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Rehomed Rescue Cats – Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary — 20 Comments

  1. Leanne so lovely seeing all your beautiful cats and knowing they now have happy forever homes. I have to say though I felt sad for them but only because of their previous lives 🙁 so pleased to see though that because of you and Kevin all the kitties stories had a happy ending 🙂

  2. one of the points i wanted to highlight with this post is the ‘never say die’ spirit that cats have. yes some of the injuries we have seen have been horrible, but just picking one story out, daphne was a young cat, well kitten, who had been born/left in the stable, as far as we know. our first meeting with her was to take a look at a cat that has ‘quite a limp’!! the understatement of the century. her back leg was literally hanging off, i cant imagine the pain that little creature must be feeling, yet she never once growled or hissed. obviously we tried to handle her as carefully and gently as we possibly could but inevitably we must have caused her pain. she was taken straight to our vet who had to amputate the leg. the next we saw of daphne, yes i named her!! she was laid as you see in the photo, again as friendly as can be. she recovered quickly and was very soon wanting to climb and jump about the place, trying to keep her in one place for two minutes was NOT easy. even after all she had been through this little cat has such a lust for life and fun and adventure. they are stronger than we would be in the same circumstances. she adapted very easily to having three legs and to this day, no doubt, enjoys life to the full.

    • Cats are much braver than people! They are so very stoic and accepting.
      Your sad stories have happy endings but not so in the USA and Canada where many cats are deliberately crippled by declawing, yet many people accept it happening.
      There is no happy ending for a declawed cat, they can never have their toe ends put back on, no matter what.
      Such a difference isn’t there!
      You fight to keep cats whole and healthy while vets perform surgery in those countries to turn healthy cats into disabled ailing cats.
      You have no healthy animal killed while thousands are killed over there in Shelters.
      That is what is heart breaking!

    • It was lovely seeing all the cats and kittens at Kays Hill cattery today, we’d bring them all home if we could!

  3. Well life isn’t all a bed of roses is it and if anybody wants all stories to be happy with no mention of suffering then they should read fairy tales.
    I think it’s good we learn about all you do there for injured cats,it makes me admire you all the more and if ever I had any money to spare I’d give some to Kayshill.

  4. thank you all for your comments. i hope no-one is too upset at any of the images, the stories are upsetting, theres nothing i can do about that unfortunately. the only reason i asked michael to put these particular stories on was to try and illustrate that even when things are really bad they can still be turned around and a happy ending can be found. all of the cats, well except for jerry, went on to new and loving homes eventually. jerry came to us from a family who had taken him in a couple of years previously. they were told that when he was younger, we got him when he was about 10 years old, he had been hit by a car. his ‘owners’ at the time left him untreated and the leg set at an angle. we took him to see our vet who examined him and said that he felt no pain at all in his ‘bad’ leg, we had already thought this, and although he didnt actually walk on it he tended to use it as a ‘walking stick’ for want of a better description. he was the friendliest cat and loved nothing more than greeting people and guiding them round the site. we used to call him the ‘foreman’!! he lived with us for the rest of his life, he used to get his own visitors. he is buried in the top field, one of his favourite spots. everyone loved jerry. when he died i e mailed round and let everyone know, the outpouring of grief was overwhelming, we knew people loved him but everyone was even more upset than i’d expected. it was nice to know he was so loved and not just by us. our cat stories are always going to be tinged with sadness, as i have said before, if they had long happy lives with families that loved them and all went well in their lives, we would never meet them. i will find out some ‘happier’ stories too.

    • I think it’s good that you share the sad stories as well as the happy ones and show that most can have a happy ending if they have someone to care enough to nurse them back to health.
      You get the balance of what you do at Kays Hill just right Leanne, life isn’t all happiness.
      Hoping to get up tomorrow afternoon with those litter trays, some food and a lot of bedding some kind soul took in to Babz at funeralcare.
      See you then xx

  5. Such sad stories. Sometimes they must break their hearts when they see such awful injuries and sad little faces, it takes a very special person to do all that and keep cheerful.

