Bluebell Cat Rescue plea to prevent closure

Date published: 07 August 2019

Bluebell Cat Rescue provide 24-hour care to cats and kittens, especially neonates who need round the clock care.

Based in Littleborough, the rescue was set up in January 2017 by trustee Naomi Rhys Thomas, who gave up her law career to look after the felines full time, devoting all her money and time to caring for cats and kittens in need.

As of Monday 5 August 2019, the centre had to announce their closure due to a lack of funding.

Naomi and her husband, Toby, have now set up a plea via GoFundMe, asking for the public's help to keep the centre open.

Naomi said: “Bluebell Cat Rescue is a triage rescue dealing with the very sick and injured cats and kittens that are referred to us by other rescues and the public.

“Our work involves very expensive tests and we are always in the red, such that we are under threat of closure now. None of our team get paid a penny and my husband and I have been loading up our credit card with the vet bills.

“We have saved so many cats and kittens that would otherwise have been euthanised.

“We need £7,500 to clear our credit card vet bill and to pay for the cats we have in care already.

“Going forward we need an operating budget of £1,000 a month.

“I don’t want to stop helping cats and kittens, but I just don’t have the funds. If we hit the target, we could clear our debts, apply to become a charity and apply for funding.

“We have been overwhelmed at the support shown so far for our GoFundMe appeal, but sadly we still need more.

“Imagine if everyone who read this donated even just £1, then agreed to donate £1 a month going forward. We could help even more cats and kittens throughout Rochdale!”


Bluebell trustee Naomi Rhys Thomas with Barney, who was found over 60 miles away from his home
Naomi Rhys Thomas with Barney, a cat who was found over 60 miles away from his home


How you can help:

Rescue groups like Bluebell are always in need of help, be it by donating money or even your time to help out and alleviate the pressure on the rescue by volunteering or fostering.

To prevent the closure of the centre, you can donate to the GoFundMe appeal:

To donate via PayPal, select the Friends and Family option and enter the Bluebell email address:

If you can help by volunteering or want to foster a cat or kitten, you can also contact the Bluebell Rescue Centre on

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