Cat which lost one of its lives is recovering in a loving home
A CAT found in a wheelie bin in Derby has been rehomed with a loving family – and five other cats.
The Derby Telegraph told Dusty's story last month, when the moggy was found in a bin, in Babington Lane, that was about to be tipped into the refuse truck.
Dusty, who has been renamed Barney, has been adopted by Helen Mallinson and he is now settling in at his new home.
Helen only learned about Barney's past after she had already met the black cat at the RSPCA centre in Abbey Street, Derby.
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Helen, of Beeston, said: "I knew I wanted another cat – I already had four – and I've had cats from the centre in Derby before so they were the first place I thought of.
"But I didn't just go in and pick which cat I wanted. It's dangerous for me to go and see them all because I'd want to rehome all the cats and kittens.
"So I just told the staff there to pick one out for me and it was Barney that they brought out.
"He was so soft that I knew he would be the perfect fit into the brood."
Helen also went one step further and rescued another cat on the same day last month , a grey tabby, that had been found abandoned in a drain.
Helen said: "The staff brought Barney and Harvey out to see me and I couldn't resist them both.
"Once I'd fallen in love with them and knew they would be coming home with me, the RSPCA told about their background.
"It just made me love them even more. They're such wonderful cats, I can't imagine my life without them now."
Barney has now been in his new home, in Herald Close, for nearly two months, and has settled into his cosy lifestyle.
Helen said: "He's such a wonderful cat and is so loving. We'll never know what actually happened to him and if he was dumped in the bin or if he got himself in there.
"But if he was dumped on purpose, the person should be ashamed of themselves. I don't know how anyone can do that to a poor little animal.
"He is so affectionate and loving it's their loss. I'm so happy I have him in my life now and he's getting on with all the cats that I had already."
Helen, 40, has Barney and Harvey, the latest additions, and Tetley, Abigail, Ruddles and Woodford.
She said: "All except Harvey, who is a grey tabby, are black cats.
"They get a little bit of a tough time and often spend a lot longer waiting for a home so I'm happy to help out on that front.
"What colour fur they have doesn't matter to me, and if I can give a cat a loving-forever home then I will."