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Loving homes sought for cats from former testing facility

25 October 2017
Loving homes sought for cats from former testing facility

Cats Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre has successfully rehomed the first 24 cats out of a total of 140 which the ISPCA are transferring to them from a former animal testing facility in the Republic of Ireland and is looking for new owners for the remaining cats in their care.

Cats Protection’s Northern Ireland Development Manager, Siobhan McHaffie, said: “As soon as we heard that the cats would be needing new homes we were delighted to offer our help. We believe it is the first time the charity has been approached to rehome such a large number of cats from one place, and we are delighted with the response we have already had from prospective owners and are confident we can find loving homes in Northern Ireland for all the cats."

“The cats which have already been rehomed have settled into normal life extremely well. As they are adult cats which have never been outdoors, many of them will require indoor-only homes, though we are happy to discuss this on an individual basis with prospective adopters.”

Transferred to the Cats Protection Belfast Adoption Centre in small groups of males and females, all the cats are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and given worm and flea treatment, before being ready for adoption. “They all come with a full history and we provide our own vet’s summary to their new owners as we do for all cats adopted through us,” added Siobhan.  

Barry Platt, whose family has adopted one of the cats (pictured), said: “Holly was always going to be ours from the second we found out she had never had a proper home. Cats Protection were very insistent on warning us that there may be issues as everything in a home and garden would be brand new to Holly. However, the wee cat established herself very quickly in our home. She is brilliant with our four-year-old daughter and the pair have become best friends. All in all, she is a very good pet and probably the most people-friendly cat I have ever come across, her whole demeanour would make you think she was making up for lost time.”

Anyone interested in rehoming one of these cats should contact the Belfast Adoption Centre on 02890 480202 or belfast@cats.org.uk