Little Ginge and Treacle (rescued and rehomed cats, UK)

Stories of cat rescue in England by Leanne of Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary….

Little Ginge was brought to us one day by a girl who had taken him in out of pity. He was possibly 8-9 weeks old and he had already had at least four homes. Life was about to get better.

She had taken him in after the last home soon tired of having a young kitten about the house  (after a couple of days). Unfortunately, her two dogs were not at all happy about sharing their home with a cat of all things! He didn’t even have a name of his own. I called him ‘Little Ginge’, simply because if we receive ginger kittens they are always called ‘Little Ginge’ – simple as that.

Dillon with hedgehog. Little Ginge
Dillon with his best mate, his hedgehog. Little Ginge
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He was a little sweetie and soon got over his fear, to become a lovely friendly little fella, a great favourite with everyone, he was always up for a game/feed/cuddle, whatever was on offer really.

The day after Little Ginge arrived we had another girl come to the gates after we had closed for the night. She was very upset. With her was a tiny, little dark tortoiseshell (tortie) kitten, 6 weeks old, possibly.

She told us she had seen a car pull up in her street and the door opened, a hand stretched out holding 2 tiny kittens. The kittens were thrown into the gutter! Someone else in the street had witnessed this callous act too and at the same time both ‘our’ girl and other person shouted.

The swine in the car realised he had been spotted, quickly grabbed one of the kittens back and sped away! The girl ran to pick up the other kitten but in fear she had ran away into a garden. By this time other people had come out to see what the shouting was about, so everyone set about looking for the abandoned kitten.

A little way along the street someone was just coming back in from shopping and realised that something small and furry had followed her into the house with the shopping! She must have had something that smelled nice in there! The lady went outside to see who the little mite belonged to only to find ‘our’ girl looking for the kitten. She was terrified and when we first saw her she was huddled in a blanket in the girls arms. We took her in, got her warm and fed her. Her fleas had to be dealt with and she was ‘wormy’.

We heard later that someone further down the road had found a tiny tortie kitten, but had decided to keep her themselves. The person who had chucked the two kittens out, must have thrown her out again further down. Thank God she was found.

Tortoiseshell rescue cat
Tortoiseshell rescue cat. Treacle, renamed Poppy. Note from Michael: She is a black tortoiseshell or tortie and white (you can see small bits of white).

Treacle, as we called her (because of the colour of her splodges in her coat) soon settled and realised she was safe. She was healthy and started to play and just be a normal kitten. God knows the story behind her abandonment and we can only hope there were no more kittens. Unfortunately, in all the commotion, no-one got the reg number of the car, or we would have had him/her.

After a very short time with us, Treacle and Little Ginge caught the eye of a lovely young couple who came to us wanting one kitten but decided they had to have both as they couldn’t decide which one to take. So off they went to their new home.

Just the other day we got a selection of photos of poppy and Dillon from their new caretakers, as they have now been renamed. They are looking beautiful, as you can see!

We were told that Christmas was fun, but the tree had to be rescued a number of times! Up to now 5 vases, a lamp, a picture frame and a pottery bowl have bit the dust, and there is a possibility that a fridge lock will be needed soon. However, I think, maybe its a set up job, as at the scene is always found a hedgehog toy, I have suggested that maybe its the evil hedgehog who is causing the damage and framing 2 very innocent pussy cats!! lol

Apparently both cats are very affectionate, especially Dillon, who is, I quote ‘a big softy’, so they are always forgiven and always loved. We know they are in their forever home and will never again know fear and abandonment.

Thank you Linda and Paul for giving 2 kittens, whose lives started badly, a happy loving home.
Good luck kittens.


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8 thoughts on “Little Ginge and Treacle (rescued and rehomed cats, UK)”

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    It doeesn’t upset me either and I think if I saw an actual deliberate act of cruelty I’d see red and most likely take a swipe with whatever I could find to hand, at the person doing it. Yes I’d probably get knocked over by him or her and maybe arrested but the satisfaction of hurting a person who hurt an animal would be well worth it.
    I’ll never forget Babz at around 8 years old yelling at a man whipping his pony which was pulling a trap, he rode off quickly with a beetroot red face, she really put him to shame lol

  2. What a great little story – sad, but with a happy ending. People never get the number plate – they worry about the kitten, it’s normal and natural. I would love to nail the perpetrator of such a crime. It would give me enormous pleasure. At least they made to it Kay’s Hill. 🙂

    1. What would you do to the person if you happened to be on the spot when it happened? I would remonstrate with the person and if he didn’t listen I’d be hard pressed to not hit him.. 😉 Sorry of that upsets the ladies.

      1. leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary)

        i’ve been called many things michael, but rarely ‘lady’ so maybe thats why it dos’nt upset me!!! lol. marc said he would love to nail the perpetrator, i agree, but i’d nail them to a tree!! we get people who say to us, yes that animal was abandoned at your gate, but the person could have done a lot worse to the animal, this is true. but its all down to degrees, its ok to abandon a terrified animal at our (or any other sancturys gate), does that mean its also ok to abandon two tiny kittens in the road? cruelty is cruelty. so what i would do to the perpetrators, they would not be happy with!!!!!

  3. leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary)

    unfortunately, my stories will always have that sad element in them, as if the cats led perfectly happy lives with people who loved and respected them, we would never know them. all we can do is try and make a sad start into a happy ending. we usually can, even if it takes a while. i hope no-one minds too much that there is some sadness in my cat ‘tales’

  4. They are both such beautiful cats Poppy is so pretty and Dhillon is just like Ginger who comes into our garden (I wrote an article about him the other day) It sounds as though they have had a really happy ending and a wonderful life to look forward to!

    I love your happy endings Leanne!

  5. Treacle looks amazing. Great story but a sad one again. Perhaps cat rescue stories are sad until the end. People still dump cats. Can you image how cold someone’s heart is to be able to dump a kitten by the roadside? If I could meet the person he’d regret it.

    Don’t tell the wonderful new owners but I prefer your names. 😉

  6. Ruth aka Kattadorra

    Another lovely story Leanne, you are so good at making happy endings for all the abandoned or unwanted cats that end up at Kays Hill.
    The photos are really good too, what beautiful cats they both are and they sound like 2 little so and sos lol
    I love reading your stories and so pleased you are writing them for PoC.

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