Up For Adoption
Ketchup came to us with no name and not a great deal of history. She has been being looked after for a while, as a stray, by an elderly lady who has been feeding and taking care of her (but never named her). The vets have put her age at about 6 years old and apart from some dental issues that will need looking at in the near future is in great condition. Ketchup is an adorable girl who loves a cuddle and will make a lovely addition to someones family.
The Re-homing Process
If you are interested in adopting a cat, the process is simple and straightforward. Firstly contact us and we will arrange for you to visit the cat you are interested in at the fosterers so that you can see if you suit each other. If you both fall in love with each other then we will arrange for one of our volunteer home checkers to visit you and complete a short questionnaire (don't worry they are not looking for cobwebs!)
Provided your home check is a success then we will arrange for you to pick up your cat and take it home after signing the adoption form.
We do not make a charge for our cats but we do ask for a donation.
Farm & Feral Cats
Feral cats are once domestic cats, or the descendants of once domestic cats, and their offspring, who are now living in the wild. They have little or no contact with humans – they won't come up to you and you can't pick them up - they just like to hunt and eat. They should not be confused with stray cats, who are cats who were raised as pets, but have since become lost or been abandoned.
We will assist in relocating farm and feral cats where possible, neutering them first.
We need to find homes for them first before we trap them as it is not possible to put them in a pen. We are therefore always looking for farms, small holdings and stable owners who are willing to take a cat or two on a permanent basis. Having a small colony of feral cats in such environments is mutually beneficial - they take care of 'Rodent Control' and you supply them with a safe home.
We can lend cat traps to catch unhandleable cats. We tend to put the cat in a stable or outbuilding whilst it gets used to its new surroundings. But if they are kittens aged under 8 weeks, it is usually possible to get them used to people and their company and rehome them in a domestic environment.
If it is not possible to find a new home we will arrange for them to be neutered and returned.
It is important for all cats to be neutered, as not only does it prevent unwanted kittens being born, it also helps to prevent the spread of disease and can make male cats less aggressive and prone to fighting. We offer free neutering for farm, feral and outdoor living cats. We will also assist with costs for neutering domestic cats. Cats would need to be taken to our nominated vet.
We can lend cat traps to catch unhandleable cats. We will also arrange for them to be given a free health check at the same time as being neutered.
If you have a cat in need of neutering then contact us to find out details of the schemes
- One female cat can be responsible for over 20,000 kittens in five years
- Female cats can get pregnant from just 4 months old
- A female cat can have up to 3 litters of kittens a year
- Neutered male cats are less likely to roam and get into fights, and less likely to spray
- Neutering a cat does not affect its hunting ability
- It is not beneficial for a female cat to have a litter of kittens before neutering
We know how heartbreaking it can be if your cat goes missing. If you have lost your cat, here are some suggestions of things to do:
- Ask neighbours to check all sheds and garages, making sure they open them up to look
- Check houses of neighbours who have recently gone on holiday
- Check kerbs and hedges in case of an accident
- Go out into your garden and around the immediate vicinity of your home late at night, call for your cat and take time to listen for a reply. If your cat is shut in somewhere nearby, this is when you are most likely to hear him
- Check with vets and rescue centres and let them know your cat is missing
- If your cat is Microchipped, call Petlog on 0844 4633 999 so that they can flag your cat as missing, and also to check any 'found cat' reports in your area
- Ask the postman to keep a look out for you
- Put up posters containing a photo around the area (not just in the immediate vicinity)
- Contact the local newspaper – the Citizen advertise lost and found for free
- If there is a school close by, contact the headteacher. Children are very observant and like being detectives
If you find your cat, don't forget to contact everyone to let them know.
These are some of our happiest and proudest stories:
About Grumpy Bumpy
"Grumpy Bumpy" was so called by the Stroud News and Journal when they ran an article to find her a new home. She earned the nickname because she used to have a habit of biting people, indeed she also had a go at her new prospective owner when he first visited her! Despite this he still offered her a new home and she is now very settled and contented and her biting days are over.
Tinker & Belle
About Tinker & Belle
Tinker & Belle are 2 sisters who both arrived at our fosterer's heavily pregnant. They were inseparable and extremely supportive of each other's birth and kittens. They each had four beautiful kittens 3 days apart and shared the kittens between them, feeding whichever ones were nearest to them. Tinker usually ended up doing more of the feeding while Belle was the expert cleaner and washer. The kittens thrived and all the family were successfully rehomed with Tinker & Belle going together.
When Wiggy arrived at our fosterer's with his brother, she had a feeling that something wasn't right with him and so she whisked him off to the vets. The vet felt that there was some sort of blockage in Wiggy's stomach, either a foreign object or a twisted gut, and he was rushed off to the main veterinary hospital in Stroud to be operated on as soon as surgery was over. It turns out that Wiggy had a length of ordinary sewing thread looped around his tongue, and that it had passed all the way through his intestines to the end of the bowel. It had cut into his tongue, which required sutures, and he had to have four incisions in his intestines to remove the thread, which was over 40 inches long. Wiggy must have been in excruciating pain, and had he not been operated on would probably have died within hours. After the operation it was touch and go for a while but he made a full recovery and went on to live a normal, happy life in his new home.