The boss of a Hull animal charity has admitted being "unprofessional" after hitting out at a woman on social media who fostered cats.

Amy Donoghue, 39, who runs Not Just Pets Rescue, posted on the charity's Facebook page with the name and pictures of a woman to "shame" her into returning foster kittens after Amy could not get hold of her.

The post sparked outrage online, with several people leaving bad reviews about the not-for-profit organisation following the spat - but while Amy admits the post was unprofessional and removed the post, she has defended her actions.

"As we are moving premises we have people fostering cats at the moment until they are rehomed and this person is one of them," she said.

"I gave her enough food and litter to last the kittens until I came to pick them up again.

"I had three families with kids waiting for their kittens and I couldn't have told them that they weren't having them anymore. It would have broken their hearts.

Amy with a cat
Amy with a cat

"She eventually agreed for me to pick them up on Saturday morning but when I got there, she wasn't in and I found out from her housemate that she had not come home, despite arranging for me to come over.

"So the only way I could get the kittens back was to post her name and Facebook profile on Facebook. I never showed the house where she lived in the pictures I posted either, just a picture of the cat in the window.

"I admit it was unprofessional for me to do what I did on Facebook but I felt it was the only way to get the cats back."

Amy Donoghue used to run Catisfaction in on Spring Bank before it closed
Amy Donoghue used to run Catisfaction in on Spring Bank before it closed

After the post, Amy says she has been accused of slander but denies doing anything wrong. Hull Live has approached the woman involved in the fostering for a comment.

"Now I've had threats made against me and people accusing me of slander, saying that I put [the woman's] life in danger but I didn't at all. I just did it just to get a rise out of her and get the cats home," said Amy.

"All I care about is the animals. I'm their voice and I will continue to stick up for them.

"I had to post what I did to shame her into giving me the cats back as she was refusing to answer my calls and messages and when I went to the police they told me that it was a civil matter so they couldn't get involved."

Tea Bag the kitten was orphaned with her siblings

The rescue charity in The Avenues has been running for the past nine years and Amy has done this while juggling jobs, including a dog groomer and a pharmacy worker, to try and look after her rescue animals, pets - and herself.

It is not the first time Amy has been criticised online, as she told Hull Live in May she had been trolled after she described how she could not secure a mortgage for the house she rents where she rescues and cares for around 75 cats and two dogs, as well as 19 of her own pets.

She was given a year to stump up the cash to buy one of the two terraced properties in Grove Street near The Avenues but despite saving a £5,000 deposit and working three part-time jobs - as well as running a cat café in Spring Bank - Amy faced the prospect of losing her house.

Amy Donoghue cares for cats in Hull
Amy Donoghue cares for cats in Hull

After speaking to Hull Live about the predicament she was facing, Amy slammed those online who said she only shared her story as a way to get money - and believes some of her critics could be people she has rescued animals from.

For more information on rehoming the cats, visit the Not Just For Pets Facebook page here .

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