This is a sad yet sensible story of a dedicated and organised cat rescuer who has been told she has about 6 more months to live and is engaged in finding new homes for the cats she cares for.
Her name is Antoinette van Berkel. She lives in New Zealand. Being an experienced cat rescuer she is savvy on the subject of selecting the right person to look after her cats.
Antoinette says that she is looking for “women on their own, or couples with grown up children that have moved out of the home.”
She says that for a potential adopter, children and dogs are deal breakers! Pretty clear cut decision making process. Two other key factors in decision making are the work commitments and location of the adopters.
Antoinette will have four of her seven left to rehome by the weekend she hopes. ‘Buba’ has already been rehomed to a place which she described as “perfect”. She’ll miss him. She calls him a lovable rogue. He is a six-year-old black tomcat.
“She will give him a better life than I’ve been giving him. I have absolutely no qualms about where he is going.”
Antoinette is selfless and in typical cat lover fashion only concerned about her cats’ welfare.
She has had enquiries from as far afield as the UK. The concern from animal lovers made her cry, she said.
Four of her cats have formed relationships so Willow and GinGin will be rehomed together as will Zak and Whisper. That leaves Max and Ella who are fine on their own.
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