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C-L-A-W-S Success Stories

Mary has been rehomed

Mary was abandoned by her original owners when they moved so she "adopted” a gentleman some years ago.   Subsequently he moved and couldn’t take her with him so she came into care.   She is a sweet natured cat and soon settled into her new surroundings.

We thought she was about 8 years old but when we took her to the vet for a check- up and her first vaccination he thought she was younger – possibly about 5.

We featured her in Pets’ Corner in the Maidenhead Advertiser and had a good response.    She needed a quiet home without children and an owner with plenty of time to spend with her as she likes company and being made a fuss of.

We took people on a "first come first served basis” and the very first home check proved to be successful.

So now Mary has a lovely new home with a lady who is also called Mary !

The day after she moved in her new owner sent us an E-mail : -

"Mary has settled in so well.  She’s drinking, eating, playing and sleeping well.

She has inspected all the rooms and furniture in the bungalow!  She’s a delight and more than I could have hoped for.  She’ll be looked after and loved so much.

I’ll e-mail again soon and thank you so much.”

We are delighted and wish them many happy years together.

Angie weight loss

ANGIE was awarded a red rosette for reaching her target weight.  

She was unimpressed by this but her eyes lit up when she was told she could have an extra half a pouch of wet food a day !

She lost 700 grms in 7 months, a total of 20% of her body weight.

She was very good throughout bearing in mind what a little spit fire she had been (and still is occasionally !

Casper aka Domino

The help line rang :  it was the owner of a local cattery asking for our help in trapping a cat that had turned up at his premises.   He suspected it was a feral from a local stables where it had been placed to control the rodent population.

It was trapped that same day and, as a temporary measure, was put in a pen at Bear Cottage pending its onward transmission to a farm.

It soon became apparent that it was not a feral but yet another abandoned domestic as within a few days it was out and about in its pen making friends with its carers.   We gave it time to settle and then took it to the vet to have an MOT and to see if it were chipped : it wasn’t.    It was a young unneutered male about 2 years old, fit and healthy.

We called him DOMINO.
Over the past few months he has settled in and made friends with the other cats :  he is an engaging lad , very vocal and full of mischief.   He loves to chase Ziva.   She takes refuge on the top of her scratching post with Domino hovering at its base.  You can almost hear her saying "Now what are you going to do ?” !

He has learned to play and likes toys that involve interaction with his carer.   He is particularly fond of a brightly striped "snake” of material attached to a handle.

We thought he would benefit from a little longer at C.L.A.W.S. but when a couple rang asking if we had an indoor cat and seemed "to fit the bill” for the type of home we wanted for Domino we decided to proceed.

They came to meet him and, after retreating to his bedroom for a short time, he emerged and allowed the lady to stroke him and even rolled over on his back to have his tummy tickled !   They were captivated by him and said they would love to offer him a home.

We did the home check next day and it went well.

So off he went to his new home and to celebrate he was given a new name -CASPER.

We are sure that he will be much loved and very spoiled !

Recently we received an update from his "mum” : -
" Casper is fine, he’s loving his food and sleeping on the bed. He’s still very chatty and loves attention.”


As well as finding loving homes for cats and kittens, C.L.A.W.S. also provides life-long care for cats that cannot be re-homed because they are too old, unwell or have been abused.

VIOLET was the most seriously abused of  the 20 cats we brought in in 2014.  Nothing much changed for the next couple of years (she continued to cower behind her igloo in the furthest reaches of her bedroom - hence her name "shrinking”  violet !!)

The breakthrough came when she and 2 other cats were transferred to the new enclosure.   She was a changed cat – spending most of her days outside enjoying her new found freedom.

Recently she and Joules (collectively known as the chalet girls) have been transferred to the golden oldies home.   She now jumps for joy when she sees her breakfast coming (fish !!) and comes to the fence to receive a gentle stroke.

It is so rewarding to see this badly damaged cat come into her own.

If you would like to make a donation towards Violet’s care and other cats just like her please ring SUE on the C.L.A.W.S. helpline 01189341699




15 cats were found in a house – unneutered, interbred and un-socialised.   C.L.A.W.S. was asked to help and that is when ANGELINA came into our lives.

We called her Angie.   She is a tiny little tot, still under a year old, but with a BIG personality.  She was a "force to be reckoned with”, squaring up to cats twice her size.   Her mood was not improved because she was on a diet which she considered the ultimate insult.  

Fleur, who had been fostered by Sue for the last year, was also on a diet.

Therefore it seemed logical for them to be together so in a moment of madness Sue asked Beverley what she thought of Angie coming to live with her and Fleur. She said YES and the rest is history. 

Sue takes up the tale : -

I had arranged for a "screen door” to be installed between the kitchen and the lounge which meant that they were secure when people came and went via the back door and it gave me peace of mind.

