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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 18th Dec 2014

Adopting a cat is an immensely rewarding experience and you can really make a difference. Here are a few of the kitties we are lucky to have at Catcuddles. Check out our feline friends that are ready and raring to go!

Masia

7 year old Masia is a very pretty girl who is being rehomed due to a change in circumstances, her family have moved to a property without a garden and she is not enjoying being an indoor kitty. She is a natural hunter and loves hiding and pouncing in the garden. She is a very healthy and active cat who needs great outdoor space to play in.
As a very independent cat she is ideal for people who have to go out to work in the day - Masia is really happy in her own company and doesn't really want to share her space with other cats.
She will love to spend her days relaxing on the windowsill watching the world go by and taking a stroll in the garden. She is slightly lacking in confidence and does get spooked by loud noises and is wary of new people to begin with. Maisa's new owners will need to spend a lot of time interacting with her through play in order to gain her trust. Once she knows you she is likely to enjoy sitting next to you and getting strokes and fuss.
We are looking for a home where there is someone to spend time with her every evening and at the weekends, Masia would not like to be around young children or other pets.
She enjoys human company and will become your best friend so long as you give her love when she wants it and space when she needs it.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy

Augusta

Augusta is just over a year old, was literally dumped on our doorstep on August 1st (pre-CCTV days) and is a very sweet active attention-seeking girl. She is looking for a forever home where she can enjoy lots of playing and cuddling.

She'd be well suited to families with children over 8 years old, but should be a solo cat. Augusta was skin and bone when she joined us and we discovered had a sensitive tummy for the first couple of months so was on a special diet and meals little-and-often. She is now getting normal sensitivity food and three meals a day and is absolutely fine with it. She is still eating like its her last meal, bless her, but as she realises she will never go hungry again this will disappear too.

Augusta is a really sweet natured little cat who loves human company and is just ready and waiting to be your new best friend. She deserves it and we think her elusive forever home is long overdue!



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat
  • Good with children

Thackeray

Thackeray is another of Mouschie's semi feral kittens. He has made some good progress and is clearly a very sweet boy but he will need an experienced owner who has the time to spend with him helping him grow in confidence.
He is learning to enjoy grooming which is important as it'll be vital to keeping that tail magnificent! Grooming is also a great way for us to bond with our cats and is known to have many therapeutic benefits to both humans and cats!
This lovely little bundle is full of life and energy and in the right home he will come on leaps and bounds. Thackeray needs an experienced, adult only home and would make a good companion to an existing cat or could be homed with one of his siblings. You'll need to be able to offer a solid daily routine and have enough time at home to spend with him.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Needs daily grooming
  • Street savvy

Jelly

Jelly is just two years old and a real black beauty. She has been a well cared for family pet but has arrived at CatCuddles following a change in circumstances, she is looking for her forever home as a solo cat with her own garden.

Jelly would do well in an adult-only household or one with sensible older children. Jelly may well be shy at first but once she gets to know you will become very bonded and affectionate. She loves to divide her time between the warmth and comfort of the indoor life and an adventure outside so she will need access to a safe garden or garden network.

Gentle and precious - Jelly is bound to bring a lot of love to her new humans. You will need to be patient and consistent with her to help the transition run smoothly.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Good with cats

Amber

Amber has arrived at Catcuddles via a string of unsuitable homes. She was rescued and brought to us by a keen supporter of Catcuddles. Amber was born on the street of Cairo, Egypt where a young girl tried to keep her as a pet - her father would not allow it and gave the kitten to an animal shelter. This Egyptian shelter turned out to be poorly run and the future looked bleak for Amber. She is one of the lucky few animals to survive that shelter as she was starved and denied water for weeks before being rescued. Thankfully said shelter has now been closed.

When our supporter rescued Amber she was in a poor physical and mental state but has now been nursed back to full health and seems no worse for her tragic experiences. Our kindly supporter fundraised in order to bring Amber to the UK where she would be more likely to find a forever home. She was then homed alongside Loki to an English family but the resident cats would not accept the new additions so Amber has now arrived at Catcuddles where we are certain to find her a home which is nothing short of 100% perfect!

Calico girl, Amber is about 10 months old and stunning, inside and out. She is very playful and loves to run around either hunting her toys or playing with other cats, she's a tough cookie and does enjoy some rough and tumble with her friends. She will need to be homed as a companion to an equally high energy young cat. Amber is bold and confident and will certainly intimidate shy, quiet or senior cats. Too young to be a lap cat, she does enjoy sitting next to her humans during her quieter moments.

