Thursday, 17 October 2013

Bring a black cat home

In the run-up to National Black Cat Day on Thursday 31 October 2013, we thought we’d tell you about some of the black and black-and-white cats in our care. Sadly, these beautiful cats have so far been overlooked by potential adopters; they are well looked after but they need a permanent home. For more information on each cat, or to find out more about the other cats in each branch’s care, just call the number by their details. Go on, bring a black cat home!

Meg and Merlin
Bedford & Biggleswade Branch, Bedfordshire, England
08442 496 911

Meg (short haired) and Merlin (long haired) are around 15 months old and need to be rehomed together. They are a pair of very affectionate and laid-back cats who enjoy playing and having cuddles. 

Meg and Merlin, Bedford & Biggleswade Branch
Maggie
Bury St Edmunds Branch, Suffolk, England
01284 850 887
Our Bury St Edmunds Branch has sweet little Maggie since February. She's six years old, fit and healthy and will make a lovely companion but, sadly, she seems to be constantly overlooked. She's a little shy at first but is very friendly and would suit a quiet home, perhaps with another friendly cat.
Maggie, Bury St Edmunds Branch, Suffolk


Lilly
Dereham Adoption Centre, Norfolk, England
01362 687 919
Lilly is 11 years old and is with our Dereham Adoption Centre because her owners were emigrating – she is so sweet! She has been with CP now for more than two months.


Lilly, Dereham Adoption Centre
























Millie
Halifax, Queensbury & Brighouse Branch, Yorkshire, England
0845 647 2182
Millie is a former stray from the Huddersfield area, and it’s estimated that she’s three to four years old. When she first arrived at the branch she was quite laid back was adopted after only three weeks in foster care. Unfortunately, she didn’t get on with the younger cat in her adopter’s household. She was brought back into foster care and settled down very quickly. Millie has been in foster care now since the beginning of the year. She is cat who clearly wants to go out and would love a forever home; she needs outside space to explore and play in and she needs a quiet home without any other pets.




Millie, Halifax, Queensbury & Brighouse Branch

















Petunia
Telford & District Branch, Shropshire, England
0845 260 1502
Petunia is a happy and affectionate one-year-old cat who loves to play or to sit in your lap and purr. She is fine with other cats and dogs.


Petunia, Telford & District Branch

















Poppy
South Wirral Branch, Merseyside, England
0151 355 9813
Now that Poppy’s kittens have been homed and she’s been neutered our South Wirral Branch would like to find a loving home for this one-year-old very friendly cat.





Poppy, South Wirral Branch


















Sox
Woking & District Branch, Surrey, England
01483 721 700
When his owners decided on a canine addition to the family, three-year-old Sox left home to live in the garden under a bush. A doubly sad tale as he also has no tail!


Sox, Woking & District Branch



















Hei Mao
Worcester & District Branch, Worcestershire, England
07527 007 436
Hei Mao is a lovely three-year-old black male with a white patch on his chest. He is a big softy and a lap cat who loves a fuss, purrs and is playful. Hei Mao came in to the branch as a stray and is best suited to a home without other cats.


Hei Mao, Worcester & District Branch

























Maisy
North Ayrshire Branch, Ayrshire, Scotland
0845 371 4218
Maisy was a house cat but our North Ayrshire Branch think she'd like to venture outside in her new home. She is two years old and will be a great companion cat.


Maisy, North Ayrshire Branch

























Note: Cats Protection cats are treated to our minimum veterinary standards including neutering (if old enough at the time of adoption), vaccination and microchipping. For more information on adopting a cat from CP, see http://www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat



Thursday, 5 September 2013

Bin-bag cats seek brighter future

A branch of Cats Protection is looking for good homes for two cats who were tied up in a rubbish bag and dumped in a wheelie bin. The cats, both of whom were pregnant when they were abandoned in February, have since had four kittens each, most of which are still up for adoption.

