Two-year-old English Cocker Spaniel, Maisie, came to the rescue of an abandoned feline she discovered on her morning walk. The female cat had been abandoned in a pet carrier in the bushes at Wormwood Scrubs Park in North West London.

Maisie instantly alerted her owner, Pam, to the scene thanks to her persistent barking and her reluctance to move away until Pam investigated for herself. To her surprise, Pam discovered a carrier hidden away in the bushes with a frightened cat shut inside. A note on top explained that Lily was five years old and was now homeless, in need of care.

Pam says, “Maisie and I were walking through the trees in the park on our morning dog walk, when she suddenly stopped and started barking at some bushes. Usually Maisie barks when she wants a stick, so I got one for her but she just ignored it and carried on staring at the bushes and would not move – that was when I thought she must have found something.

“I felt shocked and tearful when I found Lily. Being an owner of two cats myself, I couldn’t believe that somebody could do that, and thought that her previous owner must have been in a desperate situation.”

Unlikely hero
Unlikely hero, Maisie

Fortunately, despite not having access to food and water, Lily appeared to be in good health. Maisie had found Lily just in time and was truly her unlikely hero.

Pam adds, “The cat carrier wasn’t clearly visible from the outside of the bushes, so if it wasn’t for Maisie, I don’t know how long Lily would have been left there.”

Pam took Lily home and provided her with warmth, food and the chance to get out of her carrier, before bringing her into The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, North West London. When she arrived the vet team were on hand to give her a full check-up and discovered that Lily had been microchipped, which said she was 11 years old, despite the note stating she was five, and unfortunately had the wrong contact details on the chip.

Animal Welfare Officer at The Mayhew Animal Home, Alisa Ford, says, “To dump a cat in her carrier without access to food, water or the chance to escape is an irresponsible thing to do. We are so glad that Maisie found Lily quickly, as it’s worrying to think what would have happened to her otherwise.

“At The Mayhew we help hundreds of people in crisis situations every year, and we wish that whoever had owned Lily had come to us or another cat shelter instead of abandoning her in the park. We encourage people who are having problems looking after their pet to get in contact with us so we can see what we can do to help; we do not judge anyone and are here to help the animal.”

Abandoned: Lily was found in a pet carrier with a note attached
Abandoned: Lily was found in a pet carrier with a note attached

Lily recovered in The Mayhew’s cattery, and has now found herself a forever home. Thanks to the heroic pooch Maisie, Lily will now be able to spend the rest of her days in a loving environment with her new doting owner.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers respond to animal welfare issues out in the community and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in crisis situations. If you or anyone you know needs to speak to an Animal Welfare Officer, then you can call The Mayhew on 020 8962 8000.


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