Amber would be a good addition to a busy family and would live with older children well. It'd be great if there was someone home part of the day to spend time with her and she should certainly have access to a very safe back garden.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Good with cats
  • Good with dogs
  • Good with children

Milton

5 month old Milton is Melville's brother and he is a shy gentle beauty. Jet black with such a pretty fluffy face - we adore him!
He is more vocal than his littermates and seems to be quite chatty and interactive with our volunteers. He is learning to enjoy being groomed which is necessary to keep that magnificent coat in check.
Milton is a sensitive soul and will need some enforced cuddle therapy once adopted so you can help him become more accepting of affection and build up his confidence. He is making progress every day due to the hard working fostering volunteer who is working with him.
When he goes to his forever home he is likely to be shy and nervous but with experienced, new owners who get him settled in a good routine and spend plenty of time with him, he is bound to become more and more confident every day and after a while you'll have a new best friend!



 
  • Good with cats
  • Needs daily grooming
  • For experienced homes
  • Shy
  • Under 2 years

Titan

Mouschie's kittens have spent time with a very experienced fostering volunteer who has done an amazing job in socializing them. These precious babies were born outside in a garden and received no human contact in the formative, first weeks of life. Titan is a very special little boy who has the potential to be a super affectionate, friendly boy. He is still quite shy but is accepting of cuddles and strokes.

Titan will need a loving and understanding home with patient and experienced owners. He will be shy and timid and may even hiss when he first moves in but time, patience and positive reinforcement with treats is all that is needed for him to do really well and become your best friend.

Experienced adopters only, Titan needs and adult only household with a good daily routine. He would make a god companion to an existing pet.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Good with dogs
  • Street savvy

Baby Henry

Three year old Henry became increasingly unhappy in his current home since the addition of a human baby and has begun spending more and more time away from the house.
He is a loving, friendly, sociable cat who loves strokes, attention and interaction with his humans. He also enjoys drinking water from running taps and will often sit in the sink waiting for you to turn it on! Henry's greatest love is the great outdoors and he adores his daily adventures.

Still, we don't want Henry to be roaming too far from home where there are all sorts of dangers in an urban environment, so we are looking for a forever home with a large garden and a family that would be willing to keep him "entertained" indoors for a good couple of months before giving access to the outdoors.
He is a very independent boy who will be well suited to people who have to work during the day. This boy still hasn't found what he is looking for... but perhaps you could help!



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy

Peter - the Charlton stray

At Catcuddles we not only rehome unwanted pets but we do a lot of work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming stray and abandoned cats. Here is a wonderful senior boy who is being fed by a local supporter of the charity. Peter is due to join us once we have secured some funding and space for him. We have already started on her vet care (neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worming treatment etc)
Peter is a friendly stray who is currently being cared for by local supporters in Charlton. He is a lovely gentle 6 year old boy who is calm and gentle through and through. Now the weather is getting colder we are desperate to find him a home before a harsh winter arrives. This sweet soul wants for very little in life, a regular meal and somewhere warm to rest. All you'll need to offer is a quiet, calm home environment with some outdoor space and lots of time for cuddles.
We are always fundraising so we can rescue more abandoned cats - each one costs us in excess of ?150 in vet care, and upkeep so even if you cannot offer a home, a small donation will help with our continued street cat work.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat

Calliope

We know very little about young Calliope's life prior to her arrival at CatCuddles - she came to us as a stray from a nearby vet, young and sweet but confused about how to interact with humans. She can sometimes get a little bit over-excited in the presence of people, but this is due to how much she simply adores and craves attention, and, as a result of her rocky start in life, doesn't know the correct way to get it.
Calliope needs a calm guiding hand, but also someone who loves play and one-to-one interaction with cats, possibly a home with older children or adults only. Overflowing with energy, Calliope is a lover of balls and toys, and wants nothing more than for someone to join in with her play. Spirited and full of life, quite simply, Calliope is not short on character - and if you look very closely at her, you can see a tiny butterfly on her nose!



