Browsing through Yellow Pages Silvana Valentino-Locke noticed an advert for Animal Samaritans, she gave them a call & the seed of an idea was sown.
Silvana's natural empathy with her feline friends together with her flair for being able to inspire trust in the fearful was recognised.
The numbers in the house & on the grounds grew & Space became an issue so soon a second cat shed was erected in memory of Harry.
Our cat houses today
Inevitably, the story of Silvana's success with 'problem' cats spread & she was approached by Cats Protection & Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to see if she could help with the individuals that did not cope in large, busy cattery environments. Silvana's rescue operation, run from her secluded back garden, has been operating steadily since reaching its full potential in 1998. There are usually between 20 & 30 cats waiting to find new homes, housed in 9 garden sheds which have been converted into cat houses complete with secure doors, bedding & enrichments. Although the provision of several of the current cat houses were funded by other rescue organisations, all other expenses are borne by Romney House.
Food, vital veterinary attention, electricity & bedding etc. create some very large, ongoing bills & running costs!
Good natured family pets & even kittens also regularly find themselves homeless & awaiting new families. A clutter of felines from differing backgrounds, make up the numbers temporarily re-habilitating & waiting on site until they can be re-homed.
Some of the more seriously traumatised rescue cats are unlikely to become your average domestic pets again. Silvana has taken in some of these for her own resident animals. These cats are free to roam the grounds & often their presence settles in & greatly helps to re-habilitate new arrivals.
Sadly, there are so many more that need help &/or new homes here and abroad, particularly the old & the sick, the frightened & the aggressive (so often one causes the other!).
You can improve a cats life!
- Cat houses need to be maintained & re-furnished
- Funds must be available to cover routine expenses & veterinary costs
- Practical assistance with the endless cleaning, feeding, interaction & socialisation that these poor animals need.
- Silvana is often out in the pens until gone midnight - persuading some poor soul to eat
- Make toys or knit blankets for the cats Bedding & toys are always needed, & if ever there were an abundance they could be sold to raise much needed funds
- Volunteer: help with feeding, cleaning & socialising the cats
Romney House cat rescue (front)
Coming out of the woodwork
Oliver (in the middle) has been here for 9 years. He befriends & reassures the most traumatised cats who arrive, settling them in.
A natural empathy