Our thanks to lo­cal firms

Midweek Visiter - - The Rspca Column - with Paul Gib­son, Southport Branch Man­ager

RSPCA Southport, Orm­skirk & District would like to thank Bir­chall Black­burn Law for invit­ing us to their re­cent Southport Busi­ness Lead­ers event.

Bir­chall Black­burn Law not only hosted the event, but also held a raf­fle, the pro­ceeds from which were do­nated to our an­i­mal cen­tre. A grand to­tal of £445 was raised. We are so pleased that Bir­chall Black­burn Law picked us as their cho­sen char­ity for the evening.

Staff mem­ber Jude Storer and Trus­tee Sylvia Shep­herd were de­lighted to re­ceive such a warm wel­come when mak­ing a brief pre­sen­ta­tion to the group on the work that we do, as a lo­cal RSPCA char­ity.

Both ladies had a fan­tas­tic night and fully en­joyed meet­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses.

Ev­ery year we put on events to raise vi­tal funds for the an­i­mal cen­tre, but by be­ing in­vited to events such as this, at­tended by many key busi­nesses in our area, re­ally gives us a boost.

This £445 will now be used to help keep us go­ing through the win­ter months.

Do­na­tions like this mean the world to us, as it pro­vides for food to feed hun­gry stom­achs, toys to ease stress, med­i­ca­tion to treat sick an­i­mals and blan­kets to keep paws warm.

I would also like to thank ev­ery­one who came to our Christ­mas fair last Satur­day, as it was a great suc­cess.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who do­nated items or bought raf­fle tick­ets, joined in our fes­tive games and of course came and sup­ported us on the day!

With­out your sup­port we wouldn’t be able to do what we do best and that’s tak­ing in and car­ing for, sup­port­ing and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing cats and dogs that have been res­cued from cru­elty and ne­glect by the na­tional so­ci­ety, whilst we find them new and for­ever homes.

Now be­fore I end this week’s ar­ti­cle, I would like to talk about long-stay Betty.

Betty is a beau­ti­ful girl who has been in our care for over 290 days, and she has seen over 125 cats leave us in her time so far. All staff and vol­un­teers can’t un­der­stand why no-one wants to adopt Betty.

Sadly it is com­mon for black cats to stay in our care longer, but poor Betty re­ally isn’t hav­ing any luck.

One staff mem­ber felt ex­tra sorry for Betty and is now fos­ter­ing her.

Fos­ter­ing helps give Betty a more nor­mal life­style; she gets more oneon-one time and gets the com­forts of a home. Also, I be­lieve she en­joys sit­ting on the sofa at night and cud­dling up with her fos­ter fam­ily.

Betty is also a very play­ful girl and loves a mad dash around the house.

Betty is look­ing for a home where she will be the only pet within the house­hold, as sadly she doesn’t like other cats or dogs.

We are also look­ing for a ma­ture fam­ily with older chil­dren (12+).

Although Betty has grown in con­fi­dence since be­ing fos­tered and does now sit on your lap, she still very much en­joys her in­de­pen­dence and isn’t a fan of be­ing picked up and car­ried around. Due to this, we feel she wouldn’t be suit­able for younger chil­dren.

If you have a cat-shaped hole in your heart and think Betty could be the purrr-fect one to fill it, please get in touch on 01704 567624 and we can book you in to meet her.

Please tell all your friends and fam­ily about Betty and help us find this lovely girl a furrr-ever home!

The Southport Busi­ness Leader night. Pic­tured left to right: Ben Gilbert of MHA Moore & Smal­ley; Tony Coates of Bir­chall Black­burn Law; Lee For­shaw of Watts Com­mer­cial Fi­nance; Lynda Flusk Bir­chall Black­burn Law ; Sylvia Shep­herd, RSPCA; Chris Hard­ing of The County Group; Jude Storer, RSPCA; and Ge­orge Wright of Mersey­side Spe­cial In­vest­ment FundCould you give Betty a home?

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