Stowaway cat found at Portsmouth docks

Laurie, who was found in the back of a goods lorry that had travelled to the UK from France''Picture: Purbeck Paws/Cats Protection/Community Newswire.
Laurie, who was found in the back of a goods lorry that had travelled to the UK from France''Picture: Purbeck Paws/Cats Protection/Community Newswire.

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A black cat found as a stowaway on board a goods lorry in Portsmouth is looking for a change of luck in the form of a new home.

Five-month-old Laurie is currently in the care of Cats Protection’s Ferndown Homing Centre in Dorset after being found in the back of a lorry that had travelled from France to Portsmouth International Ferryport.

When he was found, Laurie was extremely thin and dehydrated. Another black kitten was found dead next to him.

Donna Ward, manager of Ferndown Homing Centre, said: “A local quarantine, Eyersdown Farm Kennels and Cattery, rushed Laurie to the vets. He was at death’s door and things weren’t looking good for him.

“At just a week old he had to be hand reared and required a lot of round-the-clock care, but fortunately, he responded very well to treatment and, after a few months stay in quarantine at Eyersdown, he was brought to our centre for homing.

“He’s a lively little character and we’re hoping to find him a home in the Dorset area. He would be best suited to a home without young children.

“He has an air of mystery about him because we don’t know how far he had travelled in the van or where in France he had come from but we’re hoping he can finally put his paws on firm ground in the form of a new home.”

Black and black-and-white cats make up around half of all cats in Cats Protection’s care and wait around a week longer to find a home than the average cat.

To find out more about adopting Laurie, call 03000 12 12 12.