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RSPCA: Balboa's time as a street stray is over thanks to Downs Mail

Friday 30th April 2021

BALBOA, a five -year-old bruiser of a moggie, who has spent most of his life on Maidstone’s meaner streets, has found himself a comfy new home thanks to Downs Mail.

We featured the 8lb cat with his scars and “wonky” ears last month because he was the longest resident in the care of the RSPCA at Leybourne.

And hours after appearing on Daily Downs Mail, Balboa received an offer the staff at the rescue centre could not refuse.

Although it is  believed he lived most of his life on the streets, he has responded well to love and care he has re=ceived at the RSPCA and his carers are sure he can fit into a peaceful home environment.

Staff were delighted Balboa, named after the boxer made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky series of Hollywood movies, found a suitable home so quickly

Cattery supervisor Sarah Clarkson said: “We’re happy to say Balboa has provisionally been found a new home after his new owners saw the Downs Mail piece.

“He’s such a striking looking cat with his long nose and wonky ears, I’m surprised he hadn’t been snapped up before. He is a really big cat and was wary at first but now we have gained his trust he loves a fuss and a cuddle.

“He likes being around people, we let him out in the cattery and he trots up and down accompanying us as we are topping up cats water bowls.

“Balboa is an independent cat, he likes affection on his terms and would need plenty of access to outdoor space. Given Balboa's curious nature and intensity around people, we felt he’d thrive in a loving home as the only pet and with older children.”

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the centre is only able to rehome locally.