Abandoned Canal Cats Seek Purrfect new Homes

Annie and Bonnie had been discovered on the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal

Two inseparable cats are ‘studying to like’ once more after being deserted by the aspect of a canal in Derbyshire.

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Bewildered Annie and Bonnie had been left in two separate cat carriers with no meals or water on the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal close to Chellaston in early September.

Loud meows from one of many cats alerted a passer by, who then contacted the RSPCA.

The duo have been recovering from their ordeal on the charity’s Hillfield Animal Home in Stretton – which has taken in almost 200 undesirable cats to this point this yr – and after a number of weeks of TLC, they’re prepared for a contemporary begin with a brand new household.

Annie and Bonnie’s enchantment comes because the RSPCA has launched its annual Adoptober rehoming drive – a month-long marketing campaign selling adoption – at a time when new figures present that animal consumption has elevated however rehoming has slowed.

According to the writing which was scribbled on the highest of the pet carriers, Annie, who’s black, is 4 years and 4 months previous, whereas Bonnie, a darkish tortoiseshell, is one yr and three months previous.  Two purple and pink collars had additionally been left.

A test on Annie’s microchip didn’t find her proprietor, whereas Bonnie wasn’t microchipped.

The RSPCA is investigating their abandonment and the charity is interesting to anybody who could have details about the cats, to return ahead.

Cyan Cooper, administrator at Hillfield Animal Home, mentioned: “These lovely ladies had been as soon as somebody’s pets and it’s heartbreaking to suppose they had been left in these very unhappy circumstances. We’ve labored arduous to achieve their belief and confidence and they’re slowly studying to like and luxuriate in life once more.

“We know occasions are powerful and individuals are dealing with unprecedented difficulties for the time being nevertheless it’s by no means acceptable to desert an animal and we might urge anybody who’s struggling to care for their pet to ask for assist.

“The RSPCA has additionally launched a web based Cost of Living Hub with cash saving ideas and recommendation for anybody who’s discovering occasions arduous.”

Annie and Bonnie couldn’t be extra reverse in persona, but they get pleasure from nothing greater than curling up in a mattress collectively. Annie is the extra outgoing and pleasant of the 2 and is all the time able to obtain or search fuss from each acquainted and new individuals; she’s not phased by new environments and loves exploring.

Bonnie is rather a lot quieter and timid and appears to Annie for consolation and help. She’s not so certain of latest individuals, however as soon as she’s obtained to know you, she’ll settle for a stroke. She’ll undoubtedly take extra time to return out of her shell in a brand new dwelling, however with persistence and encouragement – together with the companionship of her good friend Annie – she’s going to make a very fantastic pet.

Visit the centre’s website for more details about how to adopt them.

New figures launched by the RSPCA as a part of its month-long Adoptober marketing campaign, present that the charity’s centres and branches throughout England and Wales rehomed virtually 27,000 animals final yr (2021), eight % lower than the earlier yr.

At the identical time, extra animals are arriving into the charity’s care and the common size of keep has elevated, leading to lengthy ready lists for areas in rehoming centres.

For people who find themselves in a position to deliver a pet into their dwelling, the RSPCA urges them to think about adopting slightly than shopping for. Many of the charity’s animals will already be neutered, vaccinated and handled for fleas and worms – making it a way more cost-effective possibility.

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