Kitten Abandoned after Being Bought on App finds Forever Home

Kitten Abandoned after Being Bought on App finds Forever Home

A kitten, who was purchased online from a boot sale app, then abandoned, has finally found the loving home he deserves thanks to Mayhew.

The black and white one-year-old, named Mo by Mayhew staff, was bought online by two young women on impulse. They hadn’t checked the pet’s background and didn’t realise the amount of time, preparation and patience it takes to look after an animal.

Mo is just one of the many animals that have been bought online on a whim without owners considering whether they have the time, money and space to look after them properly. As a part of Mayhew’s Christmas campaign, ‘I am NOT an Impulse Buy’, the animal charity is raising awareness of the worrying trend of many pets ending up in rescue shelters due to impulse buys. Mayhew is urging potential owners to be responsible and consider adopting an animal from a rescue centre instead.

A week after collecting Mo and bringing him back to their home, the women who bought him decided that they no longer wanted the kitten, and so Mo was brought into Mayhew.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, AJ Ford, said: “At first they were going to dump Mo with us and run away, but we had to find out the kitten’s history to establish where he had come from. That’s when we discovered that poor Mo had been bought on an app.”

“Apart from obviously being scared, thankfully Mo was in good health.”

Our Head of Animal Welfare, Zoe Edwards, said: “There are already so many unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come from people who buy pets on a whim, without taking into consideration the responsibilities and needs of the pet.”

“When considering a new pet you should always think carefully about whether you will be able to look after them correctly. If owners call us in the first instance, we can help before they reach the last resort of dumping their pet. We are here to assist and advise pet owners on the best course of action for their pet.”

“Mayhew is also a member of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), which aims to ensure that pets advertised for sale are done so legally and ethically. It also aims to raise public awareness of the need to act responsibly when buying pets from websites and the need to do research before making any purchase. We ask that owners think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog or cat instead.”

Mayhew’s Vet Team gave Mo a thorough health check at the on-site Community Vet Clinic, before their Cattery staff settled him into one of the cosy cat cabins.

As soon as Mo started showing off his friendly and playful self, he quickly found a new home.

Mo’s new owner, Nicola, said: “We were looking to get a cat for a while, and when we met Mo, we knew instantly that he was the right cat for us. He was friendly with the children and very outgoing.”

“For the first couple of weeks, he would follow us around everywhere and wouldn’t leave our sides. We’ve now had him for a couple of months and he has settled in really well.”

“Mo is great fun to have around; he can be very playful, but loves to have a snooze on our laps too. I’m so glad he has become a part of our family.”

Thankfully Mo found the perfect new home, but there are thousands more animals in rescue shelters still waiting for their happy ending. This year, Mayhew has collaborated with Ravensbourne University to produce a campaign video, ‘I am NOT an Impulse Buy’, to raise awareness of the increasing trend of buying pets impulsively online and via apps and later ending up in rescue shelters.

Lack of research before getting a pet means many owners have an incomplete understanding of what a pet needs for a healthy, happy life. They should be aware of the five animal welfare needs that must be met, which include the need for a suitable diet and environment and to be protected from pain, injury, disease, and suffering.

Instead of purchasing an impulse buy, Mayhew is urging people to consider a donation to help even more animals like Mo find a loving home – you can make an instant donation by texting “PAWS32 £5” or your chosen amount up to £10 to 70070.

For more information on Mayhew’s I am NOT an Impulse Buy campaign, visit www.themayhew.org/notanimpulsebuy/

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Knit away the New Year blues to help unwanted cats and kittens in 2018

Knit away the New Year blues to help unwanted cats and kittens in 2018

Knitters can kick away the New Year blues and help unwanted cats and kittens by making cosy blankets and fun mouse toys for the UK’s largest cat charity.

Cats Protection will be launching its 2018 knitting bee challenge at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at London’s Olympia in March.

Creative cat lovers can follow a suggested pattern or come up with their own designs to create blankets and toys which will make life a little more comfortable for cats in the charity’s care this year.

Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said the knitting bee was a great way to use up scraps of wool and while away the long, dark winter evenings before Spring.

