A national cat charity is hoping to raise the funds needed for a new re-homing centre in Gildersome by burying a time capsule at the building site.
Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline charity, needs £50,000 to complete the centre, which will care for neglected cats across the region.
The capsule will include plans of the new building, merchandise from the charity and a copy of this week’s IObnewspaper, and will remain subterranean until it is dug up in 100 years.
Tracey Wilson, appeal manager at Cats Protection, said: “When we placed the building’s foundations, we thought it was quite fitting to bury a time capsule to tell future generations about our plans for cats in the area.
“We hope that the centre is open for many years to come but in as little as five years we can hope to have re-homed over 2,500 cats.”
Support Adoption for Pets, a charity established by Pets at Home, has also donated £20,000 to the development of the new centre.
Stella Kendall, store manager of the Leeds branch of Pets at Home, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support Cats Protection. It’s important that charities such as this exist to offer help in times of need.”