Saturday, February 12, 2011

Volder-mog! The homeless cat who can't find a new family because he looks like Harry Potter villain


Purr Blood: Charlie had to have his ears and nose removed after a bout of cancer

Judging by this homeless puss' deformed features and mystic stare, there can be no question he is a Purr-Blood.

But ugly stray Charlie has been unable to find a new home - because he looks too much like Harry Potter's evil archenemy Lord Voldemort.

Workers at the Blue Cross animal charity say visitors have been scared off by the white cat's resemblance to Ralph Fiennes' character in the blockbuster movies.

And the similarities don't end there as Charlie must now live in solitude since he fell out with other animals at the sanctuary.

Now he sits alone, staring out of his castle cage, waiting to be freed.

Homeless: Charlie, who has an uncanny resemblance to Harry Potter villain Voldemorte, has nowhere to live

The abandoned cat had to have its ears and nose removed after suffering from skin cancer.

Vets say Charlie's pale skin left him at risk of developing the potentially fatal disease.

They are now desperately trying to rehome him and say a family of Harry Potter fans could offer their best hope.

Charlie, a 14-year-old domestic short-hair cat, was living as a stray before a woman adopted him, fed him and took him to the vets for surgery.

But he failed to get on with her other two cats and dog and she was forced to take him to The Blue Cross in Southampton, Hants.

Staff at the centre say he loves 'fuss, lots of tickles and cuddles' but would be best suited to a home with no other pets.

Dreams of power: Charlie peers wistfully out of his cage. He lives in solitude now since he fell out with the other animals

Animal welfare assistant Marie Loveridge said: 'At first glance, people may be put off by Charlie because he does look like Voldemort, the baddie from the Harry Potter films.

'But although some people might think he's a bit quirky-looking after having his ears and nose removed, he is a lovely, playful cat who adores attention.

'We are desperately trying to rehome him with somebody that knows beauty is more than skin deep.

Dark Lord: Ralph Fiennes as the evil Lord Voldemort

'Charlie has had a tough life after suffering from skin cancer and it would be great if he could live the rest of his life in comfort.

'Perhaps he would be a great cat for a Harry Potter fan.

'He would make the perfect pet for the right family.' She added: 'Charlie really is an adorable chap.

'He looks you in the eye when you talk to him, loves fuss, lots of tickles and cuddles and wants to be near you.

'He has a dear little voice and likes to meow squeakily to get your attention.
'Charlie has no problems with not having ears or a complete nose - he hears you, smells things as normal and does have the sneezes now and then.

'He just loves human company and would happily be around you all day.
'Charlie may be 14-years-old but he still loves to roll around playing with toys. He has got so much to give a new family and would make a wonderful companion.

'Sitting with him brightens up your day and before you know it you no longer notice that he has no ears or nose.' Veterinary surgeon Alison Thomas said: 'Charlie is an extreme example of what can happen to cats if they suffer too much exposure to the sun.

'This drastic surgery can be avoided if owners are vigilant and take steps to protect their animals from the harmful rays of the sun.

'We recommend keeping pets like Charlie in the shade or indoors on the hottest days of the year and also to apply child-friendly sunblock to their skin.' Lord Voldemort is Harry Potter's biggest enemy in the series of books written by J. K. Rowling.

Anyone who would like to adopt Charlie is asked to call the Blue Cross on 02380 692 894 or visit to donate.

Twist in the tail? Charlie would make a great companion for an animal-lover

source: dailymail

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