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Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary

Based in Bexhill. Providing safe haven for abandoned or unwanted animals of all kinds. Animals are placed in new, loving homes where possible, or given lifelong sanctuary if unhomeable. Animals are given medical treatment when necessary, and are neutered. Sponsorship and membership welcomed. Weather permitting, the Sanctuary is open from the end of March onwards, 2.30 - 4.30pm on Sundays, or by appointment, and includes a tea room and shop. The sanctuary is wheelchair accessible. Over 500 animals are cared for in 12 acres of land.
Support Shop: St. Leonards Road, Bexhill to raise funds for sanctuary - closed Wednesday
Rescue Sanctuary: Pipzedene, Freezeland Lane, Bexhill-on-sea, East Sussex, TN39 5JD
Tel: 01424 222032
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We site: www.barbykeelanimalsanctuary.org

Cat Call

Registered Charity no. 1032117
Based in Hastings. Rescuing and rehoming unwanted, stray and abandoned cats in East Sussex. As well as their regular furry residents, they always have lots of super, Mature Mogs, and Senior Kittizens looking for loving homes! Please contact them if you can offer a good home to a cat, or if you can help by donating goods or by sponsoring an unhomeable cat.
Lost & Found Register: The group also runs a lost and found register for the area, as below. Tel: 01424 429904
Wanted - Goods & Sponsors: Saleable items always needed to help raise vital funds for cats in their care, and new sponsors needed to help pay for the care of the unhomeable cats being looked after by the rescue. Tel: 01424 441860
Tel: 01424 429904
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Website: www.catcall.org.uk

Cat Welfare Sussex and Southern Region

Registered Charity no. 1044866
Covering the Brighton & Hove area. A registered charity run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to the welfare of stray and unwanted cats both domestic and feral. They rescue, neuter and, where necessary, rehabilitate stray and feral cats, helping to prevent future unwanted litters. The Charity rescues and rehomes around 100-150 cats each year. No healthy cat is ever put to sleep.
Neutering Assistance: A subsidised neutering service is provided where possible, for those unable to afford veterinary fees.
Registered Office: 164 Mile Oak Road, Portslade, East Sussex.
Rescue / Rehoming - Tel: 01273 423861
Email: Via the contact form on the Cat Welfare Sussex website.
Website: www.catwelfaresussex.com

Catastrophes Cat Rescue

Registered Charity no: 1017304
Heathfield, East Sussex
Catastrophes helps with rehoming domestic cats, as well as assisting with neutering / relocating of feral cats.
Rescue Shelter: Half Moon Cottage, Bakers Lane, Dallington, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9JS
Telephone: 01435 830212
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Website: www.catastrophescats.org

Cats Protection - Brighton & District

Registered Charity no. 203644
Covering Postcodes: postcodes BN1, BN2, BN3, BN41 and BN42.  Run entirely by local volunteers, the branch undertakes rescue and rehoming, offers neutering assistance to those on low incomes, and promotes cat welfare. A home visit will be carried out prior to adoption.
Neutering Assistance: Vouchers towards the cost of neutering are available to local cat owners on low incomes. Proof of benefits or hardship will be necessary, as all funding comes from public donations. To find out if you are eligible, please ring 01273 610 306 and ask for neutering assistance, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 01273 610 306
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Website: www.cats.org.uk/brighton

Cats Protection - Eastbourne Adoption Centre

Registered Charity no. 203644
Based in Eastbourne.  Rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming cats.  The centre has 34 cat pens and is always looking for loving homes for the cats in their care.  Home visits will be carried out.
Additional Services: Low-Cost Neutering
Rehoming Centre: 63 Marshfoot Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2RB
Opening hours: 5 days a week between 11am and 3pm and 3 - 7pm on Wednesdays (closed Tuesdays)
Tel: 01323 440101
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Website: www.eastbourne.cats.org.uk
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Hastings & District

Registered Charity no. 203644
Based in Hastings. One of Cats Protection's oldest branches, helping cats since 1957. Great care is taken to match the right type of cat to a prospective owner, and a home visit is always carried out. All cats are vet checked on arriving at the branch, and vaccinated and microchipped prior to rehoming.
Lost & Found Register: Lost & Found Tel: 01424 443133
Help Needed: The branch is currently short of volunteers, and would love to hear from anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week to help with fundraising events, or in the shop, or could offer storage space for goods.
Support Shop: 43 London Road, St.Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex, TN37 6AJ.
Tel: 01424 754328
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Website: www.hastings.cats.org.uk
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Lewes, Seaford & District

Registered Charity no. 203644
Covering from Halland to Saltdean. Rescuing and rehoming cats from 6 shelters sited in Newhaven, Seaford, Upper Dicker and Ringmer. Their vision is to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
Branch Tel: 01273 813111
Adoption Tel: 01273 515605
Email: Via the contact form on the Cat’s Protection Lewes, Sleaford & District website.
Website: www.lewes.cats.org.uk/lewes
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Mid Sussex

