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Claire raised £275 for braving the zip wire. Thank you to everybody who donated.

On Thurs 6th September, Co Manageress Claire is going to do a sponsored zip wire and Mega Drop to raise money for the cats here at Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary.
She will whizz past the city’s world-famous skyline during an adrenaline-pumping zip line adventure. It is one of the world’s fastest urban zip wires with Zip Now London at Archbishop’s Park.
She will feel the wind in her hair while zooming past some of London’s top attractions, including The Shard, Big Ben and the Coca-Cola London Eye.
A true adrenaline seeker, Claire will climb to heights of 35m (115ft) above south London, before making an exhilarating 225m (738ft) descent. The zip line experience goes to speeds of up to 31mph (50km/h) and promises to give riders the ultimate thrill.
THE MEGA DROP is a freefall jump which is 15 meters high. It requires riders to take a step into the void, with a stomach-flipping freefall followed by a gradual slowing towards ground. It’s a bit like a bungee jump without the bounce.

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The grand total raised for our open day on Sunday 22nd July was £4,720.
Not quite an all time record but perhaps the many events in Folkestone, including the Red arrows took a little of the attention later in the day. Still a splendid result for a one day fundraiser and a lovely crowd to see what we do and enjoy our home made fare. As always a great big thank you to all of the staff and supporters for all the hard work making, baking and preparing in the weeks before, pulling out all the sales stops on the day and then putting it back together afterwards. all on a very warm day!
We had a great day and we were so happy to see so many of you.

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Save the date for our Open Day which will be held on Sunday 22nd July.

There will be-

Homemade cakes, jams and produce stalls

Huge Tombola with a great variety of prizes

Hamper Raffles for people and cats

Barrow of Booze Raffle 


Veterinary demonstrations from Burnham House Vets

Frandham kennels – dog rescue

Snowy’s Canine Therapy Centre

Shetland ponies

B.B.Q, Teas, Coffees and refreshments including the ‘famous ’meringues! With strawberries or raspberry’s & cream, Pimm’s (optional extra)

Live singing from Sophie Peers   

Admission – Adults £1.00 Children & Pensioners 50p

If you are unable to attend, then please spread the word and share our event. Or you can send donations in the post stating Open Day Donation on the envelope. Alternatively you can donate raffle and tombola prizes which would be gratefully received.

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***********************SPRING FAIR RESULTS***********************

Our Spring Fair which was held on the 27th May raised a total amount of £1,661.
That’s from the sales of plants, cakes, jams and refreshments, bric a brac and donations. We also received lots of cat food and goodies. Thank you to everyone who helped make it our most successful Spring Fair to date!!

Sunday 27th May for our Spring Fair.

11AM until 4PM.

Home Made Cakes and Jams, Plants, Books, CD’s DVD’s Bric a Brac.
Bring and Buy Welcome
Refreshments available all day.
Come and make friends with our cats.
And maybe take one or two home with you!

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Our friends at Frandham rehoming centre are holding a fundraising walk on Sunday 25th March. They will be leaving Frandham Kennels, Minnis Lane, River, Near Dover, CT15 7DN at 11am and the walk will be approximately two hours long.
Costs £7 per person or please feel free to pop in to Frandham and get a sponsorship form instead. Tea, coffee, hot cross buns and cake will be served when we get back.
All funds raised will be split between the homeless dogs at Frandham and the homeless cats at Rhodes Minnis.
All dogs welcome on leads.
Call Frandham on 01304 823133

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Our fun quiz night is to be held on Saturday 10th March at Etchinghill Village Hall, St Marys Drive, Etchinghill, near Folkestone. CT18 8NQ
It starts at 7pm and you will be provided with a homemade supper of Spanish chicken and chorizo bake (vegetarian option available). Desert is plum crumble cake with ice cream. Teas and coffees. Please bring your own cold drinks.
It costs £10 per person and tables of 6 to 8 people.
There will be a raffle.

Hosted by the brilliant quiz master Richard Darlington.
We look forward to another sold out evening.

Book your tickets now by calling 01303 862243

All proceeds go directly to the homeless cats.

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Save the date for your diary for Saturday 10th March for our Quiz Night. More details to follow soon.

