Cat checks himself into animal home

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Cat checks himself into animal home
Barney now needs a new home. Photo: Tierschutzverein für Berlin

A homeless cat has checked himself in to an animal shelter in Berlin. The ginger stray found his way to the home and decided to stay, but the shelter is now looking for a new owner for him.


Homeless animals are usually brought into animal shelters or given up by owners unable to cope with their pets. But never before in the history of Berlin's animal home in the eastern district of Hohenschönhausern, has an animal checked himself in.

The tomcat, who was named Barney by the animal shelter, has been living at the animal home since he was found drinking from the shelter's pond on May 13th.

“He was spotted on the grounds a day before he was taken in,” Beate Kaminski from Tierschutzverein für Berlin told The Local. “He hid himself in the grass but then when the lawn was mowed he got frightened and ran down to the pond for a drink, which is where he was seen.”

A carer from the shelter tempted the cat with food. “It wasn't difficult, he was very willing to go with her,” Kaminski said.


Barney was not chipped when they found him and workers at the animal shelter presume he was abandoned by his previous owners. They suspect that the cat was intuitively drawn to the animal home as there had been no reports of missing cats in the area.

He is currently living in one of the three cat houses at the shelter. On Thursday, the animal home sent out an appeal to find a new home for the ginger cat, who is a short-haired Scottish Fold and approximately four years old.

If you are interested in giving Barney a home please contact Hohenschönhausern animal home on 030 76888-235.



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