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Tippi the three legged cat

Tippi the kitten came to us through an acquaintance of Lorna, one of our volunteers. He had heard that she fostered cats and kittens for the Society and hoped she would be able to help. The man had a stray cat turn up in his garden and gave birth to a litter of kittens in his shed. Wanting to do the right thing, he took the feline family in and began to look for homes for the kittens. His children had become attached to the mother and they decided to keep her.

The only problem was the little black female kitten with a deformed leg, probably due to her umbilical cord wrapping round the leg and stopping the circulation. She had a stump, just below the first joint; the leg was about half the length it should be. His vet advised that the leg should be amputated at six months, when she would be ready for spaying at the same time. The man was having difficulty finding a new owner who would be willing to take on a kitten requiring such an expensive procedure and he did not feel that he could keep her himself. It was decided that she would be admitted to the Sanctuary’s care until a new home could be found, possibly until after she had the surgery. As she was only nine weeks, she went into foster care with Lorna.


After a week it was evident that she could not wait until she was six months for the surgery as the stump was constantly raw and bled because she was trying to walk on it. It also affected her ability to go to the toilet as it caused her pain to squat, and litter of any kind hurt her raw stump. Therefore, the Sanctuary’s vet decided to do the surgery at 13 weeks, spaying her at the same time so that she didn’t have to go through another anaesthetic at a later date. This decision would ultimately save her life.


During the operation a large blood clot was found in her abdomen, which was traced back to a tear in her spleen, which had to be removed. The damage was usually consistent with some kind of trauma, such as a kick or road accident. It is a mystery as to how she had this injury as she was closely monitored in foster care and when speaking to the man who originally had her he could not recall anything of note. The vet said it could have been bleeding for a number of weeks – we will never know when it happened or how. We do know that any slight bump or fall during the time it was bleeding could have been fatal. It’s a good job we didn’t wait until she was six months old for the surgery!


Recovery was slow and for the first few days she would not eat and everyone was really worried. Various foods were tried to get her to eat, from tuna to custard. When she finally ate a small amount of chicken we knew she had turned the corner. She also began to go to the toilet normally, without the frustration and wailing that accompanied it before. She had to then endure the annoyance of a Buster Collar for ten days to stop her from biting her many stitches.


There was relief all round when the stitches came out and she could then begin to enjoy being a kitten again and she hasn’t looked back.

During all this Lorna and her husband became especially attached to her and decided to break their rule of not adopting any of their foster felines. Tippi has become a permanent member of their furry family.

And an explanation of the name: on the evening she arrived Lorna and her family watched Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ starring Tippi Hedren, a great animal rights campaigner. A perfect name for a kitten who tips over!



Why a lick on the head made Lorna love cats!

Meet Lorna Quinlan, one of our volunteers.

Lorna with one of our rescue cats

Lorna has been with the SAA for about a year and has been helping us care for the many cats that we look after.

She decided to follow her dream of working with animals after spending several years in the financial sector. She took a job that allowed her to spend a day a week volunteering. Fortunately for us Lorna already knew about the SAA as she’d adopted cats from us before. So she got in touch and offered to volunteer with us.

“Everyone was really friendly when I first started volunteering. It was like joining a big family where we’re all working towards the same goal to care for animals. The training I received was really good and it was even better when they let me get on with the job when they could see I knew what I was doing.”

Lorna dishing out breakfast

Every Thursday Lorna cleans out the cats. Her day starts with cat food for breakfast – not her breakfast of course! Lorna says if you don’t feed the cats before cleaning the pens then they make so much fuss it’s impossible to clean them. When all the cats have been fed they calm down and many of them have a quick cat nap.

When the cats are settled she changes their litter trays and cleans out their pens. Lorna says this is often the most unglamorous part of the job, wiping up spilt food, poos and even the odd spot of cat sick.

“You have to come into volunteering with an open mind. Unfortunately you don’t get to play with cute kittens every day. You do have to deal with some messy cats and then there are the ones that take a violent dislike to you!”

But cleaning the pens isn’t all bad. Lorna recalls the cat that used to sit on its chair licking her head as she brushed out its pen. She was so touched by its affection that she had to adopt it.

