An adorable straggly stray cat has finally been found a loving home after roaming the streets for four years.
Grace the cat, who is a staggering 20-years-old, was a sorry sight when she was found and handed into the local White Cross Vets.
Head veterinary nurse Hayley Thompson said: “When Grace was brought into us, she was extremely bedraggled with a very matted coat.
“We had to remove the majority of her fur, bath her and gave her a full health-check as well as a good meal.
“We then set about trying to find her owner, but unfortunately it turned out they had died about four years ago.
“Grace had previously lived close to where she was found, but what she has been doing for the last few years remains a mystery.”
The surgery in Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorks., posted a picture of the shaved cat on their Facebook page – and cat-lover Tracey Anderson, 50, fell in love with her at first sight.
Tracey, who owns The Doghouse, a dog-friendly cafe in nearby Yeadon, said she knew she had to adopt Grace straight away.
She said: “Grace looked like she was feeling very sorry for herself – she was so bedraggled on the picture. I just rang the vets immediately. I already have five other cats, and she gets on so well with them all.”
Tracey’s 15-year-old son Kane chose their new pet’s name, after she began mewling on their way home from the vets when the song ‘Amazing Grace’ came on the radio, having spent the rest of the journey in silence.
Tracey said she believes Grace is about 20 years old because she has no teeth, sleeps all the time and has a “funny walk” – but that she is very affectionate.
She said: “At least Grace will now have a home for the rest of her life.
“I hope it will encourage others to think about adopting an older cat.”