In April 2019 we undertook a large emergency rescue. The cats owners son phoned us at around 6p.m on Tuesday evening reporting that his vulnerable elderly mother had up to 60 cats and had a court order against her enforcing her eviction from her local authority home in Islington at 8a.m on Thursday morning.
It transpired that the 87 year owner had kept a large number of cats for the last 10 years and had resisted efforts from authorities to bring numbers under control. Tragically over 70 cats had been removed from her care two years previously by the local authority and another charity and the vast majority had been deemed unhomeable and had been euthanased. Sadly a number of cats had been left behind who were unneutered and had continued to breed so numbers had increased again. This time the cats owner was evicted and moved to sheltered accommodation.
To say that we were somewhat daunted by the prospect of rescuing and accommodating all these cats at such short notice was an understatement but we were determined to save these cats.
James, Kelley and Lesley from our Lewisham rescue team attended the property on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and early on Thursday morning to round up the cats. Many of the cats were shut indoors as the owners son had attempted to protect the female cats and kittens from the attentions of the numerous adult male cats. Others had to be caught in the garden of the flat. Some very grateful and helpful neighbours are now assisting with feeding any stragglers that may remain outside and we will return to round them up as it is essential that no unneutered cats are left behind to breed again.
The cats ranged from a litter of 6 week old kittens, to numerous juveniles and young adult cats. In general the cats were in relatively good health but all required neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and flea and worm treatments.
The elderly owner was taken into local authority care whilst the council carried out much needed repair work to her home and cleaned the property.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2019: On the 7th of October with the agreement of the council we returned four neutered cat back to the care of their owner and her son at their property. This has been deemed a number of cats that she can care for and should satisfy her need to have the company of cats but be enough to prevent her frrom obtaining more kittens and allowing a repeat of this situation. She will be monitored and we will be alerted if the number of cats in her care increases again in future.
We still have eight cats in our care who are in need of new homes in pairs. Still seeking homes: Mink an older (approx 8 -10 years) fluffy black female - NOV: HOMED! . Anna a 3-4 year old long haired black female, slightly shy and always looks worried. Betty a one year old black/white short haired female and Posie her black/white sister - these two are not used to going outside and could be rehomed to an indoor only home. Jonno a shy black male cat. Morgan a shy black/white male cat. Bob a shy black male cat and Sidney another shy black male cat.
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