Can these green eyes purr-suade you to adopt?

PUBLISHED: 14:47 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 November 2017

Left: Toby and Barney. Right: Bella. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.

Left: Toby and Barney. Right: Bella. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.


Three unfortunate felines have spent months at an animal rescue centre near Potters Bar, apparently unable to charm members of the public into taking them home.

Toby and Barney. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.Toby and Barney. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.

Staff at the Southridge Centre are pawsitively perplexed as to why tabby brothers Toby and Barney, and tortoiseshell Bella haven’t been chosen yet, after waiting for a year and a half.

Toby and Barney, who are approximately seven years old, are looking for an ideal home that together they can call their own.

Despite going to a new home temporarily just after Christmas last year, poor Toby had a set back and became poorly, and even though Barney had started to settle really well, they were sadly both returned.

Lisa Obertelli, animal care assistant at RSPCA Southridge, said: “When these beautiful boys first arrived at Southridge, it was clear they hadn’t had much interaction with people, as they were semi-feral and very hard to handle.

Bella. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.Bella. Picture: RSPCA Southridge, Potters Bar.

“Now, they’re friendly and sweet, and they really do deserve to find a loving forever home where they can settle for good.

“They have a very strong ‘bromance’ between them, so we really want to keep them together.

“We are looking to find them an adult only home with someone experienced to let them come round at their own pace.

“Even though Toby will need a little more medication on and off through his lifetime, we hope that won’t put people off adopting him and Barney.

“They have so much love to give when the right home comes along.”

Toby and Barney are described as being nervous at first but both have a very gentle nature once they start to trust a person.

The pair love being groomed and get very attached to the volunteers they know well and even sit on their laps.

Also patiently waiting for her forever home at Southridge is Bella, a five-year-old cat who arrived into RSPCA care more than five months ago after her family sadly parted ways.

Bella was also suffering with an infection in her tail when she arrived, and had to have it partially amputated.

The feline is described as being a very friendly girl who loves a cuddle at times, but prefers it on her own terms.

Bella would like a quiet home with owners who would be around most of the time, where she can potter beside them and enjoy a fuss.

Lisa said: “It’s such a mystery why this lovely little cat is still looking for her home.

“Bella is nervous of young children and much prefers a calm, quiet home away from loud noises.

“She loves going outside and basking in the sunshine, as well as cosying up on a comfy bed in winter.

“Bella has a slow heart rate and a condition known as ‘mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy’ which is perhaps why she’s sadly been overlooked.

“This condition doesn’t affect her other than her requiring one ECG test at the vets each year as a check-up.

“If you have room in your home and heart for Bella, we’d really like to hear from you.

“We’d like nothing more than to see her go to a loving home where she will thrive.”

RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre located on Packhorse Lane Ridge, is open to the public every day except Wednesday.

Anyone wishing to meet Toby, Barney or Bella with a view to offering them a forever home can contact the staff by calling 0300 123 0704.

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