But Yvonne Wood, a Fosterer at CP’s Epsom and Ewell Branch, knew by instinct that if she persisted with the long-term stray, he would eventually make a lovely pet.
“He wasn’t an aggressive cat, he was terrified,” Yvonne says. “I wasn’t going to give up on him.”
Tommy had first appeared in the garden of the Branch Co-ordinator Helen Fisher in early 2012. She fed Tommy, gained his trust and managed to trap him, before taking him to Yvonne.
|Tommy appeared in Co-ordinator Helen Fisher's garden|
|CP Fosterer Yvonne gradually gained Tommy's trust|
One day, Yvonne received a phone call from a lady who’d previously rehomed CP cats. Sue Jones’s cats had died, and she and her husband were looking for a new feline friend.
The pair arrived at Yvonne’s house expecting to look at some kittens, but were pointed in the direction of a rather different sort of cat. Burly Tommy trotted across to say hello to them, and they were smitten.
“I looked at this great tabby bruiser who’d been with Yvonne for several months and I thought well ok, he wants to come and live with us,” Sue says. Tommy’s history didn’t worry Sue – she was used to caring for challenging cats.
|Tommy loves his new home|
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