06:00 Friday 03 January 2014

Purrrrr-fect start to 2014 for cats!

Written byJORDAN DAY

Cats are enjoying the home comforts they deserve - thanks to a helping paw from Ely News.

As ever, the Ely and District branch of Cats Protection is at bursting point and we decided to help the branch find homes for as many felines as possible in time for Christmas.

We launched an Ely Catvent Calendar which saw us featuring a different cat which was in need of a home on our website, ely-news.co.uk, everyday throughout December.

Not only did many of the cats featured find new homes but it also helped to spread the word about the branch, which is run by Linda Hutchinson and her team of volunteers in Little Downham.

Among the cats which found their new forever home were brother and sister, Rufus and Saffy.

Rufus, the ginger one, and his sibling, Saffy, who are aged around five, have been adopted by Simon Reeves and his partner, Catherine Gardner.

The couple, who are aged in their 30s and live in Fulbourn, said it was “love at first sight” when they saw the cheeky duo’s picture.

Mr Reeves said: “We were after two cats and had been looking around for a little while.

“We’ve both grown up with cats and were looking for a pair.

“When we saw Saffy and Rufus on the website it was love at first sight.

“We went to see them, loved them and they came home on December 19.

“Although Rufus is a big tom cat he is actually quite shy whereas Saffy is really confident.

“They’ve settled in really quickly and had been looked after extremely well at Cats Protection.

“We’d urge anyone who is looking to get a new cat to rescue one instead of buying that’s for sure.”

Mrs Hutchinson, who has run the branch for years, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of the cats featured in the Ely Catvent Calendar going off to new homes.

“We are always full and the minute we find one a home there is always another cat on the waiting list ready to come in.

“Apart from the usual strays, the main reasons that cats are coming in are relationship breakdowns, elderly people going into residential care and people having to move into private rented property where they cannot take their pets.

“We have cats of all ages here so please get in touch.”

Call (01353) 699430.

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