Animal charity rescue abandoned cat hiding inside sofa

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29 September 2020
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One-year-old Tigger recently found himself all alone in a rented flat after the previous tenants moved out and locked up, leaving him trapped inside.

Luckily the tabby and white male was discovered by the landlord a few days later, who immediately called Mayhew for help. Animal welfare officer, Tania Mazzoni, went straight out to rescue Tigger, and found him hiding inside a sofa cushion where he’d curled up for some warmth and comfort.

Tania had to tear into the sofa to free Tigger and was relieved to see that he did not appear to be hurt. He hadn’t seemed to suffer any undue harm from his ordeal.

As soon as Tania had safely removed him from his hiding place she drove him back to Mayhew, where they conducted a full intake exam to make sure he was OK.

Aside from being a little hungry and nervous, Tigger showed himself to be a sweet and curious cat, and so Mayhew settled him down in their Cattery with some food and blankets to rest and recover. They also made sure he was vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped, and up to date with his flea and worming treatment.

Although Mayhew's animal welfare officers routinely follow procedures to try and trace an owner when bringing animals into their care, this is very often outside of their remit and sadly not possible in all cases.

Thankfully, Tigger soon made himself at home and was extremely friendly with the staff, who knew that it wouldn’t be long before somebody fell in love with him. Sure enough, he attracted interest as soon as he was placed up for adoption, and shortly afterwards he was matched with his brand new family.

Tigger is now happily settled into his forever home, and has been renamed Jasper. His new owner has said that he’s a bundle of fun and still loves to climb and hide, and everyone at Mayhew wish him all the very best as he bounces around and enjoys lots of cuddles!

Although Tigger’s story has a happy ending, lots of cats and dogs all across the UK are still looking for their forever homes. If you are interested in adopting a pet, or if you’re struggling to cope with an existing animal, please get in touch with Mayhew or your local rescue and rehoming centre to see how they can help.

You can meet the animals that Mayhew have available here, and if you or someone you know would like to speak to an animal welfare officer to find out more about the support services offered, you can call 020 8962 8000 or email awo@mayhewanimalhome.org.