Blossom was about a year-and-a-half old when she was found in the bag with Cherry, thought to be her daughter and just a few months old at the time. They were discovered by a member of the public putting out her rubbish.

“She heard a noise from the bin and found two cats tied up in a bag,” says Tamsin Eastwood, Co-ordinator of our Bedford & Biggleswade Branch, who has cared for the mother cats and kittens.

The cats were taken to the vets for a check-up and were taken on by Tamsin in March. Less than a fortnight later, the heavily-pregnant Blossom had her litter: long-haired black-and-white males George and Bobby and long-haired black females Maple and Jasmine. The kittens are now almost six months old.

Cherry had her litter later on, and her kittens are now just over four months old. They are Dougal (black-and-white long-haired male); Mavis (black-and-white long-haired female); Elsa (tabby-and-white short-haired female) and Jack (black short-haired male).



While George and Maple have recently been rehomed, Blossom, Cherry and the remaining kittens are all still seeking new owners.

“Homing has been completely quiet, and we have a lot of black-and-white cats in our care at the moment,” explains Tamsin.

The cats and kittens have been neutered and all have had, or are about to have, their vaccines. The branch will be able to give potential adopters further information about all of the cats.

Tamsin, who certainly has her hands full caring for so many cats, says “it’ll be worth it in the long run”. She adds: “It’s lucky they were found when they were or goodness knows what would have happened to them.”

If you live in or near to the Bedford and Biggleswade area, and think you could offer a permanent home to Cherry, Blossom, or their kittens, then contact the branch on 08442 496 911.

Our other UK branches and centres have lots of cats and kittens waiting for adoption. Find your perfect pet through our Find-a-Cat tool on our home page.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Patient pair help cats relax

Kittens Mishy and Murphy – sister and brother – were found living in a garden. The black-and-white cats were nervous when they were brought into Cats Protection’s Haslemere Adoption Centre in Surrey.

While Mishy and Murphy were well looked after at the centre, their timidity meant they were passed over by potential adopters.

A few weeks after they arrived at Haslemere, Kelly Mowatt visited the centre to look for an unusual birthday present for her husband Alan. Experienced cat owners, the couple had lost two of their feline friends the previous year and Kelly thought she’d surprise Alan with another cat.

“I wanted a cat who was in desperate need of a home,” says Kelly. “CP was recommended by a colleague and Haslemere was just down the road from us.”

She says: “Mishy and Murphy stood out because they were the most timid – huddling together, nervous, flinching when you tried to pet them.” 

Kelly and Alan had succeeded with their two formerly-nervous rescue cats Tripod and Pickle so the challenges ahead didn’t bother her.

While Kelly had planned to just adopt one cat, Mishy and Murphy came as a pair so she agreed to take them both on!

The cats went home with Kelly in February, and were very nervous to begin with and hid, which is a natural behaviour cats express when they feel uncertain. Kelly and Alan kept Mishy and Murphy in the back bedroom at first so they could explore their new home gradually.
 
Mishy (right) and Murphy have gradually settled in to their new home
Over the next three weeks, the couple spent lots of time talking gently to the cats and coaxing them out of their shells with the help of some tasty food. Mishy and Murphy began to respond and bond with their new owners.

The cats have come a long way in a few short months.

Kelly says: “They are very happy, playful cats.  We still have a long way to go and it’s very much on their terms…but they are now ‘talking’ to us with meows, chirrups and purrs.”

Mishy and Murphy like to chatter to the birds and squirrels outside from behind the patio window, while Murphy has discovered that if he continually jumps on and off the bed, his owners will eventually give in and get him breakfast!
 
The cats like to chatter at the birds on the patio!
To support the work of our Haslemere Adoption Centre, just click here 

Want to read more about living with shy and nervous cats? Then click here

Monday, 12 August 2013

Oil-soaked kitten rescued from gang

Our Wear Valley & Darlington Branch is looking after a kitten rescued from a gang of teenagers who tried to drown him in engine oil.

