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Olympi-kits race to find new homes

As sprinter Usain Bolt celebrates his third Olympic 100m gold, a kitten named in his honour is hoping some of the athlete’s luck will rub off on him in his race to find a new home. 

Four-month-old Ginger kitten Bolt is part of a group of felines at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Torbay, who recently arrived with the charity after their owner was no longer able to care for them and sadly had to give them up. 

As the Rio games were just getting underway, the team decided to name the kittens after some of the sporting heroes taking part. For Bolt, Daly, Farah, Lizzie, Pavey and Ennis though, the ultimate goal is not a gold medal, but a happy new home.

Laura Boyle, Rehoming Centre Manager at Torbay Blue Cross, said: “These cats and kittens are certainly very speedy and little Daly is quite good at diving off a high shelf – so their names are quite apt. We’re hoping they’ll have as much luck as team GB are having and get snapped up by new owners before the games are over!”

All the Olypi-cats are ready to find new homes, apart from Ennis who is pregnant. Once her kittens are old enough, Ennis will also be looking for a happy home to call her own. 

Bolt and Daly (both four months) – this close and affectionate pair are looking for a home together. This pair love a lap to sit on after they have worn themselves out with a good run.

Pavey (two years) – this sweet, gentle girl loves to play and anyone willing to throw a ping pong ball will soon become her best friend!

Farah (two months) – this little fellow is a bit quiet and shy, so he’s looking for a home where his new owners are around much of the time to help him settle in.

Lizzie (two months) – typical kitten Lizzie loves to play and explore and can’t wait to find a new home to call her own.

To find out more about the Olypi-cats and kittens, or any of the other cats looking for new homes, visit or contact Torbay Blue Cross on 0300 777 1550.


Notes to Editors 

  • Photos of the ‘Olypi-kits’ available, please contact the media team.
  • Torbay pet rehoming centre has been helping homeless and abandoned pets across South Devon and East Cornwall since 1988. The centre rehomes hundreds of cats every year and also a number of dogs and rabbits via the Blue Cross Home Direct scheme. To contact the centre call 0300 777 1550 or drop in at Ashley Priors Lane, Watcombe, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4SE (check the website or call ahead for opening times).
  • Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
  • Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
  • For more information, please visit 

Media contact Sophia Khan, Media Officer: 020 7932 4070 / [email protected]