Wisbech river cat looking for new home

Cat saved from river, named Splash, with Adrian Dodoiu Veterinary Surgeon at Best Friends Vets in  March ANL-150529-074704009
Cat saved from river, named Splash, with Adrian Dodoiu Veterinary Surgeon at Best Friends Vets in March ANL-150529-074704009

A cat which used up one of its nine lives after being rescued from the river at Wisbech is now looking for a new home.

Splash is making a full recovery after being cared for by staff at Best Friends Veterinary Group at March.

The male black and white cat arrived in a very poorly condition after being rescued from the water, close to Freedom Bridge, by two people who were passing.

Firefighters from Wisbech arrived and gave the cat oxygen before taking it to Best Friends.

Splash is now with the RSPCA and is looking for a new home.

Sara Rolfe, deputy head nurse at the practice in Upwell Road, said Splash did not have any reflexes when he arrived.

She said: “He was in a very sorry condition.

“He had completely collapsed and was hypothermic as a result of being in the cold water.

“We don’t know how long he was in the water but it was long enough to get very tired and be very unwell.

“He has made a full recovery and is absolutely fine. You would not think anything had happened to him.

“Splash is really sweet and very popular with the staff. He is a really nice character.”

It is not known how Splash ended up in the water and he was treated on the day by vet Alice Strinu.

Splash, who is not microchipped or castrated, was obviously a pet as he was wearing a distinctive collar but so far no-one has come forward to claim him.

Wisbech Fire Station Commander Matt Murdoch is urging people to call out crews rather than put themselves in danger by rescuing animals.

He said: “Firefighters are specially trained to rescue animals and to carry out rescues in water and while these two members of the public successfully rescued this cat, they put themselves in serious danger to do so.

“If anyone sees an animal trapped and in distress, we would urge them to dial 999 and wait for the fire service to arrive to carry out the rescue rather than risk your own life.”

Splash is now being cared for by the staff at Block Fen Regional Animal Centre in Wimblington.

If you are interested in rehoming Splash call staff on 0300 123 0726.