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3rd December 2019

Two unlucky felines are in need of new homes in time for the festive season, having each been given up twice already.

White and tabby cat Popsy facing forwardsPopsy and Betsy are currently being cared for at Cats Protection’s Tyneside Adoption Centre after their initial adoptions didn’t work out.

The charity is keen for them to be adopted before Christmas so they can start the New Year in their forever homes.

Handsome tabby-and-white Popsy first came in to care in May and was adopted in September but returned soon after. He is a striking and intelligent young cat who loves to explore, but can get a little over-excitable when playing. It’s possible he may have been encouraged to play with hands as a kitten.

He would, therefore, be best suited to an adult-only home with plenty of outdoor space and an experienced cat owner who will help him expend his excess energy through more appropriate play. In return he will offer plenty of affection and face bumps to his new owner.

Black and white cat Betsy looking directly into the cameraBlack-and-white Betsy originally came into care in February when her owner passed away. She was adopted in April but found it hard to settle with the children in her new home, despite her adopter’s best efforts, and came back into care in October.

She is a sweet and chatty girl who loves a lap but it is now clear that she needs a quiet home where she can settle in at her own pace. She has also put on a bit of weight and will need a little help getting back into shape.

“Obviously all the cats at the centre are deserving of loving new homes, but we’d particularly love people to consider giving Betsy or Popsy a chance after all they’ve been through this year,” said Senior Cat Care Assistant Kezzie Paxton.

“They’re both lovely cats and with a bit of TLC and understanding they will make a fantastic addition to the right household.”

This year Cats Protection’s Cat Care Assistant roles, like Kezzie’s, are being funded thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who have raised £486 million to-date for charities and good causes.

Anyone interested in adopting either Popsy or Betsy can contact Cats Protection’s Tyneside Adoption Centre on 0191 653 1052 or email

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For more information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office by emailing or phone 01825 741 911.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats and kittens each year.
  2. Cats Protection’s Tyneside Adoption Centre is part of a national network of around 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres.
  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at

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