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

Hi everyone,

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

Please do share with everyone to highlight the importance of neutering your cat and of course to watch out for poor abandoned and stray cats and kittens at this cold time of the year that might be in need of our support!

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.


Hermaphrodite Kitten Rehomed With Brother After Both Found Stray

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Today we would like to share a rescue story from BlueCross with you! 🙂

Hermaphrodite Kitten Rehomed With Brother After Both Found Stray

A stray kitten stunned staff at Blue Cross after it was found to be a hermaphrodite – having both male and female organs – during a routine operation.

Seven-month old Jamie was brought into Blue Cross Burford by PDSA along with his brother Curtis.

But when Blue Cross sent Jamie to a private vet for routine neutering they found the kitten had female as well as male genitalia – making for a series of much more complicated procedures.

Lydia Sawyer, animal welfare supervisor, Blue Cross Burford rehoming centre, said: “No one at the centre has ever seen a case like this.

“We thought Jamie was a boy and it was only when he went to an external vet for routine neutering that they discovered he is a hermaphrodite.

“Jamie was castrated then went down for investigatory surgery to make sure he was sterile and to make sure there were no other complications.”

Jamie is now fit and well and has gone off to live with his brother at their new home.

Commenting on the case, Seb Prior, Blue Cross vet said: “Hermaphrodite kittens like Jamie are rare but they’re not unheard of. We certainly see all kinds of cases working at an animal charity!

“The amount of development of the male and female parts varies and the genitalia that develop are affected by several things so every kitten with this condition is a little different.

“It can result from abnormal chromosomes, hormone production or problems that occur during the kittens development before birth. In some kittens it can cause recurrent infections and difficulties with the neutering operation but we’re really pleased that Jamie has done so well and is settling into his new home.”

World Spay Day: Animal charity urges pet neutering as kitten numbers continue to rise

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While we all are certainly in agreement that kittens are adorable and we all love a photo or two of cute and cuddly kittens it’s becoming an increasing problem  that charities not just in the UK but all around the world end up with more and more unwanted kittens in their care.

Therefore we are helping one of our charities here in the UK to push out an important message this World Spay Day.

Blue Cross is sending out a plea for all pet owners to neuter their cats this World Spay Day as it records a surging number of unwanted kittens being brought into its care year after year.

In 2016, animal charity Blue Cross recorded 1,519 kittens being admitted for rehoming – a steady increase over the past five years; in 2011, they admitted 1,409 kittens. Of the 1,519 kittens in 2016, almost 40 per cent were brought in as strays or were found abandoned.

Though, it’s not just kittens, Blue Cross also recorded 168 puppies being brought in to be rehomed in 2016, with almost 10 per cent being stray or abandoned.

Neutering is the process of removing the reproductive organs of an animal through surgery so they cannot produce offspring, with females it’s called spaying and with males, castration. This year, vets at the Blue Cross animal hospitals carried out 1,387 spays and 1,546 castrations.

Alison Thomas, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital says: “Spay and castration surgeries are the most common type of procedure at the Blue Cross Victoria hospital. Whilst the numbers are still rising, we’re thankfully seeing more and more pet owners bringing their animals in to us for neutering, but there is still a way to go. At Blue Cross, we offer free neutering to pets belonging to eligible owners, but of course we do very much depend on donations from our clients to help provide this service. We implore pet owners to register with us if eligible and help us keep unwanted kitten and puppy numbers under control. Please see our website for details of eligibility criteria.

“As gorgeous as kittens and puppies are, it’s heart-breaking when we have boxes of them being brought in or dumped in the street as they’ve got nowhere to go. When we have strays brought in, often they’re in poor health and need a lot of care and medication.”

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Already in January 2017, Blue Cross recorded almost 450 cats being brought in for rehoming; almost 10% of these were kittens and half of these kittens were abandoned or strays.

To find out more about neutering, or to make a donation to Blue Cross, visit or contact your local centre.