A new GoFundMe campaign for a cat sanctuary that was broken into and had its cats stolen has raised £12,500 in just one day
The GoFundMe page was set up by Owen Williams from Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary, based in Cymmer, Port Talbot, after the sanctuary was broken into on Saturday evening (30 July), leaving many of its cats missing and stolen. One of the sanctuary’s rescue cats was later found dead nearby.
Mr Williams wrote on the GoFundMe page: “All our hard work and love that we have shown these cats has been devastated by this malicious attack. We would ask for any information from the public and our friends who follow and support us to contact us or the police. We hope all our fellow cat lovers with help us with this.”
More than 955 people have donated to the GoFundMe page in just one day, raising £12,500 to support the sanctuary and smashing Mr Williams’ fundraising target of £1,000.
Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Since being established in 1990, hundreds of stray and abandoned cats have passed through the centre’s care and been successfully re-homed.
One donator wrote on the page: “So saddened by what’s happened, [I] keep thinking about the cats and the people who work so hard at the Sanctuary. May they find some comfort knowing what they do is appreciated by so many and we feel their pain.”
Kelsea Little, spokesperson for GoFundMe.com, said: “We’re moved by the overwhelming response to the campaign for the Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary after a senseless attack.”
To date, GoFundMe fundraisers have raised over £1billion for a whole host of different causes from medical expenses, education costs, volunteer programmes and youth sports to memorials and even pets.
To donate, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/2ha4y44