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Home sought for dozens of stray cats as rescue group loses Dublin HQ

The Phibsboro Cat Rescue are looking for a centre where they can house the cats they rescue.

A DUBLIN CAT RESCUE group has been left without a home after plans for their headquarters fell through.

The group, Phibsboro Cat Rescue, has been active in the north Dublin city community since 2014. and moved into its first premises at the start of the month.

That premises, however, is no longer available to them as it is being used for commercial purposes.

Now, they now have to find a new HQ – and they’re putting an appeal out to locals in the area to help.

The volunteers behind the group are calling their new shelter the Hidden Haven.

“We have given so much in terms of time, effort, and hard work into finding and starting work on the Haven, to have that all taken away is a serious blow,” Rebecca O’Neill, who volunteers with Phibsboro Cat Rescue, said.

We are working hard to keep morale up, but it can be very hard in the face of such disappointment.

The group cares for homeless kittens and cats around Dublin.

They have also neutered a number of feral cats around the Phibsboro area, and say local vets have reported a dramatic reduction in the number of unwanted kittens in the area since they began their work.

Reliant on goodwill

So far, they’ve relied on volunteers to foster cats and kittens and to store all of their equipment – and they currently have 50 cats and kittens in foster homes. They’ve also held information days and fundraisers in pet shops and community buildings.

The group has raised €4,000 in cash towards a new headquarters and says it’s entirely reliant on donations. Local vets have also been providing neutering and spaying services at discount rates.

The rescue is asking people to get in contact via Facebook if they know of any suitable spaces they could use.

“We are interested in talking to any landlords in the area that are willing to lease us an unused or unoccupied space,” O’Neill said.

“Primarily we want to have a dry, secure space that we can use for storage, and that has the possibility of becoming an office and events space in the future. We want to work with a willing partner to redevelop and regenerate a site in the Phibsboro area.”

For more info visit the website here.

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