A CAT charity with a branch in Keighley has issued an appeal.

Cats Protection, which has a fundraising outlet in the Airedale Shopping Centre, is seeking volunteer fosterers for its Lifeline service.

The initiative provides free care for pet cats whose owners are fleeing domestic abuse, until they can be reunited.

Lifeline manager, Amy Hyde, says: "Many people want to start a new year by resolving to help others, and joining our team as a volunteer fosterer could be the perfect opportunity.

"Not only do our volunteers help cats, they also provide a chance for the owners to get to safety knowing that their beloved pet will be safe too.

"In cases of domestic abuse, pets are often targeted as a way to control or coerce a person into staying. And as most refuges are unable to accept pets, this can be a significant barrier for people seeking support and safe housing. By offering free and confidential cat foster care, Lifeline gives victim-survivors the time, space and opportunity they need to get to a safe place."

For more about becoming a volunteer, visit cats.org.uk/lifelineservice

* A national domestic abuse helpline, run by Refuge, can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.