Cookie (now Lucky} owes his life to the skill and care of Rachel our special Vet and the grant from our friends at Support Adoption for Pets

Cookie came to us after the owner of the Cattery he had been left at realised nobody  was coming back for him. Cookie arrived needing to be neutered, de- matted, micro chipped, vaccinated  and given a dental, which is fairly standard when our rescued Persians arrive at the Rescue. However his breathing problem wasn’t standard and poor Cookie needed a complicated, potentially dangerous operation to enable him to breath. We knew without the surgery Cookie could not survive and so the grant we were recently awarded by Support Adoption for Pets gave us the life saving funds to pay for his treatment.

Our fantastic Vet Rachel spent five hours performing this delicate and vital surgery, and due to her skill and the dedicated aftercare of her team he has made a full recovery. 

Here you can see Rachel and Cookie as she tells us his operation has been a complete success. 

With his clean bill of health Cookie then needed a new forever home and we are so delighted that a lovely couple have adopted him. Not only does he have a new Mamma and Pappa {as his new family are from Italy) he has a new name – Lucky, which suits him perfectly. If Lucky could talk he would say that from a life without a home spent in pain he has gone to living the ‘dolce vita‘ in his fabulous new home and just to prove it here he is in the  photo resting on Mums arm.  ~Thank you to everyone who helped us give Lucky his special happy ending and fresh start.



Lovely Flea – a Purrfect Lady

Precious and Perfect Little Flea


Well, not completely perfect (the teeniest bit bossy) but almost perfect, truly precious and ridiculously cute.


She has no idea that she is nine years old as she plays like a kitten. If she hears me walking up the stairs, she rushes up after me and sits beside her favourite ribbon with a ‘Please play with me’ look on her little face. I’m fairly sure that if I advertised a job as a Ribbon Player for Little Flea, she would be able to keep the candidate usefully employed for many hours every day.


Thank you so much for allowing me to adopt this adorable, pint-sized little character.  I do hope that you are able to continue your Persian rescue work with this very special breed for many years to come. 


Love Susan and Flea

Special cats with special needs – Carly and Henry

We have some very special Persians and people who find each other through the Rescue and wanted to share Carly and Henry’s story. Carly is a beautiful tortie exotic  girl who was cruelly shot by someone with an air rifle. She lost her eye, but not her zest for life and love for her new owner.  Once Carly recovered from  the initial pain and shock and adjusted to life with partial sight she became an adorable and loving companion . Little Henry had broken his leg as a tiny kitten and unfortunately it had set wrong and he had to have it amputated. Carly’s owner was so touched by Henry’s story that she immediately offered to give him a forever home with Carly.  

We hope this lovely happy ending encourages potential adopters to seriously consider a disabled cat. They deserve and give love despite their challenges and mum Jill cannot wait for her next special needs baby to join the gang.

Now fit and well and all grown up, just look at these two beautiful friends now!!


Alice and kittens have a fresh start in life – thank you Support adoption for Pets!!



Alice and babies safe at the Rescue

We have been busy at the rescue and without Support Adoption for Pets we would have found it impossible to help some of our most heart breaking and deserving cases.

Take Alice,  who came to us when we were told a Persian who was blind was in danger from its owner –  we won’t go into the awful detail but Barbara had to carefully manage a very difficult situation until eventually Alice arrived safely into our care. This beautiful girl who was about 18 months old had been sadly neglected and when she came we realised that she is deaf (not blind) is an Angora (not a Persian) and that she was pregnant.

Filthy and matted and covered with fleas we had to remove all of her coat as we could not risk a flea treatment harming her kittens, then we could see how thin she was and the hard work and TLC began to get her to a reasonable state of health to give birth. Barbara worked tirelessly with her to build her trust, and slowly her very sweet and cheeky personality began to emerge. Whilst she couldn’t hear she responded to the drumming of fingers on the floor or surface and of course the opening of the cat food!

One morning Barbara woke up to find that there were three new babies in the world – two little boys and a girl. Alice was an excellent mum and all seemed to be well when disaster struck. Alice stopped eating and became terribly ill – our vet suspected pre-eclampsia which affects cats that have been malnourished before giving birth –it was touch and go but fortunately Alice pulled through. The kittens had to be hand fed whilst she was in recovery but once back she picked up where she had left off giving Barbara an opportunity to get some sleep! Then we had to find that very special person to make sure that Alice’s next home was a forever one. 

Luckily we found two super homes for Alice and the kittens but before Alice could go she needed to be spayed. Spaying is a routine operation but sometimes things can go wrong, and from being well when she came back from her operation Alice became critically ill in the night.

 It was touch and go whether she would survive as things became so serious that one of our Trustees’ had to rush his Persian to our vet so that Alice could have a blood transfusion if necessary. Rachel  our wonderful vet used all her skills and love to do everything she could to save her, and whilst her chances were slim,  brave, tough little Alice pulled through against all the odds to be reunited with her kittens.

 The family now have lovely forever homes: Alice with one of her kittens (naughty OBI who steals from the oven and table!!)  And the other two babies homed together.

Alice’s specialist treatment meant our small reserves were virtually used up. We are so grateful to our friends at Support Adoption for Pets and Pets at Home Old Kent Road who do so much to help us. We rely wholly on donations and volunteers and if Alice and her kittens could talk they would say

 ‘’thank you everyone who supports London Persian Rescue, without the help we would not have survived’’

Love from everyone at LPR

Game of Homes!! A wonderful happy ending for Amber and Daisy,

We never change a cats name  – we think its best the new owners do that,  so it was lovely to hear that two little girls not only found a fantastic home they had a name change too, that suited their personalities  – here is what their new Mum told us 

Hello Barbara

You knew my 2 cats as Khaleesi and Sansa – I changed their names as they were too difficult and I wasn’t very keen on names from Game of Thrones!!

