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Peaky the kitten recovering after landing at Blue Cross

A little six-week-old injured kitten is on the mend after being found alone on farmland near Topcliffe, Thirsk. He was taken to the nearby Blue Cross rehoming centre on Station Road after he was discovered frightened, hungry and limping. His arrival at the centre coincided with Tim Peak’s return to earth so was given the name ‘Peaky’ after the astronaut.

Peaky was taken to the vets for an overall check-up and to see what was wrong with his back leg. An x-ray revealed a fractured femur, the bone had been broken in half and Peaky would have been in terrible pain. Peaky needed urgent surgery to put the broken bones back together using a metal pin.
Amy Younger, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross in Thirsk said: “This brave little boy must have been really suffering and it is amazing he survived all on his own with such a serious injury. We don’t know if he was deliberately dumped or a family of strays left him behind, we are just happy he made it to us and we look forward to launching him off to a happy new home soon.” 

Peaky will remain at the centre on strict cattery rest until he is fully recovered before a new home is found. Despite his ordeal he is a mischievous and affectionate kitten who has become a firm favourite amongst the Blue Cross team.

To find out more about rehoming Peaky or another pet at Thirsk, or to make a donation towards their care visit or contact the centre on 0300 777 1540 or [email protected]


Notes to Editors 

  • Images of Tim Peaky and his broken leg xray are available, contact the press office
  • The Blue Cross pet rehoming centre in Thirsk opened in 1987 and was rebuilt in 2009. The centre takes in and finds loving new homes for hundreds of cats and dogs every year. To contact the centre please call 0300 777 1450 or call in at Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe, Thirsk YO7 3SE. The centre is open between 10.00am and 4.00pm every day except Wednesday.
  • 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.
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Louise Lee, Media Officer 020 7932 4066 / [email protected]