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Louie is an 11 year old Bengal who’s behaviour changed when his previous owner had a baby. He came to us in March 2017 and we had found two different homes for him but both times he came back. We have learnt more about him from those two homes and we believe that a rural property would suit him where he has lots to explore. But he does need a nice warm home to feel comfortable and well loved. He’s such a character and is an affectionate boy who loves to climb up onto your back and give you a massage. He would need to be the only cat as he wants all the attention. Being left alone for too long is not good for him and he been known to be destructive and mess around the house. He has a very loud call and will cry for attention. Being in the sanctuary is not the best environment for him. He is very inquisitive and follows us around and going into other cats pens which is upsetting them all. He has digestive issues which we believe are stress related. We have tried him on various foods to settle his stomach. He is on a special diet. We would love for him to be re homed as soon as possible to the right person. Come and meet him if you believe you can give Louie the forever home he deserves.

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Here is a very brief over view of the year 2017. The operations are the more serious ones. not included are the many spay/neutering and dentals. The cats we sadly lost were from the ferals and the sanctuary sections, some of whom had been with us many years. We thank you all for you support and we wish you a great 2018.

30 cats were admitted. We take in cats of all ages and from various reasons.
22 cats were adopted.
We lost Daphne who was in her late teens and had been with us a number of years living in the sanctuary. Thomas (pictured below right) one of our long serving sanctuary cats had to have an operation on his eyes. He has since found a new home.

21 cats were admitted.
20 cats were adopted.
We had two put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.

25 cats were admitted.
33 cats were adopted.
We had two put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.
Mass Vaccinations. Approximately 50 of our feral cats had their annual boosters which involves Tracey and Claire, two Vets and two Vet nurses. All of the cats were caught and checked over then any who needed dentals were kept in for longer.
Quiz night raised £713

27 cats were admitted.
20 cats were adopted.
We had five cats put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age. One of them including our beloved old Billy Big Feet (pictured right) who had extra toes and lived as a house cat in the Seathwaite Bungalow.

26 cats were admitted.
15 cats were adopted.
One cat put to sleep under vets advice.
Our sanctuary cat Kitty (pictured below right) had signs of skin cancer on his ears so they were removed. He has since found a new home.
Our annual Plant Fair raised £1,285

29 cats were admitted.
17 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                      A cat handed over to us with an injured front leg and it had to be removed. He has since found a new home.

20 cats were admitted.
35 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                  Five cats had to be put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age, including our old girl Cissy who lived in the sanctuary for a few years.                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of our kittens had one of his front legs removed. He has since found a new home.                                                                                                         Our Open Day was a great success and raised £6,335. Our biggest result to date!

August                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            16 cats were admitted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 were adopted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We sadly had to have Charles Dickens put to sleep, a cat so loving we hoped would find a home.                                          Sanctuary cat Fergie (pictured right) had her eye removed. She is still waiting for a new home.

September                                                                                                                                                                                  26 cats were admitted.                                                                                                                                                                 16 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                                                  We had three cats put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.                                                                                      Sanctuary cat Paddy had a Thyroidectomy.

October                                                                                                                                                                                        36 cats were admitted.                                                                                                                                                                26 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                                                  Three cats had to be put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.

November                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12 cats were admitted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  15 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Four cats had to be put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.                                                                                                                                     Our Quiz night was a sell out and raised a great total of £754.                                                                                        Our Christmas Fair raised an impressive £2,173.

December                                                                                                                                                                        15 cats were admitted.                                                                                                                                                        21 cats were adopted.                                                                                                                                                Three cats had to be put to sleep under vets advice or due to old age.                                                                       Our Turkey fund for the cats Christmas dinner raised well over £200. Lucy (pictured right, enjoying the turkey on Christmas Day). We had loads of Christmas cards sent in the post with donations of £1,583.


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We have a turkey on our counter which needs stuffing full of your change! (Or if you can’t get here then you could send a cheque in the post with a note saying Turkey Fund)
All money raised will be spent on turkey crowns which we will cook and dish out to all of the cats in the sanctuary, ferals and the FIV’s on Christmas Day.
Please give generously as the cats certainly do enjoy it.
Thank you.

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