Ginger Chester, who is around seven weeks old, was saved by a passer-by who spotted the kitten being doused in the toxic substance on 30 July.

Chester was taken to the vets for treatment and to be cleaned up – some of his fur was so soaked with oil that it had to be trimmed.


Chester, pictured with Branch Co-ordinator Marion, after he was cleaned and treated by vets
Photo credit: Northern Echo
He’s now being cared for by the branch, is on antibiotics and – while he still sounds a little raspy from swallowing some of the oil – has been steadily improving.

Branch Co-ordinator Marion Maychell said: “Chester is doing well and seems recovered though does have a few behaviour quirks and fights being handled which is hardly surprising.”

While it’s too soon to say for certain, the branch hopes Chester will make a full recovery and go on to find a loving new home.

To support the cats and kittens in our care, just click here. Thank you! 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Caring home for cheeky-looking cat

Sometimes a cat's unusual appearance can help it find a new home, and that was certainly the case with Little Mo, who leaves her tongue sticking out of her mouth!

Indoor cat Little Mo was being looked after by Cats Protection's Lichfield & Tamworth Branch, who'd rescued her from a multi-cat household. Michelle Thomas was looking for an indoor cat, and visited Mo, who was in a comfortable, large pen at the home of her CP Fosterer, Denise.

Michelle says: "Little Mo was high up on a shelf, with her little white paws and her tongue out. I think it was the tongue that did it, and I thought she looked so cute and had beautiful eyes."

Little Mo was rehomed with Michelle earlier this year, and after some initial shyness has blossomed into a delightful, friendly pet. She enjoys playing games with Michelle around the flat, sits on her lap and has a typically-feline interest in boxes.

"If I bring a box back home she has to jump straight in and sit there, it makes me laugh," says Michelle.

As she's a first-time cat owner Michelle is very grateful for the advice she received from the branch. "I would highly recommend adopting a cat from Cats Protection, the help and information I got was excellent."

If you'd like more information on indoor and outdoor cats, take a look at our advice leaflet.


Monday, 1 July 2013

Sandy's stroke of luck

In March, we blogged about Sandy, a 16-year-old deaf cat looking for a home and an understanding owner.

We’re pleased to share the happy news that in April, our Caterham, Redhill & East Surrey Branch found Sandy a home with Diane Lee.

Diane has lots of experience of looking after cats, particularly elderly felines. While browsing Cats Protection’s rehoming pages, Diane spotted Sandy’s details.

“Sandy had the dubious title of Most Overlooked Cat and had been in foster care for more than four months, with barely a sniff of interest,” says Diane. “Her only crime was to be deaf and old. At 16 years old, she deserved a permanent home.

“Within three days I had gone to see her, armed with a cat basket and some cotton wool in my ears – ok, no actual cotton wool, but I was told she was a yowler!  I took her home on a trial, knowing full well she wasn’t going back.

“She is my first deaf cat, so I prepared myself for an education and some sleepless nights. I’ve studied cat behaviour for some years now and thought that this new challenge was going to need every ounce of behaviourism that I knew. But to be quite frank, she’s been a doddle.”
 
Sandy: one contented cat, now she's found her forever home
Diane says she’s adapted to Sandy’s deafness in a couple of ways. Sandy can’t hear her approaching, so can be caught off guard. Diane has adjusted to this by being heavy-footed as she walks around, and also making a shadow or flicking a light switch as she enters the room where Sandy is.

Diane adds: “The second thing is that she can be loud when she meows and, like deaf people, it sounds a little distorted. In fact, Sandy only yowled during the night once – her first night with us. After that, she yowled briefly at 4am, then 5am, then 6am, then she finally realised that breakfast happened when the long-haired two-legs rose, and not before!”

Because Sandy has settled well into her new home, she doesn’t meow more frequently than any other cat, Diane adds.

Letting deaf cats out into the garden can be a concern. Diane kept her inside for a week and then closely supervised her first visit to the garden. Now, Sandy simply walks around the house then comes straight back in.

