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JUST A FEW OF THE MANY CATS WE HAVE
Panther was a young stray found with a serious rectal prolapse and taken to the vets. The RSPCA paid for his first operation but there were complications and further surgery and treatment needed. It looked as if Panther might have to be put to sleep but a very caring veterinary nurse was not prepared to let that happen and contacted us. We agreed to pay for his treatment and the complex surgery that he needed. During his quite long stay at the vets the staff there became very fond of him and said he was a most delightful cat. This certainly proved to be the case. He recovered completely and is a normal, lively, playful, affectionate cat. After 8 months in foster care he was adopted and is now happily settled in his new home.
|Cordelia was found in March 2012 wandering down a busy road and taken to a local vets. No owner came forward. She was probably around 14 years old and was blind and a little deaf. She was also found to have some other health problems so was not homeable. We took her into foster care where she lived very contentedly for 15 months and was much loved by her fosterer. Sadly she has had to be put to sleep (June 2013) but she had all those months of loving care from her fosterer and the best of veterinary care to make sure she didn't suffer.|
No one could fail to be saddened by this photo of 16 year old Susie sitting in one of the boxes being used to clear her owner's home after she had had to go into a nursing home. Susie was alone in the house with someone going in daily to feed her and the keys of the house were soon to be handed back to the council, leaving Susie homeless at 16 years old.
Susie and her siblings had been born under her former owner's shed. Susie was given a home by a neighbour. Six years ago the neighbour kicked her out so she returned to the garden where she was born, sleeping in the greenhouse. She was very underweight and it was thought that she had been maltreated as it took six months to gain her trust. She slowly became a loving and affectionate cat who loves playtime, chasing a long piece of string and rolling around on her back like a kitten.
We put Susie on our website and, as the date for handing over the keys approached, a very kind "feline friend" offered to take Susie until a home could be found for her. At about the same time we received the offer of a home for her. Susie spent two weeks in foster care, perfectly happy and content, until her new owners came back from holiday. We are delighted to say that she has now gone to her new home where, on arrival, she jumped on to the knees of both her new owners. We are very grateful to her fosterer and to her new owners for caring enough to give her the loving home she so deserves.
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Those of you who visit Golden Acre Park probably came across Max. You might even have stopped to stroke him and pass the time of day with him.
Max first started turning up at the park about 10 years ago. He was wearing a collar so one of the gardeners rang the number on his collar and his owner guessed that he was back at the park ...... again!!. He was collected and taken home but, very soon, he returned to the park. Eventually, his owner had to concede that Golden Acre was where Max wanted to be and there he remained .
As Max became older he developed some health problems. When he started to show signs of being unwell one of the gardeners, who lives round the corner from one of our committee members, mentioned to her that he was concerned about Max. At about the same time another of our committee members was visiting Golden Acre and had a similar conversation with the same gardener. The result of these discussions was that we arranged to take Max to visit the vet to be assessed.
From then onwards we continued to support Max by paying for his veterinary treatments, medication and monitoring. We were very pleased to see him happy at the home he chose for himself where he enjoyed the companionship of the visitors to the park and the staff who so kindly cared for him.
As Max's health deteriorated he twice needed surgery and, following his operations, a great deal of veterinary care and we were very grateful to all those people who donated toward the fund we set up to help to pay for all his treatment. Very sadly, on November 19th 2013, Max was put to sleep. He had become very weak and the kindest thing was to let him go. He is greatly missed by all who helped to care for him and all the friends he made at Golden Acre Park.
Layla's owner had two other cats as well as Layla. She was moving house and, on the day of the move, was unable to get Layla inside. Eventually, she had to leave her behind, having arranged for a neighbour to feed her. Over the next weeks further attempts to capture Layla failed and we were contacted to ask if we could help.
Liz spent many evenings in the dark and cold hoping to trap Layla but nothing, not even freshly cooked fish and chicken, could persuade her to enter the trap. During this period she must have been hit by a car and turned up to be fed ( by a new feeder) with a very badly injured leg. Despite this injury she still evaded capture but Liz and her new feeder did not give up.
Gradually her feeder was gaining her trust and one extremely wet and cold Sunday evening Layla ventured into the kitchen. Liz and Daphne went straight over there and Layla was taken to the vet where her leg had to be amputated. By this time she had been living outside for about four months, half of that time with a seriously injured leg.
