The volunteer-run department, which opened in 1982, will honour its volunteers with a day tea at Alverstoke Parish Corridor in July and it appeared solely becoming that its cats and former cat carers have been celebrated first – with the opening of a model new cat pen.
Kate Stapleford, co-ordinator for Cats Safety’s Gosport City Department, mentioned: ‘We decided we needed to celebrate our milestone 40th year with something for the cats and something for us.
‘The 40th anniversary cat pen has been built in my garden and fitted out with everything cats need to ensure they feel safe and are able to relax and also have fun while we find the best homes for them.’
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The memorial pen is especially poignant for Kate whose husband Ian died in 2019.
Ian was the department’s quizmaster at their bi-annual quizzes and, regardless of not contemplating himself a volunteer, supported Kate with fostering and numerous department duties since 2009.
‘There is a bittersweet quality to the installation, we’re calling it The Rainbow Pen to additionally honour our volunteers who’re now not with us. We wished to acknowledge that it’s not simply our present volunteers who’ve made our department every little thing it’s as we speak,’ added Kate.
The pen additionally commemorates David Lloyd, a transport volunteer, Geoff Marshall, husband of one of many department’s unique founders, David Pearson, who ran weekend fundraising storage gross sales, Colin Gobart, who supported his spouse Sandy – the department’s Bookworm Volunteer – and Carol Lewis, who ran a jewelry stand on the department’s seasonal gala’s.
Kate mentioned: ‘We miss all our volunteers desperately and it seemed fitting to celebrate them with a pen which will benefit so many cats in the years to come.
The Rainbow Pen has just welcomed it’s first visitor, nine-year-old Pippa in search of a house with a backyard and 10-year-old Kira who has just lately developed some stress-related behavioural issues, in search of an skilled proprietor.
‘It’s been a pleasure to look at them having fun with their devoted area,’ added Kate.