Rehoming Animals Since 2005

Rehoming a cat can be a rewarding and exciting experience but it is important that you understand the commitment can be anything up to twenty years of your life.

At Woodlands Animal Sanctuary we understand that all our animals’ health and well-being is paramount. We work with Rufford Veterinary Group to ensure that all our cats and kittens receive the highest standards of care and medical treatment possible before being rehomed. This includes:

  • Veterinary Checks
  • Worming Treatment
  • Microchipping
    All of our cats and kittens leave Woodlands registered to the Sanctuary to ensure they can be re-united with their family.
  • Tests for Feline Aids and Leukemia where necessary
  • Spayed/Neutered
    All cats over 6 months old are spayed/neutered and kittens from 9 weeks to 6 months come with a neutering voucher for Rufford Veterinary Group
  • Vaccinations
    All of our cats receive at least their first vaccination before leaving Woodlands. Any cat who has not yet received it, will also leave us with a voucher for Rufford Veterinary Group for their second vaccination. It is of upmost importance that your cat has the same type and brand of vaccine for its second vaccination as the first vaccine. Hence we ask you to return to Rufford Veterinary group to get the second vaccination regardless of which veterinary practice you would normally use.

This care costs over £175 per cat to Woodlands Animal Sanctuary but rehoming a cat from Woodlands means we only ask for a donation of £85 for one and £160 for a pair.

Our Rehoming Process

All of our applications go through the same three-stage process. This helps us to ensure not only the cats safety, but that you and your new cat are the perfect match. Please also pay special attention to our rehoming rules outlined at the bottom of this webpage.

Rehoming Rules

We will not rehome an adult cat into a home where there are existing adult cats.

We ensure that no cat or kitten is released to its new home until 48 hours after its vaccination.

If there are other pets in the household i.e. dogs, we will normally recommend a kitten unless we have an adult cat who is used to living with dogs.  Dogs are able to come to the Sanctuary to be introduced to the cat.

All existing cats in any household must be neutered.

All cats and kittens that leave Woodlands Animal Sanctuary must leave with the food and litter that they are currently using here, this can be purchased from our onsite shop.

The Cats

This handsome boy is Zeus, who is approximately 2 years old!

Zeus was brought into our care on the 13th January when he was found as a stray. Zeus has been neutered, microchipped and is up to date with his vaccinations. Due to his past stomach problems, Zeus is on a mix of sensitive wet and dry food.

Zeus was thought to be a working Tom, therefore is a bit on the skinnier side! Zeus is one of our staff and volunteer’s favourites as he is just a big snuggly boy. Zeus loves to be picked up and held in all sorts of ways, his favourite is cradled like a baby! Zeus would suit a home where he can go and explore the outside world and a place to rest his head. He would be an ideal family cat!

This beautiful girl is Millie, who is approximately 6-7 years old.

Millie came into our care on the 6th February. She was found as a stray and taken to Rufford Vets to be health checked and looked after before being brought to us. Millie has a mild heart murmur which could be a problem for her in the future, she is also on special food as she has a tendency to throw up when given regular food. She has been health checked, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed.

Despite her health condition, she is a beautiful, friendly cat who adores to be stroked. She has a couple of funny quirks which include walking like a crab while getting her strokes and having the cutest meow! Millie needs an understanding and loving home.
We currently have multiple kittens in our care at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, and due to Covid-19, viewings cannot take place. Therefore we are please to introduce our Kitten Match Making Service!

No kitten is created equal, some kittens in our care were born on site and raised in warm environments whilst others were brought after they were found under sheds and other cold places. Therefore some kittens are more timid than others and require a specific home.

With our Kitten Match Making Service, we will be able to pair you with your perfect kitten, all depending on their temperament and behaviour, as well as your current home situation. If you are interested in rehoming a kitten from us, please fill out a form on our Rehoming During Quarantine page.
This handsome man is Shale! He is approximately 4 and a half years old!

Shale came to us on the 11th June, he was a very well looked after pet in his old home, however due to moving house they were unable to look after him anymore. Shale came with full health, a microchip, his vaccinations up to date and came neutered.

Shale is a very lovely cat, he loves hiding and getting comfy under cushions in his hide, so will need a very comfortable place to sleep! He loves human attention and loves to be stroked, cuddled and also loves the occasional brush. Shale would be a perfect family cat but would benefit from being the only pet in the house as he hasn't had much experience with dogs etc.
This gorgeous girl is Sootie, who is approximately 13 years old!

Sootie was originally rehomed from us in 2015, but came back into our care on the 19th February 2020! This was due to no fault of her own, as her previous owner passed away. She has had a health check, is neutered, microchipped and is fully vaccinated.

Sootie is a BIG girl (currently over 6kg), so is currently on weight management food. She is a very affectionate cat who would be an ideal lap cat (once she looses the weight!) She doesn't mind being picked up and handled and would suit any home that could provide the cuddles she needs!
This lovely lad is Charlie, who is approximately 4 years old!

Charlie came into our care on the 15th May as he wasn't getting along with the other cats in the house.

Charlie is a reserved cat, who does like the occasional head scratch. He would benefit from an understanding owner that has an outdoor space he can explore.
This gorgeous lady is Melody, who is approximately 2 years old!

Melody came into our care on the 28th May at no fault of her own. Melody's old owner was going to put her asleep due to no longer wanting her any longer. Thankfully the vets contacted us and we were able to give her a second chance her.

Melody is a sweet and vocal girl but can be feisty. This means that she would benefit from an experienced owner who has no other pets or young children. She was brought to us at the understanding she absolutely hates other cats, therefore in a shelter setting has made her agitated. She is however super playful and loves to interact with toys!
This beautiful lady is Shelly! She is approximately 4-5 years old.

Shelly was pregnant with an unplanned litter when she came into our care on 29th March, she was no longer wanted therefore gave birth to her kittens at the sanctuary. She had a hard time looking after her kittens and unfortunately lost a couple along the way. Now her kittens have moved onto their forever homes, Shelly is now looking for her own. Shelly has had her first vaccination, microchip and has recently been spayed.

Shelly is the most affectionate, lovely cat. She loves human affection and loves to climb onto you shoulders and lap for a cuddle. She was an amazing mum to her kittens and is the sweetest cat to anyone who goes to say hello! Shelly does need to stay on sensitive cat food as she does have a sensitive stomach and use only ceramic bowls as she has had a reaction to plastic bowls whilst in our care. Shelly would suit a family home where she can be loved to death!

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