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Mum and kittens abandoned in house as owner leaves UK during COVID-19 outbreak

Safe at last

Oak Tree Animals’ Charity received a phone call from a worried landlord this week as she had been contacted by her tenant from the airport as he boarded a plane to return home to Europe to be with family during the Covid-19 crisis. He informed her he had vacated the property and left his cat with her kittens in the property with food and water.

When the Oak Tree team, arrived they found a young female cat with 3 kittens aged about 2½ weeks old. They took them back to Oak Tree Farm, Wetheral to check them over and have a full vet check. Fortunately mum and kits were healthy and doing well.

The family will be looked after by the charity using foster care support until the kittens are weaned. Foster care will be used to ensure the young kittens become used to living in a home environment and will grow into confident cats in adulthood. After they reach 8 weeks old, when they are ready, and the current Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted they will be rehomed to loving families by the Charity.

A vet check to make sure that everything is okay

Caroline Johnson, General Manager of Oak Tree said: “Oak Tree’s services are never more needed by our community than in these times of difficulty. We would ask individuals who are experiencing difficulties with their pets at this time to contact Oak Tree for advice and support and to fully consider the effect of their decisions on the welfare of their pets. In this case, the landlord was quickly able to contact our team which ensured this feline family were safe and remained healthy, however, this could have had a truly horrific outcome. Due to the generosity of our supporters, our team were here to respond and ensure that this tale will have a happy ending.”

“Charities like Oak Tree are seeing increased demand for our help while our funding sources get ever smaller as our charity shops and tearoom have had to close and fundraising events have had to be cancelled, but our outgoings remain. We would really like to thank our amazing community for getting behind us and donating to help ensure we are able to continue to help the animals in our region.”

For more information about Oak Tree Animals’ Charity, it’s work and how you can help please visit

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