Staff and students at Wellington's Wellington University are
launching a campaign next week to pay for expensive surgery
for its beloved resident library cat.
Sandy Rankine, a ginger cat, named after one of the
university's founding fathers, spends his days lounging in
the Kelburn campus library.
He recently underwent surgery for diabetes with vet bills in
Library staff and the Victoria University of Wellington
Students' Association (VUWSA) have organised the CatFest
fundraiser concert, to be held on June 4 at the student bar.
University librarian Sue Roberts said Sandy, who had lived in
the library for around 14 years, was an important member of
"Many of our alumni will have fond memories of the library
cat and I'm sure they would be happy to know that the cat is
being well looked after."
VUWSA event coordinator Dusty McLoughlin said the students'
association and library had wanted to host a joint concert
for some time and thought Sandy -- well-known on campus --
would be a great cause for a fundraiser.