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Cat and kitten rescue & rehoming centres covering Durham. Adopt a cat from your local rescue shelter.

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Organisations are listed alphabetically. Please browse through the page to locate rescues nearest you.


Ark on the Edge

Registered Charity no. 1116552
Covering Teesdale and surrounding areas. Animal rescue - domestic, including rehoming of cats and kittens, also helping wildlife (room permitting). A home-check is always carried out before homing, and follow-up contact is made after homing. The Ark is unable to house dogs but they do run a database to assist with direct homing. Permanent sanctuary is given to those animals which cannot be released or rehomed. The Ark also runs a Wildlife Education Centre and Nature Trail, and animal care courses. The Ark caters for disabled visitors and all community groups. Please see their website, linked below, for further information.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Centre: Ark on the Edge, Woolley Hill Farm, Woodland, Co Durham, DL13 5RX. NB: Please always phone before visiting, to ensure someone is there to assist you.
Tel: 01833 630505 or mobile 07970 802286
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Website: www.arkontheedge.org.uk

Blue Cross - Durham Rehoming Service

Registered Charity no. 224392
Cats are cared for by volunteers rather than at rehoming centres. Volunteer co-ordinators operate the scheme in their local area by providing administrative support, while the carers provide daily animal care. This scheme is helping us to rehome even more pets every year.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the branch as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 0300 777 1922
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Website: www.bluecross.org.uk/county-durham-durham-rehoming-service

Blue Cross - Thirsk Rehoming Centre

Registered Charity no. 224392
Covering: North Yorkshire, Teesside, Wakefield and parts of West Yorkshire. The Blue Cross Thirsk centre has facilities for 25 dogs and 40 cats, with additional and puppy and kitten facilities, they always have animals looking for good homes.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the rehoming centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Centre: Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3SE. Open 10am to 5pm Tues to Sun, closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays. 
Tel : 0300 777 1540
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Rehoming web page: www.bluecross.org.uk/yorkshire-thirsk-rehoming-centre
National website: www.bluecross.org.uk

Cat & Kitten Rescue

Covering Middlesbrough and surrounding areas. Cat and kitten rescue help and re-home many stray cats, abandoned cats and kittens. They also rescue cats that are unwanted or who have been mistreated. All adult cats are neutered before being homed and all kittens must be neutered by 6 months of age by the adopter.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01642 280 637
Mobile: 07825 148 325
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Website: www.catandkittenrescue.co.uk

Cat Orphanage

Covering Billingham, Middlesbrough and Stockton. Rescuing and rehoming cats and kittens for many years, through dedicated foster homes. A home visit is carried out as a requirement to homing an animal. All adult cats are neutered prior to homing, and provision is made for kittens to be neutered by the time they are 6 months old. The Orphanage normally has in the region of 50 cats and kittens of all ages and colours available for homing at any one time.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Help! Volunteers needed: Volunteers are always needed for a variety of roles and fundraising, please contact as below if you could help.
Help! Rural / Farm Homes Needed: Suitable outdoor homes on farms, small holdings or stables needed for neutered ex-feral cats.
Tel: 01642 556005
Website: www.thecatorphanage.co.uk

Cats Protection - Durham City & District

Registered Charity no. 203644
Covering DH and SR post codes. Durham City & District Cats Protection rescue and rehome stray and unwanted cats and kittens in the local area. They also offer help and advice to the public and cat owners.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the branch as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Neutering Assistance: The branch operates a reduced cost neutering scheme for those on benefits or low income.
Lost & Found Register: There is a Lost & Found cats section on their website, linked below.
Tel: 01388 720689
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Website: www.cats.org.uk/durham
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Teesside

Cat Homing Page for Cats Protection - TeessideRegistered Charity no. 203644
Covering TS postal code areas. Their helpline offers advice on cat care, cat rescue, and of course rehabilitation. Cats and kittens are cared for to the highest standards and with plenty of TLC, at the homes of branch fosterers as they do not have a central cat shelter! They have a variety of rescued cats & kittens of all ages needing homes. Cats / kittens over 5 months are neutered, vaccinated and ID chipped. Kittens under 5 months have their first vaccination and come with a neutering voucher that can be used at any Teesside vets. Adoption fee is £60-00.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Neutering Assistance: Please contact using the details below for assistance with the cost of neutering.
Lost & Found Register: Teesside CP also maintain a lost and found register.
Support Shop: 7 - 8 Ramsgate, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland.
Tel: 01642 589090 (please leave a message if the answerphone is on)
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Website: www.teesside.cats.org.uk
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Wear Valley & Darlington

