A stowaway cat that survived a gruelling journey of more than 2,000 miles from Israel to the UK has found a new home thanks to leading feline welfare charity Cats Protection.
Globetrotting cat Ziggy finally sets down his paws in the UK
Last November, four-year-old stray cat Ziggy – named after the David Bowie character Ziggy Stardust because he has one blue eye and one green eye – was found, bedraggled and terrified, inside a goods container that had been transported from the Israeli port of Haifa to Whitworth, Lancashire – a journey that lasted 17 days. He’d only survived by lapping up moisture from the container’s walls.
After an initial rescue by the RSPCA and Lancashire County Council, Ziggy spent the next six months in quarantine, with the costs being met by Cats Protection. The charity’s St Helen’s Adoption Centre in Merseyside then looked after the travel-weary cat and has since found him a loving new home with Sheila and Joseph Bujak, a retired couple from Over Wyre, near Preesall, Blackpool.
Sheila said “We had been thinking about adopting a pet ever since our cat, Skip, died. After seeing Ziggy on BBC1 Look North we contacted Cats Protection to offer him a home. Due to his experiences Ziggy was extremely nervous but thankfully we were able to offer him the quiet home and peaceful environment that he needed.
When we got him home he was very cautious, hiding in his igloo bed during the day and only coming out at night to explore his new surroundings. However, as the weeks have passed he’s grown in confidence – now he jumps up onto my lap wanting to be cuddled or groomed! After all his adventures I think he’s just happy to have put his paws on firm ground!”
Susan Hoyle, Manager of St Helen’s Adoption Centre said: “I am delighted to see that Ziggy’s long journey has come to an end. His experiences had left him weary and skittish, so it’s great to see him flourishing in his new environment and showing what a friendly fellow he is at heart!”
Cats Protection’s St Helens Adoption Centre is part of the charity’s national network of 29 Adoption Centres and 261 volunteer-Branches that together find homes for around 60,000 cats per year. The charity’s vision is to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and understanding of its needs.