RESCUED: the pets our readers fell in love with

PUBLISHED: 14:21 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

OVER the past year our big-hearted readers have taken in rescue pets following our weekly Help a Pet appeal in the Times. In the four years

OVER the past year our big-hearted readers have taken in rescue pets following our weekly Help a Pet appeal in the Times.

In the four years that the Kentish Times Newspapers series has been running appeals for animal rescue group Anim-Mates, hundreds of readers have opened up their homes to unwanted pets.

Sue Clayton, 56, of Priestlands Park Road, Sidcup, spotted an elderly cat, Becky, in the Times in October.

For some time she had wanted to adopt a tortoiseshell rescue cat.

She said: "We fell in love with her straight away. We wanted to get a rescue cat. We didn't want a kitten as we wanted it to be house-trained. My husband is not very well so didn't want a kitten running around.

"She is lovely. She settled in straight away. Not knowing how old they are is the only problem with rescue cats."

Last week Becky had to spend a few days at the vets because of a stomach upset. She was put on a drip in a bid to rehydrate her.

Mrs Clayton said: "It is funny how quickly she became part of the family."

Kittens Pepsi and Fizz, described as Atomic Kittens in the Bromley Times, have brought much joy to readers Cath and Jim McLaren, from Beckenham.

In May this year, Dawn Shuttlewood, 42, from Northfleet, saw an appeal in the Gravesend Reporter seeking a home for Amy, a Staffie puppy. Days later, following a successful home check, the mother-of-two adopted the one-year-old dog.

She said: "She's an absolute diamond.

"She has given Tag, my 13-year-old dog, a new lease of life. We wanted a rescue dog and had often read about Anim-Mates animals in the paper.

"My eldest son Kai, 7, wanted another dog he could take on long walks as Tag gets tired easily. Once he has gone round the block he is ready to come home. People shouldn't be put off by rescue dogs. They are lovely dogs that want a home. The rescue centre will not place dangerous dogs in a home. Amy settled in very well. She bonds easily with people."

Bernadette Roberts, who took in guinea pigs Rolo and Benny through the newspaper, said: "I would never buy a pet from a shop while there are rescue animals waiting for new homes."

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