Eastbourne family appear on Give a Pet a Home show

Marie Haffenden and son with Julian Clary at Give a Pet a Home SUS-150429-142024001
Marie Haffenden and son with Julian Clary at Give a Pet a Home SUS-150429-142024001

An Eastbourne family who adopted a cat have appeared on television show Give a Pet a Home.

Maria Haffenden, her husband Chris and their ten-year-old son Keiran travelled to Birmingham to be part of the ITV show which was shown last week.

The show features many celebrities with an aim of rehoming pets.

The Haffenden family rehomed a cat called Clarissa after seeing her on the television the week before.

Maria said, “My husband is a big Masterchef fan but me and my son wanted to watch Give a Pet a Home on the other channel.”

She joked, “We only managed to get him to watch it because Amanda Holden is the host.”

The Haffenden family fell in love with Clarissa and got in contact with the show to adopt the moggy who have lost one eye in an accident. After checks and chats with the RSPCA, they were selected to adopt her and were invited up to the studios for filming less than one week later.

Maria said, “The whole day was just fascinating.

“It was amazing meeting all the celebrities and seeing how the show is filmed and put together.

“It was just seamless.”

The family rubbed shoulder with Peter Andre, Julian Clary, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and Coleen Nolan.

Maria said, “They were all so nice and they are all really hands on when helping to rehome the animals. It was lovely to see how involved they get.

“Amanda Holden hosts the show and told her that my husband only wanted to watch it because of her – she gave him a hug!”

The family drove home with Clarissa the cat who is now settling in to family life well. She is getting along well with the family’s other two cats and parrot.

Maria added, “She has knocked herself a few times because she has only got one eye but she is getting used to the environment.

“She is a very affectionate cat and she gets on well with the others.”