Heatons Animal Rescue Group.
Registered Charity Number
1072091 406A Manchester Road Heaton Chapel
Stockport SK4 5BY
Telephone 0161 975 0784
A chance to have a look at some of the cats that have been
and find out how they are getting on in their new homes.
Subject: Hello from Monkey....
Hi all, Myself and my partner, Stuart, collected our cute little
kitten, Monkey, from yourselves in September.
It only took her a few hours to get used to the house and she is
now the Princess of the household!
We had originally wanted to call our cat Sausage, however, the cat
we chose was far too pretty to have the name of Sausage.
After many days of being a nameless cat, we decided on Monkey - as
she is a cheeky Monkey and likes to push her luck as far as she
She has had her injections, been chipped and is getting neutered
We can tell already that she is desperate to get out and will
mainly be an outdoor cat.
Monkey loves her cuddles and will often fall asleep on or next to
us whilst we are sat on the sofa (currently typing this with her
lay next to me purring away).
She has also been amazing with the litter tray (only 1 incident to
speak of). So, a big thank you to THARG for letting us find our
cat, who we feel like we've never not had!
Keep up the good work looking after all the cats and kittens of
Thank you, From Mel and Stuart.
I just wanted to let you know how Elsie is doing.
I think I might have brought the wrong cat home as she's an
She hid for 5 minutes when I let her out, had a wander round
and at about 4.30 she started playing,
at 5.40 she let me stroke her & started purring!
She was wary when I walked around but fine when I sat down, I
suspect she may have been kicked in the past,
she seems a bit better about it today & follows me from room
Elsie is very playful and very interested in what's going on
outside (will have to be extra careful about her escaping)
she seems to be sleeping on the windowsill, not in any of the 5
beds she can chose from.
I was woken at 3.30 this morning Elsie was on top of me licking my
face & purring away.
The only problem so far is that Elsie finds my Laura Ashley sofa
and Victorian chair much better to sharpen her claws on
than the 7 scratching posts I have provided, but what cat
She's used her litter tray, had roast beef last night and is
currently waiting for the roast chicken to come out of the oven.
She's been here 24 hours and all in all very successful so far.
Elsie likes cuddles and having her belly rubbed, she's also let me
groom her a bit,
I stopped before she got fed up, I'll get her used to it slowly.
She also seems to have become Elsie-May, though I don't know why!
Keeping Elsie and Ralph separate didn't last long, she refused to
be shut in a room on her own & was creating such a fuss so
they have had a few brief meetings.
Some hissing & growling from Elsie and a look of horror from
Ralph! She scared the life out of him even though she's half his
There have been a few nose touches before one of them gets scared
but at the moment they are both asleep on my bed,
although at opposite ends, but it's progress & has gone much
better than expected.
Elsie- update no2:
Hi all, just a quick update,
Elsie has settled in really well, she greets Ralph when he comes
in, they touch noses & haven't hissed at each other recently.
They don't play together yet, he is still wary of her, she's dying
to play with him but he gets scared & runs off!
She's very fond of face licking & rubbing & absolutely
adores being groomed, even her belly.
She even paws my hand to carry on if I stop, she has a very
ladylike meow & has even chirruped a few times.
Thankfully she has been investigating the scratching posts rather
than my sofa,
unfortunately Ralph has discovered its use as a scratching post
now that Elsie has given him a demonstration!
I think she may have put on a bit of weight already, I can't help
spoiling her though, I love her to bits.
Love Sarah, Elsie & Ralph
Tam & Shri.
Hello, We re-homed Tam & Shri the Siamese brother and sister
at the beginning of October.
They made themselves at home in our bungalow from the moment they
were let out of their carrier.
They showed no animosity at all towards our existing cat, Lucy,
whom we had re-homed from you twelve months previously.
Lucy was a little reserved towards them at first but is more and
more confident in their presence and although they are all still
wary of each other, things are progressing well.
