FEW places could claim to have Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield and Freddie Mercury under the same roof.
But not only does the RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre boast the ‘celebrities’ living under its roof at Stadium Way, it would quite like them to find a new home.
The cats with the music legend names - you’ll also find Brian May, Petula Clark and more in the cattery - were among the stars of the centre’s Summer Open Day, aimed at raising much-needed funds for the animals it cares for.
The centre, off Woodbourn Road, costs around £2,000 a day to operate and the open day - largely run by volunteers - is also vital in showcasing the work that goes on.
It pulled in at least £1,500 in proceeds. Many rehomed dogs returned for a show competition with their new owners, some revealing a few new habits such as one pooch who has discovered a thing for eating knickers since acquiring a new address.
“Apart from reputation and people coming down and seeing what we’re about, the open day raises money for our work but we couldn’t do it without our volunteers,” said fundraising administrator Karen Dunraven.
The animal centre opened three years ago and currently provides refuge for around 100 cats and kittens, some of which took part via photographs in a Catless Cat Show, while bunnies took part in a Rabbitless Rabbit Show.
With about 1,000 abandoned or abused animals rehomed or strays repatriated with their owners each year, the Sheffield branch remains one of the busiest in the north.
South Yorkshire has the unenviable reputation as one of the worst places for animal cruelty in the country.
About 30 dogs were available for adoption at the open day with others still receiving medical treatment or rehabilitation behind the scenes.
Animal centre manager Steve Byrne revealed the showcase event could produce a happy ending for a handful of furry residents.
“We had a number of enquiries regarding kittens, cats and dogs and people are coming back with a view to adoption,” he said.
Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards hosted the open day and plans to return to check out the cattery again after recently losing her cat.
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