This is Harvey.
Harvey is critically ill and keeps slipping in and out of consciousness.
Harvey was taken to Bradford vets4pets this morning from a lady who had found him in her garden yesterday evening. We think he is perhaps 6 weeks of age, very dehydrated and as you can see extremely unwell.

His temperature this morning was so low, the thermometer could not read it.

He has had emergency treatment and fluids at the vets but his outcome is guarded.

He is so poorly the vets could not even place an intravenous catheter.
He will be nursed constantly throughout the night.


Harvey Update

Many of you will have read about Harvey our new admission that came in last night.
This little kitten was so poorly on admisson that we actually did not expect him to make it through the night.
Harvey have collapsed several times throughout the night, his body temperature dropped to the point it could not be read and emergency care fluids and pain relief has been given all night.
At 4.30am Harvey turned a corner ... and just look at him now...



This is Gala
She arrived with her 5 five week old kittens.
Mum has been stray for over 2 years and when she became pregnant some one took her in.
We bumped into the finder a few weeks ago at the vets, when we provided advice for her to keep mum and kittens safe until we had a suitable space.

Miss Bradford

Miss Bradford

This is beautiful Miss Bradford.
Miss Bradford was an owned pet of a very irresponsible owner and luckily a family member intervened.
Miss Bradford is only around 4 to 5 years old and is pregnant.

It is believed this is at least her 7th litter.

I would hope that every one of you reading this will acknowledge the kindness and actions of the relative rather than berating the owner.

In an ideal world we wouldn't be full of abandoned, abused and pregnant cats.. however we do not live in an ideal world.. we live in this world.
Little Miss Bradford will not have any more kittens and she will no longer be exploited as a money making breeding machine.

little bundle

Little Bundle

This little bundle are around 7 weeks old.. the are a little small for their age and mum has no milk and they also have mild flu symptoms ... because of this we felt we could provide the kittens with a high calorie diet and monitor their body weight and condition and treat the symptoms.
Their mum was kindly taken in pregnant by a member of the public however they are unable to keep the kittens.
Sensibly they contacted us a few weeks ago to see if we could help when the kittens got older.
Mum has been neutered today and will go home tomorrow.
The kittens are not currently looking for new homes.



This is Slinky
Slinky is around 10 months old and was living stray in the Undercliffe area of Bradford.
Sadly she is heavily pregnant and the only comfort we can take from this is that she is safe now and this will certainly be her last litter



This is Ameena.

Ameena was found under a car in a box in a carpark at a hospital in Leeds.
The area was searched however there is no sight of mum or siblings.... and given they way she was found it is presumed that she was intentionally left there.
Ameena is only around 5 to 6 weeks old and has a heavy flea and worm infestation.
We will treat her for fleas in the next hour when she is dry.
Ameena will need lots of love and TLC from the volunteers at the rescue and it will be a while until she is considered for rehoming.

Summer and kittens

Summer and Kittens

This is Summer and her Kittens
We were contacted by the police to help with this pair of kitties as their owner is experiencing severe long term difficulties and is not in a position to care for them.
Summer is around 9 months old and we believe she is pregnant ...


Summer gave birth to two kittens and is a fantastic mum

Wacky and Kittens

Wacky and Kittens

Thank goodness our volunteers are relentless and tenacious... finally after the 3rd visit of the day to a (filthy) warehouse in Bradford we have successfully rescued Wacky, and kittens Sierra and Leonie, rescued earlier in the day and have just reunited them.
Wacky is a little "bat crazy" however she does seem relieved to be back with her babies.



This is Brambles.

Brambles is around 4 to 5 weeks old and was found by teenagers in prickles on scrubland in BD5 .

The area has been searched and there is no evidence of mum or siblings nearby.
Little Brambles has injuries consistent with a dog attack and suggestion of head injury too....possibly from being shaken.

Here at BCWR we are fortunate to work in association with various individual vets and there is always one of the vets to call upon for advice.

Emergency care is currently being given including fluid therapy for dehydration, glucose as she is very pale, pain relief, antibiotics and the numerous wounds are being cleaned.

We will be nursing Brambles throughout the night and monitoring her.

We hope that her neurological symptoms will be transient and only temporary.



This is Boo.
Boo was a "looked after" stray cat in BD4.
2 years ago we were involved in trapping, neutering and releasing Boo to the area she had always known.
It was believed that Boo was being cared for by several residents in the area.

Tonight we were contacted by her main feeder who was concerned for Boos health and that she was not eating.

We arranged to pop over and assess Boo immediately.... on arrival we were so shocked.
Boo was emaciated, weighing less than 2kg, severely dehydrated, riddled with fleas causing anaemia and partially collapsed.
We are fortunate to work with several vets including Emma Barnes at Home Comforts vets.
We contacted Emma who agreed to see her.
Within 10 minutes of arriving with Emma Boo was assessed, bloods taken and on life saving intravenous fluids.

