Meet Flash, Britain's loneliest cat who is facing his third Christmas in care

Can you help a lonely cat finally find a home for Christmas?

Flash, a five-year-old black and white cat, was rescued in May 2019 as part of an RSPCA investigation.

Staff at Felledge Animal Centre, County Durham, have been looking after Flash ever since his rescue, meaning he has spent two Christmases in the shelter without a forever home – and now faces a third, as he hasn’t received a single rehoming application.

Catherine Neasham, Felledge cattery supervisor, said: ‘When Flash came into our care he was severely emaciated and very under-socialised.

‘He’s spent almost four years with us and the team all think the world of him. He’s super friendly and very cheeky, but we love to spend time with him.

‘Although we adore him, we were thrilled when his case concluded earlier this year and we were able to put him up for adoption in November.

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‘However, he’s had no interest and we’ve not received a single application to give him a home which is heartbreaking.

‘We had hoped that after spending so many Christmases with us, he’d finally get a chance to spend this Christmas in a wonderful home surrounded by love and affection but, sadly, we’re running out of time to make his wish come true.’

As well as being adorable, Flash is very friendly and enjoys the company of people, even with the impact of his previous life experiences.

He’s in need of experienced cat owners to help him settle in.

Owners will need to give him time to understand that he will be fed regularly and he doesn’t need to worry about stealing food.

He can sometimes be overstimulated so will need a home without young children and with owners who can give him his space while he adjusts after spending so long in the cattery.

He’d like to be the only pet in the home.

Those caring for Flash don’t believe he’s ever been outside before – but he loves to explore, so it would be ideal if he had a garden to play in, away from any busy roads as he isn’t very streetwise.

Catherine added: ‘While the festive season may be a time to join together with family and friends, many animals will be waiting patiently to find their new family in one of our rescue centres.

‘It will cost us £4,117 to run an animal centre for one day this winter and £1,250 to feed the animals in our care this December so we’re asking animal lovers to Join the Rescue this Christmas to make sure animals get the care they need this winter.’

Find out more about Flash on Find A Pet or contact the Felledge team on [email protected]

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