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      Barra & Vatersay News

Emergency rescue action spanning the length of the Western Isles is continuing to rescue a large number of cats which had accumulated in one Isle of Barra community. 

Western Isles Support for Cats and Kittens (WISCK), a volunteer-driven non-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of cats throughout the Western Isles, has been responding to an urgent plea for assistance.

As the only organisation in the Western Isles focusing on the trapping, neutering, and release of cats, following the departure of national charities years ago, WISCK says: "This operation highlights the unique challenges faced by remote communities and the critical role that volunteer-run organisations like WISCK play in addressing these issues."

The situation in Barra involves a colony of approximately 20 cats, potentially more, that have congregated at a local residence following the passing of two villagers.

WISCK is undertaking the monumental task of trapping the cats, transporting them to Cat Central in Stornoway for health checks, neutering, and ultimately finding them suitable barn or stable homes across the islands. This intervention is imperative with kitten season looming, the group says. 

WISCK extends heartfelt thanks to the incredible volunteers facilitating the trapping and transportation of the cats from Barra to Stornoway, as well as the generous donors whose contributions are vital to the success of this mission.

WISCK and its partners, including the newly formed Uist Cat Rescue, are committed to the welfare of cats across the Western Isles, relying entirely on public support and the selfless dedication of volunteers. 

How You Can Help

To support WISCK in this critical initiative, donations can be made via:

PayPal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (choosing the 'friends and family' option will ensure 100% of your donation reaches us)

BACS:  Please mark your donations with 'Barra' to direct funds to this specific cause.

Bank: RBS

Sort Code: 83-27-12

Account Number: 15988656

Account Name: Western Isles Support for Cats and Kittens