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Anfield cat rescued by Liverpool animal charity

by Lauren Riley and Chris Bradley. Published Mon 13 Feb 2012 12:00, last updated: 13/02/12
Three year old Kenny
Three year old Kenny

A cat that brought a Premier League match to a standstill and became an instant internet celebrity is looking for a new home.

The fearless tabby that was cheered by more than 44,000 soccer fans at Liverpool's Anfield stadium has been rescued by an animal charity.

Originally dubbed "Kenny" he sauntered onto the pitch 11 minutes into Liverpool's clash with Tottenham Hotspur on 6th February.

TV viewers watched in amazement as Spurs 'keeper Brad Fiedel tried in vain to catch the cat until a steward eventually scooped him up and ejected him from the ground.

Following his spell in the limelight the mouser faded into obscurity, living as a stray in a derelict house in Lothair Road, a few yards from Anfield.

But his fame spread worldwide on YouTube and a Twitter account set-up by a fan gained more than 50,000 followers - including X-Factor runner-up Marcus Collins.

And it was when his fans started looking for "Kenny" that Freshfield Animal Rescue received a call from an resident in Anfield, telling them where he could be found.

He was taken to a temporary home at the animal charity's centre at Freshfield, near Formby, where they are calling the cat "Shanks" after the legendary Anfield manager.

Cattery assistant Katherine Gibbs, 25, said he is "an absolute gentleman" and despite a few scratches to his face and legs from fighting other cats he is in good heath.

Katherine said: "He is not an aggressive cat and we think he is a bit of a ladies man so he fought off the advances of other male cats and has wounds from fights.

"He was a little bit timid and reserved when we brought him here but he has settled in brilliantly."

Shanks is being treated with antibiotics to remove an absess from his cheek and now he is in a safe environment Katherine said his wounds will heal over five to six weeks.

After that the most famous cat to appear on the pitch at Anfield will be available to be rehomed to a cat-lover who can handle "Kenny's" celebrity status.

Katherine added: "We'll get him match fit soon and he has done quite a bit of training already.

"He is exhausted at the moment and sleeps a lot. But he will be in full health soon after a course of antibiotics, a dental and he is neuted.

"Shanks is quite a laidback cat but he doesn't like dogs, like most cats. He'll be a lap cat, even though he's strong-willed, because he loves his cuddles.

"He's an absolute gentleman and loves eating chicken - which is his favourite treat."

Anfield local David Highfield, 59, lives on the Lothair Road in Anfield where the cat was rescued.

He said: He's already famous round here and I would love to see him go to a good home. This cat has been knocking around these streets for years.

"It would be really nice if he could get a home in the area and with his new-found fame I’m sure he will have no problem.

"Even if he got a home over the other side of the ground I bet he could cut across the pitch."


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"I am with Gemma. There are many homeless cats like Shanks roaming the street. Shanks was lucky he went out on that field because the abscess " shelly lyon, Seattle Wa. US around 3 years, 4 months ago

"Oh I just love this cat, my eldest son is a great Liverpoolfan and I am surely that also now. Thank God that the cat run out on the Anfield." Monica, Stockholm Sweden around 3 years, 5 months ago

"shanks u r Liverpool mascot, it was epic the way u out play brad friedel. u r cute" jayrush, malaysia around 3 years, 5 months ago

"I'm so glad he's been rescued. If you apply for Kenny/Shanks and don't get him please remember there's loads of other homeless cats." Gemma, London around 3 years, 5 months ago

"Skanks is in Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Liverpool and they always need donations. Why not show your support." joyz, Liverpool around 3 years, 5 months ago

"Can they send him to Iceland?" Magnus, Iceland around 3 years, 5 months ago

"We've been looking for the perfect cat for a long time, we'd have him but not near Liverpool :(" Arti, Hertfordshire around 3 years, 5 months ago

"If I wasn't so far away I would adopt him in a second and I don't even support Liverpool! May he get a loving home with chicken & cuddles!" Heather, N.Ireland around 3 years, 5 months ago

".....maybe his full name is Kenny Shanks ?" Taufiq, Indonesia around 3 years, 5 months ago

"I like the Anfield cat and I wish for him a good home. And think that his new owners (liverpool funs too) would love him." Lana Veljkovic, Belgrade, Serba around 3 years, 5 months ago

"thank god some nice news for a change !!" shirley, warrington around 3 years, 5 months ago

"Is he called Shanks or Kenny? I'm confused." PS, India around 3 years, 5 months ago

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