Feline Network 2019
Christmas Raffle Draw
It's that time of year again, and we're here to report on this year's Feline Network Christmas Raffle!
We'd like to thank our wonderful Community for the donation of this year's prizes, including but not limited to Pet Remedy with a selection of pet calming supplies, Morrisons for their wonderful Christmas Hamper, both the Brixham
Theatre and the Babbabombe Theatre for their donations of tickets, and thanks to the wonderful people at Babbacome Cliff Railway, Zooplus, Fermoy's Garden Centre, Spiritually Being, our patron Kevin Foster, and everyone else who donated prizes.
We'd also like to thank everyone who bought tickets for this year's raffle and attended the draw in person. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we were able to broadcast the drawing of the winner of this year's £50 top prize, so congratulations to Shelly, the lucky owner of ticket 338. We were also fortunate enough for one of our lucky prize winners to be in attendance that day, pictured left, who won our Morrisons' Christmas Hamper! We're now in the process of contacting the other winners, but to anyone who bought a ticket, feel free to get in contact to see if you're a winner!
With that, we'd like to wish everyone who's attended Feline Network events this year a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Paws-itively Wonderful New Year!
Feline Network's 2020
Calendars Out Now!
As we get closer to the festive season, it's about time that we show you our brand new Feline Network 2020 Calendars!
Printed on high quality gloss paper, the 2020 edition of our vertically oriented calendars features twelve of our happily rehomed cats. The calendars also have regularly observed bank holidays pre-printed for your convenience.
The calendars are available now in our charity shop and cost £2.50, the proceeds of which will go directly to support our work to help cats across both Devon and the UK.
We'd also like to thank this year's sponsors, C.J.S Plastering and Property Maintenance , J S Cleaning Service and Linen Hire, and Pet Remedy, as well as the wonderful families of this year's twelve cats.
As part of the Paignton Festival, Feline Network took part in the Paignton Carnival parade on Wednesday, the 31st of June, and we're happy to announce that we were awarded second place in our category!
We'd like to thank our team of volunteers headed by our leader Debbie who put together and displayed our float in their paws-itively fantastic costumes, and we'd like to thank anyone who came down to support us!
Feline Network's Float
wins Second Place!
It has been just over a week since we lost one of our most beloved volunteers, Owen.
Owen worked as an animal rescue volunteer for the better part of ten years; in many ways becoming the beating heart of Feline Network in that time. Not only was he one of our most active volunteers, being instrumental in the rehoming and rescue of many of our cats, but his work also extended to the many other local charities he assisted, including Animals in Distress, Cats Protection, Cool for Cats and GKK Rescue to name a few. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that If you’ve reached out for assistance with animals in Torbay and Devon, there’s a high chance that Owen either helped you directly or put you in contact with someone who could.
His role with us also extended to being a crucial part of our administration, acting as liaison as well as an advisor to a majority of us during his tenure. He was known among not only ourselves but also the wider community of animal rescue volunteers in Torbay as someone who was consistently professional, dedicated to an awe inspiring degree and an overall credit to our industry. He was truly a wonderful man whose work will be unparalleled for quite some time and who will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him.
He leaves behind a legacy of literal hundreds of animals whose lives he touched, as well as a new generation of volunteers, myself included, who were either directly recruited by him or inspired to action by his work. His absence will be keenly felt both by all of us here at Feline Network and by the many volunteers, families and friends he was able to work alongside and help. We will honour his years of dedicated service by, as a community, working harder than ever to fulfill the goal he embodied of making sure no animal that we have the power to assist ever suffers.
In loving memory of
Feline Network are hosting a Psychic Evening and Raffle Draw at the Kindaplace at KindaKafe, lead by mediums Linda Bullock and Cheryl Foster, in aid of our Sponsor A Cat Scheme!
Doors will be opening at 7.00pm, with the demonstration running from 7.30pm till 9.00pm and the raffle being drawn soon after. Due to the intimate nature of the evening, tickets are limited and first come first serve. Tickets cost £5.00, and can be bought in our shop, or via our Facebook event page.
Cat Goodies Raffle!
Here at Feline Network, we've realised that our last few raffles have had lots of amazing prizes for humans and only a few amazing prizes for cats! Well, the time has come to remedy that with Feline Network's inaugural Cat Goodies Raffle!
Our prize, a wonderful Cat Goodies hamper, contains a selection of Dreamies, Harrington's Cat Biscuits, Pet Remedy, and many other cat toys, food, and more for a total of over 20 items!
Tickets are 20p each, and can be bought both in our shop and via our facebook page, and the draw will be taking place in our shop on Wednesday, March 18th at 2pm. Good luck and we hope to see you there!
