Thursday, 7 February 2008

Poor Little Felix

Felix and Eunice Faulkner

A CAT adopted by pensioners has been left homeless after building work and health and safety rules led to it being kicked out of their sheltered accommodation.
Residents at Gleneagles Court, Blackburn, England, have been putting out food for black-and-white moggy Felix for the past three years, after her owner, who lived in a street nearby, died.
The stray animal is not allowed into the building itself because of health and safety regulations but has become a familiar sight around the grounds of the Twin Valley-run flats.
But Felix is now looking for a loving home after concern that he may start straying into the main building and because he was becoming agitated by loud noises caused by refurbishment work at the site.
Eunice Faulkner, who is looking after Felix at Blackburn Cat Rescue, said: "Stroking animals is very therapeutic for the elderly. The residents loved the cat but she couldn't stay.
"If people have allergies it is a problem to let her into communal areas. It is very cold at the moment and it is not doing her any good to be outside."
She added: "She is beautiful and very friendly. She's only about seven years old and has been spayed.
"We don't put cats down if they are healthy so she can live out her days here but it would be so much better if we can find her a loving and settled home."
Twin Valley residents can keep small animals like goldfish or birds as they do not have to frequently move through communal hallways.
Kevin Ruth, Executive Director at Twin Valley Homes, said: "We have a policy of not allowing tenants to keep cats or dogs at any of our sheltered housing schemes as it is not compatible with the communal facilities."
From The Citizen, Blackburn.

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