Tam & Shri love to curl up next to each other on the settee
next to my wife, and will lie with their arms around each other,
and will wash each other from time to time.
They are obviously devoted to each other. We have now let them go
out into the garden, and they have been on successful forays,
returning to us safely.
Tam had no problem learning what the cat flap was for and used it
from the word go.
They are everything we could wish for in a pet and we look forward
to a good few years with them yet.
Best wishes, Peter & Hazel Hopper.
Candy (formerly Aqilla).
We have now had Candy for two and a half years.
She’s a lot calmer than she was when we first got her. She even
enjoys being cuddled sometimes!
She loves sitting in the garden in the sunshine and has a
favourite catnip mouse.
She has lost a little weight although she will never be a size 0!
She likes sitting on the window ledge and watching the world go
She occasionally jumps on my knee where she will sit purring, and
is now quite happy for us to stroke her.
Debbie and Sophie.
Dolly & Suzy.
Dolly (formerly Sky) has been with us for a couple of months and
has settled in amazingly well.
She enjoys playing in the garden with her best friend Suzy
We got her to be a playmate for Suzy and it has worked out really
well as they have grown very close.
They particularly enjoy stealing sachets of cat food and ripping
them open on the kitchen floor, and teasing next door’s dog!
They can often be found asleep together on a cushion. (
Suzy is the one with the collar on in the pictures)
Debbie and Sophie.
Hello Julie & all the Tharg team,
Thought it about was about time after two years we sent you an
update on Belle - (Bella Lugosi).
Stan & I came to the sanctuary looking for a cat on two or
three occasions in November 2010,
I wanted to reserve a ginger tom, but was persuaded he was too
Stan was immediately taken with newcomer Belle, who being a long
haired house cat, not my ideal choice.
We eventually took her home, where she enjoyed being fussed,
almost demanded it!
Obviously she was nervous in new surroundings, so hid away for a
few days, & was eating very little.
I did find her high maintenance at first as regards food, &
her long hairs everywhere, but stuck with it!
It had been snowing when I eventually introduced her to the
garden, this environment being totally new to her, as only
familiar to life in a flat.
It was just so fascinating educational, watching her exploring
these new surroundings,
increasing in confidence daily, mindful & keeping a watchful
eye in case she went AWOL!
Each time Belle went out she explored a little further, really
enjoying her time discovering new things.
Then birds became an occupational pastime, where she spends hours
hiding in the shrubbery.
It has been a joy for us to see Belle revert to a free spirit, as
I believe a cat should be!
We have had so much fun & pleasure since we acquired Belle,
who is a much loved family pet.
I am so very glad we gave her that chance to come & share our
Thank you so much to Julie & all the Tharg team for your help,
& the wonderful work you do at the sanctuary.
With our Best Wishes - - from Freesia & Stan
I am really happy in my new home.
I am eating well and I am exploring everywhere.
I am sure I will love it when I can get out.
Thank you for caring for me.
Jake & Lady.
Dear All, We adopted Marvel and Kitkat from you two weeks ago and
waned to let you know how they are getting on.
They have been to the vet and are up to date on all medication.
Kitkat is older than we thought so she is also booked in to be
We have renamed them as Jake and Lady and they really are part of
the family now.
We can't imagine our home without them now.
They have not been outside yet but know every nook and cranny of
Jake (Marvel) is the most cheeky, playful kitten but is also so
Lady was quite reserved and very nervous but is also very
affectionate and much more playful now.
They roll around the house together, a big black and white ball of
Thanks again for all your help and advice and the great work you
Hope you all enjoy Christmas and best wishes for 2013,
Ann, Jack and Callum.
Jasper (formerly Kizzy).
Hi to all at Tharg,
It's been a week and I can happily say kizzy - (now Jasper!) has
well and truly made himself at home!
He loves to walk all over us, sit on our laps and his favourite
pastime is to whiz around the house chasing his balls.
