Two staff from an animal health company have raised more than £1,000 for charity after spending four hours in a cat pen.
The cat-napped pair, veterinary advisor “Cat” Curtis and territory manager Chantelle Smith, were locked in a double cat pen with 18 other people, kittens and cats for the duration of their detention and are on track to win a trophy for raising the most in sponsorship. The fundraising challenge was held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Andy Thompson Memorial Cattery opening at the branch.
Mrs Smith said Miss Curtis and herself have “worked closely” with the team at the Halifax and Huddersfield District Branch for several years and are “consistently impressed” by the dedication and care shown by the whole team towards the animals in their care.
“Many of those cat-napped with us were dressed up as cats, so we thought we’d be a bit different and both went as Minnie Mouse instead,” she said. “This definitely attracted a lot of attention.
“I’m more of a dog person and, until Sunday, had never met a moggy that didn’t want to use me as a scratching post. Now, I feel differently and am even trying to get my mum to adopt one of the kittens.
“Overall, the experience was one we won’t forget and took place in a spirit of great camaraderie and fun. We were very happy to be able to put something back and to show our support for the fantastic work the RSPCA branch does.
“We set ourselves a target of £700, but have exceeded that and will actually raise around £1,200 thanks to the great support we’ve received. All the money raised will go directly to the branch, so we look forward to seeing the difference it will make in the months ahead.”
Julie Cockcroft, centre manager at the branch, said the cattery has been packed to capacity with more than 5,500 residents since it opened in 2004.
“The vast majority have gone on to find a loving home,” she said. “We’re so grateful to everyone who took part in our fundraiser and Cat and Chantelle certainly stood out.”
Anyone who would like to support Mrs Smith and Miss Curtis can still donate via their JustGiving page.