Monday, February 23, 2015

Charity believes it is running the only dedicated retirement home for elderly cats

A charity believes it is running the only dedicated "retirement home" for Old Age Pussycats (OAPs). Lincolnshire Trust For Cats has almost 80 cats living out the end of their nine lives, with luxuries including heated beds, sofas and an open fire.

Some of the cats live there because their owners have died, while other owners have moved abroad. Finding new homes for elderly cats like these is more difficult because people prefer to adopt young cats. Older cats can also be more expensive to look after, due to veterinary bills, so many are put down when their owners die.

Trust founder Jain Hills believes the home is unique. "I know of some charities that have a few elderly cats, but they are not doing it on the scale we are," she said. "For cats to come to us people have either got to make a provision in their will, or people come to look round. I don't think anywhere else does it because people come all the way from London with the cats to come here."

The home is set in seven acres of land on the outskirts of the village of Osgodby. There is a one off payment on admission, which currently stands at £850, thereafter the Trust bears the cost of all treatment and any surgery the cat may need in the future. The premises are manned twenty four hours a day and the Trust administrator lives on site. "There's three sitting rooms and they are connected by enclosed outdoor areas," said Ms Hills. "It's all south-facing which means the cats have a lot of sunbathing options."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Y'know, I'd go for a place like that. Seriously.