AN animal welfare charity founder has marked the five year anniversary of her campaign to end the disposal of deceased cats.

To do this, Helena Abrahams, from Bury, founder of Gizmo’s Army, has refreshed her campaign with a new cross-party bid to pass Gizmos Law.

The campaign is called Gizmo’s Legacy, and has drawn cross-party support from Tory Bury North MP, James Daly and Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard.

Gizmo’s Army is campaigning for the bill to be heard before Parliament.

Helena said: “This law can’t come quickly enough so that our pets are shown the respect they deserve and owners are able to have closure.

“I want to give a massive thanks to all of our volunteers, who have been working tirelessly for the past five years to make sure that deceased cats are reunited with their owners.”

Volunteer, Liz Costigan, said: “Gizmo’s Law means everything to me. Owners deserve closure if their cat has been involved in an accident or has been found deceased.

“All cats should be scanned and this law will help! This law will protect all our fur babies.

“Every owner that I have given closure to is always so grateful.”

Mr Daly added: “Gizmo’s Legacy is an important animal welfare provision and I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to support in Parliament the many years of tireless campaigning by Helena Abrahams, the driving force behind this.

“I wish to pay tribute not only to Helena but to the whole team, who are dedicated to re-uniting much-loved pets with their owners and I will continue to fight until Gizmo’s Legacy is on the statute book.”

The campaign for the new began five years ago after Helena’s cat, Gizmo, was hit by a car and disposed of, with no attempts made to notify her.

Drivers are not currently obligated to report running over a cat, and council road sweepers do not have to check them for microchips before disposal. Some councils do scan for microchips, but it is not a requirement.

To join Gizmo’s Legacy or find out more about the campaign visit their Facebook page.