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Thank you all for your support over the past year and the oncoming years and we hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We have had no internet connection or direct phone lines for two weeks because a tree fell down on Christmas Eve knocking the phone cables down.
Back in November we put a collection box on our counter for our Christmas Day Turkey fund and we amazingly raised £180. Thank you to everybody who gave us their loose change. All of the cats thoroughly enjoyed their fresh cooked roast turkeys on Christmas day.  Most of them were kindly donated from Mandy Smith Traditional Butchers in Hythe High Street and the rest we had to buy.

Burnham House Vets in Dover ran a Purrs in Parcels Donation Scheme for us whereby the surgery was full of pictures of sanctuary cats and clients and visitors donated food and toys for their benefit. They also ran a charity pet shop for people to buy gifts and all the proceeds for this were divided between us and Happy Endings in Faversham who take in and re home abandoned dogs.

The sanctuary has also received Christmas presents from friends and supporters of over £1,500. This makes a huge difference to our budget over the Christmas period. Our thanks to all our supporters and best wishes for the new year.

The cats say thanks too!


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We have been getting quite a few phone calls asking if we have any kittens because people want to give them as a Christmas present.
We do not have any kittens. We do however have lots of other cats of all different ages.
Although initially it might seem like a very sweet, good idea, you really need to think about it’s future. Ask yourself if that person actually has the time and money to spend with a kitten. They really are not just for Christmas….they are for life….the same with any animal at any age.
We do not have any kittens at this time of year. Generally cats come into season in Spring and kittens are mostly born in the warmer months.
If they are genuinely after a pet kitten, then why not get them a little present for their future pet and let that be a hint as to what you will get them when kittens are available.
Please note, we do not advertise our kittens and we DO NOT keep a list of people wanting them.

Photo taken from the internet, we did not put little Santa hats on these kittens as they are not ours!

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We have had to say a very sad final goodbye to our beloved house cat Kuga. He came into the sanctuary in February 2012 with bad ears which were later removed due to skin cancer. He was estimated to be in his late teens and he certainly had a great final few years in the bungalow with the other house cats.
Everybody who has been to the sanctuary would have no doubt been greeted at the gate by our loveable, earless old friend.
He certainly was a character and always tried his luck with everyone for a bit of extra food. He loved drinking from the big blue egg water feature and we always found him snoozing in a sunny spot on warm days.
He certainly will be very much missed.
Rest in Peace Kuga xxx

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The Christmas Fair held at the Holy Trinity Church Hall on Saturday 21st November raised a fantastic total amount of £1,121. This money will go towards the care of the 200+ cats in the sanctuary over Christmas.
Given the rotten weather on the day, it was wonderful to see so many of our friends come and support the event and spend and donate so generously.
Almost everything sold at this event is made or given by our staff, trustees and supporters.
All of the cakes were homemade by co Manageresses Claire and Tracey with the help from a long time supporter Mary.
A big thank you to Diane Thompson, Ron Streater, Thelma Jinks and Ted Cooper for their contributions to the feast.
Also to Thelma and Colin Jinks, Ted and Gill Cooper and Peter Jell for helping Tracey, Claire and Mike Whibley set up the stalls the night before and then to put it all away afterwards.
The poor weather may have put people off which meant that it wasn’t our best result ever but still such an enjoyable and rewarding day.
A big thank you to everyone who visited but also to the stars of the event, the sanctuary cats Billy, Charlie and Evie and Harry who were all very well behaved. Big tabby Charlie even managed to get himself a new home. Also a couple who had attended the fair then came up to the sanctuary and took home Walter and Jesse so a brilliant result. Hopefully the others will find new homes very soon.

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Our turkey is on the counter in the reception so if you’re passing by, please stuff our turkey with any spare change. All the money donated will go towards lots of turkeys which we will roast and dish out to all the 200+ cats in the sanctuary, the ferals, the FIV’s and the cats in boarding (with their owners consent) on Christmas Day. If you can’t make it up to the sanctuary then please donate via our PayPal. Many thanks.

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Our fun quiz night on Saturday 14th of November raised £630. This has been split between us and Frandham Kennels in River near Dover.
We would all like to say a huge thank you to everybody that attended our night and we hope you all had a good time. It was great to see so many people. The food was lovely and the quiz was good fun. Hopefully see you all in the Spring for our next one.

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On Saturday 14th November we have a fun quiz night in Etchinghill Village Hall (CT18 8NQ) at 7pm.
There will be a supper of freshly made Shepherds Pie (vegetarian option available) followed by Sponge and custard.
There will also be a raffle.
Tickets for the quiz night are £10 per person and all proceeds will go directly to the Cat Sanctuary and Frandham Kennels in River near Dover.
Table of 6 or 8. Please book your tickets now by calling us on 01303 862243, popping up to see us at the sanctuary or online at

We would love to see you all there.

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As some of you may know, Claire Jell, co Manageress, did a sponsored wing walk on the 3rd of October.
A brilliant £650 was raised so a big thank you to everybody that sponsored her for doing such a crazy thing to help all our cats.

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We have a building that we call the Kittery and we are in desperate need of some new beds. The ones we have are very old so we need to replace them.
The ones we have chosen are much better quality and hopefully the mums to be and mums with kittens will be much happier in them.
These beds are costly at £198 each because they are heated and we need six of them.
If anybody can help, we would very much appreciate any donations towards them.
Please visit our PayPal or visit us at the sanctuary.

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Support Adoption For Pets is giving away 10 prizes of up to £50,000 to rescue charities across the UK.  The competition is to make a short video about the rescue, what we do and what we would use the money for.

Of course Rhodes Minnis has entered, but we need all the support we can get! This is where you come in…

Please go to our Facebook page and follow the instructions! You can also be directed there via this link

We need as many votes as possible to be within a chance of winning such an amazing prize. Spread the word, get all your friends and family to visit our Facebook page and vote! And then get all their friends and family to do the same!

200 amazing kitties would very much appreciate it, Becky certainly agrees!