Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas Day at Axhayes!

While many people were opening their presents or cooking their turkey on Christmas Day, our CCAs came into the centre to care for the cats and kittens. It’s nice to come in and make Christmas special for our cats and kittens. Since the end of November we have been collecting cat toys and food for Christmas Day.  

On Christmas morning some of our CCA’s came in early to feed and clean as normal. Once we were finished, we gave out Christmas presents for our cats and kittens. On Christmas Eve CCA Diane made a sleigh from a box and decorated it with tinsel and attached a Santa Claus toy to the front. We put this sleigh on to our feeding trolley and pushed it down the corridors. Santa’s sleigh visited each cat pen and CCAs Gemma, Christie and Michelle gave out toys for all our cats and kittens. We were very lucky to have a variety of toys kindly donated this year. Our cats and kittens enjoyed their new toys and tasty food; these donations brought our cats and kittens some festive cheer.

Didley loved his fishing rod toy and toy mouse. He’s a very playful old boy; he was happily rolling around and batting his mouse around his pen. Sam a few pens across loved his homemade catnip toy. Betony and Norman were playing with a feathery toy. Otter, Tanglefoot and Ruddle were given a large cube toy to play in, they were a little unsure of it, but soon started to play with it. Felix enjoyed another catnip toy. He’s was very sneaky before Christmas and found one of his presents. A few weeks ago he found a catnip toy from the Christmas toy bag and started to play with it. This was recorded by CCA Gemma and posted onto youtube for his video appeal. He loves catnip.    

In our maternity section, Mrs Ewing’s kittens Baby Sue, JR, Ellen and Bobby were given a large purple tunnel. They were a little afraid of this strange object in their pen at first. CCA Gemma showed them it wasn’t scary, Baby Sue and Bobby started to jump on and play with the tunnel. Please check out their video below (apologises for the video quality).   

After playing with their new toys, it was time for their Christmas dinner. A couple of our CCAs have been cooking turkey for our cats and kittens on Christmas Eve. Each of our cats and kittens were given cooked turkey, which they all tucked in to. Once Christmas dinner was finished some of the cats relaxed in bed, while others played with their toys. By next Christmas all of these cats and kittens will have loving homes and families.

We would like say thank you to everyone who donated cat toys and food this Christmas. 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy Christmas!

We will be taking a break from our blog during the Christmas holidays. We would like to thank everyone who kindly donated cat food and cat toys for our many cats and kittens. We will be giving our cats and kittens a tasty meal and a Christmas present on Christmas Day morning. Thank you for following our blog and all of your support.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of the cats, kittens and staff at Axhayes adoption centre.

Our centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year ’s Day. In the event of an emergency, please contact your local vet.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Meet our newest temporary office assistant Buttons. If you have visited our centre, you may have seen him on our front desk. He’s enjoying spending some time away from his pen, he loves lying out on top of our front desk watching people come and go from the centre. You can't miss him, he's a very handsome tabby boy with a meow which sounds like he's squeaking. Which we find adorable.

Today Buttons enjoyed sitting on the office desk, next to the computer I was working on. He decided he wanted to help me update our Facebook page by nudging the computer mouse with his nose. He sat on my lap purring happily with the occasional squeaky meow. He loves to squeak, he was telling me about his day. He sat back on the desk and enjoyed head butting my head for kisses. He’s very happy being around our CCAs and managers, he will make a great companion in a home. He had a little walk around our oldies corridor which adjoins on to our reception. He was greeting any volunteers, visitors and staff in the corridor with a little squeaky meow. After a busy morning, Buttons was back in his pen for an afternoon snooze until teatime.

Buttons is still looking for a loving home in time for Christmas. Buttons arrived at his previous owner's house ten years ago, starving and unable to eat as his teeth were so bad. He had clearly been neglected for some time. Once back to health, he proved to be a loving and happy cat. After ten years of happiness, his owner had to go into care and Buttons finds himself at Axhayes looking for a loving home in which to spend his retirement. He is a lovely boy who has a very sweet temperament and would make a wonderful companion. Say hello to Buttons when you visit our centre. We are hoping someone will fall in love with him soon. Who could resist?