Registered Charity no. 203644
Covering Ardingly to the North, Ansty and Bolney to the West, Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint to the South and Scaynes Hill to the East. The branch re-home cats and kittens. They have seven pens at a local cattery to keep the cats until homes are found for them. They also neuter and feed feral cats.
Neutering Assistance: Help available for those on low incomes, towards the cost of neutering their cats.
Lost & Found Register: Details of lost and found cats are on their website.
Tel: 01444 647012
Email: Via the contact form on the Cat’s Protection Mid Sussex website.
Website: www.cats.org.uk/midsussex
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - National Cat Adoption Centre

Registered Charity no. 203644
Based in Sussex, but can rehome UK wide.  The largest cat rehoming centre in the UK, finding homes for over 1,000 felines every year.  The centre offers a matching service, to ensure the right cat goes to the right home. All cats in their care are vet checked, neutered if old enough and microchipped, prior to rehoming.
Neutering Assistance: In some cases financial assistance is available towards the cost of neutering. Please contact as below for more details.
Rehoming Centre: National Cat Adoption Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7TT.
Adoption Centre Tel: 01825 741330
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Website: www.ncac.cats.org.uk
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Cats Protection - Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough & District

Registered Charity no. 203644
Covering E. Sussex & W. Kent: Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and surrounding districts, plus postcodes TN1-TN11, TN13, TN14, TN16, and TN19-TN22. This branch is run by a dedicated band of volunteers who rescue and re-home, stray and unwanted cats in the local area.
Cat Fosterers Needed: The branch would be pleased to hear from anyone who could volunteer as a cat fosterer for cats 'between homes', or if you have space in your garden for a cat pen (or two!).
Volunteers Needed: The branch would love to hear from anyone able to volunteer some time to help, either with transporting cats to vets, or manning a stall, or making home visits and lots of other things besides!
Neutering Assistance: Neutering helpline - Tel: 01435 813917
Lost & Found Register: In addition to rescuing and rehoming, the branch also runs a lost and found register.
Tel: 01892 516377
Email: Via the contact form on the CP - Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough & District website.
Website: www.uckfield.cats.org.uk
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT) - East Sussex

Celia Hammond Animal Trust East Sussex Cat Homing PageGreenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary, Brede, East Sussex
Registered Charity no. 293787
Covering West Kent and East Sussex. Greenacres has all sorts of cats needing homes; from pairs of kittens to elderly cats; cats needing homes with gardens and cats suitable for indoor-only homes; single cats, pairs or trio's; and (not forgetting) feral and semi-feral cats who are seeking suitable outdoor homes (such as farms, smallholdings, stables etc.)
Cat Sponsorship: More ‘Cat Sponsors’ needed for their un-homeable cats, could you help?
Head Office & Support Shop: High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AG
Office Tel: 01892 783820 / 783367 
Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary: Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary, Stubb Lane, Brede, Nr Hastings, E. Sussex, TN31 6BT
Visiting: If you wish to visit during the week please call to arrange an appointment. Or drop in and meet the cats on their Open Days (every weekend from 1pm - 4.30pm) where you can discuss offering a home.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Sanctuary Tel: 01424 882198 (please phone first for an appointment)
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Website: www.celiahammond.org

City Cat Shelter

Cat Homing Page for City Cat ShelterCity Cat Shelter is affiliated with Cat Welfare (Sussex) charity number 1044866
Based in Brighton, rehoming within 20 miles of Brighton & Hove. A privately owned, volunteer-run cat shelter. City Cat Shelter is at the forefront of Brighton's cat welfare and neutering programmes. The cattery homes around 250 unwanted cats per year. All cats are neutered, microchipped, treated against fleas and worms prior to adoption, and come with 4 weeks' free pet insurance.
Volunteers & Donations: The shelter relies on volunteers and donations, more of both always needed!
Neutering Assistance: The Cat Shelter can arrange neutering at reduced rates for those on limited incomes.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 01273 606843
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Website: www.citycatshelter.com

Denton Cat Rescue

Based in Denton. Denton Cat Rescue are a small independent cattery in East Sussex. They aim is to provide a safe and friendly home to all residents, regardless of their age. They provide them with a home while they wait for someone to offer a home suitable for their independent means. They never put a healthy cat down. Stray cats are taken in, given any necessary veterinary care, neutered, treated for worms, vaccinated and microchipped before being rehomed. Funding for this is raised by bric-a-brac sales.
Tel: 01273 517036
Website: www.denton-cat-rescue.org.uk

