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Stories

Rescue encompasses a myriad of emotions. From fulfillment when a cat finds their perfect home, to sadness when there's bad news, warmth when a shy cat approaches you for the first time, or delight just watching their crazy antics.

Here are some of the stories shared with us by the forever families and foster carers of some of our cats.

Pumbaa (Fluffy)

Pumbaa

"We recently adopted Pumbaa (formerly Fluffy) after fostering him, his 2 Brothers and Sister. Meeko wasn't doing too well being an only cat, and to keep him happy so we could continue fostering, we decided we would adopt one of the kittens we were currently fostering.

"Fluffy was a shy little kitten in his previous foster home, but that all changed once he got to our house. My partner had a fondness for Fluffy, and even though I had a soft spot for him as well, I was going to adopt which ever kitten was left. After shutterpaws came to do the kittens photo shoot, and their pictures went up on IFR's Facebook page, I saw all the comments about Fluffy and was instantly jealous, I knew I couldn't let him go. So we adopted Fluffy and changed his name to Pumbaa (cos he's a little fatty who loves his food) and because it fits with my Disney animal names.

"Pumbaa loves his toys, teasing the dogs, snuggles in bed, and to rough and tumble with the other cats in the house. He is currently obsessed with the toilet and the shower.

"I call Pumbaa, 'Pumbii', and my daughter calls him 'Punkaa', his other nicknames include 'little fatty' and 'stop that'!

"Pumbaa has completed our family and made a perfect companion for Meeko, allowing us to continue fostering."

Prince (Rubeus)

Prince

Prince (then known as Rubeus) arrived in the pound absolutely frozen with fear - so much so that he couldn’t be touched! Thankfully, this turned out to be just fear, because he quickly ‘defrosted’ and began to accept pats and snuggles from his foster family.

From Prince's adopter:

"I discovered Impound Felone Rescue on Facebook one night and looked at all the beautiful pics of about 20 cats listed on their page. I enquired about one cat and was invited to visit him at his foster home. At the Foster home a big white & black fluffy male cat, ‘Reubus,’ came straight up to me and wouldn’t leave my side. I knew then I had been adopted! I brought him home, and he looked confused and sad for a few days.

"I knew his new name was 'Prince,' he looked so regal to me. Prince is the most affectionate cat I’ve ever been loved by, we bonded so strongly. His purr sounds like a V8 engine rumbling. He loves; food, food ...and food, fresh air, getting brushed, hugs, games, kisses and ...did I say, food? Prince chose me, and I’ve been blessed with his unconditional love every day since!

"Adopting him was the BEST decision I’ve made in years!"

From Prince's adopter, Margit

Athena & Apollo (Harlee & Quinn)

Athena & Apollo

"While browsing Facebook, I saw a photo of these two shy little kittens looking for their forever homes; a beautiful calico girl 'Harlee', and her sweet white-and-tabby brother, 'Qiunn'.

"They were about 5 months old - the same age as our kitten, Balor, who's playfulness was already overwhelming our other cat. We knew we needed to find a friend for him with energy to match, then we found these two!

"They had a sad backstory - they were much smaller than normal for their age, likely due to past neglect, and were poorly socialised. In addition, they had a few minor medical issues which needed to be resolved before they could be adopted.

"It took weeks of careful introductions, isolating the new kittens in a spare room, before everyone had adjusted enough to interact safely. Meanwhile, we had to catch them several times a day to medicate them!

"We renamed Harlee 'Athena' and Quinn 'Apollo' because we felt it matched their personalities (and our theme of mythological naming).

"Athena adored Balor from the beginning, following him everywhere and showering him with affection. Apollo took a while to stop growling at his new brother, but these days he is often found sleeping on TOP of Balor! Our 'three musketeers' as we call them are always getting into trouble together, when they aren't sleeping in a pile or forming a 'grooming triangle'. Our other cat, Gremory, finally plays chasey with Apollo and is steadily being won over by Athena's sweet nature.

