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St Francis Hospice for Cats  We are a cat charity based in the UK 🇬🇧 that care for elderly & terminally ill cats 🐱. For more information about what we do visit our website.

Hi all, I wanted to thank everyone for your kind and encouraging comments following the news that our opening of the new cat unit is now imminent. I should be visiting this weekend so will be taking lots of photos to show you what has been done and the environment that all of the cats that we rescue will have to live out their lives in.

Also a big thank you to those who have purchased items off our Amazon Wish List, we have prioritised a few items that we really do need before opening, which should now be later this month. Mainly the thermostat radiators as we want to ensure the cats have a lovely warm environment to get cosy in, or the cat climbers would also be a huge bonus as I am sure these will be a big favourite for the cats. So if you are able to please take a look and see if there is anything that you could consider buying for the charity. Alternatively if you wish to make a donation via PayPal this would also be much appreciated. Funds collected via PayPal in the next couple of weeks will also be utilised towards the finishing touches for the unit. All donations are very gratefully received.
Thank you all for your continued support.

http://www.sfhfc.org.uk/donate.html

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2019 has started in a positive way for SFHFC as I am delighted to say that our new unit is finally going to be opening its doors in the next couple of weeks. Pictured here is Bruce who will be one of the first cats in the new unit along side our other residents who have been staying in temporary accommodation since being rescued.

We are aware that this is long overdue, but we are also immensely proud that over these past few years since leaving our previous premises we have now secured the charities future in a new location. Over this time we have encountered numerous hurdles to cross and I must admit that at times I really haven’t been sure that we would ever get here, BUT WE HAVE.

I shall be posting some photos of the new unit shortly along with an official opening date, so keep an eye out for this.
In the meantime we would like to ask for your help as there are some items that we are still in need of, especially the cat climbers and litter trays. We have updated our Amazon wish list that can be found using this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/3VNQVU92L9M8Q (If you can source any similar items cheaper elsewhere then please do). Alternatively you can make monetary donations via PayPal or set up a monthly Direct Debit to help us with our running costs of the charity. http://www.sfhfc.org.uk/donate.html

We are a small charity that is funded solely by public donations so every penny we receive really is much appreciated. Our thanks go out to you for your continued support through these tough times.

It is with great sadness that I share the news that we have lost our adorable Snowbunny (Boris). After consultation with our vet Abdul we had decided that Snowbunny required a dental. He had the operation just over a week ago to remove his teeth in the hope that it would help him as he really was suffering with an extremely sore mouth.
This past week has been so difficult as it became evident that there were other issues going on. The past few days we just hadn’t been able to get him to eat anything at all and we knew he wasn’t comfortable.
When we took him over to see Abdul again on Thursday we knew that it was unlikely that he was going to return home with us and sadly we were right. In the short time that Snowbunny had been with SFHFC he had had trouble with a high temperature meaning he had been required to be hospitalised at the vets on two occasions and this time Abdul had felt that there was nothing more that we could do.

Whenever we get to this situation it really is never easy, even when you know it is the right decision. I believe that when it gets to this stage the last kind thing we can do is to help them to slip away quickly and peacefully. Snowbunny sat on Claire’s knee and with me there nuzzling him he quickly slipped away.

Snowbunny has touched us more than most cats that cross our path and has left a huge sadness with us as we just wish that we could have done more for him, but sadly it just wasn’t meant to be for some reason.
Run free now Snowbunny, you really have left paw prints 🐾 on our hearts 💔💔

I’m pleased to say that Snowbunny is back at home with us after his dental to remove his poorly teeth. Unfortunately he has also got a couple of mouth ulcers under his tongue. We now hope that with some painkillers and time to heal, along with a bit of TLC he will be able to make a full recovery, paws crossed for you Snowbunny 💜.

Here is Boris (Snowbunny) with our little Penny. Please send your healing wishes over to Snowbunny as he is at the vets today and may need a dental. There are always risks with anaesthetic but Snowbunny is suffering with his mouth and the medication he has been on hasn’t been as successful as we had hoped. We know he is in the best hands possible with our vet Abdul, but these are always worrying times. So please keep your paws crossed for him 🙏🏻

Meet Boris, (otherwise now known as Snowbunny, that’s the name our daughter has given him) he is the newest resident of SFHFC. He came into us a month ago after being found as a stray and tested positive for FIV. At that time there seemed to be no other avenue for him until we got involved and rescued him to ensure that we could give him the best chance possible. As well as being FIV+ he also had a sore mouth which he has been having medication for.
He has been living with us in our spare room while we are still awaiting a finalised date for our new unit to open. Over the weekend we had concerns and after a vet visit today, he has had to stay in on a drip. His temperature is very high and this is now unfortunately the second time he has had issues like this.