Cats for Rehoming at Cats Protection - Wear Valley & DarlingtonRegistered Charity no. 203644
Covering DL postcode area. If you are thinking of adopting a rescued cat and you live in the area then please contact the branch as below. A donation is required to adopt which helps towards their vet and care bills. A home visit is carried out prior to homing an animal, to ensure mutual suitability.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Neutering Assistance: Neutering Vouchers for those on low income.
Lost & Found Register: Contact as below.
Tel: 0345 260 1375 - Calls taken 9am to 7pm only. If no-one is available to answer your call, please leave a message.
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Website: www.cats.org.uk/wearvalley
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats R Us

Cat Homing Page for Cats R UsRegistered Charity no. 1158022
Based in Shildon near Darlington. Covering Co.Durham, Teesside and Darlington. A cat and kitten rescue dedicated to the welfare, care, treatment and rehabilitation of stray cats and kittens. Cats R Us rescue and find new homes for street cats. All are neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated before adoption.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 07980 864393
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Website: www.catwomanmaz.wix.com/catsrus

Consett Cat Rescue

Cat Homing Page for Consett Cat RescueBased n Consett. A small charity to help as many stray, feral and abandoned cats across their local area. Consett Cat Rescue will treat, neuter / spay and microchip cats before finding them good homes via their adoption process. Cats are fostered in private homes, so all visits are by appointment only.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Please Note: Consett Cat Rescue are unable to take in further cats as they have no cattery facilities. Please only contact them if you would like to adopt a cat.
Tel: 07553 344 465
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Consett Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Farplace Animal Rescue

Based in Westgate. Farplace rescues mainly farm animals, smaller pets like chinchillas, and injured wildlife. Farplace does take in some cats through foster homes and provides a permanent home for many feral cats that are not rehomeable.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Shelter: Farplace Animal Rescue, Far Place, Sidehead, Westgate, Co. Durham, DL13 1LE
Tel: 01388 517397
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Website: www.farplace.co.uk

Helping Pets (North-East)

Cats for Rehoming at Helping Pets (North-East)Based in Newcastle. A small organisation covering the North East of England, purely run by dedicated volunteers. They offer help and advice whenever possible with the aim of hopefully preventing pets needing to be rehomed. Animals that are rehomed, will be neutered if old enough, assessed, flea treated, wormed and microchipped by Helping Pets. Please get in touch if you would like to adopt a pet - home check required.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 07586 562 357 and 07586 534 534
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Website: www.helpingpets.org.uk

Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary

Covering Durham and the North East. A small independent sanctuary, funded by the generosity of the public and through the fundraising efforts of the Sanctuary's volunteers. Providing shelter and security, and rehoming where possible of cats, dogs, horses, farm animals, rodents, birds, and wildlife. If they can, help they will!
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary: Stonehouse Chapel, Bildershaw, West Auckland, Co, Durham, DL14 9PL
Tel: 01388 834 996 or 07960 087 605
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Website: www.kayshillsanctuary.wordpress.com

National Animal Sanctuaries Support League

Registered Charity no. 1024884
Based in Newton Aycliffe. Rescues, cares for and rehomes abandoned and unwanted pets. Also assists with feral cats and injured wildlife.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Lost & Found Register: There is a lost & found section on their website, linked below.
Postal Address: PO Box 42, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5JA
Tel: 01325 321855
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Website: www.nassl.org.uk

Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter

Registered Charity no. 220506
Covering Tyne & Wear, Durham and Northumberland. Reuniting lost animals with their owners and finding good home for those animals who are not wanted. Their objective is the promotion of kindness and prevention of cruelty to animals.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
The shelter operates from two premises as below:
Opening times: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 4.15pm • Sat: 12.30pm - 3.45pm • Sun: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Rehoming Centre: Benton North Farm, Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE12 8EH
Benton Farm Tel: 0191 215 0435
Rehoming Centre: Claremont Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE2 4NL
Claremont Road Branch - Tel: 0191 232 2878
Website: www.dogandcatshelter.com

