Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Thomas Gray Boyd


A true story of how we came to have a new member of the family, this beautiful tabby cat called Thomas has been living at the factory where I work for the last couple of years, at first he was only around at night and was wary to go near any one, getting scraps of food where he could find them, some of the night shift staff started putting food out for him and after a while he was more trusting and friendly.

The months passed and Thomas would apear more often in the day time and other shifts started to bring in buiscuits for him and he would stand on the steps at change of shift waiting for his goodys, he even learned when the fire alarm went off to go stand at the fire point lol much to everyones amusement!!. Mostly he would stay round the staff smoking shelter where he was sure of a belly rub and attention and of course food, much loved by a lot of the staff and looked after the best we could.

Two weeks ago I went to work early Sunday morning saw Thomas having a little snooze on the yard spotlight where he liked to sleep and get warm, I tickled his head and said good morning as normal, I didn't see him again for the rest of the day, following day Thomas wasn't there in the morning and I wondered where he was but didn't think too much of it, a little later one of the girls said did you hear about poor Thomas and of course I hadn't, Thomas had been taken to a local vets by a very kind member of staff as someone had kicked or hit him in the face and the RSPCA had been contacted, I was furious infact we were all furious, I phoned the vet but as it was a bank holiday I couldn't get to see him so had to wait untill Tuesday, his nose was all cut and scabbed but a lot of the swelling had gone and they said he would be fine, I asked what would happen to him and was told the RSPCA would keep him and try and rehome him but as he is older than we thought it might be quite difficult.

Could I let Thomas go any where else? absolutely not!!! so I said I would take him, finaly after a week and a half I picked him up today from the catery after him being neutered, cat jabs and chipped, the RSPCA checking my home to make sure it was suitable (which I completely understand) and his little nose almost completely healed, he was a very frightened and unhappy boy. The picture was taken a few hours later of him snoozing in my daughter Abbys arms, much happier and more like his old self.

As for the staff at work they have restored my faith in human nature, a collection was raised and the final donation to the RSPCA was £121.80 which the lady said was wonderful as no one really gives to the RSPCA any more which is so sad as they do such wonderful work, so please if you see a tin with RSPCA on put a coin in for Thomas and thousands more animals like him.

Thanks for your time

Lindalou x


Anne Nelson said...

This is so 'you' Linds...just knew the outcome of the story even before I got to the end....what a star you are. Thomas Gray Boyd is one very lucky cat and will spend his twilight years in the lap of luxury I know!!
Anne xx

Karen Lewis said...

Hi Linda.

I saw your Thomas page on SBF, and trekked over here to read his story. Personally, I'd love to treat anyone who mistreats animals, or the vulnerable young and elderly, in exactly the same way they have, i.e. in this case whack them in the face and see how they like it, but that's not allowed alas, even if you nab the culprit. :-(

One thing this story does show though is that for all the miserable little saddoes who can only get their fun this way, there are so many more who care and do so much good, such as you and your work colleagues. :-)

I am sure that Thomas will be thoroughly spoilt and soon settled in his new home, surrounded by love and caring. Here's hoping for a long, happy and uneventful life.


Karen x

oreosmeow said...

Awww, Linds, what a wonderful ending to a story that had such a horrible middle. Kudos to you, the people where you work, and the RSCPA for taking care of him - that pic is wonderful, it's obvious that he feels safe and whole again. And kicks to the person or persons who hurt this little guy.

I'm so glad Thomas has a furever home now with you. xx Carol

Johanna said...

YEAH for you so glad to hear the happy ending I was hoping for....he looks so happy..:) God Bless you and your family...and please tell those staff that they are tops in my eyes....xxJohanna

Chickadee said...

It's such a wondrful thing you and the others 'chose' to do for this sweet kitty.Too bad there arent' more people in this world who choose to do the right thing even if it means a little more effort and caring and most of the time funds. But each and every one of us humans could show more kindess to not only our own kind, but to the animals that God as blessed us with. So proud of you, my friend.

Anonymous said...

I can never understand what is inside the minds of people who can do this.

What a wonderful person you are and now Thomas has the home he deserves.


Magnolia said...

What a lovely story and what a lovely outcome for a handsome kitty. Thank goodness there are good people like you in this old world! Hugs to you.

Iris said...

Good on ya gal! I hope Thomas has settled in well. He's a lucky lad indeed! x

Karri said...

Hiya Linds....Have just read all about could anyone be so cruel,when he was so trusting. Me and the boys are really upset, but I'm soo glad he is recovering and has a new home with you and your family. Now he'll have the best life ever! Hugs to all xxx

Aloha Jan said...

Thank you for sharing the story about Thomas. I am so happy to hear he has now a permanent home!

Bonnie said...

How wonderful your care of Thomas! Thank you, give him a scratchy for me.

glenda said...

such a great story, the cat is so adorable, Im glad you took him in, people like you make the world a nicer place to live in, I hope he is getting better and in good health, you are his angel. glenda

JoyfullyOrangeDeborah said...

I'm so glad you gave Thomas a good home! I also have a rescue cat and 3 others that have found their way into my home. Animals are such comfort and fun, it's a shame that some people would take their frustrations out on a helpless animal.

Many blessings to you and Thomas and Abby! Deborah/JoyfullyOrange

Anonymous said...

I just read Thomas story and it really was sending me to tears. He is such a cute boy and I can't understand why people hurt lovely guys like him. He's a lucky guy and you're doing the best for him - thank you! My best friend for 15 happy years was a tabby cat too. After he was gone I got a little dog, who's still my sunshine.
Greetings from Germany and all my best wishes for Thomas and you and your family!

Clumsinumptie said...

Such a sad story, but a lovely warm ending. I am sure the culprit who did this evil deed to Thomas WILL have his comeuppance one day!! God bless you all! Sally xx

Bribri62 said...

Bravo à vous Linda, c'est extra ce que vous avez fait pour le gentil Thomas. J'ai récupéré ma petite chienne Orphée qui avait 8 ans et avait été battue. Sa propriétaire allait la faire euthanasiée par qu'elle n'en voulait plus Quelle honte !!!! Orphée aura 14 ans demain et coule des jours heureux près de moi. Elle est adorable et me rends toute la tendresse que je lui donne.
Bises de France

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