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Cat lovers in Shanghai are preparing to rent a house in the city’s suburbs for the street cats, after more than 800 cats were rescued last week from a truck going to Guangdong Province, where it is believed they were to be served up for dinner.

The www.movshow.com, a Chinese cat Website, initiated the move and said the house will provide a more spacious home for street cats.

“The house was originally a factory, and the rental is about 2,000 yuan (US$258) a month,” said Tao Rongfang, an official with the Shanghai Animal Protection Association.

“Volunteers and vets will go to the house to take care of the cats and sterilise them.”

Up to now, more than 30,000 Yuan has been collected from net buddies for the rent and for living and medical expenditure for the street cats.

Duo Zirong, who has more than 1,200 street cats at her home, will visit the house at the weekend, before deciding whether to move her cats there.

Net buddies are also considering building a cat medical centre and an adoption centre in the downtown area.

Veteran Shanghai cat rescuer Duo Zirong started off her mission of deliverance on Friday when she called police to stop a truck stuffed with some 800 live cats.

The standoff happened at a parking lot in a southern suburb of Shanghai. It continued for hours while cat lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising 10,000 Yuan (US $1,320; Euro 966) in donations to buy the whole load.

They now hope to place them in homes after posting their pictures and profiles on the Internet. “They were so frightened,” it quoted one of the rescuers, Huo Puyang, as saying.

Cat meat is considered a delicacy in southern China and cats are sold live to markets where they are slaughtered fresh for customers.