Written by Samantha Lade, DonateToday
Published: Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Dixie the cat, who was dumped on the streets of London in a taped-up cardboard box, finally finds her forever home with loving new owner

Dixie the friendly feline, who was dumped on the streets of London in a taped-up cardboard box, finally finds her forever home following adoption

When workers at London-based animal charity Mayhew found a cardboard box on their doorstep, they discovered that a four-year-old cat had been abandoned by her owner. Thankfully, Dixie has now found a loving new home thanks to Mayhew’s care and compassion.

Boxed Up and Abandoned

There are several reasons why a person may no longer be able to look after their pet – perhaps the owners have had a baby, or the animal has simply not settled into the family home.

Just last December, workers at animal welfare charity Mayhew received quite the surprise package when staff spotted a taped-up cardboard box outside their London office. 

Inside the box, Dixie – a black and white, four-year-old cat – was discovered. Her previous owner, it was revealed, could no longer look after her.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, AJ Ford, said: ‘We found poor Dixie in a taped up cardboard box outside the Home. There was a note attached to the box from her previous owner, that asked us to rehome Dixie. 

‘We can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been for her to be left in a box.’

Dixie - described as affectionate and good with kids – was left in a taped-up cardboard box

Care and Compassion

Dixie was quickly brought into the home, and was seen to be Mayhew’s Vet Team at their on-site Community Vet Clinic. A thorough health check was immediately undertaken on Dixie, to assess her condition.

‘Apart from being very confused and scared, Dixie was in good condition when she first arrive,’ says Georgina Disney, Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator. 

‘However, she was very shy and clearly wasn’t happy in our cattery.’

But the charity – who’ve provided animal welfare across London since 1886 – had other means to ensure that cat was content and comfortable.

‘We decided to put Dixie in foster care with one of our experienced carers, so she could enjoy a loving home environment until she was ready to find a new home. 

As soon as she was ready, Dixie was put up for adoption – and it didn’t take long for her to find a forever home to spend the rest of her years in.

"It costs £6,000 a day to run Mayhew - funded entirely by public donations."

- Mayhew

Dixie's Forever Home

Dixie was taken in by a new owner, Lynn, who is over the moon to have found a companion in her new black and white friend.

‘We are so happy to have Dixie with us – she makes our house a home,' says Lynn. 'She is still very timid and shy, but we are doing our best to give her plenty of encouragement and lots of cuddles.

‘She loves a tummy rub of all things – like a dog – and chases her toys around at great speed! She is proving to be a sweet and affectionate girl, and is getting more confident with every passing day.'

Dedicated to Helping

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers work in the local community to prevent animal welfare problems escalating into crises, by working extensively with vulnerable pet owners in society.

This includes the elderly, disabled, homeless, and any other pet owners facing a personal crisis. As a result, they view every case without judging any circumstances. 

‘We wish whoever had abandoned Dixie had called us first,’ explains Welfare Officer AJ Ford. 

‘At Mayhew, we're dedicated to helping people in crisis situations. We do not judge and are here to assist and advise on the best course of action for the animal, no matter the problem.’ 

In 2017, Mayhew rehomed 370 cats and 92 dogs, as well as helping to neuter and microchip thousands more pets across London. The charity also train overseas vets, as well as running an animal therapy programme – TheraPaws – across London's care homes and hospices.