|Nine 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 who is
responsible for fundraising for the sanctuary and she welcomes
volunteers who can make a regular commitment to assisting in the
care of the animals, or to fundraising. Cats resident at An Cat Dubh now number
nearly 100. Trapping and neutering of feral cats is ongoing.
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.