"I call Apollo my 'sugar-cube', because he can be so over-indulgently sweet! He'll follow me around to rub his cheeks on my face until I get sick of it!

"We call Athena our marching band, or our bunny. She has a musical meow and she'll walk around the house singing at dust motes and flying insects. Then when she's kneading the blanket in the morning, she moves her paws so fast it's like she's marching on the spot! And when you pick her up, she curls up and tucks her legs in, looking something like a bunny (with short ears).

"They are a work in progress, but these cats mean so much to us and we'd do anything to give them the very best."

From Athena & Apollo's adopters, Jeanette & Darcy

Link

Link

"Finally, after constantly nagging for a second cat, my partner said yes! So I jumped on that and started searching the internet for our next kitty companion. Link's picture was one of the first I saw and I knew he was the one from the get go! After hours of browsing, I kept going back and just knew it had to be him. He’s now spoilt rotten and purrs super loud if you even look in his direction. I still can’t walk past him 2 years later without obsessing at his cuteness. He goes by the names 'Monkey', 'Monster' or 'Little Buddy', he’s not too fazed, as long as the tap gets turned on for drinks, the biscuit bowl is always filled, and he gets treats when he jumps on the laundry bench.

"He is a character, one of a kind, and more than just a cat in our family.

"Thank you IFR for saving my little monster from the streets and giving him a second chance at life."

Nellie (Penelope)

Nellie

Penelope was nicknamed 'Eyebrows' when first in the pound, due to her unique facial markings. She arrived in foster care about to pop, and soon gave birth to five beautiful babies. The babies all found homes quickly, and it was Penelope’s turn next.

"My old cat died of old age in October 2017 (at the age of 20) and I really missed having a cat in the house. I work with the sister of Nellie's foster carer, and she suggested I adopt one of the cats in her care. I chose Nellie because she was being a bit picked on by a couple of the other foster cats in the house, and I felt sorry for her. We thought being an only pet might suit her better.

"After a shy start, she has loved being an only 'child'! She was very fearful of my large 16 y.o son to start with, but she’s warmed to him now and loves to rub up against him and purr. She is very affectionate and sweet, but also a complete sticky beak, wanting to get into everything to see what might be there.

"I have a friend called 'Penny', and so that’s why we changed Penelope's name to 'Nellie'. We call her 'Nosy Nellie' at times!"

Omen (Ebony)

Omen

"I first met Omen (formerly Ebony) when my best friend was fostering her. She hated everything and everyone and wasn't afraid to attack you for no reason. Since we adopted her, Omen has settled down a lot, although she will still attack if you touch her when she's not in the mood! She gives great stink-eye, and I just love having a grumpy cat!"

Aelin (Mistique)

Aelin

Aelin (then known as Mistique) arrived in the pound at just a year old, with three of her own young kittens. After she raised her babies to an adoption-ready age, it was her turn to find a forever family.

From Aelin's adopter:

"I found Aelin (formerly known as Mistique) when I chose to check out Cat Haven with my dad. When I noticed her, I instantly fell in love with her big eyes and gorgeous fluffy black coat!

"She was a bit timid at first, and very easily spooked by anyone who was not family, but she’s grown so much in her personality - and physically! She’s a bit loony and always running around like a crazy cat, but she’s my crazy cat and I love her for it.

"She’s made me so happy and she’s definitely my fur best friend. Whenever I’m home she pretty much spends all her time with me.

"She’s got a few nicknames, but Spooky is my favourite for her.

"All my friends when they see her make it their mission to point out how short her legs are. I just say they have freakishly tall cats!"

Meeko

Meeko

Meeko arrived in foster care almost a week after his two siblings (Bryce and Bronx), and went into foster with a different family.

