Charity Mews: Elderly Cat Finds Purrrfect Home After Waiting 21 Months

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Today we have a heart breaking story from the Mayhew Animal Home.

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Elderly Cat Finds Purrrfect Home After Waiting 21 Months

An elderly rescue cat who waited nearly two years to be adopted has finally found a forever home to spend her twilight years in, thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.

Beautiful 13-year-old tortoiseshell Rosie first arrived with The Mayhew way back in May 2015 after her previous owner sadly became too ill to care for her.

Heartbreakingly, as the weeks, months and even years began to pass, Rosie continued to patiently wait for someone to give her a last chance at happiness, and The Mayhew’s Cattery Team began to worry if anyone would ever adopt her.

The team suspected that the reason Rosie was taking so long to find a home, was purely down to her age. It can be common for older cats to be overlooked in favour of the younger felines, as unfortunately most people tend to gravitate towards the bouncy, big-eyed kittens.

The Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Rosie is a loving, gentle and affectionate girl – she is quite literally one of the sweetest cats we’ve ever had at our Home.”

“We believe that the only reason why it took so long for Rosie to find a home, was because of her age. We introduced her to a few people but no one showed any real interest and our hearts went out to poor Rosie that it was taking so long for someone to adopt her.”

“Sadly we find that older cats like Rosie can take longer to find homes, despite making ideal pets. Adopting a golden oldie can be extremely rewarding; older pets are often more settled in their character, and are calmer, cleaner and much, much less likely to scratch up your best furniture and climb up your favourite curtains. Plus, for the older cats like Rosie, it can sometimes be their last chance to enjoy the warmth, comfort and love of a forever home.”

Finally though, on the 6th February 2017, after spending a whopping 21 months in The Mayhew’s care, Rosie’s dream came true, and she landed herself a loving forever home. Having spent just under two years (that’s roughly seven cat years) waiting, Mayhew staff were over the moon that Rosie had finally found a home.

The Mayhew’s Cat Adoption Officer, Matthew Pearson, said: “We were so happy that someone finally came forward to adopt Rosie, after she waited for so long. She truly deserves a safe and comfortable place to spend her twilight years in.”

“Rosie’s owner is just perfect for her and we know they’re going to be very happy together. We encourage more people to adopt a senior pet like Rosie, as you could be giving them their last chance at happiness.”

Rosie has since settled in to her new home and although it took her a lot longer than most to be adopted – it was truly worth the wait, for both cat and owner.

Rosie’s new owner, Jo Binding, said: “Rosie has settled in very well. She is happy and content and loves coming to wake me up for cuddles in the morning. It’s like she’s always lived here!”

Everyone at The Mayhew couldn’t be happier for Rosie, and are so pleased to see her finally find the home that she truly deserves!

Every year The Mayhew’s Adoption Team rehome hundreds cats and dogs, like Rosie. It costs roughly £1000 to put an animal through their care from rescue to rehoming – please consider a donation to help them continue with their vital work for animals in need of some love. You can make an instant donation by texting “CATS27 £5” or your chosen amount (up to £10) to 70070 or by donating on their website:

If you are interested in adopting a cat, please consider a gorgeous golden oldie. To find out about adopting a cat in The Mayhew’s care, please head to their website or call on 020 8962 8000.

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49 thoughts on “Charity Mews: Elderly Cat Finds Purrrfect Home After Waiting 21 Months

  1. Rae Longest says:

    The past two cats we had the pleasure to adopt/rescue were older cats. One named Sweetie (which I amended to Sweetie Pie in honor of Sandra Brown, the mystery writer’s cat) certainly lived up to her name. Unfortunately, we only had her four or five years before she passed away, but those were happy years for us and for her.

  2. meowmeowmans says:

    Wonderful! We are so happy for Rosie and Jo. Senior cats are amazing and awesome. We know, because we have two of them. 🙂

    Our shelter has a “senior pension plan,” which includes no-fee adoptions and free medical care for the remainder of the adopted cats’ lives. It’s helped many senior kitties find their happily ever afters.

  3. RoseyToesSews says:

    So happy that Rosie got the loving home she deserved 🙂
    We have a senior cat, Sweepy. She’s our tripawed torbie girl. She was my partner’s nan’s cat, and had to be rehomed when nan went into a nursing home.
    We think she’s around 17.5 – 18 yes old, but she belonged to somebody else before nan, so no one’s sure of her age.

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    • Marc-André says:

      Ha so true… as much as I love Oliver and Nubia I remember when Oli first arrived… tall cupboard?!? Of course I’ll get on it… but how will I get down!

      • The Chaos Realm says:

        Hee hee, I remember instances like that. My cat Forest, within the first hour or so, broke almost everything within reach. Including a solid unicorn head that was at the top of a six-foot bookcase. “It’ll be safe up there,” I said. I think he was part Abyssinian, from the looks of him. They have a reputation for being mischief makers LOL.

          • The Chaos Realm says:

            Ha, so that takes the “myth” and roots in even more real-life experience. He’d get these bursts of manic energy and just go nuts. One time, he decided it would be a good idea to jump up on the kitchen counter, race across it, and then run over the hot burner I’d just turned off. I just about had a heart attack. The emergency vet said there was no damage to his paws. Whew!

  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    So good to hear this elderly cat found a home, Marc! They do make great companions, and deserve the all the best we can do for them. I have adopted older cats and can attest to that!

    • Marc-André says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. And yes if only more people would do the same but most families want kitten. :/

      Fingers crossed stories like this will help promote more of the senior cats being adopted. 🙂

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