Looking for a forever home
Pensioner cats put up for adoption
THE PURR-FECT retirement home is being sought by an animal charity for two special siblings.
Chiltern Cats Protection is appealing to readers to help find a forever home for Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy, who are brother and sister from the same litter and have found themselves in foster care at the age of 17.
The branch’s secretary Kathryn Graves said: “Whilst they may be advanced in years, Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy are fit and healthy cats who still like to play.”
Sadly, this is the second time that the pair find themselves in need of a home. Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy were rescue kittens who were lucky enough to find a happy home where they were well-loved for 17 years. A change in circumstances meant that their owner faced the difficult decision to give her long-term companions over to Chiltern Cats Protection.
Mrs Graves added: “Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy have been with us since January and no-one has enquired about them. We don’t want these beautiful cats to spend their twilight years in foster care. All these pensioner cats are looking for is a comfortable home with someone who will
Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy. Right, Branch secretary of Chiltern Cats Protection Kathryn Graves with her cat George appreciate the love and companionship they have to offer.”
While 10 years ago the household moggy could have been expected to live to around 13, today’s life expectancy is much higher and many cats now survive to their late-teens and early-20s in remarkably good health.
Unfortunately, the charity said people tend to want to re-home kittens and young cats which means older cats can block up pen spaces for many months, reducing the number of cats the branch can help. Mrs Graves said: “It’s such a shame because older cats have much more settled natures – their wandering days are behind them so theyhey can offer extremely valuable companionship.”
If you can re-home Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy call Chiltern Cats Protection on 0345 260 2396 or email enquiries@ chilterncats.org.uk.
To find out about the re-homing process and see the other cats currently looking for their forever homes visit www.chiltern. cats.org.uk.