A FLINTSHIRE-based animal rescue charity needs help to bring their cat facilities up to standard.

The Leader has previously reported that charity Jackson's Animal Rescue will be opening 'Jackson's Place' on the former Capricorn Animal Rescue Centre based in Padeswood, near Mold.

Jackson’s Place - named after Steph's own beloved pooch - issued a social media appeal for help with their first big project by renovating their on-site cattery facilities that are currently “not fit for purpose”.

A charity spokesman says that the site needs vital work completing before they can begin helping local felines safely.

They explained: “There are six pens, however there is no isolation facilities at all. Cats must be placed into isolation on arrival to a rescue to prevent the spread of infections and diseases around the cattery.

“Before we can admit cats into the centre, we need a new unit to house the isolation pens.”

It is said that there is a suitable building on the site for this, however it requires a lot of upgrades to be fit for purpose – including insulation, electrics, and water at a cost of £850.

The spokesman continues: “We will need four isolation pods. We will be purchasing veterinary style cat pods, that are heated, LED lit, and ventilated.

“These cages will vastly help infection control measures and are the highest standard for our rescue cats. The cost of these pods is £3,700.”

They explain how the site’s main cattery block currently has metal cage doors, which they feel will be “a little too chilly for kitties in the cold winter months”.

Further costs will be incurred through upgrades to the doors and exterior wall to PVC and glass.

A spokesman said: “We are still awaiting further quotes for this work but so far the costs seem to be in the region of £2,000

“The main cattery requires a kitchen to be fitted as there is currently no washing facilities. It requires new flooring throughout and all cattery pens need furnishing with cat flaps (they are all missing), cat towers, cosy beds and toys. We need to bring plumbing underground to be able to fit the new sink and washing machine.

“Animal Friends Pet Insurance have been incredibly kind and helped us with a £3,000 grant towards this work. We need to raise another £3,550 so that we can complete this project and save more lives.”

To help, you can donate by going online to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/jacksonscattery.