Animal lovers in the Staffordshire Moorlands mourn ‘Cat Wood’

A LEEK woman who dedicated her life to caring for and re-homing many thousands of stray or unwanted cats and dogs has died.

Pat Wood, who kept the Leek Home For Strays, was awarded an MBE in 2008, when it was revealed she had rescued around 30,000 dogs and 15,000 cats over a 40-year period.

Affectionately known as ‘Cat Wood’ by her army of fellow animal lovers and friends, Pat raised money for her charitable work from goods donated to her second-hand shop in Stanley Street (pictured).

Leek councillor Dani Ogden, paying a personal tribute on Facebook, said: “Pat dedicated her life to caring and re-homing strays or unwanted cats around the Staffordshire Moorlands. Quite rightly she received an MBE for her dedication.

Fondest and loving memories of Pat who will always be remembered for her charity work.”