From Meeko's adopter:

"I came across Meeko in the IFR carers page. He instantly caught my attention because he has a Disney name. I mentioned to my partner that Meeko would be the perfect cat for us. He contacted IFR to "foster to adopt" Meeko as a special birthday surprise for me.

"Meeko is a big mumma's boy. I'm the only one he will sleep with/near, and after being sent his pound photo with his giant pink nose, I like to call him 'Meeko the Red Nose Reincat', and quite often sing Christmas songs about him!

"You will often find Meeko sitting on the window sill or at the door at the front of the house, keeping an eye out for trouble - he's very protective of his house and gets agitated when he thinks something is wrong. He's like a furry little security system!"

Cindy

Cindy

"Hi, We have three male cats at home, who are all very loving and playful. I’m cat obsessed, as our cats have really comforted our family through some difficult times, and I really wanted to adopt a female cat. It’s easy to get a cute adorable kitten, but who takes the stray female mummy cats after a litters gone? We wanted a little mummy who’d had a tough time. Along came Cindy cat, beautiful dark coat and white paws. She was extremely timid, as she was originally a street cat and was mainly used to living in foster homes with other cats, so we knew she’d be okay with our three boys.

"When Cindy first came to us, she would hide under the furniture and only come out at night to eat and toilet. We didn’t see her for days at a time, but I knew her food was missing, as she was in her own room.

"It’s been a bit of a wait and see game with Cindy. We’ve treated her with love and patience. If anyone got to see her eat it was like spotting an exotic animal. She’s mainly stayed in her room. As the time has passed she has become friendly with our cats and started rubbing on them, she has one cat, Stormy, that she’s particularly attached to. They love to sit together, lick each other’s faces and look out the window. All the cats have accepted that Cindy’s a shy cat and they enjoy interaction with her when she wants to. Little by little with food treats, (Cindy loves chicken and bacon), she started rubbing on our legs when all the cats are being fed together. We couldn’t be happier. She now lets us pat her, although she’s still timid and ducks under furniture, when she’s had enough.

"Cindy came to us about 8 months ago, every day, we all spend some time patting her, recently we’ve had our biggest break through, the cat whisperer in our family, our son, has managed to get her to play with cat toys. She is so timid we never thought she would relax enough to play like a normal kitty. Today I had my best surprise I heard a tapping noise and discovered she was playing with a cat ball by herself.

"She has made huge progress, we are so happy with her, and with time look forward to her maybe just maybe sitting on one of our laps. We adore her and I’d like to say thank you to all the workers at Impound Feline Rescue for saving Cindy and the support they’ve given us. She’s a timid cat, but she’s sure been worth saving. It’s benefitted everyone in our home to have the perseverance and patience with a timid cat, and we’re sure glad we’ve given her a chance at a forever home.

"Karen & Cindy cat."

Percy Gordon

Percy Gordon

"I first saw Percy Gordon when my friend shared his story as she was taking him to an adoption day event. He was this handsome looking ginger boy, with a gloriously fluffy tail and a regal look about him.

"I fell in love then and there.

"When I heard that no one was interested in him, and had already been in two homes at seven months of age, I just had to meet him. Miraculously my partner agreed, we already had two cats, and so the meeting was set up. Even though he was a little nervous of his temporary surroundings, he was still friendly and affectionate.

"Since Mr Percy came along, I have a constant shadow who showers me with love and kisses, even reaching up to pat my face when he thinks I need the extra reassurance."

Kirk

Kirk

"When our beautiful dog of 18 years passed away, we needed a little time to heal.

"When we were ready we decided we wanted to get a cat, but because hubby is allergic (more to some cats than others), we wanted to foster first to see how it went.

"We found IFR and were offered Kirk. After a shaky start (hubby needing to get his medication right to deal with the fluff), Kirk cemented himself in our hearts and we made him ours permanently. He is now big brother to 2 dogs (Scoota and Rocky) and our family is complete. I might not be able to have hooman babies, but I sure have the cutest fur kids. They all love each other and life is good!"