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Celebrity Paws has attracted fantastic support from famous cat lovers - from Prime Ministers and artists to award-winning actors and TV favourites

Cat-loving celebrities are donating their ‘paw prints’ to raise funds for leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection. The 'Celebrity Paws' auction will start at midday on 20th November and will run for 10 days until midday on 30th November.

Dermot O’Leary, Dame Judi Dench, Julia Donaldson and Flavia Cacace Mistry are among the celebrities who have donated their artworks to support the campaign.

Each celebrity was asked to draw round their hand, decorate it and then sign it to create a unique item. All the drawings are being auctioned online on Ebay from Thursday, 20th November to raise vital funds for Cats Protection.

Spokesperson for Cats Protection, Louise Waters, said: "This is the eighth year we have hosted our auction. Over the years Celebrity Paws has attracted fantastic support from famous cat lovers - from Prime Ministers and artists to award-winning actors and TV favourites, and we expect this year to be just as popular. Each ‘paw’ is signed by the celebrity and is completely authentic. As with previous years, we expect these unique artworks will really get people bidding and raise some vital funds for unwanted cats and kittens."

The auction is being run through Ebay and interested bidders are invited to log on view the full list of paw prints available at http://www.cats.org.uk/celebrity-paws from the day of the auction.

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For more information, please contact:

Karen Allen - Rise PR
karen@risepr.co.uk / 07887 681 821 or

Cats Protection’s Media Office
media.office@cats.org.uk / 01825 741 911

Notes to Editors:

1. Photos of the paw prints are available on request from the Media Office.
2. The full list of Celebrity Paws pledged to date are as follows: Presenter Dermot O’Leary, actress Dame Judi Dench, Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, soap actresses Samantha Giles and Carley Stenson ,dancer Flavia Cacace Mistry, TV naturalist Chris Packham, broadcaster and author Sue Cook, Downton Abbey star Paul Copley, TV scientist Liz Bonnin, TV presenter Melinda Messenger, singer Chesney Hawkes, X Factor star Kitty Brucknell and cat artist Anthony Smith.
3. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps 218,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.
4. Cats Protection's registered charity number is 203644. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
5. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
6. For more information about the work of the charity, please log on to www.cats.org.uk

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