‘I’m Marmaduke. I’ve only got three legs, I have feline AIDS 
and I can’t stop eating. Would anyone like to take me home?

Duke the cat, Cats Protection adoption story, May 2013
Duke the cat, Cats Protection adoption story, May 2013

A scruffy ginger cat with three legs, the feline version of Aids and an insatiable appetite is aiming to prove love is blind at a special Cats Protection homing show on Sunday.

Though the odds are stacked against Marmaduke, he is hoping he will be one of the lucky cats to catch the eye of a prospective adopter at the drop-in event.

The charity, which is taking over pens at Chipperfield’s Pilgrims Cattery between 11am and 2pm, refuses to put animals down unless it is medically essential.

Hungry Marmaduke, a former stray who lost his leg after a road accident, will be among dozens of cats of all ages, shapes and sizes seeking good homes at the show.

People are welcome to go along to view and cuddle the cats, all of whom are currently being looked after by fosterers.

A spokesman said: “We have some beautiful cats needing homes and we’re sure some of them will be snapped up.

“Marmaduke may look a little odd, but there is no reason that he cannot find an owner too.

“Because he has FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – he is not allowed outside, but there is no reason he cannot live a long and happy life as a house cat.”

All the cats on offer at the homing show will be neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, blood tested, and treated for worms and fleas. The fee for adoption is £100.

Fosterers will be on hand to discuss each cat’s temperament or needs.

Anybody who has had a Cats Protection home check or adopted a previous pet from the charity can take a cat away on the day. Others can reserve a cat pending a home visit.

For more information call Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted Cats Protection on 01442 251536 or 0845 371 1851.