Cats are feline fine by helping animal shelter

Hayley Brook from Wakey Wheeled Cats Roller Derby League  is one of the vounteers at the local RSPCA branch.
Hayley Brook from Wakey Wheeled Cats Roller Derby League is one of the vounteers at the local RSPCA branch.
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This team of skaters have taken a special paws for thought to show they are wheely good role models.

Animal-loving team members from Wakefield’s roller derby league have taken time out from the skating rink to help at a local animal shelter.

Wakey Wheeled Cats have become cat socialisers and volunteer dog walkers at the RSPCA’s Leeds, Wakefield and District branch.

They spend their spare time showering the animals with love, affection and putting them through their paces with an exercise routine.

And they also help RSPCA volunteers to assess cats and dogs in a bid to help them find their perfect home.

The league’s head of training Venetia Beba started volunteering at the Tingley-based boarding kennel and decided to get her team mates on board.

Venetia, 35, said: “Since starting as a volunteer in November I have seen what a difference it makes to both the animals and the branch to have an extra pair of hands.

“The more I spoke to my teammates about it, the more people said they wanted to help.

“We’re a team of animal lovers so it made perfect sense to get involved

“We made sure that all the cats got some attention - even the quiet ones, as socialising with the animals in this way will help the branch to find them their forever homes.”

The Cats have been volunteering at the branch since the beginning of March and several members of the team have even offered to volunteer more permanently.

Venetia added: “We’re passionate about supporting local charities and this is one that everyone jumped at to get involved with.

“One of the best things to come out of this is that some of the team are going to continue volunteering at the branch.

“The staff do an amazing job and we’re happy to be able to support them.”

Lauren Moore, branch fundraiser at RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District, added: “We are a small branch with a small number of staff so volunteers are absolutely vital.

“Cat socialisers help us to monitor the animals’ behaviour so we can assess what type of home they need in future.

“It’s been fantastic to have the help of the team.

“We’re always interested in hearing from people who want to volunteer - whether it’s as dog walkers, cat socialisers or even to provide a foster home for an animal.

“Some of the animals we have come to us have been through a lot and are not always suitable for a kennel environment, so we rely on foster carers to give them a home short term.”

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