 
  • For experienced homes
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat
  • Sociable
  • Under 2 years

Regina

Regina is a sweet senior girl long overdue some stability and warmth in her life. After her original owner passed away, Regina spent some time living in a garden, at the mercy of the elements. Since her arrival at CatCuddles, she has re-discovered the joys of heating, of blankets and beds and comforting hands; we're now looking for someone who can offer these to her, in a home of her own, permanently.

She is a proud and preening twelve year old beauty who purrs the moment she is touched, winds herself around your legs and is simply content to be near you at all times. She would be wonderful company for someone, and frankly she deserves someone wonderful. An indoor-only home would certainly be considered for this healthy early senior sweetheart.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

Aydan

Brought in from a budding feral colony in a busy South East London street, this striking looking boy Aydan and his sleek sister Alby came to us having had almost no interaction with humans. It has been a labour of love socializing the young pair and it is not just over yet. We believe its final and most important stage will occur in a home environment, with a family that these kittens will learn to trust and will bond with.

At a slightly quicker pace than Alby and with skilled, gentle coaxing from our volunteers, Aydan is improving every day. Gradually he has learned to associate people with positive things, and enjoy strokes, is fine being held, though he will still require a patient and dedicated owner in an adult only home to help him progress even further.

Teaching an ex-feral kitten to trust is a profound and moving experience - there is nothing more rewarding than that first purr, or the day that a kitten once fearful of humans, willingly sits on a lap. Aydan needs someone who is open to this experience, who will take the time to help him become the loving companion we know he is capable of being.

If you can see the enormous potential of Aydan, then you may well be his perfect forever human.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Street savvy

Alby

Alby is the sister of Aydan, and like him, was born of an urban feral cat colony, so she is only now beginning to understand us humans. Though a little more stubborn and strong-willed than her brother, with daily socialising from our volunteers Alby has made great progress toward becoming acclimatized to human contact.

We believe the love of an experienced human would speed up this progress, transforming her into an excellent companion cat. At present, she is learning to enjoy strokes, to associate humans with good things - like food, play and treats! - and she cannot resist a shoe lace or feather-toy. She will require someone with experience, patience and dedication, and will reward them with her daily leaps and bounds of progress and eventual bonding and trust.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Challenging behaviour
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Street savvy

Emily (Reserved)

Emily is sensitive and intelligent, with the most fantastic fluffy tail and a kittens meow. Found wandering the streets, at times she can seem a little shy, but is utterly friendly and quickly warms to anyone offering strokes. She can make a great indoor-only cat if she has human interaction to compensate, and can equally -and carefully- be introduced to a garden once she is settled into her new home. This is a very gentle youngster, with tons of affection and love towards those she bonds with. She will often climb, purring, onto a lap within five minutes of greeting a person.

Emily came to us with a super sensitive tummy which gives her loose stools, and is on a special diet as a result (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal wet or dry at present), with her eating habits closely monitored. We are also fortifying her gut with probiotics so that in time she will grow out of this particular sensitivity. Despite this, she has a particular fondness for treats and has shown her ample intelligence in sniffing them out even if it means she steals them from inside drawers!

Emily reacts well to other cats and is not a dominant personality so is not likely to challenge another cat. Due to her easy-going and gentle nature may also adapt well to a home with children. This is a gorgeous kitten of about 7 months that will adapt well to most homes.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Needs daily grooming
  • Good with cats
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

Baby (Reserved)

Baby has all the best qualities of a senior cat; she'll happily doze away the hours on a comfy bed or a warm lap, and yet she can still surprise with her sudden playful streak, eagerly batting at dangled string. She has had little luck in her 12 years of life; discovered hungry and astray in a garden, Baby was brought into the home of a kind-hearted person, who, already made delicate by pregnancy, unfortunately found that she was unable to keep her due to the onslaught of a sudden, violent allergy. In this home Baby was exposed to very young children and proved to be a wonderfully tolerant companion for them.

Overall, considering both her age and the untold amount of time she may have spent homeless, Baby is in very good health. She has suffered some episodes of tachycardia, but this is managed by one aspirin tablet every three days and may be attributable to stress, something a loving new home would reduce greatly. Blood work and ultrasounds of Baby's heart reveal it to be healthy, and at present her tachycardia simply requires monitoring. As does a small cyst on Baby's back, which we are in the process of draining - it is fluid-filled and nothing sinister or serious.

The streets were no place for such a peaceful and obliging elderly lady. Kind, faithful and friendly, Baby has so much to offer - can you offer her a place in your home?



