Students ‘feline’ very helpful

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Angus College has celebrated their first year working with local cat protection groups.

The college has been working in partnership with Arbroath and Carnoustie Cat Protection Shelter which has seen five students visit every week since September.These visits have allowed the Animal Care students to help care for the animals and learn about treatment and feline behaviour.

Animal Care course leader Chris Ditchburn said: “This partnership makes a valuable contribution to our Animal Care Courses. We’ve had a number of requests for students with experience in this area and there are few people more experienced with feline care than the Cat Protection Shelter.”

The shelter’s training officer Margaret Miller has been glad of the help. She said: “They’ve been a lovely bunch of students. They’ve proved to be very willing and capable when it comes to looking after the cats in our care. In the process they’ve learnt how to give them flea and worm treatments, scan them for microchips, help socialise the cats and how to keep them clean and comfortable. Over all they’ve been a real asset.”

Last year the shelter rescued 435 cats and has already picked up 126 in 2013.

There will be an open day in the Cats Protection Shelter at Kinaldie Holdings on Sunday, May 26, between 12 noon and 3 p.m. with strawberry teas, stalls and an opportunity to meet some of the rescued cats.