A NEW cattery has been opened and named in memory of an RSPCA inspector.
The Inspector Andy Thompson Memorial Cattery will serve Huddersfield and Halifax and provide a home for up to 37 cats at a time.
It forms part of the RSPCA's animal home in Winding Road in Halifax town centre.
A fundraising campaign to collect the £350,000 needed for the centre was helped by many people in Huddersfield.
The Huddersfield branch of the RSPCA helped kick-start the funding drive with a £10,000 gift in 2001.
The cattery will provide 19 luxury pens housing cats, many of which need medical attention before being found new homes.
The cattery has been be named after RSPCA inspector Andy Thompson, a Territorial Army soldier who died in a shooting accident in April, 2000, when his pistol malfunctioned.
The 30-year-old corporal had been taking part in an organised shooting competition at Wathgill ranges, near Catterick, North Yorkshire.
He had worked for the RSPCA in Huddersfield and Halifax for almost eight years and received several awards for his work.
Halifax RSPCA branch chairman Kath Airey said: "It has been hard work raising the funds, but we are delighted with the support we received from our supporters and the branches in Huddersfield, Wakefield and York."