He is an absolute joy.
Thank you so much for caring for him before he found us!
Lots of love Katy, Neil and Jasper xxx.
Betty-boo (formerly Magenta).
Thought I would email to tell you how my gorgeous girl is doing. I
re-homed Betty Boo (Magenta) in June last year.
At first she was very nervous and can still be jumpy but the
transformation is very noticeable.
She has helped my healing process of losing my beloved dog Barney
at the end of may 2012.
She has fitted right in and enjoys sleeping at the end of my bed
I believe My girl was abandoned and left to fend for herself for
about 6 months their loss and my gain!
I would never give her up. She is my little garden girl venturing
in to the good sized garden at the back but going no further than
She gets panicky if the door is closed on her, which I can only
presume is because of her past.
We got her a cat flap but she prefers to use the door !
She’s such a fussy eater and tends to snack throughout the day
never eating all that is in her bowl.
She has the complete run of the house and enjoys her tummy being
She lives with my husband and myself and is getting better when
the young grandchildren come to visit and can tolerate them better
when they come alone.
I think you do such a great job and often recommend the
Heaton’s to people who are looking for a cat.
Thank you for my little boo, Jean Maguire
Hi, I'm Bramble and I was re-homed in January 2012.
My new owners were provided with instructions of what I like, and
I am glad to say that they are looking after me very well.
I even have my own bedroom all to myself!
I have maintained my weight at 4.4kgs and I am still eating Hills
Science Plan Light & Dental 3 times a day.
Although I do receive the odd small treat of fresh roasted chicken
when my Masters have Sunday roast.
My new home has a friend called Simba, who is a Male Siamese. We
play chase in the house and go hunting for rodents outside (see
The house has a cap flap so I spend most of my days playing in
back garden or in the grassy area behind my new house.
There are no children here (phew!).
When I do relax indoors, I like to sit on my throne - a lovely
beanbag where I spend hours.
I also like to demand affection from my owners, especially when
the are using computers/laptops or reading study books!
I give them a firm head-butt to let them know how happy I am.
I'm really happy at my new home and would like to thank the staff
at The Heatons Animal Rescue for looking after me until I was
Goodbye for now... Bramble.
Hi, Just a quick update to let you know how Bess is doing.
Bess Puss is one of the softest cats we have ever known.
She is so laid back…
well until 9pm that is, then it is play-time and you have to
comply, otherwise she walks all over you,
pushes her head in your face and doesn’t stop yowling until we
play “Pinky Bounces” (her feather on a stick).
She gets me up in the mornings by walking on my head and creaky
meowing until I give in, get up and feed her.
She then begins her normal routine.
7.30 my bedroom window, counts the jackdaws coming in to land on
out house roof for breakfast.
8-8.30 she monitors the kids going out to school from the lounge
Then it’s my bed for a long snooze until 5pm, Tea-time and she
becomes all creaky again until I feed her.
Bess used to hog the lounge chair and would complain bitterly if I
moved her so I could sit down,
but now she goes to sleep on the chair in dads bedroom for her
You may have noticed that she doesn’t go out, well not usually by
choice, she had to be taken into the garden for the photo shoot.
If I do put her out she does a quick circuit through next door's
garden to the back door and inside again asap usually with a fat
I am hoping she will get used to “The Big Outdoors” when the
better weather comes, until then she rules the house!
Bess has been living with us since October 2012 and we have
enjoyed every day of it, she is purr-fect.
Thanks to all at THARG,
Dear all, Thought you would like to know that Pablo (formerly
Jazz) has settled in brilliantly since we were lucky enough to
find him at your sanctuary, last month.
From the minute we got him back to the house he made himself at
home and spends most of his days relaxing, playing and cuddling us
on the sofa.
Although he tends to follow me around wherever I go, when football
is on the telly (along with John) he becomes glued to the set!
