Animal lovers catnapped to raise funds for shelter

Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Rueben Higginson, six, and Cassia Higginson, eight, meet Frenchie and Twinkle the ferrets, with Nick Pollard and Amy Clarkson.
Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Rueben Higginson, six, and Cassia Higginson, eight, meet Frenchie and Twinkle the ferrets, with Nick Pollard and Amy Clarkson.

Animal lovers were ‘catnapped’ for a purr-fect cause to raise vital funds for the RSPCA.

The event, organised by the Halifax, Huddersfield and District branch, saw 20 volunteers being held captive in the cattery at the charity’s animal centre in Wade Street.

Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Georgina Dutton , eight.

Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Georgina Dutton , eight.

Each of the cat pens were turned into cat cells and volunteers were catnapped and held to ransom.

The willing victims had the pleasure of sharing their cell with the feline residents in RSPCA care, where they enjoyed cuddles and snuggles while raising their ransom fee of £500.

Volunteer Martin Hey said: “It’s particularly important to me to support my local branch of the RSPCA.

“Our own cat was brought into the animal centre in a very poor condition and was nursed back to health by the staff there allowing us first to foster and then to adopt her almost a year ago.

Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Catnapped - Louise Evans and Richard Powell.

Catnapped event and Christmas Fair at Halifax RSPCA. Catnapped - Louise Evans and Richard Powell.

“I’m very happy to be able to support them by participating in this event and to help them carry on the good work.”

RSPCA trustee Kath Airey said: “Christmas is a special time for the RSPCA, when we try to give all our residents a special time whilst in our care, but we also have to be prepared to admit those less fortunate and in need, so our staff will be on duty over Christmas.

“We’re hoping to have raised around £5,000 from the event, everybody had a great time and we’ve had some really positive feedback, it was a really good day.”

The centre’s Christmas fayre ran alongside the “catnapped” event and was just as successful, raising a fantastic £1,500 for the branch.

Derek Polak

Derek Polak

Visitors could browse stalls, pet some of the centre’s adorable animals, and younger visitors were thrilled by an appearance from Father Christmas.

Kath added: “It was really, really busy and we were so lucky that the weather brightened up for us.

“There was a lovely atmosphere and lots of families came along to support us.”

Derek Polak

Derek Polak