Sweeping out the pens

Whilst most days at the SAA are uneventful Lorna does recall one morning when she thought one of the cats had escaped. She had gone to get more food for them and when she returned to the pens one cat had vanished! She went in and checked it wasn’t hiding anywhere, calling out its name and panicking about how it could have got out. Eventually a staff member popped her head round the door and said the cat had been taken to the vets!

Waking up the cats

As most of the cats at the SAA are very friendly Lorna said one of her biggest concerns was being upset when cats she had got close to were adopted. But she says was surprised how delighted she always feels when a reserved sign appears on a cat’s pen as she knows it will be moving on to a better life.

After cleaning out the cats Lorna helps with our donations, picking out items to sell on ebay to raise money for the SAA. She’s also going to be helping out on reception on Saturdays.

Lorna says she feels very honoured to be part of the work the SAA does, caring for abandoned animals and finding loving homes for cats, dogs and rabbits. She finds her work with the charity very rewarding and far more furry than finance! She says anyone thinking of volunteering or looking to work with animals should consider the SAA. Just a few hours a week makes a massive difference to the lives of hundreds of animals.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the SAA then please check out the volunteering page on our website www.saarescue.co.uk or call the office on 0161 973 5318 between 12 and 16:30. Alternatively you can email our volunteer co-ordinator Aimee at aimeennis@saa.eclipse.co.uk

Charlie and Chaplin asleep in their clean pen

A Rescue and Reunion at Easter

We’ve had a busy Easter at the Society for Abandoned Animals but the holidays have ended with a happy story.

On Easter Saturday we took in four tiny kittens that were just three weeks old.

Taking a nap!

They were brought to the sanctuary by Pam who had spent the past few days looking after the cats on a building site in Eccles.

Pam first learned of the little family from her husband who was working on the site. Despite the noise of the heavy machinery and the busy nature of the site the mother cat had settled into a metal container to give birth and tend her young.

After a lot of persuading from Pam the builders allowed her onto the site so she could bring food for the mother cat. This was a potentially lifesaving action as it’s vital the mother has enough strength to care for the kittens and produce enough milk for them.

However the building site was being closed down for Easter and the builders were threatening to evict the cats. Pam realised how distressing this could be for the mother, something that could prove fatal to the kittens. Concerned about their welfare Pam brought the kittens to the SAA but she hadn’t been able to catch the mother.

Can you guess why this kitten is named after Freddy Mercury?

The kittens were in a very healthy condition and were very friendly with the staff. All they wanted to do was play. We syringe and bottle fed them milk to keep up their strength and they seemed to be thriving. But we were all concerned about the mum who would be wondering the building site looking for her kittens, devastated at their loss. We gave Pam a trap for catching the mother cat and hoped she would be able to find her. I don’t think any of us at that stage were hopeful of ever reuniting this feline family.

Whilst Pam was on the lookout for mum, we sent the kittens to two foster homes. Fortunately two of our fosterers had cats that had recently given birth. The kittens initially took milk from these “foster” mums although we had to go back to bottle feeding to ensure everyone got their fair share of mum’s milk.

To our amazement Pam arrived at the sanctuary on Tuesday with the mother cat. We can’t thank her enough for her tenacity and determination. By sheer coincidence one of our fosterers who had two of the kittens was also at the sanctuary. She immediately called the other fosterer and dashed home to get the kittens.

The happy family reunited.

When they arrived everyone was apprehensive as to what would happen. We held our breath as the basket with the kittens was brought into the room. It’s very common for mother’s to reject their young after a period of separation and it had now been four days. The kittens also smelt of another cat. Fortunately we needn’t have worried. We were thrilled to see the mother come straight over to the basket before the kittens were even released. When they were she was overjoyed, licking the kittens all over. It was like a mother kissing her children. They were equally excited to have their mum back and were climbing all over her, although two of them were more interested in mum’s milk than her kisses!

Mum gives a reassuring hug

After such an emotional reunion the kittens were exhausted and literally fell asleep in mum’s paws. It was really moving to watch her hugging the kittens, reassuring them that she was there to protect them.