Happy Endings Rescue

Registered Charity no. 1140628
Bases in Faversham, Kent and East Sussex . Happy Endings Rescue are a no-kill, vegan run rescue charity, rescuing and rehoming all species of animal. All cats for rehoming are vaccinated, microchipped, flea-treated, wormed, and neutered (if old enough). If you can offer a home to an animal, or could volunteer your time to help out, please contact them.
Tel: 01795 530371
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Website: www.happyendingsrescue.org

Honeycat Rescue

Based in Eastbourne, covering East Sussex. Rehoming the cats that are currently in their care. Honeycat Rescue has a wide range of different cats / kittens available for adoption. All adults are neutered before re-homing, and those too young will be rehomed with a neutering agreement.
Tel: 07891 207 303
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Honeycat Rescue Facebook Page

Kitty in the City Cat Rescue

Cat Homing Page for Kitty In The CityRegistered Charity no. 1144129
Based in Brighton, rehoming across Sussex. Kitty in the City Cat Rescue look after abandoned and homeless cats in foster homes prior to finding a new forever home. All cats and kittens are vet checked, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms. All cats will be neutered prior to rehoming and kittens are rehomed on the understanding that neutering must take place at an appropriate age. Kitty in the City will carry out home checks before rehoming takes place and will carry out follow up visits to ensure that the cats has settled into the home environment.
Fundraising: Kitty in the City are currently fundraising for new cats pens to allow them to rescue more cats.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 01273 279138
Website: www.kittyinthecity.org.uk

Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre

Registered Charity no. 1002349
Covering Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. Rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. All animals are health checked, inoculated & microchipped and are rehomed with 4 weeks free Pet Insurance. Last Chance Animal Rescue have a full neutering policy, and also operate a non destruction policy.
Tel: 01732 865530 or 01797 366620
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Website: www.lastchanceanimalrescue.co.uk

Lost Cats Brighton

Registered Charity no. 1119083
Based in Portslade, Brighton, and covering East and West Sussex. They also take in stray cats, and rehome them after they have been health checked and microchipped. Lost Cats Brighton is a self-run organization and donations are always needed. They never turn way a cat in need - no matter what the age, and the rescue can be contacted any time of day in an emergency. Extra volunteers also needed!
Lost & Found Register: As the name suggests, Lost Cats Brighton aim to help people find their lost cats.
Foster Homes Needed: More fosterers are desperately needed to look after cats between homes. Food, litter and vet bills are covered - you just provide the love and care. Can you provide a temporary home to a needy cat?
Can you donate the following?: Clean bedding, blankets, litter trays and any old wool (they know a kind Lady who knits blankets). Also needed is donations of cat food or bric-a- brac for fundraising.
Postal Address: 89 Foredown Drive, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2BF
Please Note: This Shelter is currently unable to take further cats in. Please contact them if you wish to adopt a cat.
Tel: 01273 422721 
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Website: www.lostcatsbrighton.org.uk

Orientals: Oriental Cat Welfare Trust (OCWT)

Oriental Cat Welfare Trust Cat Homing PageRegistered Charity no. 1145775
Covering England, Scotland and Wales. OCWT is affiliated to the Oriental Cat Association and provides safehouse accommodation for cats of Oriental bloodlines. Undertaking the rescue and re-homing of Oriental Shorthair cats. Cats are sometimes available in various parts of the country, so if you are interested in giving an Oriental Shorthair a home the organisation keeps a waiting list. All homes are checked prior to adoption. Advice on the welfare of oriental cats available.The harder to home Orientals are cared for at the rehoming cattery in East Sussex until a home is found.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 01424 892618 or local rate: 08450 529655
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Website: www.ocwt.org (then click on 'cats needing homes')

Paws & Claws Animal Rescue Service

Cat Homing Page for Paws & Claws Animal Rescue ServiceRegistered Charity no. 281075
Based in Haywards Heath. Rescuing, re-habilitating and re-homing stray and abandoned cats in Mid Sussex, and encouraging spaying & neutering to avoid future unwanted litters. Paws & Claws has dedicated quarters for old and harder to home cats. No cat is ever put to sleep, except on veterinary advice. All cats are neutered (neutering is advised to adopters of kittens), de-flea'd, wormed, microchipped and will have received any due vaccinations before rehoming.
Rescue Centre: Paws & Claws ARS, Coombe Down, London Rd, Sayers Common, W. Sussex, BN6 9HZ
Visitors are by appointment only.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 01444 457758 or 01273 831125
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Website: www.pawsandclaws-ars.org.uk

