GREYSTONES KITTY HOSTEL
My daughter, Louise Cardiff, her team of volunteers, run a TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) charity.
The charity is called Greystones Kitty Hostel.
This small but dedicated team help, rescue and neuter Ireland’s growing number of distressed, abandoned and feral cats.
Maggie-many-cats is one of the characters from my series of stories about the magical town of Ballyyahoo.
Ballyyahoo is a secret town hidden somewhere along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
She is known in Ballyyahoo as being a die-hard cat lover.
Her house is filled with them.
All the cats play muscial instruments so Maggie has her own special cat-orchestra.
Naturally, when I decided to write stories about cats, Maggie was the ideal character to use.
This is a story that’s both for cats and about cats.
The problem of abandoned cats has been getting worse since Ireland’s recession. Unfortunately, more people have been dumping their unneutered cats.
OUT OF CONTROL
With cats having several litters per year the numbers have quickly gone out of control.
The process of TNR isn’t easy. Each cats have to be trapped and taken to the vet for the neutering procedure.
Following this they are collected from the surgery and they must be cared for until they recover.
Following this they are returned to their homes.
After they are freed the cats are fed and monitored into the future to safeguard their health and welfare.
Costs include vet’s fees, food, medication and shelter.
Funds have to be raised to meet the costs involved.
It isn’t easy to raise funds for animals in recession Ireland so I came up with the idea of writing stories about cats.
Maggie-Many-Cats And The Cat That Flew In The Window was written as a way of raising funds.
Cat lovers have told me they love this story.
Although the Ballyyahoo series is for children Maggie-Many-Cats And The Cat That Flew In The Window is a story that all the family can share and enjoy.
The volunteers involved in TNR are an extremely dedicated and hardworking group of people.
Fundraising is one of their biggest problems.
They raise funds in various ways such as auctions, sponsored walks, craft and bakery sales etc.
CAN’T KNIT – CAN’T SEW
I wanted to help but since I am not very good at baking or handicrafts I decided to do what I could do – write stories about cats.
MAGGIE-MANY-CATS AND THE CAT THAT FLEW IN THE WINDOW
This is a fun story about a crazy-cat-lady who lives in the magical town of Ballyyahoo in Ireland.
Maggie-many-cats has so many cats that she lost count of them many years ago.
A STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL CAT
One day, Maggie finds a strange and beautiful cat in her garden.
Maggie thinks it’s just another lost cat because her house is like a lost cat magnet. But this cat is not lost.
This cat is a very special cat who knows exactly what she wants and exactly where to find it.
When Maggie learns just what this cat can do she thinks she’s going mad.
CAT’S CAN’T FLY
Everyone knows cats can’t fly but then Catleesha’s not an ordinary cat and soon Maggie begins to learn one of the many secrets of Ballyyahoo.