Homing Options

And I know the felines are going to excellent, caring homes in the UK. Ireland does not have the same attitude to companion animals that the UK has and, combining that with the fact that there’s so many felines due to overpopulation, good homes are hard to find at the best of times.

RAWR did actually get one enquiry about Arrullo – Jo Heatley, who’d seen RAWR’s posts on New Start’s facebook page and thought RAWR was in Gloucester – I put her straight, she got in touch with New Start and was there with her partner to pick up Arrullo when I got there – and she’s been posting pics of her new companion (and his new friend, Punkee, their resident 8 month old kitten) on facebook for me to see. It’s very rewarding!!!

And I have to add that all the rescues have trouble rehoming their rescues. SNIP and Cork CAT are full to the brim and the rehoming of some of their animals in the UK frees them up to rescue more animals (both do TNR and rescue work).

At the end of the day, no matter how wonderful a rescue centre is, it’s not as good as a forever home. Felines (and canines) can suffer from kennel stress when confined for long periods of time. And even foster homes, where they have the run of the house and a family around them, is not as rewarding for them as a forever family. The sooner a rescue animal is homed, the better it is for them.

Extracts from Cork CAT’s emails:

To Jackie “While we are very grateful if you can take them, I would prefer to rehome them here of course, especially the nervous kitten, to avoid the stress of travel, but we have another 14 smaller and/or wilder kittens and must also take them into account.”

To me “We have millions of kits/cats. (well about 20 all together)  … Any help would be much appreciated.   They’re still coming in in ones and twos (and litters) and like you say, nobody looking for them.”


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