A CAT burglar named George has finally been captured after spending the winter sneaking through cat flaps, stealing food and sleeping uninvited on sofas.
Ginger George became quite famous in the Aspley area, leading residents a merry dance with his antics - usually spotted dashing out through cat flaps at dawn and shooting over fences with a stomach full of ill-gotten gains.
But George was a stray cat with a sorry tale to tell and now, thanks to Nottinghamshire charity Animal Accident Rescue Unit, which provides an ambulance service for sick, injured or vulnerable animals, he’s safely tucked up in a foster home awaiting a permanent new place to live.
Rovina Varley, a trustee of AARU, said: “George had been spotted out and about since he was a small kitten and was quite well known. He had been living with a couple in a block of flats, but they moved house and left George behind to fend for himself on the streets. An elderly couple offered to care for him but soon lost interest.
“As the weather grew worse, he became increasingly cold and desperate and began to break in through locked cat flaps”.
“One lady made a shelter for him in her shed. She didn’t really want him in the house as she had four cats of her own, and George was bullying one of them, but he kept breaking in anyway, stealing their food and sleeping on the sofa!”
So AARU was called and George’s burglar days are now over. He’s been given a thorough going-over at the vets, is in fine fettle and ready for a new home where he doesn’t have to resort to violence to be fed! He’s even made friends with the other cats at the foster home, turning his back on his desperate street survival ways.
His case is typical of the hundreds dealt with each year by AARU right across the county - rescues of vulnerable strays, domestic and wild animals and birds hurt in accidents on the region’s roads, ill-treated pets, the list is endless.
Rescued animals and birds are housed in the homes of dedicated volunteers across Nottinghamshire where they are cared for until they can be considered well enough for rehoming. AARU funds the veterinary treatment of the stray animals it rescues.
Robina Varley said: “We are always incredibly busy and we could not offer the service that we do without the support of our dedicated team of volunteers.
“But we need more drivers - it would make a massive difference to our service as drivers are the key to our entire operation. Without them we can’t respond to every call and animals like George would still be freezing and suffering on the streets.
“If we could attract more drivers to do just three hours every week or so, we would be able to fulfil our promise of a 9am-11pm service, seven days a week. Our aim for 2006 is to provide driver cover on four shifts a day, that’s just 28 drivers a week, from any area in Nottinghamshire. To achieve that would be fantastic”.
To become a volunteer driver or offer assistance with the rescue work, contact Animal Accident Rescue Unit on 0115 9321 555.