Diane adds: “Deaf cats know their limitations. While females are known to have smaller ranges than males, hers is literally around the house! Sometimes there’s an element of trust involved, or a leap of faith. I’m certainly glad I took mine.”

To read more about deaf cats, see our leaflet: http://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/vet_care_leaflets/VET04-Deafcats4pp.pdf

To support Cats Protection's work, which includes rehoming, neutering, information and education, just click here: http://www.cats.org.uk/support-us

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Fearful tabby now happy cat

We’re really pleased to publish a guest post by Naomi Sampey, who adopted tabby Millie from our adoption centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, a few years ago. It’s a great example of how initially nervous cats can become great pets with love and patience from the right owner:

We visited the National Cat Adoption Centre six years ago looking for an addition to our family.

There, we found Millie.

Millie had been at the centre for six months, hiding underneath a small plastic stool which was covered in a blanket in her cage. All that was visible was her face in the shadows. She was branded the most nervous and anxious cat in the whole centre, and the kind and dedicated team working there were reluctant to let her go as she seemed so emotionally damaged.
 
Once-anxious Millie is now a happy cat, thanks to Naomi's patient care

After a successful home visit we were able to take Millie home the day before New Year’s Eve. Millie spent the first three months underneath our bed, too afraid to come out. She did not make a sound for the first month.

Gradually, she ventured out and week by week, month by month her confidence grew.

Over the years, we have nurtured her into one of the happiest pets anyone could ask for. Her transformation is miraculous and it just goes to show that if you never stop working on developing the trust and relationship you have with your pet and showing them unconditional love, your pet has the potential to become a well-adjusted, happy part of your family.

Cats Protection has around 5,400 cats in its care at any one time, including nervous cats like Millie, who are given special attention until they are ready for rehoming. To support our work with cats, just click here.

Shy and timid cats can make lovely pets, given time and patience. Click this link for more information.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Three landfill cats thriving

In March, we shared the happy news that Scrappy, Dusty and Rusty – three kittens found at a landfill site – had new homes.

Scrappy and Rusty (renamed Chaos and Smudge) and Dusty (renamed Kassie) had settled in well with their new owners.  

We thought you’d like to see some recent pictures of the cats, five months since they were lucky enough to find new homes. They’re now around eight months old – don’t they look well?

Thanks to the cats’ new owners Caroline Kennedy (Chaos and Smudge) and Debbie Clark (Kassie) for permission to take the pics. And thanks to David Garrett Photography of Ipswich for taking the lovely photos!


Kassie has a good look at the camera.....
 
...then strikes a pose for our photographer. She's a natural!

Chaos and Smudge, together in their new home
 

Chaos strikes his king of the castle pose


While Smudge looks like she'd rather get back to sleeping!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Great escape for prison kittens

Our Bridgend Adoption Centre in South Wales is caring for a mother cat and kittens that were found at a nearby prison.

A prison worker had arrived at HMP Parc to find the cat and her six-strong brood nestled in a truck in the yard.

A telephone call to CPs Bridgend Adoption Centre saw Kelly Matthews, Deputy Manager, dash to the prison to take charge of the new arrivals. Kelly said: "The kittens were an easy catch. Mum was more elusive and, despite help from prison staff, she managed to get away.”
Kittens Christie, Jessica, Marple, Morse, Kojak and Sherlock
The kittens were taken back to the centre and bottle-fed every two hours while they waited to be reunited with their mother. Luckily, the mother cat – dubbed Agatha by centre staff – was safely detained 24 hours later and reunited with her brood.

Staff at the centre were apprehensive as there was a risk that the mum would reject her kittens. A smearing of cat food applied to the kittens’ fur to disguise human smells worked effectively and Agatha was soon contentedly nursing her kittens.
Agatha was soon reunited with her kittens
Sue Dobbs, Centre Manager, says: "We were glad to be able to help Parc Prison with their new arrivals, and it's great to see mum and kittens happily reunited. This story has a happy ending but sadly this isn't the case for many others. We have already had a bumper start to kitten season and would encourage everyone to get their cats neutered to prevent the problem of unwanted kittens."