He's had all his vaccines now so is about to be let loose on the
neighbourhood and given how much he loves to play chase, I think
the other local cats are going to get a shock!
Thanks so much for rescuing him and doing the good work you do.
Louise & John
Jinx & Midnight.
Hi everyone! Just want to let you know that Jinx (was
Patrick/Patricia!) has settled in wonderfully!
It took a lot of consideration for us to decide to adopt another
cat (kitten!) because as you know Midnight was not the most
friendly cat at times!
However, Midnight seemed lonely as "an only cat" so it was
something I really wanted to do.
We brought Jinx home and let her sit in her carrier for a while in
the hope that Midnight would get used to her.
Aww she was so tiny (not anymore!) and we really didn't want her
Midnight was not a happy kitty for a few days! She hissed and
stalked and occasionally managed to give the odd whack around the
ear to Jinx!
What shocked us all was how tough Jinx turned out to be! For a
kitten 12 weeks old, she's so fiesty!
She took to stalking Midnight under the settee and diving out to
play/attack her! The house was a bit of a battlezone for a few
We kept them in separate rooms through the day when we were not at
home, and also at night for the first week.
Gradually we gave them more time together and eventually we found
Midnight washing Jinx. Ok, it turned into a fight, but only a
Jinx has decided that everything that Midnight owns belongs to
her. Her heatmat, scratchy post tower and all her toys. Her food
and litter tray too!
Midnight has amazed us at how tolerant she has become. Actually,
she's grown up!
She still plays, more so in the past 2 weeks - she seems to have
got back to normal now, as I think she fell out with us a little
bit at the beginning!
Jinx actively goes out of her way to chase and play with Midnight,
which is sometimes met with fun, and other times met with a clout!
Either way, they now seem to get on and like each other. And now
Jinx is let out all the time as we can trust them together now!
Jinx is a lovely kitten and we're so happy with her. She's very
cuddly and quirky, and likes tunneling under the bed covers and
being carried around the house like a baby!
Thank you tharg for giving her to us, and to Midnight. I'm sure
they'll be good friends for a long time!
Best wishes Simone, Gary and Alice (and Midnight and Jinx)
Hi all. We adopted Mindy on the 9th march 4 weeks ago.
She has settled in very well, in fact she took the transfer from
the heatons to her new home in her stride,
and decided this was her home from the moment she stepped through
Mindy is a lovely little girl and is very mischievous, she loves
playing with her toys, and anything that catches her attention.
The house would not be the same without her, it feels like she has
always been here.
Regards Dot & Steve.
Misha (Formerly Mir) in her new home!
When we first got home Misha was very shy and ran upstairs to hide
under a bed!
For a couple of days she just kept to herself and hid away.
Then after a while she started to venture out, slowly at first,
before she gathered confidence, and began to let us pet her and
give her treats.
Now I'm happy to say that she's settling in nicely, and no longer
When I first got her she had a hair loss problem and was also very
skinny, I don't think she took too well to the transition from her
old home to the sanctuary.
Now I'm happy to say that she's put on some weight and since
having a steroid injection has starting growing much more fur!
Now she likes laze around on window sills and in the hallway,
purring at anyone who comes past.
She loves her favourite catnip toy and will roll around clawing at
it and rubbing herself all over the carpet.
She also loves playing with bits of string and cord she can find!
Sometimes she tries to climb on things, but she isn't very good
and often falls off!
Every morning when I wake up she comes and hops onto my bed and
curls up next to me for a morning stroke.
Whenever we watch a film she likes to crawl over everyone's laps
and get petted.
When I get home she's always waiting for me at the top of the
stairs, and greets me with a little mew and a rub against my legs,
and I always give her a treat.
She's such a lovely girl, shy but affectionate.
I just want her previous owners and the sanctuary to know that we
love having her around,
and she's settling in really well, and hopefully will be here for
many years of friendship.
Joseph, and my house-mates Fiona and Oliver.
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