In 2010 a small group of friends, who had all been volunteers at a branch of a national charity that had recently closed, held a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up a cat rescue organisation and so began
Leeds Feline Friends.
Ten years on, in 2020 (and all of us ten years older!) we are proud of what we have achieved but we are a very small group, just eight of us, all volunteers, and we recognise that this is the right time to make some changes.
We have homed over 400 cats during the ten years but, once all
cats currently on the website have been homed, we won’t be
taking in any more cats so no more homing.
We have helped many cats with veterinary care and have taken in some very elderly cats, often with quite serious health issues.These cats can’t be rehomed so this means that we have a large number of cats in long term care living happily with their fosterers and we will care for them for the rest of their lives.
During the last few years, with the support and cooperation of Beechwood and Towerwood Vets, we have organised 3 neutering campaigns, targeting different areas of the city, and from now on, we shall be concentrating on this aspect of cat welfare.
The situation in Leeds where there are huge numbers of stray, feral and unwanted cats and kittens is extremely serious. On an almost daily basis we hear distressing stories about these cats and about kittens born in gardens, sheds, outbuildings, under bushes and in all manner of dangerous places. We hear of kittens dumped in bags, boxes and litter bins or left to die by busy roads.It is heartbreaking, especially since since most of this suffering could be avoided if only cats were neutered.
As an extremely small charity we know we can’t solve this problem but we are all committed to neutering as many cats as we possibly can.