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Munlochy Animal Aid thanks helpers who have helped them get through “a terrible year” as they look forward to a better and brighter year


By Hector MacKenzie

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Iona Nicol.
Iona Nicol.

The operators of a Highland animal shelter have paid tribute to the supporters who have helped them get through “a terrible year”.

Munlochy Animal Aid stalwart Iona Nicol said she is looking forward to “a better and brighter new year”.

She said dogs came and went during the year, adding the cat situation “was something else”.

She said: “I have never had so many feral cats/kittens coming in from all over the Highland area.

“Any domestic cats were homed quickly, but with the wild spitfires they are probably with us for life.

“Our cat enclosures, which were badly damaged during one of these gales, are having a fantastic makeover and we are extending them out a bit to create more space for climbing frames.

“As always, I have to say that it is the support we get from yourselves that lets it happen, and I am so grateful to you all.”

She paid warm thanks to staff at Bella’s Bargains who raised £15,000 during 2020, taking the fundraising total in three years to around £42,000.

She said: “That is absolutely amazing, and we are so very grateful to them, they work really hard at this for Munlochy rescue animals. Obviously it takes a lot of people to donate all the goodies that they sell and a lot of folk buying them. Thank you all.”

Other businesses that have helped include Fettes Sawmill, Macleod Roofing and MacGregor Industrial Supplies.

She added: “Thanks to all who helped us. I really hope you have a brilliant new year and that this Covid disappears, and maybe things will get back to somewhere near normal.”


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