A caring cat from Devon is in line for a national award
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 August 2014
Flying the flag for Devon on Thursday is Kelly Bollington and her cat companion Maci, which has been nominated in the Most Caring category at this year's Cats Protection's National Cat Awards 2014 in London.
If successful in the category stage, Maci will also be in the running for 2014 National Cat of the Year.
The pair from Exmouth have been inseparable since Kelly adopted the adorable brown haired tabby when she was suffering with anxiety, insomnia and low self confidence four years ago.
Maci has helped her companion to over come her fear of the dark, and now Kelly has plucked up the courage to sleep with the lights off with Maci beside her. Over time, this bond has continued to go from strength to strength, which has helped Kelly to obtain a job and meeting many new people.
Taking place in the glamorous setting of the London Savoy hotel, the award features celebrity judges such as actor Paul Copley from the period drama Downton Abbey and lead singer Saffron Sprackling of the 90s techno-pop band Republica.
Five categories are to be judged by each celebrity, with every owner and companion wanting to win the hearts of all. The five categories this year are Hero Cat, Most Caring Cat, Most Incredible Story, Outstanding Rescue Cat and the Purina Better Together award. Each category aims to help people understand the importance of having a feline friend for life.
Entertainment host and broadcaster, Tim Vincent who will be judging on the day explained that the charity has always been close to his heart. “Awards like this are important because they celebrate the loving and sometimes amazing contribution that pet cats make to their owners’ lives.”
Cats Protection rehomes and reunite 46,000 cats every year, with 8,500 active volunteers creating a warm, temporary shelter before they finally find their perfect home.