West Craven physio in charity challenge for rescue animals

FELINE FUND-RAISING: After welcoming stray cat Jess into her family, Kate Franzke is now running 10km in aid of the RSPCA

FELINE FUND-RAISING: After welcoming stray cat Jess into her family, Kate Franzke is now running 10km in aid of the RSPCA

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A PHYSIOTHERAPIST from Salterforth is tackling the Bupa Great Manchester Run this month in a fund-raising bid.

Kate Franzke (26), of High Lane, is taking on the 10km challenge for the RSPCA Craven and Upper Wharfedale branch after the charity helped bring three new cats into her family.

She said: “After our cat died last June we weren’t going to get another one but we noticed a black cat hanging around the garden shed with no collar or microchip, and three kittens. Eventually the cat, which we called Jess, became tame but the kittens would run away.

“We contacted the RSPCA who lent us some traps so we were able to catch two of the kittens which were then checked by the vet, spayed and neutered. We kept the female and the male was re-homed. The third kitten is still here.”

Jayne Woodward, trustee and volunteer at the RSPCA Craven branch, said: “Kate doing this sponsored run for us is a much needed boost to our low funds and we are extremely grateful. Please support us to continue to help local animals in the local area.

“The branch is self-funded and unfortunately the animals in need of re-homing never lessens.”

Kate said: “The branch is run on a voluntary basis and they do everything in their own time.

“I’m really looking forward to the run as the atmosphere in Manchester is supposed to be brilliant.”

To sponsor Kate, visit www.rspca-craven.org.uk, where cats and dogs in need of adoption can also be viewed. Anyone interested in fostering an animal can email acraven87@yahoo.co.uk or call 07949229955.

Jayne added: “We also appeal to pet owners, especially of cats, to get them neutered and chipped.

“One unneutered cat can lead to more than 20,000 descendants in just five years.”