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Friday, July 23, 2021

A stray kitten spotted running between vehicles at a Sunderland bus station has been brought to safety and is ready to find a new home

Staff at the Go Northeast Bus Depot grew concerned for the wellbeing of a white-and-black cat who they had seen darting under buses and cars at the busy hub.

white-and-black cat in cat pen

Using food to entice him out, he proved easy to catch as he was so hungry. He was placed in an office until the end of the day, when an employee then took him home for the night.

Volunteers from our East Northumberland Branch were called in the next day and the moggy was taken in to care and aptly named Arriva.

white-and-black cat lying upside down on blue-and-white fleece blanket

“We are extremely grateful to the staff at Go Northeast for taking care of Arriva and calling us in to help,” said Branch Coordinator Sascha Dean, who has been fostering Arriva. “He is only about four or five months old and it would have been difficult to fend for himself. He was a little underweight but, thankfully, not in too bad condition and he has slowly been putting on weight.

“He’s a confident little boy who loves playing. Ping pong balls are his favourite. He is also an affectionate lap cat once playtime is over.”

After much care and attention, Arriva is now ready for a new home, having been neutered and microchipped, as well as receiving vaccinations and flea treatment.

white-and-black cat lying upside down on top of cat tree

“He is quite excitable and gets carried away easily so would be best suited to a home with no children or older children,” added Sascha. “He's very gentle but does believe hands are for playing with. He's only young so I'm sure he'll learn hands are not playthings.

“He seems to like dogs. When he sees our border collie in the garden through the pen window, he gets very excited, paws at the windows and chirps, so I think he has probably been around a friendly dog.”

Anyone interested in adopting Arriva can contact the East Northumberland adoption line on 07972 658 386 or email 

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