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Cats dumped in Goudhurst find forever home in Maidstone

A pair of cats and two kittens found dumped on a freezing February day have found a forever home.

The Goudhurst gang, a pair of two year-old adults and four nine-month-olds were found on a freezing February day where they had been dumped in the village near Tunbridge Wells.

The cats, five black and one brindle tortoiseshell, were thin and completely unsocialised with people when they were taken into the RSPCA Headcorn cattery. Staff quickly assessed that they would not be suited to a typical family home.

The cats were found dumped in a box in February near Tunbridge Wells (3030763)
The cats were found dumped in a box in February near Tunbridge Wells (3030763)

Katie Toms, branch manager, said: “The cats had already been through such a tough time already but their luck was about to change. A couple of weeks ago, a lady came forward and offered a home for two of the group, Albert and Victoria.

“They had started to show interest in human contact and the home she offered included both a large manor house and a stable yard which was perfect.

“After a week, we heard that Albert and Victoria had settled in brilliantly and she wanted to extend the invitation to the rest of the family! She had moved a shed so it could be set up for the cats but as the weather has been particularly hot she decided to set up adjoining bedrooms in the house for them and leave it up to them whether they preferred to be inside or out in the stables.

“All six were very pleased to be reunited and immediately greeted each other with head rubs. It’s early days, but it does go to show there really is the perfect home for all.

“Sadly, we do see a lot of abandoned animals coming into the RSPCA but it’s great to be able to see this family group get their happy ending.”

The cats have now been given a forever home (3030761)
The cats have now been given a forever home (3030761)

The other four cats, Bagheera, Anabora, Bonny and Betty were rehomed on Friday, July 6 to the manor house near Maidstone.

Sally Trott, their new owner, said: “We love black cats. I didn’t expect to get six cats but I just couldn’t leave them. We rehomed Victoria and Albert, who are the most confident of the group, but then we thought as we have the space we would rehome the rest of the family too.

“We wanted to give them the option of being stable cats as we have 11 acres of land for them to explore, or they can come inside but as it has been so hot they have been inside and they’ve really grown in confidence.

“The kids are brilliant around them. They know to be quiet, and they slept in their room to help them get used to having people around. When my daughter woke up there were four of the cats sleeping on the end of the bed.

“The cats get on really well, it’s such a nice dynamic and I’m really hopeful they will just keep growing in confidence now.”

There are lots of cats looking for their forever homes at the RSPCA Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone branch, for more info visit www.rspca-tunbridgewellsandmaidstone.org.uk/pet/cats/

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