A little update – both are doing really well and enjoying the outdoor life a lot despite my farmer neighbours thinking them the most unlikely  cats for the country!  Amber (the tri-colour) is still quite timid but loves exploring the garden and Daisy is a more independent but nonetheless loves having a brush.  Many thanks for getting us together with Amber and Daisy.






In loving memory of Theodore – always loved and sadly missed

This beautiful tribute came in from Steven one of our lovely adopters. We wanted to publish it completely as we believe it sums up how all of us feel when a beloved Persian goes to the Bridge – all our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

” I’m writing to thank you for bringing Theodore into my life 9 years ago. You may or may not remember me – I visited you a couple of times, the first time 9 years ago, when I got Theodore from you as a small kitten and again around 3 years ago, when I almost got a small tortie girl, who turned out to have a heart problem that Theodore had already been diagnosed with and to which I had lost my 3 year old Sphynx to around 4 years ago. Theodore has been doing really well on his medication for years and all of his checks went ok, including the last one in January this year. However, his health suddenly deteriorated a couple of weeks ago, he collapsed and I rushed him to my vet, who found fluid in his lungs, managed to drain it and Theo made a full recovery, although they warned me the prognosis was not good, giving him between 3 – 6 months. He picked up at the weekend, becoming his usual self to my utter delight, but then collapsed again on Monday and got a saddle paralysis, which was heartbreaking for me because my Sphynx died in such pain and suffered for hours by the time I found him. Theo was luckier and was in no pain, plus I was at home at the time so I rushed him to my vet and was able to see him off painlessly, which was what I was hoping for. Theo was so important to me, because I got him when my long term partner died of a heart attack and he was the most gentle, beautiful and loving cat one can imagine. He loved being groomed and we were so close that I’m absolutely devastated by the fact I lost him. My other Exotic, Leo is looking for him, which breaks my heart. As a tribute to Theo, my current partner donated to your charity but I also wanted to share with you my story and thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing Theo into my life. During the short time that he was with me I hope that he was the happiest he could be and I made sure that he had the best treatment available until the very end. There can never be another Theodore – he was a very special kitty, adored by everybody who met him. I don’t think I will ever forget his ways and how much happiness he brought me. I enclose some of his photos, the first one showing him as a kitten I collected from you 9 years ago and others, as an adult”

theo and friendtheo theo sleepingSleep safe Theodore, we miss you xxxxx

The power of love and perseverance


Hi Barbara, this is an update on Bob who we rehomed from you just before Christmas 2014. You might remember that my daughter wanted to return him fearing he would not settle, but it was love at first sight for me and I couldn’t let him go.   He was obviously severely traumatised by his move but gradually and after about six months was fine. He is the most beautiful, loveable cat I have ever had, he makes me smile just to look at him. His friend is a female rescue ragdoll, the same age,7, and they are very close. He still tries to steal dinner from your plate

Thank you for all you are doing and I wanted to tell you this success story because it is important that potential rehomers persevere with a new cat as the poor things can be very scared by the upheaval in their lives.

Bella finds new happiness

We are a Persian rescue but we help other pedigree cats too. Bella is a Russian Blue and both she and her brother had been badly abused. We needed a very special home for Bella where she could learn to love and trust people again. Enter Tina and Gavin to the rescue. One year on we received this lovely update from Gavin.

“Back in 2014, and with Lorraine and Barbara’s help, my Mum gave poor Bella a much-needed home.  As the photo suggests, she is now completely settled and very much in charge of her new home.  Having had such a traumatic start in life (she was seriously mistreated), Bella can still be a little shy and nervous around strangers (and me!), but she has completely opened up with my Mum and won’t leave her side.  She’s also never wanted to go out and is more than happy in her little safe-haven, being fed and watered when ever she likes and in-between very long naps by, or literally on, the radiator.  She looks like a completely different cat now, too.  She has put on a bit of weight and her fur is much darker and shinier.  She has become rather fussy over time, however, and my Mum’s cupboard is chock-full of different foods as she tries to work out which one Bella decides she might like each morning – so a typical cat!  This is a match made in heaven and both Bella and my Mum are very happy together.  Thank you so much to Lorraine, Barbara and the charity for helping my Mum and Bella out in such an amazing way.  I think Bella’s adventurous commute down from London to leafy Sevenoaks on the train, with Lorraine as her guardian and protector, is a now a distant memory.”


Simat – from despair in Egypt to happiness here in the UK

We always try to help other rescues, and when we were contacted by the lovely lady who runs a rescue in Egypt we were pleased to do what we could. All the destabilization that affects people affects pets too and beautiful  Simat needed a new home and a fresh start.

One year on this is what Simat’s new owner told us:
I thought you might like an update on Simat, who you rehomed to me over a
year ago now – I can’t believe it’s so long already! She is the loveliest
cat, and as her fur grew again, I could see her gorgeous mixture of colours
– as you can see in the photos. She is a real character, very affectionate
and playful, but also quite demanding (what Persian cat isn’t?!), and of
course always gets her own way. She’s kept very well and seems very happy.

I just wanted to drop you a note and a photo, and to say thank you again for
all your help last year. I hope you are well and finding homes for some more
lovely Persians!

simat chess