Five years ago, Rhona Lucas - the founder of
An Cat Dubh - became
concerned about the large number of feral cats in her local area, many
of whom were clearly unwell. At the same time Rhona started
receiving unwanted cats. Over many months a number of feral cats were
caught and neutered, with some remaining in the vicinity following
neutering. Many eventually became resident at Rhona’s house. Cats
tested positive for F.I.V. (Feline Immune Virus) but who were healthy,
were kept, and it is hoped that many will outlive their
condition. Sadly some cats were very sick and were humanely put to
sleep. They are buried here in the garden of Rhona’s house - which has
now become An Cat Dubh cat sanctuary.
As well as cats, there are five dogs (including two with three legs),
three donkeys, and numerous ducks, hens and fish resident at An Cat Dubh and most (but not all!) live harmoniously together, Rhona is
assisted by John Roberts and Dawn Whitehead. Cats resident at An Cat Dubh now number nearly 50. Trapping and neutering of feral cats is
An Cat Dubh is entirely financed by Rhona Lucas, aided by voluntary
donations. All donations – however small - are gratefully received.
Please see the ‘FUNDRAISING’ page if you would like to support
An Cat Dubh.