How We Can Help
Sadly, we always have a long list of cats that need our help and there are always more cats than there are spaces available. We operate an admissions waiting list, with cats most in need given the highest priority. Whilst we might not be able to help immediately, we will respond to all calls offering advice and practical solutions.
There are countless reasons why a domestic cats needs to be rehomed. Perhaps an owner has died, or moving home means that your cat will be left out on the street,
Domestic cats find outdoor pens very stressful so we endeavour to have these cats placed with one of our indoor fosterers.
Stray or Abandoned
Unfortunately, we are asked to help more and more with strays. There are strict guidelines to which we must adhere, to ascertain that a cat is actually a stray before it can be rehomed. If you have any doubt as to whether a cat is a stray, abandoned or feral, don’t hesitate to get in touch - we have a wealth of knowledge and can provide help.
Feral or Just Frightened
The term 'feral' is commonly misused to label any cat that lives outdoors and is apparently unsocialised to humans, displaying instinctive fearful and defensive behaviour (hissing, growling, spitting) and avoiding human contact. Some of these cats will have been born in the wild, the descendants of unneutered domesticated cats that have strayed or been abandoned. But many are simply unneutered stray, homeless, unwanted or abandoned cats and have reverted to instinctive 'feral' behaviour just to survive. Very often these are not feral, they’re just frightened animals. Whether they are feral or timid we work with all cats to find them the right home for them.
Cats that have always had to live by their wits and haven’t been socialised are generally feral. They can’t be rehomed but neither should they be allowed to suffer. Feral are generally not spayed or neutered and can quickly become a problem. If there is sufficient food and shelter available, we can help by trapping, neutering and returning them to where they were found. If conditions aren’t suitable for the feral cat to be returned we will arrange to transfer it to one of our volunteer small holdings or farms who have agreed to provide food and shelter.