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

Matilda and Pushkin

This stunning pair are Matilda (white) and Pushkin (spotted), two young girls looking for a spacious indoor home together, ideally with a terrace to accommodate their energy and young age. They have a close bond and are alike in their friendliness and want of attention, however Matilda is the more rambunctious sister, a little louder and more playful, while Pushkin is more inclined to seek out quiet affection. When first arriving at the sanctuary, Pushkin was very shy indeed, and this may be the case for her first few days in a new home. For this reason, and as is the case with many cats, she may require a little initial patience while her confidence builds, but we have no doubt that once this adjustment period has passed, she will become a wonderful companion cat, along with her sister. Together they are well behaved, playful and sociable, quite simply two perfect family cats, and their love for each other is very sweet to behold.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Good with cats
  • Indoor only

Porchie

This is the beautiful Porchie. A gentle 7 year old Tabby girl with dainty white feet, Porchie is a real purrer - she is friendly and approachable, and loves to knead her bed and nudge you with her nose.

Rehomed due to a shift in her owners circumstances, Porchie is still adapting to her sudden change of environment, and is occasionally a little shy as a result, but this usually melts away as soon as someone begins stroking her. Preferring human company to that of her fellow felines, Porchie would need to be the only cat in her new home, which would also need to be indoor only. Having been a house cat for her whole life, Porchie is anxious to get back into a home environment - perhaps yours could the perfect one for her.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Ideal first cat
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Odin

5 year old Odin can be a little defensive at first, but this doesn't extend beyond the occasional hiss - the moment he is touched he becomes a purring machine, and if he feels he hasn't gotten enough attention he will cry for more! His defensiveness is the result of a hard life as a stray, unfortunately humans have given him little reason to trust, and yet with Odin, it is won so easily with a soft touch or some gently spoken words. He has been tested around dogs and while a little uncertain about very big breeds, he isn't too concerned about those of a similar height to him, and we believe that he'd only need to realise that they pose no threat to adapt to their company. He would be best suited to a home with access to a spacious garden, and would be a great for someone looking for a cat that they can lavish with attention and strokes, he is desperate for love and gives his own love generously.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Street savvy

Maleka and Bayla

Born of another of the feral litters rescued this year by CatCuddles are Maleka and Bayla, two kittens each saved from the short, brutal life of a feral cat to be rehabilitated by our volunteer team. They came to us bewildered and frightened by any human presence, and it has been a long but rewarding task to gain their trust, one that is not over yet. Currently they still possess some fear of humans, but are improving by the day - they will now approach people for food and play, but still need to shed some of their anxiety about being handled and touched.

Maleka, a girl, gained fame among our volunteer team for being a tiny 'spit fire' - despite being the smallest among her brothers and sisters, she would still bravely stand her ground against anything she perceived as a threat. Her fiery nature, however, never extended far beyond talk - she would growl and hiss when approached by our volunteers, only to utterly succumb to strokes and cuddles once picked up. The male Bayla is a less dominant personality and even at this early stage in his rehabilitation, it is apparent that he has the potential to become a very calm, gentle house cat. While initially very fearful of humans, he has made great progress, and is beginning to associate them with food, even purring once or twice during contact.

Although brother and sister, this pair are from separate litters, and we believe Bayla to be some weeks older than Maleka, who is already small for her age, despite her big personality. They will need to be adopted by someone patient and experienced, who understands the long-term emotional rewards of transforming a once feral cat with a tragic future ahead, into a content family cat facing only a comfortable and happy life.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Street savvy

Rafferty

This little boy is five months old and the brother of ex-feral kittens Bayla and Maleka. His time spent with an experienced fosterer, who took a loving and tireless approach in rehabilitating him, means he has overtaken them hugely in terms of socialization. He is now virtually unrecognizable as a once feral cat; he has become loving and friendly, a boy who loves to purr and rub his soft face against his carers. Having come so far and learned so much already, in a forever home with a stable routine he will absolutely flourish. As a lively kitten, he will need someone who can accommodate his energy and offer him an outdoor space, and we believe he would enjoy the company of another cat, and has the potential to share his home happily with older children. He is a heartwarming example of how far feral kittens can come under the influence of patience and love, and with his fear-filled past behind him he would be a joy for anyone to have in their home.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Barnes

We took Barnes in as an emergency case after discovering him riddled with fleas and ticks, living without shelter in the backyard of a convenience store at only 5 months old. He is sweet and affectionate and purrs instantaneously at the sight of a friendly human, making it all the more tragic that he has spent the early months of his life alone and lost. Despite having practically reached maximum capacity in regards to strays when initially alerted to his situation, we simply could not leave Barnes on the streets at such a tender age, tormented by fleas and at the mercy of the elements, foxes, and busy urban traffic. After a facebook appeal, we thankfully managed to secure an emergency foster placement for him, ensuring that he would never spend another night in the cold.

