Disabled Fareham Boy's Cat Wins National Award
3 August 2018, 07:58
A cat from Fareham, who's the best friend of a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy, has won a national award.
Salem's been honoured in the Furr-ever Friends category for his constant companionship for Jared Bignold, who's in a wheelchair.
Eight-year-old Salem was chosen by celebrity judge and The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins as winner at the Cats Protection awards.
The black cat is described as 'an incredible source of support, friendship and companionship' for teenager Jared, 15, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle-wasting condition causing progressive mobility limitations.
Jared said: "He is so friendly to me, he's helped me through a lot of hardships. He makes me happy and he's my friend."
Salem beat two other finalists to be named winner of the Furr-ever Friends category.
Justin presented Jared with Salem's trophy at an awards ceremony at London's Savoy on Thursday 2 August.
Salem narrowly missed out on being named National Cat of the Year, a title that instead went to Theo, a cat that was nursed back to health as a desperately-ill kitten and later saved his owner's life by detecting a deadly blood clot.