She said: “Our knitting bee is always a huge hit with craft enthusiasts and cat lovers alike, so we’re hoping to collect more blankets and mice than ever this year.

“With the long, dark and chilly nights well and truly upon us, there’s never been a better time to start stockpiling some homemade donations for unwanted cats and kittens.

“All the blankets and mice we receive are sent to our centres and volunteer-run branches across the UK, where they provide that extra bit of comfort for cats as they wait to find new homes.”

Donations of knitted blankets or mice can be brought along to the charity’s stand at the event, or dropped into any of its branches, shops or adoption centres across the UK.

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping 190,000 cats a year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

 Knitters can come up with their own designs or follow a pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse – originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell (www.whodunnknit.com) – which will be available to pick up at the show.

As well as details of the knitting bee, Cats Protection’s stand will be a hive of activity for cat lovers, with cat care guides and a range of cat-related merchandise for sale.

Visitors will be able to use touch screen facilities to take a look at the charity’s online Find-a-Cat search tool to see cats and kittens available for homing in their area.

Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too. The charity also suggests that cat owners regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, not to leave cats unattended with knitted toys, and not to use knitted toys or blankets with cats that have wool-chewing habits.

More information about Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk To find out more about the Knitting & Stitching Show, please visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

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Abandoned Cat Shut Outside Own Home Finds Happiness

Abandoned Cat Shut Outside Own Home Finds Happiness

An eight-year-old cat who was found abandoned and shut outside her own home has found happiness by landing herself a loving new forever home after being rescued by The Mayhew Animal Home.

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The tabby cat, named Ada, was found sitting on the window ledge of her home near Paddington in West London after being shut out because her former elderly owner had sadly died.

The executors, who dealt with the estate of the former owner, had boarded up the cat flap. So when concerned neighbours had noticed Ada still sitting in the front garden on the window ledge outside, having not moved for a couple of days, they knew something was wrong. On closer inspection they realised the cat flap had been boarded up, so they immediately called The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers’ for help.

Our Animal Welfare Officer, Alisa Ford, said: “We found poor Ada pacing up and down outside her home, unable to get in – it was heart-breaking to see. We believe that she was in the front garden for a week before we were alerted to her being locked outside.”

Ada-in-her-new-home.jpg“She is such an affectionate cat; we can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been for her to be left alone so long. That’s why it so important for pet owners to make arrangements for their animal, otherwise they could end up in a similar situation to Ada.”

“At The Mayhew we help hundreds of people in crisis situations every year, and we wish whoever had boarded up the cat flap had alerted us or another cat shelter. We are here to assist and advise on the best course of action for the animal, no matter what the problem is, we absolutely do not judge.”

Ada at The Mayhew cattery

Our Officers collected Ada and brought her straight back to our Home, where our Cattery staff immediately settled her into a warm and comfortable cat cabin and our Vet Team gave her a thorough health check. Apart from matted fur, dirty ears and in need of a dental check, she was in a good condition.

After receiving lots of care, love and attention, Ada was soon showing off her friendly and affectionate nature and thankfully found a purrfect home straight away.

She has since settled in really well and is enjoying exploring her new loving home.

Ada’s new owner, Heidi Thomas, said: “Me, my husband and daughter visited The Mayhew twice and fell in love with Ada. She is now starting to hop onto laps for a stroke and a cuddle and gives us head bumps all the time. “

“Ada loves sleeping and has various places throughout the home that she dozes in. She loves looking out of the window watching birds and people pass by.”

Thanks to The Mayhew, Ada has been given a second chance of happiness and the happily ever after she so deserves.

Ada in her new home (2)

At The Mayhew if an owner has died or unexpectedly became ill, we will take back any ex-Mayhew animal that the adopter could no longer care for and we will try and find them a new forever home.

Our Animal Welfare Officers rescue hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year, respond to animal welfare issues out in the community and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in vulnerable situations. Find out more about their work by visiting www.themayhew.org and please consider a donation at www.themayhew.org/donate to help them help even more animals like Ada. You can make an instant donation of £5 by texting ‘CATS27 £5’ to 70070.

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