BOO is now back at the rescue being nursed by the volunteers.
She is critically ill.
She may not survive the next few hours.
Until we receive the blood results on Monday we will not have a definitive diagnosis however poisoning is high on the list of possibilities.
I just want to say a huge thank you to Emma for your care and compassion once again, and of course the volunteers who together make a difference especially Terry... who provides much support including logistics, transport and makes a fantastic drip stand too!!.

Judi and Kittens

Judi and Kittens

This is Judi and her 5 little kittens.

Due to personal circumstances these kittens and their mum were brought to us .
The kittens are around 3 weeks old.



This is Frazzles.
Frazzles and her 2 newborn kittens were found in a garden in BD7.



This is Lotus.... who was also living with Yen and her kittens.
Lotus is heavily pregnant to the point of popping.
This poor cat was owned however lived outside as her owner believed she enjoyed her freedom.
At least now lotus can relax in the latter stage of her pregnancy and know she is safe.

Lotus update.
As many of you will have read Lotus arrived with us only 72 hours ago heavily pregnant.
Her owner believed she was happy living outside and had freedom to do what she wanted.
We explained the dangers of her being outside and he agreed to sign her over into our care as his family were not prepared to have her in the home.

THANK GOODNESS she came when she did.

Lotus went into labour in the early hours of Friday morning... around 2am.
After several hours kitty number one was eventually born... following a struggle .... closely followed by kitty number 2.
Mum had little interest in them from the outset.
Following a brief examination it was evident there were more kittens to follow.
Kitty 3 was huge .. however she was exhausted and struggle to pass her... after a little time and hot compresses kitty 3 arrived.. still born.... no amount of resuscitation could bring life into this little being....

The birth process continued and the same scenario happened with kitty 4... again resuscitation failed.
At this point we were over 24 hours into labour ... however this is not uncommon.

Finally at 7.30am this morning kitty number 5 began to emerge.... however she simply could not pass this kitten.. her vulva was so stretched ... she was in so much pain and was tired.

Poor lotus had given up.
We spoke with one of our vets who advised pain relief then to attempt to remove the kitten.
The kitten was enormous...no wonder she was exhausted and in pain... 268grams.... and sadly stillborn.

This kitten smelt unpleasant and it was clearly evident that
infection was setting in.

Again this morning, we sought veterinary advice.... Lotus was started on antibiotics immediately.

In amidst all the chaos of her labour we also had to encourage her to feed he live kittens too.

Finally this evening Lotus seems content with looking after her kittens.

So next time someone says... let am have one litter etc.... tell them about Lotus.

If Lotus had given birth outside she would of certainly suffered .... and most probably died.

Lotus & kittens



This is Yen
Volunteers @BCWR were initially called regarding a stray kitten however this soon developed into a much more serious situation.
Tonight we rescued 4 kittens around 6 weeks old... with flu symptoms and this is their mum... who has a horrific open fracture of the leg.
Emergency care and pain relief has been given and we will be at our vets 1st thing in the morning.
We also collected a heavily pregnant cat from the location too.

yen leg 1 yen leg 2

Yen update

Yen has now been admitted to the vets following a long night of pain relief and supportive care from volunteers @BCWR.
Yen was assessed by our vets at 8.30am this morning and as expected the only treatment that can be offered is amputation.
Not only is the fracture so severe, the bone is terribly infected too.
We expect she will require intensive nursing and intravenous fluids and medication when she returns to the rescue.

Yen update.

Volunteers collected Yen from her long day at the vets.
As you can see the open fracture was horrific and the only surgical option was amputation.
The level of infection in the bone was so high and it is a wonder how she has survived.
Yen is now on intravenous fluids and medication to give her the best recovery possible.
Yen Will be nursed and constantly monitored here at BCWR.
In addition to the care commitment required this kitty has dented our funds some what and has indeed cost us over £700.

yen leg 3 yen leg 4


Sundae, Raspberry and Ripple

This Is Sundae and her 2 kittens literally hours old, Raspberry and Ripple.
Sundae was taken into Vets 4 Pets at Thornton road as a stray presenting with watery discharge from her "front bottom" and reported her being found in the road with a dead kitten next to her..
The vets performed an emergency conscious x-ray detailing 2 little skeletons... at this point we were not sure if they were alive.
Emergency care was given and shortly after Raspberry was born... he us quite a big lad and was possibly stuck in the birth canal for some time.
After another couple of hours Ripple emerged however it was soon established that Ripple has significant musculoskeletal deformities especially on his back legs.
Now back at the rescue mum is settled and the kittens are feeding well.



This is Shelbie.
She is around 1 to 2 years old, heavily pregnant and found wandering for days by the canal side in the Apperley Bridge area of Bradford.
Shelbie is now safe and warm here @BCWR where she can have her kittens surrounded by love.