Residents of Knockcroghery village recently became aware of an extended family of cats living rough in the old churchyard. There were ten kittens and two mums, all very cute and fluffy but also very sad and neglected. Following a joint effort between a few feline lovers, notably Sarah Kelly who adopted one kitten and lovingly fed and comforted the others each day for several weeks, the lucky bunch are now happily living in the most luxurious sanctuary imaginable in Williamstown. They have a home all of their own with soft fluffy blankets, the finest food available and are in the tender loving care of Janice and Peter Simcox, and family who run Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary. You can sponsor one of these special cats and many others by logging on to their website at www.whiskersnewpark.org or by contacting Janice by Phone: (094) 96 43865 or (085) 7027002 or email: email@example.com Sponsoring a cat for Christmas will bring great joy to a child who will receive regular updates and may visit her/his pet regularly. Funds are always needed to pay for food, bedding etc. Please help this very worthy charity. Operation Kitty Rescue commenced on October 22nd with the assistance of Roscommon Vet Catherine O’Rourke of All Creatures. Each morning two or three kittens were trapped and delivered immediately to Catherine who carried out the necessary neutering and vaccinations immediately to avoid unnecessary trauma. Following a 24 hour period of expert care the kittens were transported to their new luxury home where there was much joy each day as the latest batch arrived and were re-united with the clan. The intervention of Kathleen Ruane of Roscommon SPCA was most welcome and the local ISPCA kindly agreed to fund the veterinary fees. Not all cats are so fortunate. There is a huge problem in Co. Roscommon of neglected and abused animals particularly cats and dogs. However thankfully there are many decent people who love and care for their pets. Roscommon SPCA is inundated with calls and they need all the support they can get to help animals in need. Please donate in any way you can. Their website is www.roscommonainmals.com where you can donate on line. Please support Roscommon SPCA bag packing day on Saturday 10th November in Flemings SuperValu Roscommon. It is so unfair when animals are neglected in this way and then become a nuisance to people. It is so much kinder to neuter them to prevent unwanted litters. Remember the line ‘All thing bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things great and wonderful the Lord God made them all’ just in case we forget that we are not the only species on this planet that deserves to have a decent life.