As wonderful as this last-minute refuge is, Barnes will still need somewhere that he can call home, permanently, and with his loving nature, he would enhance the life of anyone willing to offer that to him. He is a typical kitten - playful and entirely without malice, craving interaction, cuddles and play, and boasting a magnificent fluffy tail which puts one in mind of a Turkish Van.

While we cannot take back the sad weeks or months he spent on the street, with the right adopter, we can promise him a future full of love, security and warmth.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Jinx

Jinx is a six year old boy with a sad story and a need for a fresh start. Adopted as a kitten with his brother, Jaffa, for the first years of his life Jinx was a happy and well-adjusted cat, with a deep attachment to his litter-mate. In 2011, however, he underwent a dramatic behavioral change, after Jaffa was killed in what appeared to be a deliberate act of cruelty - struck by a driver that seemed to purposefully accelerate towards him after leaving the garden of his home, in full view of Jinx.

While it's difficult to say whether bearing witness to such a horrific event can impact a cat psychologically, Jinx has certainly been a changed cat ever since. He has suddenly become incompatible with the other cats in his household, and has developed a fear of venturing into the garden from which he saw his brother killed. While he remains affectionate and loving towards his current owners, it is apparent that he is unhappy, and seems to have lost his ability to co-exist with other cats. He still loves attention and fuss and would make a wonderful companion if given the chance, and he can also live quite peacefully alongside dogs, having shared the company of two relatively large breeds for years.

A fresh start, as a solo cat in a calm environment that is not reminiscent of past traumas, could make a happy cat out of him once more; and that would be a truly rewarding experience for any kind hearted person. Could you be the one to heal Jinx's scars?



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with dogs
  • Solo cat

Sponsor or Adopt: Molly, our sugar kitty

15 year old Molly is very precious indeed. She was not adequately cared for by her previous owners and was left with undiagnosed diabetes for some time. She is now on the appropriate wet diabetic food, insulin injections and vet monitoring which is working wonders on her health and mood!

Molly needs a very special person to bring her home and offer her a safe, loving retirement home. We are looking for a long term option for Molly: either a forever home, or someone who would be willing to offer her a forever foster home with full support and vet care provided by Catcuddles. We are also accepting offers of sponsorship of our gorgeous Molly, as her monthly care bill is a little higher than that of a healthy cat, but hey, nobody's perfect and she is pretty much close to it otherwise!

Molly has a delightful personality - she is very sweet and friendly and always seeks out attention as soon as we walk in her room. A gentle soul with a lot of love to give, Molly is a "cuddle connoisseur"! She is going to need a home where there is someone is happy to give her twice daily injections with her breakfast and dinner, and a whole lot of love. She is a happy indoor cat and should be a solo cat only by virtue of her diet which should not be compromised with others. To the experienced home, she can actually co-exist happily with other gentle, peace loving pets.

Please contact our adoptions team if you have any questions about Molly's needs and care. Alternatively if you can offer sponsorship for Molly to support us in keeping her in the way she deserves to, please call us or email evina@catcuddles.org.uk. Molly would love to meet you!



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Good with cats
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat
1. Seniors are more likely to be housetrained.
2. Seniors are less likely to chew, scratch and destroy your possessions.
3. Seniors require less patience, time and energy.
4. Seniors spend more time napping and are happy to have you join them.
5. Seniors are generally calmer and tend to settle in quicker.
6. With seniors, what you see is what you get. They have already grown into their shape and personality.
7. You will be a providing a loving home to a cat who often gets passed by for a cute kitten or puppy.
8. Most important of all, senior pets will reward you with love, affection and devotion, day after day.
Please consider adopting one of our many senior residents because older pets need love too!

The privilege of loving a senior and the knowledge that you have given this older pet a second chance at life makes it all worth the pain of eventual separation.