All five of this lucky feline family are now living with one of our fosterers. When the kittens are old enough and mum is satisfied that her job is done we’ll be looking for permanent homes for the cats.

It’s clear the mother cat isn’t a stray. She has a collar and is very friendly with people, but unfortunately she isn’t micro chipped. Pam tried her best to locate the owner but had no joy. This story is a really clear example of why owners must microchip their pets. We would also implore all owners to neuter their animals so they don’t end up with a litter of kittens on a building site relying on strangers for their survival.

We can’t thank Pam enough for her dedication to this cat family’s welfare. In recognition of her efforts we’ve named the mother cat after her. So if you’re interested in adopting Pam or any of the kittens (including Freddy, named after Freddie Mercury!) please contact the SAA on 0161 973 5318.

A real happy ending!

The Cats Whiskers

“I wish we were tall enough to get to the phone!”

This sunday (15 th May) is our first annual Cat Care Day extravaganza! The day promises to be filled with all things feline from Cat health checks and low-cost vaccinations to fun feline-themed stalls fit for all ages! To book your cat a place with our vet please call (UK) 01619735318 and specify if you would like a health check, preventative health care, vaccinations or advice on any specific conditions that may be affecting your cat.

Cat welfare is obviously one of the highest priorities for us here at the Society for Abandoned Animals. We are continually trying to improve the level of welfare we set for our animals and would very much like to help cat owners to improve the welfare of their own cats.
Cat behaviour is a perplexing thing, cats are very difficult to read and often do not betray any of the emotions they may be feeling at that particular moment in time. I’m sure that you have seen your own cat doing something very odd like focusing so completely on one spot on the floor to the extent that everything going on around it is being ignored. Our fully trained staff will be on hand to tell you all you need to know about feline antics.
We will have our cat vet on hand to do health checks, microchipping, worming, de-fleaing and to issue vouchers for low-cost vaccinations. They will also be more than happy to discuss any issues you may have with your can and can advise on the next course of action on any potential medical problems.
There will be lots to do for all of our human visitors on the day too so why not pop down, buy your cat a little prezzie, try your luck at ourn raffle games and join us for a fantastic feline friendly day!

2010, the year of the abandoned cat.

2010 has been a very hard year for all animal rescue shelters but for us, it was the hardest on record. We had to contend with problems and challenges coming at us from all sides and when you run on resources as limited as ours, keeping your head above the water is not easy.

As those of you who have been following this blog from its start last year will know, we had a crisis on our hands that could have resulted in this sanctuary, a much-needed and very much respected part of the local community, closing down for good. Due to higher demand for animal places and fewer donations coming in, we were running out of money fast. They say money makes the world go round and to us, money is the difference between being able to help an animal in need of a new home and having to stand by and watch that animal suffer. Without money we would not be here.

However, thanks to the fantastic efforts of our small team of staff and our massive group of dedicated volunteers we pulled through! Our campaign, the ‘Save our sanctuary’ campaign was picked up by out local newspaper group the Messenger and they followed us, running stories on our plight every week for he whole of our 3 month emergency appeal. With their help and more importantly yours, we were successful in reaching our target of £50,000 in just 3 months! This enabled us to keep functioning untill we could put other long-term plans into place that would secure our future for years to come. We are not there yet but thanks to you we are in a much better place now than this time last year.

There was unfortunately a down side to all of the local media attention we received. More people knowing where we are is undoubtedly a good thing, this means more people are aware of our situation and can come down to visit us or to volunteer with us. however, this also means that more people knew where to bring their unwanted animals. While this is what we are here to do, take in unwanted and abandoned animals, we do have very limited resources and we can’t help everyone. unfortunately, our situation was made harder to contend with by an excessive num,ber of animals being abandoned at our gates. We literally had animals coming out of our ears! For months now our foster homes have been maxed out with abandoned cats and kittens all in need of care and attention.

To give you an idea of our figures, during 2010 we took in 215 cats!! That is a lot of mouthes to feed!

