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Cat found abandoned outside animal welfare centre

Luka the cat found shivering and scared

07 February, 2020 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

Luka was rescued and has since been adopted

EXPERTS have urged cat owners thinking of getting rid of their pets not to leave them abandoned on the street.

The plea comes from the Mayhew in Kensal Green after a young cat was left in the cold on the animal welfare charity’s doorstep.

One-year-old Luka was shaking and shivering inside his carrier, and had been left with no food or blankets in the freezing weather last month. The centre said the white and black shorthair was incredibly scared during his intake examination, before he was settled in a warm cabin at its cattery.

AJ Ford, deputy head of animal welfare at the centre, who found Luka when she came in for work, said “When an animal is abandoned on the street, it makes it difficult for rescue organisations such as ourselves to provide the best care, as we have no way of finding out the animals history – including their behaviour, likes and dislikes, any known medical conditions, or other useful information which would help us to help and rehome them.”

She added: “We understand that people may choose to give up their pets for a variety of reasons, and we are here to support both owners and animals through this difficult decision – we listen, we don’t judge, and we want to encourage anyone who is struggling with a pet to come in and speak to us, so we can provide the right help for everybody involved.”

The centre support hundreds of people and animals every year, and can help guide pet owners through the process of signing over their pets officially, which allows leads to a proper picture of the animal and enables the Mayhew to treat and rehome them much more easily.

Luka’s story had a happy ending – after spending some time getting his confidence back, he was adopted by a loving new owner and is now settled in a brand new home.

Anybody who wants to speak to the animal Welfare team, can call: 8962 8000, or by email


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