As many of our cats have come to us through unhappy or unsafe circumstances, we naturally want to make sure as far as possible that they are being rehomed to people and places where they will be happy and contented for the remainder of their lives. For that reason, we do insist on doing a home check before you meet the cat or cats you are interested in.
At the moment our area of operation is mainly confined to around Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Crowborough and Heathfield. So those are the areas we can easily home check and support our cats in the settling in phase.
All our cats are vet checked, fleaed, wormed, neutered if old enough, micro chipped and will have at least the first stage of the vaccination done. This all costs a lot so we do ask for a financial contribution towards this.
Our helpers are all volunteers, giving of their spare time to rescue and rehabilitate our cats and kittens. All the money we raise therefore goes where it is needed - to help the animals.
Please note that we do not have a sanctuary or centre. All our cats and kittens are fostered by volunteers either in their own homes or in purpose-built cattery pens in their gardens. So you need to make an appointment to view at a mutually convenient time.
Our Adoption Fee is £45 per cat, but if you can spare a little more, it will go to help bring in another cat off the street.
To arrange a home check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on our answer phone 01892 821275. Please leave a landline telephone number if at all possible.
Colin is the last kitten of 'Big Knickers' (don't ask, LOL!!), his siblings having all gone together to a new home. So he has mum, Bridget, all to himself. His favourite game at the moment is winding her up but she soon sorts him out - we think she has had wrestling lessons!
Bridget is newly spayed and is also microchipped and fully vaccinated. Colin is also fully vaccinated and is just over 13 weeks old (15 June 2013).
Ideally we would like to home mother and son together, however we will consider splitting them for the right home. Please note however, we will not home young single kittens to households where they are left on their own all day. Bridget, although fine with Colin, is not keen on other cats so she needs to go to a family with no other cats.
Please note we can only homecheck in West Kent and parts of East Sussex
Ginger boy, the tortoiseshells are all girls. Ready to go weekend of 18th May 2013 after the first part of their vaccination. ** Update 17/5/13 - our vet has now seen these kittens with mum and, although they are small for their age, their are in proportion to the size of their mum and healthy so they have been vaccinated and are ready to go. They will only'be homed in pairs, so pleased do not ask for a single kitten - it ain't happenin' !! **
Vetchecked, fleaed and wormed. The photo above was taken 3 weeks ago, they are bigger now - see new photos below.
Please note we prefer to home kittens in pairs as they settle in more quickly, it"s less stressful for them and they are company for each other.
All homes vetted prior to adoption although you are often able to view our cats first by mutual arrangement with the fosterer concerned - we do not have a centre. We homecheck in West Kent and parts of East Sussex.
Hattie and Charlie are urgently seeking a permanent new home. This mother and son were adopted from us just over a year ago but since then they have had several moves including a few months back with us last summer while their owner was in temporary accommodation. Their owner is on the move again and this time Hattie & Charlie cannot move with them and are reluctantly being put up for rehoming.
Hattie originally came into us as a heavily pregnant stray so we think she is now around 7 years old. Charlie was born on 9 August 2011 so is about 18 months old now. Both are very friendly and affectionate cats, neutered and chipped. We are not quite sure if their vaccinations are up-to-date but we suspect with all the moves this may have lapsed.
Update 14/2/13 - Hattie and Charlie are now in our foster care in Ide Hill. Their vaccinations are being updated so they will go as fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped pets.
With yet another move to us, these poor cats do not know whether they are coming or going. Therefore, as they have had so much upheaval in their lives in the past year, we are looking for a permanent, stable home for this lovely pair.
Please note - we can only homecheck within W Kent and E Sussex
Rosie is a young black & white female cat, probably 18 - 24 mths old*. She is the mum of the U-bend kittens (see news page).
Rosie is friendly but is unsure of people she does not know so we think her new family should either be adult only or with older children.
She has been spayed and microchipped and has had the first stage of her vaccination.
Update 20th May 2012 - Rosie is now fully vaccinated. She has not reacted well to being moved into the cattery pens and has become withdrawn. So we are keen to find a lovely new home for her asap. We do think she would be best in a grown-up family and ideally with someone who is around a lot during the day.
3rd September - Rosie is still looking for her forever home. She is much better with people she does not know, however we think she would love a family with older children or an adult only household.
22nd December - still awaiting a new home and spending her 2nd Christmas in care with us.
Update 27th April 2013 - Rosie and Norma have been moved back into a fosterer's home to reacquaint them with family life as they have been in a pen for so long. Their fosterer says: "They have settled really well - especially Rosie! She is such a responsive little cat, and will jump up wherever you pat your hand ( looking for treats, which will be swallowed whole sometimes). She has allowed me to pick her up for a very short cuddle, and when she gets excited can't help but bury her head under the nearest pillow / cushion or blanket. This morning they joined me on my bed for the first time. Norma is still a bit wary, especially when you approach her from a standing position, but loves her toys, and will make a secret 'stash' in nooks and crannies. Saying that - she is the more adventurous, exploring the rest of the house whenever she can."
* Rosie is now about 3 years old (April 2013) and Norma, her daughter is 18 months. They can be homed together or separately but have been with us since October 2011 so are really in need of a forever home.
