Introducing Jonah

23rd August 2016

News, Student news

Having achieved popular approval in her welfare role, Wadham welfare ‘cat’ Maisie, now aged 14, has been training a young apprentice, Jonah, to help with the job.

  • Jonah and Wendy Wale

    Jonah with Chaplain Wendy Wale

  • Jonah gets to know Wadham students

  • Jonah tries to persuade Maisie to walk with him

  • Maisie congratulates Jonah after a hard day's work

    Maisie congratulates Jonah after a hard day's work

Jonah, a five month old cockapoo puppy, belongs to Chaplain Wendy Wale, and will take up residence in the Chaplain’s office from the beginning of Michaelmas term.

“Jonah will be here to provide strokes, walks and cuddles” said Wendy, who is available for the pastoral care of all members of the College regardless of their religious affiliation. Wendy is a qualified counsellor and able to offer a neutral and safe space with a listening ear.

Jonah has already had the opportunity to get to know some Wadham students, having arrived a fortnight before the end of the Trinity term when he was just eight weeks old. He is a natural with the students, and shows great promise in his welfare role.

Maisie will also be on hand, on a part-time basis, for any students who need her and Doodle polls for appointments with both ‘cats’ will go online early in the term.

College rules which give permission for cats but no other livestock on the College site have meant that Maisie and Jonah are able to embrace their feline sides when at work.

If you would like to talk to Wendy, contact her at or call 01865277905. In term time you can also drop into her office (3.1), for a chat.