Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by Pets Feed
The UK’s oldest feline siblings will be welcomed in at the age of 21, after a massive social media campaign to find them new homes. The beautiful black cats, named Nikita and Leon, have been inseparable all their lives, but have sadly been handed over to the RSPCA in Northamptonshire.
Nikita and Leon lived a normal life with a family, but were handed over to the association because their relatives apparently did not want to take care of them.
Because of this, the RSPCA launched an internet campaign to find them a home, and hundreds of adoption offers appeared.
Older feline brothers will be accommodated
The organization wrote in a post:
“Poor Leon and Nikita ended up in our care at the age of 21. They are related siblings and have been transferred for relocation…”
Generally speaking, both are in good health, but Nikita has just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, requiring urgent medical treatment. Nikita is to be evaluated with blood tests in the next few weeks as vets need to know if he is responding favorably to the drug.
Due to their advanced age, the staff of the association wants these adorable cats to find their new homes as soon as possible. Leon and Nikita are actually a very affectionate pair of kittens, who love having their chin tickled and the company of humans.
The organization commented:
“They are looking for very quiet accommodation, preferably without children.”
According to research, these two cute felines are the oldest living cat siblings in the UK known to date.
Although they are generally healthy, they need a home where they can safely spend the last years of their lives.
After leading the adoption campaign on social media, the organization received more than 100 applications from around the world.
Julie Clifft, member of the RSPCA Northamptonshire Adoption Team, said:
“It’s been crazy. We’ve had over 100 requests for them from all over America, Cornwall and Cumbria.”
Nikita is stable but needs to be close to her vets for checkups. The initial idea of the shelter volunteers was for them to be adopted near the neighborhood, but it seems that several people did not see this suggestion.
The organization commented:
“We really wanted to keep them together in Northamptonshire and we’re delighted it was possible.”
After reviewing various adoption requests, the animal shelter took it upon themselves to choose the best option to be delivered to their new home. The cats became popular after the publication, thus they managed to steal the hearts of many people.
Although the initial goal was to be adopted by someone, the organization’s volunteers did not expect to receive hundreds of applications.
Luckily for all of them, that was the case, and within days they were able to get options for the perfect home for these adorable older feline brothers.
The organization said:
“It’s great because even though they are old, we never stopped helping an animal and they deserved a new home.”
Thanks to the caring hearts of people and the intense adoption campaign, these two cats will be able to enjoy the last years of their lives in a comfortable home.
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