A CLACKS animal charity has received a massive boost in funding during the Pets Foundation Charity Ball.

The Cats Whiskers, in Alva, was awarded a whopping £30,000 grant from the organisation to help fund a new veterinary room and outdoor enrichment area.

Donna Hingley and Kathy Forrest, trustees for The Cats Whiskers, were delighted to receive the funding and look forward to using it to further their facilities.

They said: “This donation means everything to us and secures the future for The Cats Whiskers.

“The money will enable us to upgrade our facilities and focus more of our time on caring for the animals.

“Before, our cats had to travel to receive veterinary care, causing unnecessary stress to already uncomfortable and anxious cats.

“Now, they will be able to receive the care and attention they need in a dedicated room, helping their overall comfort and wellbeing.

“The enrichment area will ensure cats are more secure when getting exercise and will have access to fresh air in a safe way.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Pets Foundation and knowing they believe in us means the world to us.”

The charity ball, held annually by the Pets Foundation, was hosted by Clare Baldwin last night (Thursday, November 9).

The event raised more than £114,000 alone, with this money being redistributed to various charities and shelters across the UK.

Since launching in 2006, the Pets Foundation has raised £50 million to help support animal shelters and organisations.

William Hewish, chair of the Pets Foundation and chief information officer for Pets at Home, said: “Our charity ball provides an opportunity to thank all of our partners, suppliers, customers and employees who have donated so generously and worked hard to help us reach this significant fundraising milestone.

“At Pets at Home, our mission is to create a better world for pets and the people who love them, and the amazing work for the Pets Foundation highlights our on-going commitment to that.

“We are excited to see what we can achieve next and the difference we can make to even more pets and the people who love them.”