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Cats Protection Felines Are New Top Cats [30/06/2005]

Not one but two Cats Protection rescue cats have been appointed to step into the pawprints of Towser, the famous mouser at The Famous Grouse distillery in Glenturret, Perthshire.

The Famous Grouse teamed up with leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, two months ago in a quest to find the purr-fect cat to lap up the limelight.

Cats Protection was delighted that The Famous Grouse wanted to give a rescue cat a second chance in life. " We have enjoyed working with The Famous Grouse to find a replacement for Towser - with thousands of cats in our care, we were confident we could find just the right feline for them, and were thrilled when they decided to adopt two out of the three final contenders. Dylan and Brooke won't let them down - they are lovely cats; just purr-fect for the job," said Cats Protection's Chief Executive, Helen Ralston.

The search for the right feline saw staff and volunteers at Cats Protection Branches and Centres throughout Scotland nominate cats in their care who they felt would be best suited to succeed Towser, who despatched a record-breaking number of mice in her 24 year lifetime. But it was impossible to choose just one cat, as distillery staff fell for the charms of Dylan and Brooke, who both fitted the bill purr-fectly!

With mice no longer a problem at the distillery, the essential c-attitude was a big purr-sonality to include a real love of people for the important "meet and greet" job. The famous whisky distillery welcomes around 120,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

Ginger-and-white Dylan, from Cats Protection's Forfar Branch, is a gentle giant who found himself living rough after his owner sadly died. According to Branch volunteers, he is a very gregarious fellow who just loves being the centre of attention.

Former stray, Brooke, a semi-long-haired black and white female from Cats Protection's Cardyke Centre near Glasgow, also has a lovely temperament which made her a firm favourite with Cats Protection staff and volunteers.

The short-list of three feline finalists included Jet Li, from Cats Protection's Cardyke Centre. A strikingly handsome chap, Jet Li is a friendly boy, though staff at the centre thought he might be feral when the stray first arrived and escaped into the centre's grounds. The good news is that Jet Li has also found a loving home with an employee of The Famous Grouse.

"We are delighted to finally have not one but two cats in position at the distillery and we are sure the charismatic Dylan and the beautiful Brooke will soon be firm favourites. Dylan has already thrown himself into the spirit of things, clearly keen to make a good impression in his first days in the job and helping our team here extend a very warm welcome to our visitors," said Carol McLaren of The Famous Grouse.

Cats Protection finds homes for around 60,000 cats every year in the UK through its nationwide network of 260 voluntary-run Branches and 29 Centres.

Anyone interested in offering a home to a Cats Protection rescue cat is urged to contact Cats Protection's Helpline on 08702 099 099. Alternatively, log onto www.cats.org.uk or e-mail: helpline@cats.org.uk

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