Centre staff named the kittens after famous crime writers and characters – Christie, Jessica, Marple, Morse, Kojak and Sherlock.  They will be cared for in the centre until they are ready for rehoming in eight to nine weeks’ time. Mum Agatha will also be available for rehoming once the kittens are weaned and she is neutered.

Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre in south Wales currently has over 180 cats and kittens in its care. If you would like to adopt a cat, please contact the centre on 01656 724 396 or email bridgend@cats.org.uk


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tabby's life transformed

Tabby-and-white Jess had a traumatic experience with her previous owners. She was stressed and nervous when she came into Cats Protection’s care.

Once under the wing of our Stockport Branch, Jess started to calm down and eat normally. She began to trust people again.

After many weeks of patient devotion, the branch decided that the five-year-old cat was ready for rehoming with an understanding owner.
 
With help from our Stockport Branch, Jess recovered from her ordeal

At the same time, local lady Janet Kiln had decided she'd like to home a new cat. Janet and her husband Nick were left catless when their grown-up daughter had moved out, taking her cat with her. Their home seemed empty without a feline friend.

“We were looking for a rescue cat, and an older cat, rather than a kitten,” she says.

On first meeting Jess, Janet could see that she was timid, but something about her sad past and slightly grumpy-looking face made Janet want to give her a good home.
Janet wanted to rehome Jess when she heard her sad story
She needn’t have worried. When Jess was delivered to Janet’s home last year, she soon shook off her timidity.

“The Cats Protection lady brought Jess to us and stayed for about an hour,” says Janet. “Within 10 minutes of the lady leaving, Jess had jumped onto the bed, where my husband Nick was!”

Jess quickly settled in with the Kilns
Jess is not a lap cat but likes to lay next to her owners, stretched out along the full length of their bodies. As she lived in a flat in her former life, she’s not much of an outdoors cat, but has started exploring the outside world in short bursts.

Jess has settled in to her new home so well that Janet says she’s the new head of the household.

“She has her own stool in the bathroom because she likes to be close to the bathroom radiator,” laughs Janet. “She also likes to drink out of the taps and will come and find you to turn them on!”

Janet’s daughter Jennifer Kiln took these lovely photos of Jess looking very relaxed in her new home. We hope you enjoy them.

Jess's sad past is behind her


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Caring home for chest-op cat

Our National Cat Adoption Centre has rehomed a cat that underwent specialist surgery for a rare condition.

Persian Clive arrived at our National Cat Adoption Centre in East Sussex last December as his owners could no longer look after him.

Clive was checked over by our veterinary team, just like all the other cats that arrive at the centre.

His coat was badly matted and had to be shaved off, apart from the fur on his neck, paws and tail tip. His new, leonine appearance saw him dubbed Clive the Lionheart by staff and volunteers, who fell in love with his gentle character.
Clive charmed staff and volunteers with his gentle nature
At that time, all the centre cats were scanned as part of the Royal Veterinary College’s CatScan project - http://www.rvc.ac.uk/CatScan.

While Clive showed no outward signs of illness, the scan and further x-rays revealed that he was suffering from diaphragmatic hernia.

“His intestines and some of his major organs had been pushed into his chest cavity. He needed surgery straight away,” explains deputy centre manager Tania Marsh. “If he’d come in at any other time, this wouldn’t have been discovered.”

The Blue Cross in London, who had the specialist facilities Clive needed, agreed to perform the surgery on CP’s behalf.

As Clive went for surgery, the centre team started a fundraising appeal and raised the full amount needed for the operation.

June Day, a centre volunteer, waited nervously as Clive went under the knife. June, who already had two cats including female Persian Paris, had fallen in love with Clive as soon as she met him.

“When I found out about his medical problems I said I didn’t care,” says June, who has volunteered for Cats Protection for more than seven years.  “I’d made up my mind that I was taking him.”

