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Rescue shelter organises birthday party for a special cat but no one comes

Cat at rescue shelter cat-sad
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Imagine no one turning up to your birthday party. That's what happened to poor Monique the moggy who still needs a new home after no one came to celebrate her birthday.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 04/03/2020, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32

Little Monique is a pretty two-year-old feline who has been a resident of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for over 115 days.

Staff decided to organise Monique a party to celebrate her birthday, which also fell on Valentine's Day.

Wishing for a purrfect home

Everyone hoped it would be the chance for Monique to find her perfect match and the loving family she deserves. Staff decorated her pen and gave her some toys. But the only gift Monique wanted was a new home.

Shelter staff spread the word about the party to generate interest. But despite all their efforts, not one person came.


Staff suspect that people are put off adopting Monique because she has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+). While it's likely she will still lead a long and healthy life, it does mean that any new owner must ensure their garden is secure so Monique doesn't have contact with other cats.

Shelter staff describe Monique as a loving and gentle soul who loves to be around people. They urge cat lovers not to be put off by her FIV+ diagnosis and instead come and meet Monique and see just what a friendly feline she is.

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