- A map and opening hours are at the foot of the page giving directions to the Sanctuary.
- We only
rehome cats in the local area, within about 10 - 15 miles of Colchester, ie. from Witham in
the south to Ipswich in the north, Clacton in the east, and Sudbury to the west, as we may want to do a home check. (If
you are not in our area, please go on to the very good cat charity website www.catchat.org that lists all Essex and Suffolk cat rescues (including RSPCA and Cats Protection branches) if you click on Essex or Suffolk.
read the information on this page in full before visiting. We are a responsible Charity and wish to make prospective
visitors think fully about all aspects of pet ownership.
- Please ensure that you are fully aware of the expenses
involved in owning pets (eg. neutering, annual vaccinations and other veterinary treatment, food/litter
costs, regular flea and worming costs, and cattery fees), and the associated responsibility of looking after pets which
requires an established household and stable home life, with sufficient regular income in order to meet these expenses.
owner is legally required to look after their pets and this includes obtaining both routine and emergency
veterinary treatment when necessary in order to avoid neglect - see the Animal Welfare Bill (on the DEFRA website)
which became law in 2007 and put a duty of care on to owners. There are fines of up to £20000 and up to a
year in prison for failure to meet certain levels of care.
- All cats that we rehome have been vaccinated
against cat flu and enteritis, are neutered (if they are old enough, ie. 4 - 5 months old) and microchipped.
All our cats remain registered for microchip purposes to CCR at the Sanctuary address, as we maintain responsibility
for these records. Please notify us by letter or email if you move house.
- When making your donation, please be aware
that we have in most cases spent over £150 on veterinary treatment for each cat (in some cases much more). Cash,
debit card or cheque with a valid banker's card accepted. Your donation goes towards our vet bills which are
our biggest expense - over £50000 in 2014.
- We also offer 4 weeks' free pet
insurance through Pet Plan to help with vets' bills. If you decide to continue the policy after the 4 weeks,
we benefit by receiving commission for the life of the policy, which we put towards running the Sanctuary. We do recomment
this in view of the cost of veterinary treatment.
- When you visit the Sanctuary, we will discuss your circumstances
and ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire to tell us more about yourself so that we can try to find the right
cat(s). We try to ensure that we rehome cats suitable for your circumstances.
- Please do not be offended if you are refused a particular cat or kitten.
We take our rehoming responsibilities seriously and if we think a cat isn’t suitable, we will explain why.
We get to know them very well and we have many years' experience predicting where, and with whom, a cat or kitten will
fit in so that they do not have to come back to us, which is very disorientating for them.
also bring proof of identity (eg. passport/driving licence) and proof of current address
(eg. utility bill under 3 months old) with you if you are wishing to rehome a cat.
- We always seek to place the right
cat with the right household, and may do home checks before allowing a cat to be rehomed. If you do not own your
home, we will also require a letter from your landlord confirming that you may have cats, fit a catflap, and that you have
a lease of at least 12 months, which will be able to be extended (so that the newly rehomed cat has some stability
in its new surroundings.)
- We recommend that you should have (or be prepared to fit) a cat flap into your house so
that your cat has access to food/water and shelter in bad weather. Cat flaps can also be fitted into a glass door or window
too. Microchip cat flaps are useful, as they only allow your own cat into your house. We now rehome on the basis that cats
are kept shut indoors overnight (the cat flap should be lockable to allow this), as this is one of our requirements
for the safety of the cat. More road fatalities occur after dark when drivers cannot see cats. Cats are also more likely to
be stolen for their fur and resold if pretty (but the fur trade still exists), or for vivisection (animal experimentation.)
Please keep your pets in after dark.
- Please note that we have to consider the welfare of the cats, and cannot
home cats to certain roads/areas that would be too busy/dangerous. This is a policy common to many other animal
welfare charities rehoming cats, eg. Cats Protection and the RSPCA.
- You can write to us or telephone us
at the Sanctuary address below, or click this address to send us an e-mail:
Our normal opening hours are 12 - 3pm on Saturdays/Sundays and 10 - 1pm Monday - Friday.
are open as normal on Easter Sundays from 12 - 3pm, and also on Good Fridays and Easter Mondays from 10 -
This year we will be closed for Christmas from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th December 2016 inclusive.
then re-open as usual from Wednesday 28th December to Saturday 31st December.
We are closed on
New Year's Day, Sunday 1st January 2017.
See "About Us" for further directions about the location of the Sanctuary, for visitors travelling within Colchester,
and for directions from the A12.