Clive’s operation was complex – in the end, he needed two procedures and a blood transfusion. At one point, it wasn’t certain that he would pull through.

But Clive was a battler. Ten days after his operation, he was back at the NCAC and not long after, June was taking him home.
Clive now has a happy home with June and her husband Rodney
Clive is now truly settled in his new house and likes to explore the garden with June’s five-year-old moggy Soloman. “He loves to play, particularly with a green fish that he had at the NCAC,” says June.

Clive will need heart scans every two years but will suffer no lasting effects from his operation. His life was saved, thanks to the co-operation between Cats Protection, The Royal Veterinary College and the Blue Cross.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Noisy cat needs owner

A Cats Protection branch in Surrey wants to find an owner for a particularly noisy cat.

Pretty 16-year-old Sandy has louder calls than most cats because she is deaf.
Sandy has a loud miaow because she can't hear herself
“Sandy’s miaows have been compared to a baby crying,” says Jacky Eyres, Branch Co-ordinator of CP’s Caterham, Redhill & East Surrey Branch. “Sandy is otherwise healthy, and she’s a friendly cat. There’s a home out there for her somewhere.”

The ginger cat has been with a branch fosterer since December 2012 but hasn’t yet found the permanent home she needs.

Sandy needs a permanent home
Jacky thinks the cat would be best suited to a hearing-impaired owner who would not be disturbed by Sandy’s clamorous early-morning calls. The charity Action on Hearing Loss has publicised Sandy's plight to its members in the hope that one of them will fall for her charms.

The ideal new owner would not have immediate neighbours, young children or other pets. While Sandy can go outside, she would need to be supervised or have an enclosed garden so she doesn’t stray too far.
Sandy needs plenty of attention
Sandy is calmer, and miaows less frequently, when she has plenty of attention, so she’d need an owner who’s at home for at least part of the day.

Could you provide Sandy with the special, permanent home she needs? Or do you know someone who could? Contact the branch on 07868 597359 or email eastsurreycats@yahoo.co.uk. And find out more about adopting a CP cat here http://www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Help CP help more cats, including those with special needs like Sandy. Just click here

Friday, 22 March 2013

Emergency operation saves cat and kittens

Veterinary staff at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre have saved the lives of a pregnant cat and her four kittens after she had difficulties giving birth.

The team at CP’s centre in Chelwood Gate, East Sussex, performed an emergency Caesarian section on black-and-white Lexi on 13 March after she developed complications during labour.

Nathalie Dowgray, Veterinary Officer at the centre, said: “Cats tend to be quite independent so when Lexi went into labour we let her get on with it but closely monitored to check everything was okay. It quickly became apparent something wasn’t right and the kittens had become stuck.

“In that situation, you are really talking about minutes to get the kittens out safe and well. Fortunately, we have a terrific and very dedicated team who stayed on after hours to help with the operation. We were able to deliver all four healthy kittens.”

Lexi and her kittens recovered well from the operation and are currently being cared for at the centre.

The kittens – two females and two males – have been named Nat (tabby) and Vicky, Dominic and Dale (all black and white) after some members of the vet team and their partners!

Former stray Lexi, who is only 14 months old, will be available for rehoming in several weeks once her vaccinations are up to date. Her kittens will be available for adoption once they’re around 10 weeks old.

The National Cat Adoption Centre has set up a fundraising appeal to care for Lexi’s kittens and other unwanted kittens this year. To help, please visit www.justgiving.com/NCAC-LEXI

Lexi’s dramatic operation marks the start of kitten season, and the centre expects to be dealing with an influx of unwanted kittens in the coming months. Cats Protection recommends that all cats are neutered from four months old and we may be able to help those on low incomes with the cost of neutering. For more information, click here http://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/

If you live reasonably near to the National Cat Adoption Centre and would like to find out more about adopting Lexi or her kittens, please call the centre on 01825 741 330.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Cornish cat finds caring home

Three years ago, tabby Toby was an unloved, injured stray forced to scavenge for scraps just to survive.

