Newspaper Saves Cat from Death Row

Nottingham Post spares an immigrant cat from euthanasia when readers react with pleas to help.

Nottingham Post spares an immigrant cat from euthanasia when readers react with pleas to help.

Newspapers are known for reporting, not starring in news stories, but The Nottingham Post [http://www.nottinghampost.com/] is discovering otherwise. Today, as a cat believed to be a Polish immigrant is safe in quarantine, employees at the daily newspaper are being credited with his rescue.

After being found wandering alone on a street in Beeston, the black male cat was taken in by staff at a Ruddington veterinary center, where he resided for three weeks before trading standards officials entered the picture.

The cat, approximately 4 years old, with a microchip tracing back to a Poland address, was quickly deemed a risk to the public by officials, who had no proof of whether or not he had entered the country legally. His punishment? Lethal injection or quarantine. Although the choice seemed like a no-brainer, with quarantine fees so high, it looked as if the cat was set for death row, until The Nottingham Post got wind of the story.

“When we published the story on our Facebook page it was an immediate hit, and all our readers started piling in, asking how they could help,” Natalie Fahy, digital publisher at The Nottingham Post told Hold the Front Door about saving the cat. “After speaking to the veterinary practice, we decided to set up a Go Fund Me page to pay the cat’s bills. We had smashed our target by lunchtime and by the end of the day raised £805 [$1,207.22] – enough for some to also be sent to two local cat rescue centres. It just shows Nottingham really does love cats.”

The cat, thus far unnamed, is now tucked away until his quarantine period is over. Upon release, he will head off to a forever home which could, potentially, be near or far, given the rate of adoption inquiries that have flooded in since his plight hit the web. Those who cared for him from the get go, however, hope to keep him near.

“We’ve had him for three weeks and while you try not to get too attached, you do,” said Jane McLachlan, veterinary centre director. “He’s very friendly and a big lad. We’ve never been in a situation like this before in our 21 years with a foreign stray cat so this is just such a relief. In a matter of two hours we had offers of homes across the UK and in the United States and Austria. Ideally the cat will go somewhere locally once it’s come back from quarantine.”

Cheers to happy endings!

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