We did, however manage to get through it! All of the animals left in our care received the best care and welfare standards we could provide and all have come through their ordeals in fantastic condition! This is all down to our fantastic team of staff and volunteers who spend hours each day grooming, playing and rehabilitating these very often traumatized animals.

We know times are hard for everyone at the moment, lots of people are loosing their jobs and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Often in these situations the animals are the first thing people think of to give up. Please, if you are in this situation and feel you have no other option, speak to your local animal rescue shelters to see what help they can offer. I have no doubt in my mind that the people who leave an animals tied to our gates overnight think it is in the best interests of that animal but there is no way of knowing what could happen to the poor creature all on its own, defenseless and afraid.

This Is No Walk In The Park!

That time of year has come round again where Manchester laces up its trainers, warms up its muscles and gets running for charity in the Bupa Great Manchester Run! This is a fantastic event that lets ordinary people compete with the best of the best. This event puts the fun in fundraising!

This year, our very own Aggie Sheppard is running the grueling 10K course to raise money for the Society for Abandoned Animals. Fundraising events like this one help us to rescue unwanted and abandoned animals from all over Manchester and to find loving new homes for them where they will be safe and happy forever! Through the fundraising efforts of people like Aggie we are able to reach out the multitudes of different communities around Manchester, providing support, advice and education to the thousands of pet owners in this city!

We honestly hope that through our help and support, people can learn that it is not as difficult or as costly as people think to properly care for an animal and that there is help out there for those who are struggling with their pets. Over the years we have helped many hundreds of animals find new homes, many of which came to us because of their owners financial commitments.

unfortunately, our resources are extremely limited therefore we can only help a small number of animals at a time. Our phone never stops ringing with requests for pen spaces and unfortunately the most we can do for some people is to give them the numbers of other local charities. With your help and support we can help so many more animals!

If you would like to help support our work with cats, rabbits and in the future, dogs then please give whatever amount you can in support of Aggie, our fantastic-fun-runner! a 10k run is definitely no doggie walk in the park! This takes real effort and we thing she deserves all the support in the world to make her event a truly fantastic day!

We hope the weather treats you kindly Aggie, Good luck!

 If you can sponsor Aggie on her 10k run then please visit her JustGiving page and give as much or as little as you can!

Thank you.

All I Want For Christmas….

Christmas time is busy time of year for everyone (whether you believe in Santa or not). A time of hope for the future, good will and (as any self respecting 7 year old will tell you) presents!! Topping almost every childs christmas list at some point in their lives is the inevitable “I want a pony/puppy/kitten/bunny” quickly followed by the equally inevitable grimace from the adults. The giving of pets at christmas has been a socially acceptable thing for many years which has resulted in a lot of animals being bought on a whim without proper consideration beforehand.

Some animals do find themselves in loving homes from this situation, however most animals end up being viewed as a nuisance after the novelty has worn off. When buying a pet on a whim or as a present people don’t often consider the amount of care an animal will need in the future. Cats will need a litter tray cleaning out every day, a dog will need training and walking and rabbits need their hutches cleaning out every day despite the weather. Not to mention that cute little ball of fuzz you carefully put in a bow and unveil on christmas morning will soon grow to be quite a large animal that will not be so cute and cuddly for very long.

It is these animals that end up in our care a few months down the line, needing behavioural or health issues sorting out before they can go to their new forever homes. Tis situation can be stopped once and for all if people would only think twice before buying a pet as a present.

The Society for Abandoned Animals does not rehome pets as presents no mater what time of year it is unless we are confident that the family have considered adopting very seriously and are all committed to the animals care. We always ask that it is the adults in the family that take on the daily care of the animal as it is often too big of a responsibility for a child to manage on their own.

A pet can make a wonderful addition to any family and we would not stand in the way of any of our animals going to a fantastic new home over the christmas season. If you are or were considering giving a pet as a gift to a member of you family this year then please contact us on any of the methods provided below to discuss the options and precisely what each of our animals requires by way of daily care.

You can e-mail us on office@saarescue.co.uk,

phone us on 01619735318

or visit us at The Society for Abandoned Animals off Dane Road, Sale, Manchester.