One day, he appeared in the garden of Dawn Bayliss, who lives near Polbathic, Cornwall.

“We saw him limping very badly down the drive,” says Dawn. “The children were beside themselves because he was obviously in pain. His ear was torn and very bloodied.”

Dawn’s family left out food for their unexpected feline guest, but couldn’t get anywhere near him.

So Dawn turned to Cats Protection’s Torpoint & Rame Peninsula Branch for help. Before long, with advice from Branch Co-ordinator Margaret Connolly, the family had managed to catch Toby in a humane trap.

The tabby-and-white cat was taken to the vet for treatment for his ear and paw. The vet told Dawn that Toby’s paw had been injured in the past and had rehealed in an awkward position – Toby would need ongoing treatment. Toby was also neutered and given the injections he needed.

“I can’t say enough about how wonderful and supportive the branch was,” says Dawn. “People talk about going the extra mile…Margaret went 20 miles extra to help this cat.”

Toby's new owner Joan saw past his old injuries
Dawn would have loved to have kept Toby but the tabby was terrified of her friendly dogs so she made the tough decision to place him into CP’s care.

While Toby was well looked after in CP’s care, it took him a while to be rehomed. Potential adopters, it seemed, couldn’t see past his ragged ear and limp.

Then Joan Hillman arrived to see the cats as she was looking for a new pet. She wanted a cat that had experienced a rough past – one to which she could offer a bright new future.

While the other felines Joan saw were friendly and affectionate, Toby sat in his pen staring straight ahead, like a statue, which made her notice him. She went back to take another look, and made up her mind to take him.

Joan adopted Toby in November 2012, and he is well and truly settled in his new Cornish home.

“He is so affectionate,” says Joan. “He follows me everywhere and knows when I’ve moved. He won’t go outside without me! The whole family loves him.”

Dawn, who originally found Toby in her garden, says: “All he wanted was someone to love him. He has that person now."

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Landfill kittens have loving homes

Many of you were moved by the plight of Scrappy, Dusty and Rusty – three tiny kittens found at a landfill site last November.

Our Ipswich Branch took in the five-week-old kittens after they were spotted and saved by site workers.

The kittens bounced back from their ordeal thanks to the branch, and we’re pleased to tell you that all three found happy new homes in December.

(l-r) Scrappy, Dusty and Rusty have been rehomed. Photo: David Garrett Photography, Ipswich
Caroline Kennedy rehomed brothers Scrappy (black/white) and Rusty (ginger/white) and has renamed them Chaos and Smudge.

She says: “A friend of mine works for CP and told me about the kittens. As soon as I heard about them I knew I had to do something!”

Caroline first planned to rehome one kitten, but on meeting the pair agreed to take both!

She adds: “Considering what they’d been through they were behaving normally, they were typical kittens, into everything!

Chaos and Smudge have settled in well and are keeping their new owners entertained.

“Chaos is into everything, he’s completely mad,” says Caroline. “Smudge is the more laid-back of the pair. They both get on well with our rescued Rag Doll cat Daisy, who’s an old girl and mothers them.

“They’re both lap cats – Chaos is my lap cat and Smudge is my husband’s. The kittens’ favourite game is running up my legs!”

Debbie Clark homed tortoiseshell Dusty and has renamed her Kassie. Debbie's husband spotted the kittens' story on the BBC website and the pair decided to rehome her as she reminded them of their previous cat.


Kassie moved into her new home with Debbie, her husband and eight-year-old son just before Christmas.

"She's been brilliant," says Debbie. "We thought she'd be a quiet cat but as soon as we got her home she was nibbling around my husband's feet and playing with the coffee table legs!

"There's something funny she does which makes my son laugh. She lays sleeping, stretched out, under the bed runner and you wouldn't know she was there."

It looks like all three landfill cats got very lucky with their new owners. To support CP's work with abandoned and unwanted cats, just click here.