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Paul O'Grady does the unexpected for "lockdown legend" cat rescuer

Man hugging cat cat-happy

Paul O'Grady is at it again. The celebrity dog lover recently sent a personal message of support to another amazing man who spends his time helping animals in need.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 04/02/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 15:46

Billy Devitt is our new hero. The 29-year-old from Walderslade, Kent, turned his home into a cat sanctuary to help overstretched rescue services during the lockdown.

Billy, who also has a full-time job as a supermarket manager, is now looking after 29 rescue cats. And he recently turned his DIY support service into a fully registered charity called the Wisteria Cat Rescue. 

Lockdown legend endorsed by Paul O'Grady

Speaking to a local newspaper, Billy said: 

"When everything locked down in March, the bigger charities had to stop some of their work. But cats still needed help. So I decided to do my own thing."

Since then, Billy has received plenty of praise from pet owners across the UK, with some calling him a true "lockdown legend." And Billy even picked up one very special celebrity fan - For the Love of Dogs presenter Paul O'Grady.

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O'Grady is a dog dad to three pooches called Eddie, Arthur, and Nancy. 

It's all about the cats

Billy is super proud of the celebrity endorsement, but he didn't get into this for the fame.

"The most important part is that we got an even bigger following. So now we can help more cats" continued Billy.

 We told you he was a hero.