A kitten found in a bin store with two broken legs has started a new life across the channel after being rehomed there by the RSPCA.
Monty the kitten was discovered cowering in the communal bin shed at a housing estate in Archway, north London by a woman who called the RSPCA and rushed him to Harmsworth Animal Hospital.
X-rays revealed the tiny kitten had a fractured pelvis, toe injuries and had both his back legs were broken. RSPCA vet Cat Wood operated to carefully pin the broken bones back together in painstaking surgery.
The tiny kitten, who weighed less than 4lbs, needed two weeks intensive care at the animal hospital before he was strong enough to be looked after by a foster carer, a student at the Royal Veterinary College.
Fellow RVC student, Kathryn Turner, spotted the tabby kitten and knew he would be a purrrrrfect match for her retired grandparents who moved to central France in 2003 and sadly lost their two Burmese cats to old age in recent years.
She said: “My grandparents wanted a cat, when I saw Toby (now called Monty) I knew he was perfect for them. I FaceTimed her on my iPad, that was the first time she got to see him and she was so happy. She fell in love with him straight away.
“My nan is an animal nut. She became ridiculously attached to him. There was lots of FaceTime and I had to send photos of him over to her.
“It was definitely a long-distance love affair.”
Kathryn’s grandmother Maureen Raffell (pictured outside her house) said: “It was love at first sight. Katy asked us if we would like to rehome him if the RSPCA would allow us to bring him to France.
“We were a little surprised they allowed him to come, but they were quite thorough in their questions.”
Thecouple and Kathryn both completed a rehoming form in the usual way and instead of a home visit Maureen and her husband sent photographs of their home, in a former hotel in the picturesque village of Echandelys, about 300 miles south of Paris (pictured).echandelys village.jpg
Georgina Holding, a rehoming and fostering coordinator at RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre, said: “I’ve never heard of an RSPCA cat being rehomed to France before, so Monty is a bit of a first. We were a bit surprised when Kathryn first mentioned the idea but we made it happen.
“Maureen and Dennis sent lots of information about their home and their village and they sent over some lovely photos of where they live.
“They are experienced cat owners so knew what they were letting themselves in for and we were confident that, being a veterinary student, Kathryn could get Monty to France safely.”
Kathryn officially adopted Monty in October last year before transferring ownership over to her grandmother. She made the 600 mile trip from Haywards Heath in West Sussex to her grandparent’s home at Christmas taking Monty with her by car.
She said: “Monty was a brilliant passenger. He was perfectly happy, it looked like it was a journey he made all the time.
“There were a few tears of joy when we arrived and Monty made himself straight at home. He’s settled in so well.”
Maureen said Monty has settled in well and loves nothing more than tuna dinners and being brushed.image1.jpeg
She said: “He comes when I call him in to go to sleep and he curls up on the end of our bed, he has been known to sneak under the covers.
“He has settled in wonderfully. The other cats in the village are probably trying to teach him French. We absolutely adore him.”
Monty’s operation and hospital care in August last year cost almost £1,500. To donate to the RSPCA’s vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3