Parkside Animal Sanctuary

Based in County Durham. Dog and cat rehoming within the local area.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the sanctuary as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01207 282290 mobile 07703 269 478
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Pawz for Thought

Cat Homing Page for Pawz for ThoughtRegistered Charity no. 1103331
Based in Sunderland, covering Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. Rescuing and rehoming through a series of foster homes and kennels since April 2003, during which time they have helped hundreds of cats and kittens to find new homes. They are also involved with the rescue of dogs and other animals. The rescue is funded by two support shops selling donated goods. The group is working towards establishing a permanent rehoming centre.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Help! Fosterers Needed: Fosterers please call: 0191 5496101
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Cat Rehoming / Queries - Tel: 0191 5491982 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.pawzforthought.org.uk

Pedigrees (all breeds): St. Francis Persian Cat Rescue

Covering UK Wide. Rescuing and rehoming all types of pedigree cats, specialising in Persian and other long-haired cats.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rescue Centre: St. Francis Cottage, Thornborough, Near Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2RQ
Tel: 01677 470344
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Website: www.stfrancisrescue.co.uk

Persians: Medomsley-Moggies

Based in Medomsley, Consett, Durham. Working throughout North East England. Caring for and re-homing abandoned, abused or neglected Persians and other long haired cats. All cats are neutered, vaccinated and chipped prior to homing. The rescue has a non-destruction policy, and any old or unhomeable cats live out their lives at the rescue.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
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RSPCA - Darlington & District

Registered Charity no. 232264
Based in Darlington. The priority of the branch is to support the Inspectorate in assisting rescued animals, by helping financially with veterinary bills. They also fund emergency boarding until a place becomes available at either Felledge or Great Ayton RSPCA. RSPCA - Darlington & District do not have any animals available for adoption.
Neutering Assistance: This branch runs a discount Neutering Scheme.
Tel: 07972 368602
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Website: www.rspca-darlington.co.uk
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Durham & District

Cat Homing Page for RSPCA - Durham & DistrictRegistered Charity no. 232263
Covering Durham. RSPCA Durham & District’s primary focus is the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companions animals that come into their care.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 01388 730248
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Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/durham
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Felledge Animal Centre

Registered Charity no. 219099
Based in Chester le Street. RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre provide specialist treatment and rehabilitation to give the animals a happy second start in life. Together with the help of their volunteers they work to meet the animals' physical and mental needs until they are ready to be adopted.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the animal centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Centre: Waldridge Lane, Chester Moor, Chester le Street, Co. Durham, DH2 3BF. Open Daily 11.30 - 3pm, closed Wednesdays.
Tel: 0300 123 0708
Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/felledge
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Middlesbrough, South Tees & District

Registered Charity no. 232226
Based in Middlesborough. RSPCA Middlesbrough, South Tees & District do not take in animals from members of the public.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the branch as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01642 473946
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Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/middlesbrough-south-tees-and-district-branch
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - North Teesside & District

Registered Charity no. 502704
Covering Durham. This branch prioritises in animals they have rescued from cruelty & neglect, which may mean they cannot take in unwanted pets.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the branch as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 07900 791326
Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/north-teesside-and-district-branch
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside

Registered Charity no. 232265
Covering Sunderland and Hartlepool. This branch does not take in or rehome animals, but can provide trap, neuter and return to site of feral cats.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the branch as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Neutering Assistance: Discounted neutering for cats available to pet owners in receipt of certain benefits. See website for details.
Postal Address: 5a, Ashfield Terrace, CHESTER LE STREET, DH3 3PD.
Tel: 0191 250 7148
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Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/-/rspca/sunderland-hartlepool-and-south-tyneside-branch
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

S.A.R.A. Saving and Rehoming Animals (The Ann Prosser Foundation)

Cat Homing Page for S.A.R.A. Saving and Rehoming Animals (The Ann Prosser Foundation)Registered Charity no. 1051037
Based in Redcar. An organisation dedicated to rescuing, caring for, and re-homing stray and abandoned animals in the north east of England. Also advising the general public regarding responsible pet ownership, general animal care and welfare.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Rehoming Shelter: S.A.R.A, Foxrush Farm, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NJ. (Sanctuary viewing times are Tue - Sun 1pm – 3pm, closed Mondays).
Tel: 01642 488108
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Website: www.s-a-r-a.org.uk