We now need to see what the next 24 hours hold for him so please send over some healing thoughts for our newest boy as he really is one of the nicest, most gentle personalities that you could meet.

We know he is in the best hands possible with our vet Abdul and his team of nurses from Blagreaves Veterinary Centre but we really are worried about him.
💙 🙏🏻 💙

It is with much sadness that I share this post about one of our long standing residents, Sylvester as he sadly passed away on 18th November.

Sylvester had been a resident of the hospice for a number of years due to being FIV+. As well as this Sylv also had a deep routed ear tumour, over the years he had to have a couple of operations to try to remove this. Due to the special care he required one of our volunteers Katrina decided she would look after him and care for him at home.
We are so grateful to Katrina for doing this as we know that Sylv will have had the best four years of his life while living with Katrina. There were times when he required his ears to be cleansed twice a day, along with a lot of TLC following his times at the vets.

Rest in Peace Sylvester, you will be sorely missed 💔

I’ve just been sitting out with Bruce and he’s been enjoying some fuss and Dreamy Treats. He is adorable and we do think he is a handsome fella 😻.

There is real progress being made now with our new unit. We are really pleased with how we have been able to adapt and integrate the old UPVC panels from our previous residence. Some of you may remember that when we were in Littleover we had areas of the hospice which were affectionately known as, The Garden Room and The Potting Shed. It’s approximately 15 years ago since there were a number of fundraising events held to purchase these UPVC buildings for the charity and we are so pleased that we have been able to use them going forward with our new unit.
We still have a considerable amount of work to do inside but a lot of things are in place to be completed over the next few weeks.
In my next post I will be including how you may be able to help as we will be looking to raise some funds towards part of the new build.

Meet our newest resident. His name is Bruce and he came to SFHFC a couple of weeks ago. He had been found as a stray and had been being fed in a garden for a couple of months, when the chap feeding him had thought that he may need to go to the vets. So Bruce was taken to see the vet and while there he tested positive for FIV. The kind gentleman who had been feeding Bruce was unable to keep him himself and got in touch with us to see if we could help.
At that time Bruce was suffering with diarrhoea and runny eyes and was on a course of antibiotics. After a couple of calls Bruce was brought over to our temporary accommodation where he will be staying until we finalise the finishing touches to our new unit.

I am pleased to say he has settled with us quite well and absolutely adores his food.....along with a bit of fuss of course. He has been to visit our vet Abdul at Blagreaves Surgery and has received a full check over. Bruce has now been neutered and has recently had an antibiotic injection to help with his ongoing symptoms.

If you would like any information about FIV then please visit https://www.catchat.org/index.php/fiv

Thank you 🙏🏻

Here’s a little teaser of some of the cats that we are currently looking after at the moment in our temporary accommodation. These will be the first of the cats to go into the new unit once we have got it kitted our for them. I think you’ll agree, they are so lovely and adorable. I will be posting more pics of our adorable residents over the coming weeks.
This is a good time to highlight that the majority of the cats that we rescue have the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, meaning they have tested positive for FIV. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people (including some vets) out there who don’t fully understand this illness, meaning that a large number of cats are unnecessarily euthanised everyday. Hard to believe when you look at this picture and think that many cats just like these don’t sadly get the second chance that these have now they are with SFHFC.
So please share this post in order that we can get this message across to as many people as possible. If this post could help to save just one cats life, then it’s been worth it.
If you would like to read some great information about FIV then please visit https://www.catchat.org/index.php/fiv

Thank you 🙏🏻

It’s been a long time waiting but I am pleased to say that our new unit is finally up. We still have work to do on the inside before we will be able to accept new residents into the hospice. I am aware that this new chapter has taken a lot longer than any of us ever expected, but after many delays, a lot of which were out of the charity’s control it really is exciting to know that things really are now moving in the right direction. I am posting a few pics of the empty shell, we are now looking at getting the interior cat friendly as well as homely and comfortable and also some permanent cat friendly steps (the temp set are for us humans only). Since these were taken we have also erected part of the old UPVC buildings that were based at our previous location in Littleover, these will help us to offer as much space as we can for our residents to wander freely around their new home.

If you would like to help in some way then watch this space as I will be putting together a wish list of items and things that the charity will need. I am hoping to get our Amazon Wishlist updated as I know that a lot of our supporters used to use this as a way of donating directly to what our cats need. We are a small independent registered charity who survive solely on the kind donations from the public, so thank you to everybody who has donated to our charity in some way. If you would like to donate you can visit our website and click on the Paypal link.

So now that things are moving I will aim to start posting about the new unit as well as the cats that are currently in our care. I hope that you will be able to continue supporting us on our new chapter.

Thank you to everybody for your good wishes and support, past, present and hopefully in the future.

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