A CHARITY shop that had to paws its operation because of the COVID-19 crisis is to close for good.

The Cats Protection West Fife store, on Aberlour Street in Rosyth, has left its furry friends feline fine by offering customers an array of items to buy and provide support.

Run by manager, Pamela Paterson, and a team of dedicated volunteers, the shop has been a popular part of the town for many years, but the impact of the pandemic has led to the decision to close.

A post on its Facebook page read: “As a lot of you may have heard, the decision has been made to close down our little shop. As you can imagine we are all very sad.

“However, we will be returning in a couple of weeks for a last big sale so we will be able to say goodbye to you all personally.

“In the meantime please do not leave any donations outside. There is nobody there to take them in and, even when we return, we will not be able to accept them. We would be really grateful if you could share this information.

“Keep an eye on this page for more details on opening. See you all in a few weeks for our final hurrah!”

Cats Protection area retail manager, Ian Trotter, said: “Cats Protection would like to take this opportunity to thank all the customers who have supported us over the years, their generosity has ensured many more needy cats have been given a helping hand.

"I would also personally like to thank shop manager, Pamela Paterson, and the dedicated team of volunteers who gave up their time for the charity.”

The nearest Cats Protection charity shop now is in Edinburgh.