Ernie is a friendly 16 year old cat who was reported to us as a stray as he was always living outside. After some investigation we located his owners and agreed that Ernie would be seen by our vets. Ernie has now been with us for 3 weeks ad his owners have not made any contact with us and have not responded to messages from us to call us.
Ernie was coughing and our vets have unfortunately disgnossed the cause to be cancer. At the moment Ernie is a friendly happy cat but does not have a long life ahead of him, probably just a few weeks. He needs a foster home where he can be pampered for the time he has left. He is currently being given palliative care in the form of pain relief in case he has any discomfort, this is given in food. If his health deteroriates symptoms will be an increase in coughing and wheezing and when he reaches a point where his quality of life is compromised then we will put him to sleep.
We will continue to provide all of Ernie's veterinary care needs via our London clinics (Lewisham or Canning Town).
We know this is a hard ask for anyone to take Ernie on and he would probably be better suited to a more experienced home. An indoor only home is sought.
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SITUATION and cat adoptions.
Following Government Guidance our Homing Centres are closed to visitors but we are able to rescue and rehome cats whilst following regulations.
The coronavirus pandemic does mean that we have had to alter our usual homing procedures. Pre-coronavirus we would meet potential adopters in their homes (home visit) this was an informal visit to provide advice about caring for cats or kittens e.g health care, feeding, settling in and also an opportunity for us to feel reassured that you could provide a good home. We have replaced our usual home visit with a video call via What'sApp or similar to provide the same advice and so that you can also show us the cat relevant areas of your home e.g garden, location of a cat flap etc.
Following a successful home assessment we match cats and homes and will suggest suitable cats to you. We can provide photos and short video's of our cats and discuss them in more depth, in which case if you wish to go ahead we deliver the cats / kittens to your home as a door step handover. Adoption paperwork is completed as far as possible in advance over the phone. You then adopt the cats or kittens on a trial adoption basis. Despite this being a new and unusual way to adopt cats we have so far found that adoptions are successful.
We are prioritising homes that are local to our centres. Lewisham Branch Homing catchment area: All SE London and BR (Bromley) postcodes. Also N.Kent (Welling, Bexley, Sidcup, Swanley, Dartford), Croydon and SW London (SW8, SW9, SW2, SW11, SW4, SW12, SW16) If you can offer a home to a 'harder to rehome' cat we will consider homes outside our usual rehoming areas.