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

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Hi everyone,

The Chessington World of Adventures team kindly provided us with some adorable shots of the birthday party o their lion cubs last year.

The super cute cubs, named Kesari, Anala and Ramari, celebrated their 1st birthday in September 2017, and to mark the special occasion Chessington treated the furry family to some special treats.

Alongside mum Rani, and dad, Kamal, the three baby cubs tucked into a selection of tasty birthday presents! The cubs were sure to make the most of their gift-wrapped goodies as they soon gobbled the whole lot down.

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How Did Cats Become Pets?

How did cats become a pet?

Throughout our lives, we have been taught and told many things. Some we have just accepted and some we have questioned. Did any of you here ever think as a kid, how did cats become pets? Why cats? When did a cat become a domesticated animal to keep, love, take care and cherish? Today from Review Tales, we will discuss this matter and hope that you enjoy reading it.

An interesting fact revealed by Jared Diamond’s 1997 book titled “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” states the fact that certain animals failed to be domesticated; it appears to have had some certain criteria in order to determine if the animal was suitable for such a thing. For example, the animal had to grow and mature at a rate that made economic sense. They had to not act out of sorts. Their social structure had to be strong, and they had to be breed well in captivity. It is no surprise that Zebras failed this test in the 19th century or Grizzly Cubs were found unsuitable. According to the author, only 14 animals passed the test of domestication.

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Archaeologists have found evidence to suggest that Cats were domesticated around 9500 years ago. When it came to dogs, humans deliberately bred dogs to be more adorable and then the other animals came along after that. For instance, sheep and goats were domesticated around 11,000 years ago. Theories suggest that as men collected grain, it attracted mice and that brought cats into the place.

On a final note, cats can be essentially considered as the ultimate domesticated of animals but what strikes me is that we clean their litter, love them, follow after them, feed them and unlike dogs, they only come to us when they want to. It is no surprise to ask yourself, who really ended domesticating who?

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