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Train station cat releases charity song for Christmas
All proceeds go to RSPCA and Stevenage homelessness charity Feed Up Warm Up.
Nala the Station Cat’s ‘Meow’ was played on Radio 2.

A cat from Stevenage is hoping for the coveted ‘Christmas No. 1’ slot following the release of her debut charity single ‘Meow’.

Nala, known on social media as ‘Nala the Station Cat’, is already a local celebrity at Stevenage railway station, where she greets commuters as they pass through the station.

However the four-year-old ginger tabby is now receiving national attention after her new song was played on Scott Mills’ BBC Radio 2 show this week.

‘Meow’ was produced by musician Danny Kirsch, who wrote the single with Joe Killington. Nala is also credited as the vocalist and songwriter behind the track.

All proceeds from the song are to be donated to the RSPCA, as well as Stevenage homelessness charity Feed Up Warm Up.

It received its first play on BBC Three Counties Radio on Sunday, before its official release on Wednesday. The music video, which has been filmed on location at Stevenage railway station, is set to be released before Christmas.

The song has already received critical acclaim, with Radio 2 DJ Scott Mills declaring it "quite good" on his afternoon show. Nala and her owner, Natasha Ambler, will be hoping it can challenge fellow charity musicians LadBaby’s five-year streak for the Christmas number one spot.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio DJ Justin Dealey, Ms Ambler said: "We'll start small and hopefully she gets in the charts, but number one would be fantastic".

Nala the Station Cat was unavailable to comment.

You can listen to ‘Meow’ here.

Image © TikTok/The Adventures of Nala

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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