Good News Roundup - Friday 10th July

10 JULY 2020

In these uncertain times, we’re sharing our weekly round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond. We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

Deaf and wobbly kitten defies the odds to find her happy ending

Kara the wobbly kitten

Kara, a deaf kitten that wobbles when she walks, has overcome all obstacles and found a loving home thanks to Battersea’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Now four months old, the unusual young cat was born in the home of a Battersea foster carer, after her heavily pregnant mum was brought to Battersea back in February. A few days after her birth Kara’s carers noticed there was something a little bit different about her, including the way she moved and an adorable but strange habit of walking backwards when she was startled or confused.

The tiny kitten was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, an incurable neurological condition that causes her head and body to involuntarily twitch. After close monitoring over several weeks, Kara’s foster carers and vets started to suspect she might also be deaf. Despite all of this, Kara is in no pain and vets expect her to live a full, happy life.

Georgia Randall, Team Leader at Battersea’s Old Windsor Cattery, said; “All of the cats we see here at Battersea are wonderful in their own unique ways, but there is something extra special about cats like Kara. As anyone who has met her will tell you, she’s taken everything in her stride and has become a little livewire that loves to play all day, every day. It’s truly a joy to see and I know she’s going to be an amazing addition to her new family.

“Watching her defy the odds and exceed our expectations for such a young cat with her health limitations, truly proves that even the smallest of underdogs can be top cats.” Battersea needs support from the public to continue to be here for vulnerable animals like Kara. To make a donation please visit

The Canterbury Tails

Tiger the cat and the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis

Earlier this week The Evening Standard reported on a quick-thinking cat that was caught on camera sneaking a drink during a broadcast of Canterbury Cathedral’s online prayer service.

Tiger is one of four cats who lives with the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, and is the second of the troupe to steal the limelight. His companion Leo shot to fame a few weeks ago after disappearing into Dr Willis’ vestments during another online service.

In the video Tiger the cat is seen leaping onto the table without a care in the world, lapping up the liquid with a paw.

Head to the Evening Standard website to watch the charming video in full.

Sharky has fin-ally found a home

Sharky being delivered to his new family

One-year-old collie Sharky has finally migrated home this week after being with us for 164 days. After spending time with staff at both our London and Brands Hatch centres as well as some of our brilliant foster carers, the sprightly pup was eager to meet his new family and friends. We’re told he hopped straight into the back of their car and stuck his head out of the window as staff from our Brands Hatch Centre waved him off with a smile.

His new family have sent word that they’ve completely fallen in love with him (of course!) and that he’s doing really well in his new home. A huge well done to all the staff who worked tirelessly to find Sharky the loving new home he deserves and we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it will be plain sailing from here.


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