Founder of cat rescue charity passes away

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Many people, especially animal lovers, will be saddened to learn of the death of Pauline Cantor, founder and former chairman of Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Service.

Pauline had previously been a supporter of Happy Breed Dog Rescue and felt there were many unwanted and neglected cats that also needed help.

Paws and Claws grew rapidly with large numbers of cats and dogs being housed at the Gaybrook Kennels just outside Hurstpierpoint.

With Pauline’s dedication, along with her close friend Ann Scotchmur, and a group of hard-working fundraisers and non-stop events were organised.

Pauline never said no to a request for help and was always on call, day and night, and she and Ann frequently gave their house over to litters of kittens at peak time.

The dream was to have their own kennels, and this finally happened after 28 years, when Paws and Claws opened its own premises at Coombe Down, near Sayers Common, with a live-in manager.

Pauline will be sadly missed by all who knew her, but she would be happy to know that, under the leadership of Lyn Bassett, Paws and Claws continues to provide hope and help for cats in the area.

The funeral took place in Faversham on Thursday, September 1.