I took her carrying basket into the lounge and released her – and waited with bated breath !   Nothing daunted she marched round the lounge to see what was going on.  Fleur’s face was a picture – what was this little whipper snapper doing on her territory?  I had already explained to her that Angie was only a little girl that had had a rough start in life so she had to be kind to her – umm !!!

Of course, we have had a number of spats (and spits !!) but on the whole the transition has gone much more smoothly than expected (Beverley and I knew it was a "high risk strategy” but thought that the benefits of success far outweighed the possibility of failure)

Fleur likes to sit on the back of the sofa so she can look out of the window.  The sight of her tail gently waving is too much for Angie – she just has to jump up and catch it.  On one occasion she leapt so high she knocked Fleur off – what a kerfuffle !!

She also lies in wait behind the curtains and leaps out at Fleur as she passes by.   She has so much energy !
She knows when she has pushed her luck and rushes to the far end of the lounge and leaps on a chair, out of harm’s way !   We now call this the "naughty corner” !

There is still a long way to go but the prospects are looking good.   Angie has been good for Fleur who is learning to "stand her corner” and Angie is becoming less combative as she realises she is safe.

A tiny little tot with the heart of a lion – you just have to love her !

Monty is rehomed

Monty went to his new home on 1 December – a wonderful start to the festive season for all his friends at C.L.A.W.S.

You may remember that MONTY is a youthful 13 year old who won all hearts with his loving nature and winning ways.

As a kitten he was homed by C.L.A.W.S. in 2005.   In 2018 a change in domestic circumstances meant that he could no longer stay in the home where he had spent 13 happy years.   Poor Monty !
He returned to C.L.A.W.S. in July 2018.  He has been such a good boy settling into his new environment with the minimum of fuss.

A lady was looking for a cat for her elderly mum.   She went on to the C.L.A.W.S. web site and spotted Monty.    She thought he would be perfect for her mum so rang the C.L.A.W.S. help line for more information.   "All he wants is to be made a fuss of” Sue told her and "All my mum wants is a loving companion”.   She downloaded Monty’s photo and said she would show it to her mum and tell her all about him when she saw her the next day.
She rang back to say her mum was interested so a home check was arranged.   The lady lived in a sheltered housing complex in a very quiet area which backs on to a golf course.  The manager of the unit was very supportive – there were several other animals there and she herself had a little dog.
It wasn’t long before the phone rang again.   It was the lady’s daughter to say that her mum wanted to offer Monty a home.

Beverley carried him into the lounge and lifted him out.  He  announced his arrival with a few of his trademark "rusty” shouts, walked round, went under a chair, said "Hello” to Beverley and I in passing and jumped on his new "mum’s” lap and started to purr.

And he was still there when we left half an hour later.   We were amazed – neither of us had seen a cat settle into new surroundings so quickly !   Happy owner !  Happy Monty !  Perfect !
We wish them a long and happy life together.

We received an E-mail from Monty’s owner’s daughter who wrote : -
"Mum is delighted with him and he has settled in brilliantly – last update was that he is now venturing upstairs in the morning.”



When ABBEY, about 5 years old, came to C.L.A.W.S. in the summer of 2014 she was deeply traumatised.  She had had no interaction with the human race and rejected any attempt to connect with her.

Over the last three years there had been some improvement but she  remained very shy.

Recently she had to have a dental, and so she could have peace and quiet to recover, we put her in a pen on her own.

The change was amazing !   She started to greet her carers when they came to see her and then she extended her neck for a stroke and pushed her head into their hands.   It wasn’t long before she was out of her "bedroom” and taking an interest in what was going on around her.

Then we had an enquiry from a couple who had seen her photo and details on the web site and were interested in offering her a home.     The home visit went well and they came to meet her.  They got on very well and offered her a home straightaway.   Several more visits followed and then the day came when she went to her new home.
After just a few days we received an E-mail from her owners : -

"Abbey is eating well has found and used the litter tray, has located her bedding on the armchair as well as trying out other locations.  She uses the scratching post and has had a thorough search of our downstairs area.   The search included not only floor level but scaling all furniture (no problem for us). She has also been playing with the peacock feather that we brought home with her as well as a mouse and two balls which we had at home.

Dreamies (not too many) have played a part in the settling in process but she really is a lovely girl and a 'bit of a character'. We are allowing her to approach us and her progress only over a couple of days shows great spirit and courage on her part.

A few days later there was more good news : -
She has continued to settle in and is now familiar with the whole house.  She went upstairs for the first time on Saturday morning and has thoroughly explored it.  She particularly enjoys running up the flights of stairs and jumping onto the window sills in the bedrooms to watch the world from a height   Having determined for herself that she is the only occupant (other than the two of us), Abbey seems to recognise the house as her territory.

She climbs across us in bed to jump onto the window sill at night.    She clearly isn't worried by us in any way (no running away and hiding) although contact is on her terms.”

Abbey has been allowed to settle in at her own pace – very important when a cat is being introduced to a new environment - and is making excellent progress.   We are so pleased that this gentle cat has found the loving home she so deserves.

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