Deaf cat found on remote road

Barry the deaf cat
Barry the deaf cat

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a thin, deaf cat was found on a country road near Castle Kennedy, Stranraer.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Monday afternoon, 12 August, when a lorry driver spotted the male cat sitting in the middle of the road. The cat did not move until the lorry was right next to him but when the driver got out he darted off into bushes.

Animal Rescue Officer Tracy Cannon managed to coax the frightened puss out of hiding and took him to a local vet for examination where he was found to be very thin but otherwise unharmed.

The all-white cat has been named Barry and is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s animal rescue and rehoming centre at Dunragit Kennels,

Stranraer.

Centre Manager Peter Baker said, “Barry is most definitely deaf which indicates that he is unlikely to have spent much time outdoors and would have been at high risk of being run over.

“It may be that Barry has escaped from home and has been straying for some time but we also have to consider the possibility that he could have been abandoned, particularly given the remoteness of the location

where he was found.

“Anyone who recognises Barry is encouraged to call our Animal Helpline

on 03000 999 999.

“Meanwhile, we’ll give Barry all the care and attention he needs in as he joins our 18 other rescued cats who are waiting for someone to offer them a loving new home.

“We have four pairs of cats, including Pickle and Pepper who have spent almost a year in our care and Jet, a very loving black cat, who has spent 10 months without a home.

“We’d encourage anyone thinking about taking on a new cat to come along

to the centre and meet some of the fantastic felines in our care. We have some wonderful characters each deserving of a permanent home with a loving owner.”

Dunragit Kennels is open to the public seven days a week between 9.30am and 1pm.