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Registered Charity no. 237696
Based in Ringmer, East Sussex covering the whole of Sussex, West Kent and parts of Surrey.  Raystede is open between 10am and 4pm for visitors. You can take one of their enjoyable walks to see for yourself the work they do, or spend time in their Visitor Centre where information is available, and films are shown. There is also a gift shop, picnic area, parking and toilets. The Centre is located on the B2192 between Ringmer and Halland. There are usually over 1,000 animals being cared for here, from cats and dogs, to sheep, goats, horses, tortoises, and not forgetting the birds and waterfowl on the lakes! Dogs, Cats and small companion animals are rehomed from Raystede, but many others spend the rest of their years here. There are usually around 35 cats looking for a new home at any one time.
Fun Fundraiser Days: On the last Sunday of June and December, the centre hosts a fun day out for all, including stalls, a tombola, sideshows, refreshments and music: put it in your diary!
Rehoming Centre: Raystede, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ (cat viewing times: Every day, 11.00 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 3.00)
N.B. Raystede only rehomes to within 30 miles of their centre at Ringmer, Sussex.
Tel: 01825 840252
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Website: www.raystede.org

RSPCA - Bluebell Ridge Cat Rehoming Centre (RSPCA Sussex East & Hastings Branch)

Registered Charity no. 206314
Based in Hastings. Sussex East & Hastings Branch of RSPCA (which incorporates Bluebell Ridge Cat Rehoming Centre and Home from Home Dog Rehoming) is completely self funded and always pleased to receive any saleable items for their fundraising events.  They always have cats looking for loving, new homes.
Volunteers: Anyone wishing to volunteer at the cattery or branch, or with fundraising events, please contact as below.
Rescue Centre: Bluebell Ridge RSPCA Cat Rehoming Centre, Chowns Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 4PA (Open daily except Thursdays from 11am - 3pm. Closed Xmas Day & Boxing Day)
Cat Adoption Tel: 01424 752121 (11.30am - 3pm every day except Thurs)
Dog Adoption Tel: 01424 813434 (10am - 6pm, 7 days a week)
Website: www.bluebellridge.org.uk
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Mid Sussex & Eastbourne

Registered Charity no. 206308
Covering Mid Sussex. Offering veterinary and financial assistance to help animals most in need in the branch area. All animals are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated (where appropriate) before they are rehomed.
Tel: 01323 844727
Website: www.rspca.org.uk/local/mid-sussex-and-eastbourne-branch
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

RSPCA - Sussex, Brighton and East Grinstead (Brighton Animal Centre)

Registered Charity no. 206630
Based in Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex. The centre has facilities to care for a wide range of animals until they are ready for re-homing or release. Over 3,000 animals pass through each year, and they can accommodate up to 84 cats and 90 dogs at any one time, plus numerous other animals. As there is a non-destruction policy, the centre is usually very full. The Branch has to fund the Shelter itself, which runs at a deficit each year, so relies on fundraising events, special appeals, boarding of dogs and cats, shop sales and legacies and donations. Volunteers are always needed for many activities, such as dog walking, home-visiting, fund-raising and pet food collection - please get in touch if you could help!
Neutering Assistance: The branch runs a subsidised neutering scheme for cats and female dogs, for people on low incomes.
Rehoming Centre: Braypool Lane, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8ZH (Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 4pm, closed Mondays and Bank Holidays)
Centre Tel: 01273 554218
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Web site: www.rspca-brighton.co.uk
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Streetkatz Rescue

Streetkatz Cat Homing PageBased in Lamberhurst, Kent - covering Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Crowborough and Heathfield. Homeless and abandoned animals are having to fend for themselves on the streets, vulnerable to cruelty, starvation and untimely death. Streetkatz aims to give all homeless and abandoned cats and kittens of all ages a chance of survival and a brighter future. As a small organisation, they can often move more quickly to help cats struggling to survive on the streets. Their priority areas are older cats abandoned to live on the streets, Cats and kittens born outdoors with no known owners and to trap, neuter and release back onto site of feral cats and the rehabilitation and rehoming of baby feral kittens where possible. Streetkatz actively promotes the neutering of all cats and kittens over the age of 5 months.This rescue does not have a shelter but operates through a network of fosterers.
Lost & Found Register: Details of lost & found cats are shown on their website - contact as below.
See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 077 077 99 007
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Website: www.streetkatzrescue.com

The Kit Wilson Trust For Animal Welfare

Registered Charity no. 270419
Based in East Sussex. Providing rescue and rehabilitation of mainly cats and dogs, and a wide variety of other animals both domestic and wildlife. Good homes are always needed for the many animals in their care, please contact as below if you can help.
Support Shop: 6/7 Bell Walk, Uckfield. (behind Boots at the bottom of the high street) opening hours for the shop are: Mon - Sat, 9.30 - 4.30 
Rehoming Centre: Stonehurst Lane, Hadlow Down, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4ED
Tel: 01825 830444 (please phone between 10am and 4pm.)
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Website: www.kitwilsontrust.org.uk

 

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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