Cat Goodies Raffle Results!
Earlier this month we announced our Cat Goodies Raffle, with the money raised going directly to our Sponsor a Cat scheme, and on the 18th of March, we held our draw.
We'd firstly like to thank everyone who bought a ticket, as with your help we've managed to raise over £115 for our sponsorship cats, and secondly we're happy to announce that the winning ticket was number 29, and we'd like to congratulate Jan B. on her winning our Cat Goodies hamper!
For anyone still looking to win big, we'd like to once again promote Plymouth Pet Scanners' Feline Network Raffle which will be drawn at the end of the month, which you can read about below.
Plymouth Pet Scanners'
Feline Network Raffle!
We're proud to announce that Plymouth Pet Scanners, who choose local charities and causes to run a fundraising raffle for, have selected Feline Network to be the recipient of their March raffle!
This month's prizes are a LOVE LOVE LOVE T-shirt, a pair
of Yankee Candle and Sanctuary Body Spa gift sets, an M&S Royal Jelly gift set, a set of Body Shop soaps and Rich Plum Delights gift box, a cotton tote bag with cat design, a 1000 piece jigsaw with a cat design, and a Sanctuary Spa washbag gift set.
Tickets are limited at 100 for the raffle, and are sold at £2 for one, or £5 for three, and can be bought on their Facebook page. The raffle will be drawn at the end of the month, and to everyone buying a ticket, thank you and good luck!
Charity Shop Mail Orders!
While our Charity Shop will be remaining closed until further notice, Feline Network are happy to announce that we have a way of allowing you access to a select range of our shop goods!
We are now able to fulfil orders of Books, Jigsaw Puzzles, Art and Craft Items including ready made bags of crafting materials via post.
While we'll be putting up pictures of some of the available goods, our staff will be more than happy to work with you to find what you're looking for from our stock, so anyone interested in placing an order for home delivery is directed to message us at our Charity Shop's Facebook Page
Earlier this month we were contacted by a family who had found an elderly female black cat that had been abandoned in a cat carrier on Reddenhill Road in Babbacombe, Torquay. We suspect the cat was injured having broken out of the cat carrier, though thankfully we were able to get her medical attention and she's now recovering in the care of one of our fosterers, where she's been named Dolly, after the 10 year old girl who first found her.
As such, Feline Network are launching an appeal for information for anyone who might know where this lovely cat came from, as she sadly isn't microchipped, and anyone who might have information for us, please feel free to Contact Us. We've also reported the incident to the police, as abandoning any pet is an offence under animal welfare law.
Lastly, while we can't speak for the motivations of whoever abandoned her, we would like to state for the record that there is no evidence that cats can transmit COVID-19 to humans.
The world at large is facing an unprecedented challenge in the form of Covid-19, or the coronavirus, and all of us are affected. Before anything, we'd like to give our thanks to both those who are following the government's instructions to self-isolatle and socially distance, as well as those who are still working and volunteering, especially those working with and for the NHS. Together, we'll be able to keep ourselves safe and healthy during these incredibly trying times.
As for Feline Network, while our present aim is to continue as much of our work as possible, it would be impossible to not be impacted, and as such we've made the decision to not only close our Charity Shop until further notice, but also postpone any scheduled events, including the previously upcoming Feline Network Psychic Evening. To anyone who bought tickets for this event, we're hoping to schedule a date for the event as soon as we're able, but in the interim if you'd like a refund, please contact us or message us on facebook.
Despite this, we're still hoping to continue our work, and while our capacity will be ineviatably reduced, we still aim to continue to treat injured cats as well as rehome our cats and respond to local crisis where we can. However, our Charity Shop, our main source of income, will be closed, and while this is an issue that faces a majority of us, we have started a GoFundMe page asking for crisis fund to help us fund our work while our main avenues are understandably closed. We'd advise you all to look after yourselves first, but to those of you who may be financially able to donate, we appreciate your consideration.
To everyone reading this we want to thank you for your support over the years and we hope that you're safe and healthy in these difficult times.
Update: We'd first like to thank everyone who's already donated to our GoFundMe Crisis Fund, it is very much appreciated both by all of of us here at Feline Network as well as all of our cats!
Secondly, we've also had to make the decision that to currently attempt home checks would be inadvisable both for our volunteers and to yourselves, and so while our cats available for rehoming are still available for reservation, we will only be able to home check and thereby complete the rehoming process once the lockdown has been lifted.
Again, we thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this trying time, and we hope that you're doing as well as you can, that you're as safe and healthy as you can be and that you're able to be as kind to yourselves as you should be.