12:30PM, Saturday 23 August 2014
An aspiring family-run charity set up to rescue and rehome the area's abandoned and feral cats is proving a success after saving 11 kittens since it started three months ago.
Maidenhead Cat Rescue was founded by 43-year-old Karen Lewis in May.
With the help of her father Peter Simmonds, her mother Ayshe and her husband Gareth, they have set about responding to emergency cat-calls in Maidenhead, Windsor and Slough.
After rescuing the cats they are blood tested, neutered and rehomed, usually to farms and stables.
The family run the organisation from Peter and Ayshe's home in Switchback Road South.
Rescuing the animals can often entail complicated procedures and in particular requires Peter's expertise.
He formerly volunteered for the Cat Protection League for 15 years.
On Tuesday, August 5, Peter was called to coax down four kittens from a roof in Cippenham, which required the 63-year-old to set up humane traps and visit the site several times over a five-day period until all the animals had been coaxed inside.
Peter, who owns five cats himself including one that is blind and another with cerebral palsy, said: "I find a great deal of satisfaction in it.
"There are feral cats and cats that have kittens out in the wild that no ones cares about.
"I've have had to get cats out of recycling plants and out of rivers and get them out before they drowned
"I just find cats give me plenty of love and the ones no ones else wants, they seem to click with me."
Karen, who lives in Winkfield and works as a project manager for Hewlett Packard as her day job, said: "It is going really, really well. We are in the process of applying for our charity status.
"I would love some more volunteers."
Maidenhead Cat Rescue is appealing for donations as well as second-hand goods and clothes to sell via its fundraising Ebay site.
Call 01628 620909 for details.
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