Please note - we can only homecheck within West Kent or East Sussex
These 3 were picked up with their mum from a garden in Tonbridge. Mum was a very tame and friendly tortoiseshell who has gone back to live with the lady who rescued her. Her kittens were about 3 weeks old when we found them and she had unfortunately moved them from a small but dry shed to the open garden, just as the weather became very unsettled. So they were decidedly damp when they came into us and all 3 plus mum went down with cat flu as soon as they came inside. Jimbo and Jools are finally over this and ready for rehoming so they will be neutered, chipped and vaccinated in early February when they will be 5 months old.
Jimbo is the black & white boy on the right of the picture and Jools is the tortie & white girl on the left. Little Janey is the runt of the litter and is much, much smaller so can't be released for rehoming just yet. All 3 are friendly but a little shy so are not suitable for young families or busy/noisy households.
Please note - we can only homecheck within W Kent and E Sussex
Coco came into our care with her 5 one week old kittens following an eviction. Her pregnant mother also came into our care and subsequently gave birth to one kitten.
Still looking (26/5/13) - 1 black & white female, Iris, and 1 black & white male, Murdoch.
Fully vaccinated, chipped and neutered, just waiting for loving permanent homes. These kittens, now 9 months old, would not suit busy, noisy households. They are friendly but can be a little timid. They are very bonded together and so we would ideally like them to go as a pair.
Please note - we can only homecheck within West Kent and parts of East Sussex
We had a phonecall from one of our rescue friends about 5 cats brought over with dogs from Ireland. Of particular concern was one described as frail, emaciated and elderly, unlikely to last much beyond Christmas. Although he was in a place of safety, it was unheated and our friend felt he deserved a warm, indoor home for the rest of his days. And so he came into our care, ironically with our fosterer also called Frank.
In fact, he has proved to be much younger, probably 7ish, with lots of spirit and character. Totally loves being in the warmth and is responding well to antibiotic treatment, cuddles and food. He is clearly not on his last legs and so we are looking for a forever home for him with some backup help from us.
We think he would be best as an only cat as, although the antibiotics have cleared up his snuffles for the time being, he has been left with a bit of a wheeze which is probably permanent and he may need antibiotic support from time to time which we can help with. So his new home would need to be within easy access of our vets in Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, Wadhurst and Southborough so Frank can be taken in for treatment if necessary and the cost put on our account.
Update May 2013 Frank has had a polyp removed from his left ear and is looking well. Although Frank is being sponsored - and we are very grateful to his sponsors for their support - we would still like Frank to go to a forever home where he can spend the rest of his days.
Muffin & Marvin are the 2 remaining kittens of Bliss, also looking for a new home. They are 9 months old (27/1/13), fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Muffin (left) is a very joyful little chap, rushes around and likes to be in the middle of everything.
Marvin (black with a few little white hairs on his chest) is quite the opposite, very quiet and calm but we think he is rather overshadowed by his noisier brother.
Both boys have chummed up with Mahogany and usually one of them is curled up asleep with her so they could either go singly, as a pair of boys or with Mahogany. Or indeed with their mum!
Please note - we can only homecheck within W Kent and E Sussex
The cats in the photo have just reported for mouser duty at stables in Sussex! We wish them joy in their new lives and send apologies to the mice...
Looking for mousers to live mainly outdoors? We may be able to help but there are some things YOU need to think about.
Firstly, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 covers feral cats as well as domestic ones and so the cats need cosy weatherproof and warm shelter 24/7, proper cat food daily (dog food doesn't work nor the cheapest cat food), regular flea and worm treatment and veterinary care should the need arise. They also need freedom from stress (see below).
Some people still feel ferals can fend for themselves and won't feed, provide shelter or do the regular flea and worm treatment - essential if the cats are hunting and eating vermin which will also be riddled with fleas and worms.
Secondly, is your location away from a busy road? And do you have dogs? Many stables/smallholdings/farms quite sensibly have dogs on site, however, feral cats will be timid and run so even the most cat friendly dogs will chase. Sadly, many dogs on stables etc are not cat friendly and we have had to rescue cats being harassed and in some cases injured from dogs uncontrolled on farms/stables/smallholdings. Some were even killed...
If your site is near a busy road, chances are the cats will at some stage be panicked by the dogs and run straight onto the road. Feral cats and dogs on a smallholding/farm may not work and you may be in breach of the Animal Welfare Act in terms of stress apart from anything else - just a thought...
Thirdly, to start off, they will need to be confined for 4-6 weeks in a secure, weatherproof environment (we can loan a large pen if necessary) until they have settled enough to know you as their major feeding source. A busy tack room, for example, with people coming and going and the cats loose in the room will not work. Think about where you are going to start these cats off. It will mean a litter tray or trays cleaned up on a daily basis, fresh water and food - all for 4-6 weeks. Is your setup geared for this?
Lastly, if this hasn't put you off, then you are the feral cat person for us!! We will come and check out where you are going to start the cats off and the suitability of the site and then we will bring you the cats and the cat pen if you need this too. We can provide bedding and cat litter trays - you will need to provide the cat litter (and scoop to remove the bits), bowls for food and water and a plan to integrate other animals on your site if you have them.
Please note our adoption fee is £45 unless you are taking several ferals, in which case we are happy to negotiate a price.
NB, for us to be able to provide & collect a pen etc, you need to be within 20 miles of Tunbridge Wells