Could you provide a home for a cat from a former animal testing facility?

 Re-homed cat Holly with her new owner

A CAT adoption charity is looking for new owners for more than 100 cats from a former animal testing facility in the Republic.

Cats Protection's Belfast Adoption Centre took in 140 cats transferred from the facility by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).

So far, 24 cats have been successfully re-homed but more than 100 need new owners.

The charity's Northern Ireland development manager, Siobhan McHaffie, said it was the first time it had been asked to re-home such a large number of cats from one place.

She said the charity was confident it could find new owners for all the cats, which have been checked by a vet, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and given worm and flea treatments.

"The cats which have already been re-homed have settled into normal life extremely well," she said.

"As they are adult cats which have never been outdoors, many of them will require indoor-only homes, though we are happy to discuss this on an individual basis with prospective adopters."

Barry Platt, whose family has adopted one of the cats, Holly, said she had already become best friends with his four-year-old daughter.

"All in all, she is a very good pet and probably the most people-friendly cat I have ever come across, her whole demeanour would make you think she was making up for lost time," he said.

Anyone interested in re-homing one of these cats should contact the Belfast Adoption Centre on 02890 480202 or

Mischa, one of the cats from a former animal testing facility in the Republic which have re-homed by a Belfast charity


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