Downham Market cats home holds heroic open day

Cats protection League day at Downham Market. MLNF15JS08073 ANL-150824-120739001

Cats protection League day at Downham Market. MLNF15JS08073 ANL-150824-120739001

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The Cat’s Protection shelter at Downham threw open its doors for its annual open day on Sunday.

The event is held every year to help raise money for the shelter and to give members of the public an inside glance into what goes on behind the scenes.

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Cats Protection League open day Downham Market. MLNF15JS08074 ANL-150824-121213001

This year the theme was based on superheroes, and many staff looked the part.

Various other charity organisations had stalls at the event, and there were a lot of stalls to look around.

There was also the opportunity to tour the centre with a member of staff and be introduced to the cats currently looking to be rehomed.

At this time of year there are a lot of kittens around.

Fred Newton, a volunteer at the centre, had his hair dyed a 'nice shade of purple by fellow volunteer Alison Matthews at the Downham Market Cats Protection League open day MLNF15JS08075 ANL-150824-121621001

Fred Newton, a volunteer at the centre, had his hair dyed a 'nice shade of purple by fellow volunteer Alison Matthews at the Downham Market Cats Protection League open day MLNF15JS08075 ANL-150824-121621001

All of the local animal shelters are full to bursting during the summer, with long waiting lists to take any animals in, so raising awareness is the biggest goal of the event – and, of course, the possibility of someone taking home an additional member of their family!

Entertainment throughout the afternoon was provided by the appropriately-named Kat and Dan of KJ Entertainments. Kat also volunteers at the centre as a photographer for new arrivals and status updates for existing residents.

Helping to raise money was Fred Newton, a volunteer at the centre, who was having his hair dyed a nice shade of purple by fellow volunteer Alison Matthews, and he managed to raise around £250.

The winner of the Super Cat balloon model raffle prize was cat care assistant Chloe Woolnough, who was dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars.

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CATS PROTECTION DAY. MLNF15JS08072 ANL-150824-120315001

The event was very busy, and thankfully the nice weather held out until the day had finished.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves – even the friendlier cats, who obviously weren’t used to so many people being around at once, and were enjoying all of the attention!

The open day was a fun event for all of the family, and was also informative and educational, for children and adults alike.