Cat left behind after owner died finds loving new home after living as a stray

An injured cat who ended up stray on the streets after his owner passed away has found a new forever home.

The two-year-old cat was found curled up on a doorstep in Fulham, unable to stand on one of his paws.

The person who found him said they had asked neighbours if they knew the cat, and they suspected he had belonged to a neighbour who had recently died.

The cat was brought to a Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith, where the team started calling him Charlie.

The shy boy was not microchipped, was covered in fleas and needed urgent treatment for his hurt paw.

Amanda Rumball, London Welfare Officer at Blue Cross, said: ‘Poor Charlie was very shy and unsure when he arrived in our care but after some food and TLC he started to settle in.

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‘We treated the fleas and his leg and he also needed a broken tooth removed. He seemed so very sad when he arrived in our care but once in a foster home his personality really started to shine through.

‘He grew in confidence and after his treatment finished we were able to find him a loving new forever home.’

Sadly Charlie isn’t the first cat they’ve rehomed after something happened to their owner.

The charity also found a new home for 11-year-old Beans, who was taken in by Blue Cross after his owner was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Amanda said: ‘Sadly many pets come into Blue Cross because their owners are moving into care or hospital and cannot take their companion with them, or they have become too sick to look after their pet or sadly have passed away and left the pet behind.

‘For those with no family or friends who can take on their pet it can be extremely worrying to think about what will happen to their beloved pet in the future.

‘To reassure owners that their pets will be cared for should anything happen in the future, they can apply to register their pets onto our Pet Peace of Mind service.

‘This is a free service where owners can be reassured that their pets will be taken in by Blue Cross’s rehoming team and found a loving new home just like Charlie and Beans.’

Widow Ann Bickley, 90, has signed her cat Mollie up to for the service, so she knows her four-legged friend will be well looked after should anything happen.

Ann said: ‘Once you get to my age you think about these things. And I’d be devastated if anything happened to her.

‘Mollie is always on the bottom step when I go out to welcome me home.’

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