She recovered very well from the operation but had to spend several weeks at the vets as her owner was no longer in a position to have her back. This meant we had to try to to rehome her. It wasn't going to be easy as we were told that Layla could be a little unpredictable at times and, ideally, we needed to find her a new home before the vets closed for the Christmas holiday.
On the Thursday before Christmas the neighbour of one of our committee members, who was thinking about adopting a rescue cat,looked on our website and saw Layla's story on our Adopt A Cat pages. She decided at once that she wanted to give her a home. After a meeting with Liz and Viv it was all agreed and Liz took Layla to her new home the next day.
Someone had said to us, "A Christmas miracle might happen." and, for Layla it did. She had a new home in time for Christmas. She has settled there really well and her new owner says:-
"She is a lovely cat and very affectionate. She likes to snuggle next to me on the settee. She has her favourite little places to go and likes to look out of the window. She will be able to go out by Spring so, hopefully, there will be some nicer weather for her."
Layla is very happy and contented in her new home.
|Stevie when he first went to his fosterer.|
|The beautiful cat he became with good veterinary treatment and lots of loving care. |
Liz was at a vets' practice when she saw a filthy, emaciated white cat with badly matted fur just wandering around the car park. She picked him up and took him in to see a vet. He was obviously very unwell and severely jaundiced. After tests and veterinary treatment he was taken to one of our fosterers. She fell in love with him and he with her. He put on weight, his fur grew back and he was a beautiful and very loving and affectionate cat. We hoped we might be able to rehome him but, despite continuous veterinary care and a cocktail of medication, it was clear that he would never be well enough to rehome. He was happy, lively and eating well for almost a year but, eventually, his liver problems escalated to a point where he became very ill and there was no other option but to have him put to sleep. During that time with his fosterer he was extemely well cared for and very much loved. He rests now in a lovely, quiet place in her garden. It doesn't bear thinking what would have happened to Stevie if Liz hadn't spotted him that day.
WILL AND JESSIE
|We had a call from a man who was demolishing a house in Beeston. He heard a little noise and discovered two tiny kittens, only a few days old. He waited but no mum turned up so he took the kittens home and contacted us. Liz hand reared them. Becoming "mum" to two such tiny kittens is a huge undertaking as it involves very regular feeds throughout the day and night and Liz has her own job to do as well as all her work for Feline Friends. |
The kittens, Will and Jessie, thrived and are now beautiful, healthy young cats, both very affectionate and loving.
Betty was one of 5 cats whose owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for them. One of the oldest cats sadly died and one was rehomed by family members. They were going to have the remaining three put to sleep.We took them into our care. Betty was 18 years old and, though deaf, had no other serious health problems. She was a delightful, very affectionate lap cat. She needed a dental which, unfortunately, resulted in a fracture of the jaw. This was operated on and Betty made a remarkable recovery. The story had a wonderful, happy ending when she was adopted by one of our volunteers.Very sadly, Betty recently had to be put to sleep but she was almost twenty years old and had spent her last year of her life very happily in her new home. Wilbur and Walter, the other two cats, have also now been happily rehomed.
|SIMON was found filthy, blind and starving, with a hugely swollen stomach, very close to death. We wanted to give him a chance. Sadly, he had to be put to sleep in December last year but he had had 40 weeks in foster care where he was safe and warm and loved and died peacefully in his foster home with his carer, not outside alone and in the cold as he would have done.|
Jojo, little more than a kitten herself, gave birth to two kittens in a garden. Luckily, she chose the right garden and she and her kittens were looked after by two kind ladies until we were able to take them into foster care. Jojo and her beautiful kittens have all gone to new homes.
JIMI AND EVIE - JOJO'S KITTENS BORN IN A GARDEN
KEITH AND KOKO
Keith (ginger) was found at 5-6 weeks old, an orphan whose mother and siblings had all died, thought to have been electrocuted. Koko's mum gave birth to her in a shed. She was found very unwell and needed urgent treatment. We took the kittens and Koko's mum, Florence, into foster care. Keith, Koko and Florence have now been happily homed together.
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TC is a big, handsome lad who turned up uncastrated and with a very nasty collar injury around his neck and under a front leg. He has now been castrated and spent a month at the vets for treatment for his collar injury.All healed, his luck has changed and he has been adopted by one of our own committee members.