Cat cafè raises £6000 to save run-over feline

Flash used to be a "regular" of the Bethnal Green cat cafè. Pic: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium Facebook page

Flash used to be a “regular” of the Bethnal Green cat cafè. Pic: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium Facebook page

Bethnal Green’s cat café has raised over £6000 to pay for the surgery of a local cat who was hit by a car two weeks ago.

Hundreds of people donated money after Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium posted news of the accident on their Facebook page.

The cat, named Flash, was hit by a van on Granby Street on October 6. Flash has been described by the cat café as “a regular sight in the area, and very much loved”.

After just a week and a half of taking donations, the £6540 target was met. The current total now stands at £6760, with any surplus money going to Home Vets London who administered medical care to Flash at the scene.

As well as raising money for surgery, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium was also reaching out to find a new home for Flash after his accident left him blind.

In a post on their Facebook page, the café said: “The owner of Flash has two very young, rambunctious boys and knows that she can’t offer the quiet recuperative home and constant care that Flash is going to need to recover.”

Just one day after their plea for a new owner, the café had received 17 offers to re-home Flash. His old owners will make the decision of where he will go.

Clerkenwell Animal Hospital, who are providing Flash’s care, have revealed that he is making a good recovery despite losing one eye. The hospital also donated £2000 to the café’s campaign, reducing surgery costs from £8000 to £6000.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium was astonished by the generosity of their followers and said: “We’re touched and very heartened that even in a big city like London, we can still find this kind of close-knit community spirit. So many caring people! It’s just wonderful.”

Follow Flash’s story here or on the café’s Facebook page.

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