Susan Delaney’s The Scratching Post is a funny, poignant, and eye-opening work of fiction. Sally has dedicated much of her life to strengthening a charity whose aim is to care for and protect sick, abandoned and maltreated cats. She faces more obstacles than one might think. Not only from the ignorance of the human beings around her about the needs and proper care of cats, but also from malicious enemies who wish to take over the charity for their own ends, as well as dishonest or unstable employees. What makes the book such a charming story is its being told, in large part, from the perspective of the cats themselves. Creatures who, in this sympathetic and imaginative portrayal, each take on their own distinctive characteristics, habits, and mannerisms. Readers may well fall in love with Comfort, Banjo, Pickles, and the other cats described in the pages of The Scratching Post.
Susan Delaney has worked with rescue cats since she was ten years old. Breaking away from a large well known organisation, she became the founder of the charity ‘The Scratching Post’, which she founded in 2004. The amount of time Susan spent with the rescue cats inspired this book to be written.
What a wonderful book. It did indeed make me laugh and cry as promised on the cover. I started reading it last Saturday and had to finish it the same day. The fact that it is a true story made it even more special. I believe the cat sanctuary is in Waltham Abbey, but it was lovely to read about the chickens being rescued by Susan from near to where I live in Norfolk – I always wondered what happened to them! I now follow the centre on Facebook and I am in awe of their dedication and devotion to the cats. If you are an animal lover, you will enjoy this book.
T M Southwell – Amazon