Sadberge Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Based in Darlington. Sadberge Boarding Kennels rehouse cats which are unable to be taken in elsewhere. All cats over 4 months old are neutered prior to rehoming. Interviews will be carried out with potential adopters and follow up will occur after rehoming.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01325 332433
Sadberge Boarding Kennels & Cattery’s Facebook Page

Stray Aid

Registered Charity no. 1117372
Based in Langley Moor. Dedicated to the welfare, rescue and rehoming of stray cats and dogs in County Durham.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes. You can help raise vital funds by becoming a member. See their website for details.
Help! Volunteers needed: Dog walkers, dog & cat socialisers, fundraisers and recruiters needed (must be over 16 years).
Help! Fosterers needed: New foster carers are urgently needed to care for a dog or cat for a temporary period until a permanent home can be found.
Postal Address: East Pasture Farm, Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4EL.
Tel: 0300 999 4247
Website: www.strayaid.co.uk

Teesside Kitten Rescue

Covering parts of Durham and North Yorkshire. Teesside Kitten Rescue is a small organisation, helping to rescue and rehome stray and unwanted cats and kittens across the Teesside area. All adult cats are neutered prior to rehoming, and kittens are rehomed with a neutering voucher to be used at 6 months old.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01642 324813
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Tendercare Cattery Rescue Centre

Cat Homing Page for Tendercare Cattery Rescue CentreBased in Durham. Tendercare Cattery Rescue Centre has lots of cats waiting for loving, permanent homes. All cats are neutered, treated for fleas and worms and ready for adoption.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Rehoming Centre: Tendercare Cattery, 1 Pavilion Terrace, Burnhope, Durham, DH7 0DN.
Tel: 01207 529 233 or 07982 005 429
Email: Via the contact form on the Tendercare Cattery Rescue Centre website.
Website: www.tendercarerescue.co.uk

Westgate Ark Cat Homing Centre

Based in Newcastle. An independent cat rescue and rehoming organisation covering Co.Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. Westgate Ark Cat Homing Centre is run by a small but dedicated band of Volunteers, rescuing and re-homing all cats who need a second chance. They neuter most cats before adoption, or require neutering as part of the homing agreement.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the rehoming centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Help! Items Needed: Blankets, sheets, old jumpers, etc. for bedding and cleaning, and of course cat food donations.
Help! Volunteers Needed: If you are in the local area, and would like to volunteer your help for rescuing, trapping, feeding and cleaning, they would love to hear from you.
Rehoming Centre: Westgate Ark Cat Homing Centre, Prospect Place, Newcastle, NE4 6PH.
Tel: 01912 739 555 (please ring for an appointment to view our cats)
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Website: www.westgateark.org.uk

Willows Cat Adoption Centre

Cat Homing Page for Willows Cat Adoption CentreBased in South Shields, covering Tyne & Wear including Sunderland, Co. Durham and Northumberland. Purrfectly formed dedicated shelter that's been helping cats get back on their paws since 1972. All their rescue cats are treated for fleas and worms, and when five months old they're also neutered before rehoming. If you have space in your home and your heart for a cat companion, take a look at their cats for homing, and get in touch. Willows pride themselves on matching their fabulous felines with your family before adoption.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Rehoming Centre: 1a Wantage Street, South Shields, NE33 4RY. (Please call first for an appointment)
Tel: 07719 605383
Website: www.willows-cats.co.uk

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Cinnamon Trust - Homes Needed UK Wide
Cat Fosterers and permanent homes always needed. The Cinnamon Trust (the National Charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets, Reg. charity. 293399) are looking for more volunteer homes throughout the UK. Pet free homes are needed for short-term fostering of cats whose owners are in hospital or respite care. Permanent homes needed for cats whose owners have died or who are no longer able to care for them. The Cinnamon Trust is not a rescue shelter and cannot take unwanted cats in. Please contact the Trust as follows if you could help: Tel. 01736 757900 or visit: www.cinnamon.org.uk

 

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