February Update

Spring is in the air as we come to the end of February, and it’s time for our end of month update, letting you know what we’ve been up to over the last month.

Henry’s Haven volunteers have been busy this month. We took in 16 cats this month, including Lily, a tiny black and white cat who is pregnant, and a family of four who’s owner had been made homeless.

Lily, a black and white female cat, sitting in a brown cat bed, with a red star toy hanging near her head

Our gorgeous Teeka, who arrived last month, gave birth to three beautiful kittens today, and is being a great mum to them. This story could have had a very different ending if Teeka hadn’t been brought into Rescue. Kittens born outside have a much lower chance of survival, and if not found early enough, will become feral. Those kittens then have kittens themselves, and the whole cycle repeats. Spay and neuter avoids this.

A tortie cat lying on her side feeding newborn kittens. She is looking up at the camera.
Teeka and Babies

Teeka should never have had to go through pregnancy and birth, and much as we adore her little fluffy babies we are sad that she’s been put through this. Teeka is a lovely cat who must have had a human family at some stage. Once her kittens are weaned Teeka will be available for adoption – however we will not be responding to applications for Teeka or her kittens at this stage.

This month we re-homed 23 cats into wonderful forever homes, including Marigold and Tarmac. We’ve been focussing on the adults this month, as kitten season is just beginning and we are already seeing pregnant cats coming in. That means a lot of pressure on our foster space.

A ginger and white cat wearing a collar, curled up on a purple blanket

‘Kitten Season’ is a term you might hear a lot at the moment. While cats breed all year round, most kittens are born in the spring. That means that for Rescues this is a very busy time.

Check out our infographic below on what to do if you find kittens living outside. 

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Kitten season puts a strain on our finances and our foster space. You can help by:

  • Donating! Hit the PayPal button on our front page to donate. You can set up a monthly donation too.
  • Volunteer – we need foster spaces, preferably with people who have some experience of caring for pregnant queens and socialising kittens. If that’s you, we’d love to hear from you!
  • Gift an item from our Amazon wishlist
  • Follow us on social media, and share our posts.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped support us this month – we can’t do any of this without you, and we love our West Yorkshire kitty family so much!

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