Will Cubby find his buddy?

An unlucky black cat is looking for a home after arriving into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Lovely Cubby Bear is all the more special considering his sad tale and the hardship he has suffered in his relatively short cat life, which has now left him without a tail to curl next to.  

The 5-year-old black Domestic Short-hair came into the world-renowned rescue centre in London late in 2016 as a stray with no one coming to claim sweet Cubby. It was clear to see that he had been previously neglected. He was walking with an external fixator still attached to his leg from a previous veterinary procedure which should have been removed, and he was obviously in some pain from his damaged tail. 

During the routine vet check at Battersea, the Veterinary staff were able to remove the fixator, but had no choice but to amputate poor Cubby’s tail as it was too badly damaged, which was causing him distress. 

Despite all this, Cubby is still the most affectionate cat, putting all his faith and trust in his human friends. Cubby has no reservations greeting people by leaping up into their arms and going in for a big bear hug – even with no tail and a buster collar on! 

Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea, said: “Cubby Bear is the most affectionate cuddly cat we’ve had, even more amazing after the trauma he has suffered. We’re so glad he’s made a full recovery and ready to live a painless life with new owners who will enjoy his cuddles just as much as we have in the London cattery! We hope he finds the happy ending he deserves.”

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Notes to editors  

  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea has three sites – in London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk. 
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