 

    Our Guidelines For Adopting A Cat

    All Catcuddles kitties are fully vet-checked, FIV/FELV tested (if they came in as strays), neutered, fully vaccinated, flea-treated monthly, de-wormed quarterly and microchipped. Some have also had their dentals done, blood tests etc, to ensure they are fit and healthy before being available for adoption.

    It is important for the Welfare and Adoption Teams to ensure we are giving these felines the best possible start to a happy, healthy life with their newly adopted family. Homing donations are requested at the time of adoption on the basis of "one cat out one cat in" , i.e. at a level that would cover the vet costs so we can immediately rescue a stray or unwanted cat. This cost varies between £85 and £120 per cat, depending on whether we also need to neuter. We have rarely had to explain why this level of donation is necessary to those who are aware of what a vet trip costs these days!

    Before adopting a cat a routine home visit is always carried out by one of our volunteers, as soon as you reserve a Catcuddles feline. Post-adoption visits are also likely, and email updates by the new family are required for at least the first 6 months, so we can make sure your cat is settling happily in his/her new home. Catcuddles offer help and advice 24/7  for anything relating to the welfare and care of a Catcuddles kitty.

    Please call us if you need to run through any behaviour(s) that you consider strange or unexpected so we can help make sense of them. Your vet should always be your first port of call with clinical/medical emergencies, so please register with a vet as soon as you adopt a cat. We are happy to recommend our vets and would also urge you to research your emergency vet service close to your home. We also strongly recommend that you obtain pet insurance for your cat and every Catcuddles cat homed comes with 4 weeks’ free insurance.

    Due to fast adoption rates during our Open Days (usually on Saturday afternoons), we do not always have time to keep the website and our Catchat homing pages up to date, so please call us if you are interested in adopting a cat or two and are not sure one of the above profiles is suitable.

    Stray & Feral Cat Rescue Projects

    Each season we try to use any surplus funding from donations towards helping rescue, rehabilitate and -when possible- rehome young  feral cats, especially mums with kittens. Strays are all homed as their socialisation is much easier and all have been homable cats.

    Back in  2010, we have not had to look far and brought in 5 heavily pregnant mums and and several young kittens. The mums were with us for over 2 months raising their little ones, which gave us the opportunity to try turning them around if possible and give them a chance to an easier, safe life as a home cat. However, all adults had to be returned and released as they were just too skittish and feral to be happy among humans.

    The young colony being so big (in excess of 30 with the kittens), we decided to give them names of world capitals, so we can easily remember where they came from and link them to their original location.

    Through sample blood checks we established this was a healthy FIV/FELV negative colony, so we 'll be keeping an eye on them in the future as they are relatively close to the Sanctuary. We are priviledged to have met and helped along characters like Paris, Sydney, Havanna, Canberra, Barcelona, Moresby and Rio. Head tomcat Zanzibar and comical Bamako made us laugh on many occasions. A few others such as Tokyo also joined the neuter&release list, along with some of his very young mates. Vienna was the last addition (although we feel she was an accidental tourist - turned out to be a friendly stray) and is now pampered at her hew home in Blackheath.

    Spring/Summer 2011
    During kitten season last year, we upped the ante and concentrated on rescue of pregnant strays in East London, also helping out in Lewisham, Clapham and beyond. East London has a dire problem with cats made stray by people’s poor understanding on cat welfare and lack of information on cat ownership. We ended up with 11 litters and over 70, mums and kittens, all landing with us  in the space of 3 months.  All were successfully homed and all the kittens have now been neutered, ensuring we play our part to stop the vicious circle of unwanted offspring and even more cats to rehome further down the line. The operation has been costly as we had to place two litters under catflu quarantine and resorted to an emergency c-section to deliver and save the lives of mum Freya and her 4 kittens, Nemo, Minnie, Tigger and Daisy.

    Plans for 2012
    We expect this year to be just as busy -and costly. We continue to educate the public and advocate neutering of all cats over 5 months, to avoid the tragedy of unwanted cats being put to sleep or abandoned every year due to lack of good homes. Please consider donating to fund our stray neutering scheme, which is not supported by any other organisation, grant, fund or charity.

    All public donations for neutering will go exclusively towards neutering. We also help with low cost neutering to those who may be finding it hard to cover the private vet fee, so long as they are within reach of our two vets in Blackheath SE3.

     

     
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