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Mayhew Animal Home’s fostering programme saves a feral kitten

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 November 2016

Roundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programme

Roundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programme

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An animal charity’s fostering programme in Kensal Green has saved the life of a feral kitten and many other residents.

Roundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programmeRoundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programme

Animal Welfare Officers at the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens were first alerted to Roundy, when they received a call about a feral cat that had given birth to one kitten in a shed in Roundwood Park during their busy kitten season.

As Roundy’s mother was feral, and could not be rehoused, they had to wait for Roundy to get older before she could be neutered and her kitten permanently rehomed.

The cut-off point to domesticate feral kittens, who are born into the wild and may always have a fear of humans, is eight weeks as earlier they must receive proper nutrients from their mother.

Officers had to find a carer urgently to take on the hissing, spitting Roundy who had no trust of humans, and fortunately they found someone prepared to put the hours in.

Roundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programmeRoundy, a feral kitten, was saved by the Mayhew Animal Home's fostering programme

After just a few days of love and care from his foster carer, Roundy started to relax and was happily receiving cuddles and is now living by the seaside with his new bunny friend and a Morkie called Tilly, and goes by the new name of Jasper.

Georgina Disney, The Mayhew’s cat welfare coordinator, said: “We were so thankful that Roundy’s Foster Carer stepped in during this crucial time. With her help, Roundy is able to grow up into a happy, adult cat and has now found a loving forever home.

“Our Foster Carers are so important to the running of our Home, and so far this year they have helped a whopping 159 cats.”

She added: “Very simply, fostering saves more animals lives by freeing up space. We are always looking for more foster carers to join our pawsome team, so if you’re interested in joining, please visit the Mayhew website to find out how to apply, or call officers on 020 8962 8000.”


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