 1995, Assisi Animal Sanctuary is Northern Ireland’s largest independent animal welfare charity, providing shelter for up to 200 companion animals including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs. Last year we rescued over 2,300 animals.
The Sanctuary operates a ‘No Kill Policy’. All animals are neutered, vaccinated, wormed and deflead and all our dogs are microchipped prior to rehoming. Assisi operates a strict rehoming criteria to ensure our rescue animals find the best possible home. Some of our cats and dogs are permanent residents, but all the others are waiting to find permanent new homes.
With operating costs of £400,000 and no government aid, Assisi is dependant on fundraising, donations and legacies. If you would like to support Assisi, please visit the link below and find out how you can make a difference.
(from Assisi-ni.org website)