Five stray kittens who got lucky when they took up residence in the car park of a local homelessness charity Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney now have a permanent home.

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney supports 23 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion and has now welcomed the five homeless kittens into its Ditchingham community after the group first appeared in its car park in July 2018.

Emmaus staff and people living in the community ensured the kittens, who initially appeared timid and wary of people, were fed twice a day and with the help of the Cats Protection Anglia Coastal, the group of elusive kittens were finally trapped, wormed and neutered before returning to their new home at the charity’s site earlier this month.

Jo Andrews, Community Administrator at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney said:

“The whole situation was very comical – we first thought that there were only three shy stray kittens. After a few weeks a fourth kitten appeared with the trio and then months after feeding them daily, we finally saw five identical kittens together. Now they have been released back to being feral we see all five together at feed times every day and they have become more settled, one even has a cuddle with a companion at feed time. Everyone in the community has come to love Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo and Five and we are extremely grateful to Cats Protection for covering the costs of neutering the kittens and helping with the trapping.”

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work for up to 23 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. People living at the community gain valuable skills through working in the charity’s two second-hand shops at Belsey Bridge Road, Ditchingham and on Market Place in Bungay, collecting furniture, van driving, and serving customers. Those supported at the community live together and help to run the shops, which raises funds to run the charity.