Arrival

Ivor, a beautiful, long-haired male tabby stray, adopted a couple in West Cork for a few weeks before disappearing for ten days. He returned, skinny and dishevelled, with his left hind leg literally hanging off. Although the couple had been feeding him and were quite charmed by him he was ‘not their cat’. At least […]

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Settling in

In his bed by the radiator. He’s got an electric radiator in his room at night too to be sure he’s warm. He’s a bit afraid of the outdoors at the mo so not house trained yet. But he’s a bright wee thing and uses the newspaper no bother. And guess how long he ended […]

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Gus Visits Bantry House

Gus had a lovely time at Bantry House recently. It’s a great place to visit in Bantry – with a gorgeous covered outdoor area beside the cafe for enjoying the view without having to get wet. Fortunately the days we’ve visited, the sun’s been glorious. Gus and I didn’t go very far beyond the cafe […]

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Asparagus Update

Note: Some of these photos may be distressing. You might remember Gus came to me on the 20th Feb emaciated, mangy and coughing. He’d been pulled from Cavan pound and we didn’t know if he was a surrender, a cruelty case or a stray. He was a mess. He’s looking a lot better now! His […]

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Arrival

Warning: Disturbing images Gus came from Cavan pound to AHAR to me for fostering. We don’t know how he got to the pound – stray, abandoned, surrendered or cruelty case. He’s a wee affectionate JRT cross, about 1 year old, neutered (so someone cared about him once), emaciated (not just painfully thin, genuinely emaciated), mange […]

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The Beaches – Ready for Homing

*** Quilty & Fanora have been rehomed *** I’m afraid these pictures are a bit dull – I really need to get a new camera!!! But the kittens depicted are far from dull – check em out! These guys were rescued from a hoarder in the UK. I’m afraid they can’t speak Irish  But they communicate […]

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The Beaches – One Month Later

But the Beaches were incubating the FIE virus (Feline Infectious Enteritis – the best link I’ve found is here) – a deadly virus that is a nightmare for shelters. Two of these lovely felines, already compromised with flu, exhibited symptoms of FIE and died within days. Luckily the four remaining cats survived and have gone […]

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The Beaches Arrival

I brought the Beach Bums back with me from the UK in June 2012. I know, I know, I’m supposed to take cats over there, not bring them back! But New Start knew of a hoarding situation near them. The man had started with a few, had neutered none … and now had 120 felines […]

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Adoption

I was off to Scotland for three weeks a few days later and, not knowing the feline situation in Ireland, got in touch with a local animal welfare organisation thinking they would take Shapoloh in and rehome her. When I came back three weeks later she was still there. Imagine my surprise! I’d been sure […]

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Dodger

Dodger was dumped outside a school on the Beara Peninsula at the age of around 7-8 weeks in Nov 2005. His right eye was an empty, weeping socket. He was seen by loads of people but nobody paid him any attention for two days and he was on his own for that time. Emma, a […]

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Yoda

Yoda and his two siblings were born to a stray cat in Bantry town. All had cat flu and the mum and one sibling died before anyone paid any attention to them. Yoda and the remaining sibling were rescued by a young local girl. Her boyfriend didn’t like cats so they were relegated to the […]

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Medical History

Name Luka Xena     Description White & black shorthaired neutered male.  White paintbrush tip to his tail. Missing left eye. Pure black (very rare, very lucky) shorthaired neutered female.  Silky soft coat and stunning amber eyes. DOB guessing early July 2007 guessing early Nov 2007 Place Of Birth near Caheragh, W Cork, Ireland. near Glengarriff, […]

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Luka & Xena

Luka and Xena quickly became a pair after meeting, primarily at Xena’s instigation, and I’d recommend they remain together. Both are very wary of humans at first but have quite different personalities and require different approaches, as Justina has highlighted. I’d just like to add a coupla recommendations and comments… When they first move in […]

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Socialisation at Justina’s – Luka

Luka – what he’s like in a new place by Justina He is very timid and shy. He does like to be petted and will purr on contact but I find that he will break the contact as soon as he can. I think that he is just a slow adjuster and finds new environments […]

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Socialisation at Justina’s – Xena

by Justina Xena is a really lovely cat. Unfortunately like Lemony Snickett she has had a series of unfortunate cat-human interactions which have left her not afraid of people but rather with a real ‘yuck’ response to the idea of being touched by a human. However she is not anti-people and actually is very interested […]

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