London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 30, 2008 -- Betsy has attracted nearly 4,000 friends on United Cats â a feline social networking site (like Facebook but just for cats!) and her YouTube video has been viewed thousands of times, after London cat veterinarian Zeta Frasca of Kitten to Cat launched a campaign to find her owners.
Ms Frasca is also using the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of micro-chipping. âBetsy was micro-chipped so we really should have been able to track down her family. Unfortunately they moved house and did not update their details so we were unable to locate them. Eventually we had to give up the search and find a new home for herâ she said.
Despite her armies of helpers online it was an article in local newspaper the Richmond Informer describing Betsy as âold, homeless and [with] a tendency to lash out unexpectedlyâ that ultimately led to her re-homing.
After reading the article, a Kew resident decided to visit Betsy at Kitten to Cat and immediately fell in love with her.
âAfter my Missy died two years ago there were many reasons not to have another cat, but Betsy filled all the criteria,â she said.
For Betsy it was a match made in feline heaven. Betsyâs behavioral problems were a result of living on the streets and probably prolonged neglect, but these were seen as a challenge by her new owner who said âI was so blown away by her beauty, I was not concerned!â
She added âof course nothing is totally stress-free, especially re-homing an angry, neglected cat for the first time. We both had to work hard to get along, and Betsy worked even harder. During the first week, after a lot of biting and scratching, I was sitting in her room, feeling battered and bruised, nursing my sore hand, wondering where we were going to next, when she came up to me, and with every fiber of her being, looked up at me, locked her eyes meaningfully into mine, put out her paw and laid it on my hand, as if to say: âDonât be sad, Iâm not really that bad!â. This was a turning point.â
As well as thousands of people following her campaign online, Betsy has also captured the imagination of the local community. Local pet portrait artist, Sandra Palme, donated a painting of Betsy which now hangs in the clinic as a permanent reminder.
To read more about Betsyâs plight visit â¢ Her profile on United Cats: [http://www.unitedcats.com/cat/helpbetsy] â¢ Kitten to Cat YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/kittentocatlondon â¢ Betsyâs portrait by Sandra Palme: [http://www.finepetportraits.co.uk/BetsyCat.html]
About Kitten to Cat. Kitten to Cat opened in March 2008 and is Londonâs only cat only veterinary surgery. In addition to a cat friendly premises, Kitten to Cat, has cages and boarding facilities equipped with webcams so owners can check up on their loved onesâ progress. Kitten to Cat is located at 2978 Sandycombe Rd in Kew, Richmond in West London TW9 3LU. See: http://www.kittentocat.com