Two cats named after a famous comedy duo hope today’s launch of a new movie could aid their search for a new forever home.
Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy are brother cats, and currently based at the RSPCA’s Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre at Upper Colwyn Bay.
The siblings’ search for forever home happiness comes as a new film Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, hits UK cinemas today.
Stanley and Oliver came into the RSPCA’s care in June 2018 as kittens – having been rescued from a Wrexham property, where multiple animals were being kept in filthy conditions.
Oliver is a black domestic shorthair, who can be shy with strangers but is very affectionate once he gets to know somebody. Meanwhile, Stanley, a tabby domestic shorthair crossbreed, is a shy guy, but comes out of his shell to play and chase toys.
Animal centre staff would consider either rehoming the cats together or separately, depending on the set-up of any prospective new owner.
Chris Butler, of the RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre, said: “Film go-ers across North Wales will be flocking to cinemas to watch the return of Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy to the big screens.
“But we’d also urge people from across the region to come and meet our very own Stan and Ollie too – here at the Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre.
“These two beautiful cats have been in our care for a number of months – and we’re really hoping their famous new names, and the launch of this film, will help showcase what amazing pets these cats can be.
“Our centre is open every day of the week except Wednesday – between 11am and 4pm. We’d urge anyone eager to meet Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy to get in touch.”
The pair are not the only Laurel and Hardy-inspired cats to have been based at an RSPCA adoption centre.
In January 2017, Roger and Diane O’Brien of Thornhill in north Cardiff took home a loving pair of sibling cats from the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre on Hartridge Farm Road – and duly named them Stan and Ollie!
Roger and Diane said: “We’re big fans of the comedy show, and can’t wait to see the new film. The names Stan & Ollie seemed so perfect for our cats, as they are just hilarious and have really lit up our lives since we brought them home from the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre.
“We’ve always had rescue cats, and really hope to see the Bryn-Y-Maen-based Ollie & Stan find their second chance of forever home happiness, too!”