There is nothing sadder than a child who doesn’t have coping skills because they are different.  Coping skills are something that we learn as we grow.  Each of us learns these skills in a different way, meet Jeffree.

A cat who helped pull a Coventry teenager ‘back from the brink’ following a sudden family bereavement has won a national award.

Finn Hackeson has Asperger syndrome which made it particularly difficult to process his father’s death in June 2018 leading to him becoming depressed and withdrawn.

It was eight-year-old adopted cat Jeffree who had a “life-changing effect” helping the 14-year-old to cope with his loss and at London’s Savoy, Jeffree beat hundreds of other nominees to be named National Cat of the Year 2019.

Finn’s mum, Gayle, was present to collect the award on Thursday, August 8.

She said: “I’m thrilled Jeffree has won, he’s most definitely an absolute star in our household.

“I hope that through his story more people will see what an incredible support cats can be for both children and adults with autism. Cats don’t judge, they don’t rush you to talk about your feelings and they accept people the way they are – and that really is priceless.


Animals are phenomenal gifts of wisdom.  We just need to listen Susan’s spouse did in 2012.

When diabetic Susan Marsh-Armstrong collapsed in the bathroom last December following a hypoglycaemic attack in the middle of the night, the consequences could have been fatal. Unconscious and with her husband fast asleep in the bedroom, Susan’s life hung in the balance until puss Charley discovered her. Aware something was wrong, Charley went to the bedroom and woke Susan’s husband by tapping his face and licking his hand before leading him to the bathroom.

You never know how much love you have inside until you share it.   More kitteh heroes.