Feline Network News
Here you'll find all of the latest information from Feline Network. We update the page regularly so keep an eye out for fresh information about all things Feline Network!
Feline Network and
Hector's House Residents
Feline Network are happy to announce our partnership with the animal rescue non-profit organisation Hector's House Residents, established in 2020 and helmed by a long time Feline Network volunteer, Zara.
Like us, they seek to trap, provide medical aid for, rehabilitate and rehome cats across Devon, but with a focus on strays, who they feel deserve to have someone put them as the priority.
Charity Shop Reopening
We're very happy to announce that the Feline Network Charity Shop is now scheduled to reopen bright and early at 10.00am on Monday, the 22nd of June.
We're hard at work preparing our shop so that our shoppers can safely social distance. As part of this, our opening hours are going to be reduced to 10.00am to 3.00pm on Mondays, as well as 10.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Also, only the ground floor excluding our changing room will be open at this time, but talk to our members of staff if you wish to purchase anything from the first floor! Next, we'll be limiting the amount of people who can enter the store at any time to four to give a max capacity enough room to properly social distance.
Lasty, we'll be unable to accept donations in our first week of operation, but we'll update you both here and on our social media pages when we're able to take donations again. We'd like to thank everyone for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!
A Happy Home for Charm
Today, we have a happy story from Charm, who recently found her forever home with the Symons family. Her new mum Kim shared this story with us.
"I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this little face on the Feline Network page. I fell in love and made a comment that we were interested. Never did think anything would come of it. I went on to look at the charity on Google to ensure it was an actual charity as I had not heard of them.
We were messaged by Debbie her foster mum who invited us to meet Charm as she wanted to meet my 9 year old daughter and I to ensure we were right for Charm. Debbie was amazing giving us information about the charity and Charm. We wanted to take her home but Feline Network would not let her go until she had been spayed, fleaed, wormed and had her 2 lots of injections. Debbie kept me updated every step of the way. In the mean time a house visit was carried out by a lovely volunteer. Looking at the premises and asking appropriate questions. An answer was given to us there and then, no waiting. Debbie had taken the time to send us pictures of food and cat litter Charm was used to. As soon as Debbie had Charm ready we discussed the collection date. Every step went so smoothly with constant contact from Debbie. I do highly recommend Feline Network."
We'd like to thank Kim for her story and we know Charm will be very happy in her new home! We always have more cats who need a loving home, so if you'd like to find your own Charm, have a look at our Cats available for rehoming!
Gremlin, Happily Reunited
After Three Years!
Today, we're proud to share the story of Gremlin who had been missing for three years, and our wonderful volunteer Zara who returned her home.
As part of our work, we'll regularly go out to investigate calls and messages about suspected stray cats, as was the case when our volunteer Zara sought out a grey long haired cat that was seen in the area.
Luckily, Zara was quickly able to gain her trust and get her safely and (mostly) happily secured in a cat carrier, at which point she was able to scan her and found her microchip letting us know who Gremlin was and where she lived.
And after a quick car ride, Gremlin was happily reunited with her family after three years apart, who, as you can see from the pictures, were very happy to have her back! We'd like to thank Zara and all of our fantastic volunteers for their constant hard work, and all of you, as without your support, none of the good work we do would be possible!
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.