Loving homes would give happy ending to cat story
WILL these cute moggies ever find their purr-fect ending?
Kath Sparks, who runs a cattery near Bugle, says all she wants is to honour a vow she made to the cats' elderly owner before she died.
Maisie Barker-Moore, 93, passed away just before Christmas shortly before she was due to have a hip replacement.
She loved her animals so much that she was buried with a photograph of them.
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Pictured are four of the cats who are still looking for someone to love them.
But originally they were a family of eight cats who were brought in by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), back in January 2010, when Mrs Barker-Moore fell ill, collapsed and was taken to hospital.
She had been so ill she had been unable to care for the cats which were in such bad health that two died.
Although she never wanted to give her "babies" up permanently, a series of sad situations meant Mrs Barker-Moore was never properly reunited with her cats.
First – while the widow was in hospital – callous thieves broke in and ransacked her Penwithick home and stole copper and caused flooding.
Mrs Sparks said: "The house was then condemned as not fit to live in. It took about a year for the insurance to pay the money so that she could get the house fixed. All the while she was living with her sister in Luxulyan and the cats were living with us."
Mrs Barker-Moore then found herself caring for her sister until she went into a nursing home.
By the time she was relinquished of her caring for her sister Mrs Barker-Moore needed a hip replacement.
Mrs Sparks said: "Eventually she had a date for her hip replacement and she went in to hospital for an appointment prior to the operation and a couple of days later she died.
"I promised to look after the cats. They were her babies. They were what she lived for. She wanted to go back into her home with her cats but it was never to be."
Right up to her death Mrs Barker-Moor would visit her pets once a month.
"She'd say the highlight of her month was to sit with her cats. If we could find them a loving home I know that she would be happy."
Two of the cats have already been rehomed but four remain.
If you could give Ninky-Noo, a grey and white long-haired male, Meg, the matriarch who is also grey and white, and the two younger females Snowy and Crystal, a home call 01208 831291.