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Belfast charity seeking new homes for cats rescued from testing facility

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Belfast charity seeking new homes for cats rescued from testing facility

A feline welfare charity is asking for the public’s help to find new homes for 140 cats that were rescued from an animal testing facility.

Many of the cats rescued by the Irish Society for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (ISPCA) have never been outdoors, confined to the facility in the Republic of Ireland for years.

After the ISPCA recovered the animals from the facility, which is now closed, they were transferred to the charity Cat Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre for rehoming.

Magnus has been re-homed by Cats Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre

To date, 24 of the cats have been successfully rehomed and Cat’s Protection’s Northern Ireland Development Manager, Siobhan McHaffe, said they are confident they can find good homes for the remaining 116.

She added: “As soon as we heard that the cats would be needing new homes we were delighted to offer our help.

“We believe it is the first time the charity has been approached to rehome such a large number of cats from one place, and we are delighted with the response we have already had from prospective owners and are confident we can find loving homes in Northern Ireland for all the cats.

“The cats which have already been rehomed have settled into normal life extremely well. As they are adult cats which have never been outdoors, many of them will require indoor-only homes, though we are happy to discuss this on an individual basis with prospective adopters.”

All of the cats were transferred to the Cats Protection Belfast Adoption Centre in small groups of males and females and they are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and given worm and flea treatment, before being ready for adoption.

New owners are also provided with a complete history of their newest addition to the family, along with a vet’s summary, compiled by Cats Protection.

One of the rescue cats, Holly, with her new owner

Barry Platt, whose family has adopted one of the rescue cats, Holly, said she has made a great addition to their family.

He added: “Holly was always going to be ours from the second we found out she had never had a proper home. Cats Protection were very insistent on warning us that there may be issues as everything in a home and garden would be brand new to Holly.

“However, the wee cat established herself very quickly in our home. She is brilliant with our four-year-old daughter and the pair have become best friends.

“All in all, she is a very good pet and probably the most people-friendly cat I have ever come across, her whole demeanour would make you think she was making up for lost time.”

Anyone interested in rehoming one of these cats should contact the Belfast Adoption Centre on 02890 480202 or belfast@cats.org.uk

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