A Waltham Abbey cat sanctuary has been left with a repair bill of “between £20,000 and £30,000” after it was struck by one of 20,000 lightning bolts that hit the country last Saturday.
The strike was reported to have terrified cats living in the sanctuary as well as causing serious damage to two buildings.
Co-owner Susan Delaney appealed to the public for help saying: “The cost of these repairs will be massive and without support, the repairs cannot be afforded. We urgently need financial help to ensure the sanctuary is safe for the cats now and in the future.”
Delaney added that in order to carry out the repairs “we have found temporary fosters for a couple of them” and said “some of them had been rehomed”.
Co-owner Steve Heyes said that the building was “getting to the stage where it is not safe using it” adding “in one of the units the whole floor was flooded”.
It has been reported that donations have been pouring in since the appeal however the sanctuary still needs more.