If you are interested in adopting Buttons, please call us on 01395 232377 or please visit our website for more details about our homing policy. Thank you.  

Monday, 17 December 2012

Found a home in time for Christmas

We had a great afternoon on Saturday, Israel (Izzy) and Nessie have finally found a new home together. These two were found on a farm back in March when they were only six months old. They were incredibly hungry and had no place to call home. Luckily some cat loving people contacted us and they came to the centre. They were a little shy to start with, after lots of TLC from our CCAs their confidence grew and they became very friendly affectionate cats.

Izzy and Nessie were very happy to leave in their cat carrier. Izzy happily purred in her carrier and watching me fill out her paperwork. She was clearly very happy to be finally going home. We are so pleased they have found a home after spending nine months with us. It’s true when we say at the centre; all of our cats find homes eventually.   

We have great news about some of Unicorn’s kittens! For those who follow our blog regularly; you may remember these kittens were rescued from under a dual carriageway bridge back in September. Our lucky kittens Rydon, Lucky, Haddeo and Digby have been reserved and will be going to their new homes very soon. We are hoping our remaining black kittens Aspen, Betony, Norman and Russell find homes soon. They are all very sweet, friendly and playful. They are waiting for someone to pick them.

Morpheus and Trinity are our longest staying kittens at the centre. Please read our previous blog about them for more details. We really hope someone will adopt them in time for Christmas or the New Year. We can’t understand why they are still with us. Morpheus and Trinity are very outgoing, energetic, affectionate, mischievous and of course playful. They love to play and run about. We've had many visitors on Saturday and today, Morpheus and Trinity happily introduced themselves to them and loved to attention they received. Sadly they have no been chosen today, we are optimistic they will find a home together. They are will make a great addition to a family; they are great with cats, dogs and children. Please contact us for more information about Morpheus and Trinity.  

If you are interested in adopting any of our cats and kittens, please contact us on 01395 232377 or please visit our website. We will be taking a break over the Christmas holidays on our Facebook page and blog, so their will be a delay answering any questions. Please contact us via our telephone number.

Over the Christmas period the way we home cats changes slightly. Many people's homes are very busy, full of excitement and hustle and bustle, and this is not the right kind of environment to settle in a rescue cat. For this reason homing during the Christmas period will be at our adoption centre manager’s discretion. We will continue to carry out home-visits, and after these, you can still reserve a cat to be picked up in the New Year.  Our opening hours only change in that we are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Thank you.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Unicorn's kittens are ready to find homes.

"Rescued from under a bridge"

We thought we would give you a quick update on Unicorn’s eight beautiful kittens. These lucky kittens were rescued back in September by our CCAs Diane and Christie. They were living under a bridge which was over a dual carriageway with many cars zooming past below. Not the safest place to raise a young family. We were alerted about them from a concerned member of the public, our deputy manager Phil and CCA Diane spent hours trapping them. They managed to trap mum and seven kittens but there was still one kitten left. CCA Christie spent hours sat in the rain and eventually the tiny little black kitten emerged from under the bridge. Our kittens, Aspen, Russell, Betony, Norman Digby, Haddeo, Rydon and Lucky have moved on to our rehoming section today. These kittens are enjoying relaxing in their new pens this afternoon. They’ve been playing with their new toys, watching people pass by and have had volunteers and CCAs saying hello to them.

All of these kittens are waiting for any potential adopters pick them and take them home. These kittens are all playful, friendly and affectionate; they are looking for a safe place to live away from busy roads and traffic. Their mother Unicorn is also available for adoption. If you are interested in any of Unicorn’s fabulous kittens, please get in touch with us. Please visit our website or facebook page for more information. Thank you.