Copycat: Charlie Chaplin lookalike arrives at Wood Green animal shelter

Thursday, 20th December 2012

A black and white cat named Charlie has been causing a stir at the Wood Green animal shelter in Godmanchester due to her uncanny likeness to the famous actor Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie's small black moustache and pidgeon-toed stance lend her more than a passing resemblance to the great comedian, and the centre's cat manager is now appealing for local families to offer Charlie a home.

Twenty-seven-year-old Christina Lines says that the cat's appearance may actually count against her, as she claims black and white cats are around ten times harder to home than tabbies or gingers.

The centre currently houses 140 homeless cats, with around 500 more waiting to come in, and is now offering a free 'snip and chip' service to all cat owners in the local area.

The charity's outreach officer Hayley King says the importance of getting cats neutered must not be overlooked as the community struggles to deal with increasing numbers of unwanted litters, while having a pet microchipped can help owners find their animals when they go missing.