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."

17 comments:

  1. Such a lovely story, glad you have your forever home now Toby :)

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  2. When/if I can bring myself to rehome another cat (still sad after the last one died), I am definitely going to go for the oldest, scraggiest puss I can find. Kittens always find homes, so I want to give a warm and loving home to the ones which find it that much harder.

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    1. Three cheers! The older cats can take longer to find new homes, so we're glad to find owners like you, who don't mind if they are a greying and a little battle scarred!

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    2. That's wonderful, exactly how I feel too-let's all give the older, battered ones the chance they so deserve.......

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    3. I totally agree. Kittens are lovely but the older cats deserve a chance. We are on our 4th rescue cat now, all of whom have been adult cats. The last one of the previous 3 was with us 21 years and was the sweetest tempered lady cat. The one we have now is a maine coon cross with a huge personality - he was abandoned and left to fend for himself until Cats Protection took him in. It took 7 months to rehome him but I think he's happy now :-)

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  3. I'm so glad he's happy now. He eminds me of my old cat Toby who was also tabby and white! x

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  4. Kittens DON'T always find homes - rescues are inundated during "kitten season". So please always rescue rather than buy and please please neuter and spay!

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  5. Good on you Joan. I took a five year old ginger tom from the cat protection who took around six weeks to come to me, and also a kitten. Be happy Toby.xx

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  6. That is great to hear, I'm happy he found treatment and a loving home at last!

    I'm typing this with 'Stripey' purring on my lap, who came to me in similar circumstances: a rather battered and poorly stray I adopted, had neutered - with some help from Cats Protection - and treated for the bad eye and rotten teeth he'd picked up living rough.

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    1. Lucky for Stripey that you found him Jas!

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  7. We have a female cat , but this big Tom has been sitting outside our front door just staring in , he even turned up battered and bruised , we dont know where he lives , but we started to feed him , he visits daily and even now sits on our step with our cat , he has been in our house a few times but he needs to know there is a exit at all times , i think we have two cats now , or a Tom with two homes :-)

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  8. a Tom with 2 homes...sounds so familiar.....we used to have a neutered tom who had about 6 alternative homes in our village. At the moment our ginger Tigerlily enjoys nipping up the road and visitng a neighbour with 2 kids, a spaniel and their own cat. She is popular with the kids and the dog but their cat is a bit disgruntled !! I'm the local CP volunteer

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  9. I took 2 feral kittens who were heading for worst case scenario and they have turned out to be the most loving cats I have ever had. The female kitten had run in terror when Rentokil caught her mum and siblings and couldn't be found for 2 days out in harsh weather with no warm bodies to cuddle and no food. She was really wild, hissing and scratching and it took me 6 weeks to win her over - her brother a ginger tom took about 6 minutes LOL Had them done with a half price voucher from Cat Protection so no more unwanted litters - great help as I am between jobs. Meanwhile I have a cat hotel in my garden - my greenhouse. At least 4 local cats sleep in there when they take a fancy and my cats just take it all in their stride :)

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  10. We adopted a cat from the CP they said she was 8 yrs, my vet said nearer 15 yrs we only had blossom for less than a year before she died of liver cancer and had to be pts but those few months she was fed warm and loved, such a loving little thing.

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  11. Hi Dawn,

    So glad she found you, my Jess is also also in this months magazine and has given us all so much pleasure. There are so many out there that deserve a good home, I wish I could take more but Jess is not to keen on other cats.



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  12. I offered to give a good home to a mother cat due to have a second litter and the offer was declined by cats protection simply because they dont rehome cats back to the erea they were found. Depending on situations this is not true that the cat will wander back where found as some I have now have never attemped to stray or wander back. Why? Because they have the best home ever. Such an excuse by the charity!

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  13. If this is something that has happened relatively recently, we would suggest you get in touch with our central Helpline on 03000 12 12 12. They may be able to assist.

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