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Wolfie gets a new home not far from shipyard that gave him his name

By Nevin Farrell

Published 27/07/2015

New owners Steven Loughran and Vicki Young cuddle Wolfie
New owners Steven Loughran and Vicki Young cuddle Wolfie

Wolfie - the cat who lived for 10 years roaming the streets in the shadows of the famous Harland & Wolff cranes of Belfast's shipyards - has a new home and is settling in well.

And Wolfie's new abode isn't too far from his old haunts. Connswater couple Steven Loughran and Vicki Young have taken the cat from the Conlig-based Assisi Animal Sanctuary... and he has taken their hearts.

Already he has been feasting on his favourite food - tuna - and has been getting on well with the couple's pet dog, a German shepherd/husky cross called Odin.

Wolfie was one of Belfast's best-known cats and was fed by members of the public who spotted him living rough in and around Airport Road. But when he took ill he was handed in to Assisi.

Now he has a roof over his head and Vicki Young (20) said: "He's doing well. He's lovely and has settled in really quickly.

"Fish is his favourite food and he has downed a big amount of tuna today.

"He loves getting cuddles. He has been spoilt.

"Our previous cat Wiggles died of leukaemia but now we have Wolfie. My friends are chuffed and so are we - we are both animal lovers."

Vicki said Wolfie had already met Odin and the two are getting on.

She added: "They have been in the same room together and have not tried to kill each other so they are getting on pretty well."

Assisi manager Heather Weatherup said she was delighted Wolfie had a new home.

"Wolfie's new owners had a cat from us before and as Wolfie has been an outdoors cat it was important that his new home has a secure outdoor area which is perfect for him. We're delighted he has a new home after 10 years."

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