Stopford Cat Rescue is a charity run entirely by cat-loving volunteers in southern Manchester. They work to find homes for unwanted or stray cats, neutering feral cats and improving education around cat care and the necessity of neutering.
We spoke with Mike North at Stopford Cat Rescue in Greater Manchester about his role within Stopford Cat Rescue.
Name: Mike North
Job Title: Trapping Volunteer
Charity: Stopford Cat Rescue
City: Bramhall, Greater Manchester
How did Stopford Cat Rescue begin?
As a group of friends, sharing a passion for cats, we set up the charity from scratch in late 2018. Our purpose is to rehome unwanted and stray cats and kittens in and around south Manchester. We also have a programme to neuter feral cats in the area.
How has lockdown / Covid19 affected your day to day work?
Until very recently we’ve not been allowed to home cats and kittens, so that’s come to a complete standstill. And on a personal note, all trapping work has been put on hold too, so the cats fostered with me have been getting a lot more attention than usual!
How have the rescue cats found lockdown?
I think they’re quite pleased – as well as the extra attention, we have a lot of well-wishers who have been buying them presents. We are really lucky to have such lovely supporters and partners such as Hope Revolution.
How have the items you have received via Hope Revolution gone on to help people you support?
We’ve been very grateful to receive all the cat related gifts via Hope Revolution – with almost all our usual fundraising curtailed it been nice to treat the cats in our care when lockdown fell with the presents we’ve received.
You can treat the foster cats of Stopford Cat Rescue through their online shop, with items such as Dreamies and cardboard scratchers via hope-revolution.org/stopfordcats
What are the best ways people can help you during this time?
At the moment it’s very difficult for people to help in a practical way so the gifts are nice. But really, what we need is for our supporters to be ready, once lockdown is a memory, to give us a boost with our regular fundraising activities.
Would you like to give an honourable mention to one person who’s work deserves to be praised?
All our volunteers deserve a special mention – they give their time freely and are always willing to help when asked. It is a very happy, motivated team.
What is your top tip for dealing with boredom during lockdown?
Get a cat – what else would I say!
Seriously though, we’ve started homing using strict protocols agreed with DEFRA so if you’re thinking of getting a new companion, please get in touch!