  6. Just some of many sad stories of cats lucky enough to end up in the care of Kays Hill and I still find it amazing that they rehome so many cats, especially those who have been through physical or mental trauma.
    To rehome cats with defects like Chelsea and the others with limbs missing is nothing short of wonderful when most people would walk past them and choose a cat with no deformities.
    If these cats were born in the USA they would be dead! It’s a horrible thought, we are so lucky here to have our no kill Kays Hill.

    • chelsea was such a sweet little cat, anyone who cared about cats could’nt help but love her. once she was ready she was rehomed with a lovely couple to be an only cat, spoiled rotten in other words!! we never found out about how she had only 3 legs and a deformed jaw, someone at sometime must have loved her enough to pay for all that surgery (they were old injuries when we took her)but when we took the call that this poor cat was in a collapsed state in a back street being pulled about by horrible kids we had to go and get her, but we didnt think she would pull through when we first saw her. she made a very quick recovery though. tlc goes a long way, she looks rough on her photo but she looked a lot better by the time she went off to her new life. the couple did’nt care that she had a bit of a funny look about her, a slightly askew jaw was’nt going to put them off.

  7. Gosh – so many injured and rejected cats – who with a bit of immediate care would have had no long lasting health issues or limbs missing. “a deformed leg due to an untreated break” – thats just criminal in my opinion. It’s criminal because of the pain and quality of life caused by neglect. ‘Not doing’ is just as bad as ‘doing’ in some cases. One can be a torturer by virtue of doing nothing – the very least would be to immediately take the cat to somebody who can take care of it. To leave a cat with a broken leg to it’s own devices should mean a jail sentence or something serious in the realms of ‘animal abuse’.

    It must indeed cost Kay’s Hill a fortune to have all these animals looked after and ‘fixed’ or just medically attended to with all those problems. I’d like to find an ‘excuse’ or reason to do another fund raiser soon for Kay’s Hill – this autumn – I’ll think of something. It’s terribly sad for these cats that Kay’s Hill is left to deal with everything without enough money to manage properly.

    • Gosh – so many injured and rejected cats

      Yes, it surprised me when I read through the stories. I hope these cats are not representative of all the cats at Kays Hill.

      • No I don’t think so Michael, many are healthy cats but just unwanted, they eventually get good homes too.
        We’ll have to get Leanne to post some of those pics.
        Some of the healthy ones abandoned next door to us are happy in their new homes thanks to Leanne and Kevin.
        I think it’s that word has got around that Kays Hill never refuse to take in an injured animal or bird who would more than likely be euthanised at a vets. Kevin and Leanne nurse them back to health if they possibly can, they deserve a medal for all they do.

        • we get cats in for all sorts of reasons michael, not all of them are the horror stories. moving house, allergies, owner died, emigrating, found as stray (though sometimes i’m pretty sure thats NOT the case) and of course the animals we have had left at the gates. tied or in boxes or, as in the case of our saddleback pig, pickle,in a dog crate! i know these things are still horrible but i meant that not all of them have injuries. mostly all they need is somewhere safe and a bite to eat.

    • In the same way the Michael ended up with Cardie for her last days I ended up with a cat and I think I’ll do a little memorial for her and another commentathon which can go towards Kay’s Hill. I’m going to save up for the next month or maybe two and then do it.

      The cat was called Mitsi – very sweet tabby who died. Sad story of neglect and bad vets.

  8. Michael, it is good, brave, that she trusts you so much. Not one of us likes to see an animal, especially the maligned cat, suffer. At all. sometimes I think that the only way we can survive all of this suffering is to put out food for our strays and ferals, support the tnr –not foregeting poor spays, notch their ears, release baick to an environment where they shouldn’t have been in the first place. Our children on this planet.

    DO IT locally/environmentally! Our Planet is your planet. Save our poached species. Do YOUR part, because, Truth stands alone with our neglected passion for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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