Earlier that day, the Officer had been informed that one of their high-rise properties in Harpurhey had been abandoned. After inspecting it with a colleague, the Officer soon discovered that the previous occupant had sadly left their cat behind to fend for itself. The property had been left in some disrepair, and the food that the owner had left for the cat had run out. After making sure the cat had been fed, the Officer contacted me to see if there was any way I could help.
As you can imagine, I was extremely keen to help! However, there is no Cats Protection Volunteer Branch in Manchester, and therefore, we have no rehoming facilities in place to cater for abandoned or unwanted cats. So, after arriving at the Northwards Housing Association Office in Harpurhey and after getting more information about the situation, I soon learnt that the previous occupant had abandoned the property to move to Lincolnshire to start a new job, and had decided to leave his cat behind in the flat. After speaking to the RSPCA National Hotline, with whom I registered the abandonment with them, I contacted the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch, who despite being constantly inundated with abandoned and unwanted cats and other animals, immediately agreed to take the male cat into their care. In order to get the cat out of the property as soon as possible, the RSPCA National Hotline had granted me permission to pick the cat up and deliver it to the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch. A few moments later, I was on my way to the high-rise property, escorted by the Northwards Housing Officer, who had discovered the cat, and a Greater Manchester Police Officer.