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 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.
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 handsome lad is Jack, who is approximately 8 years old!

Jack came into our care on the 15th March with his friend at no fault of their own. His previous owner moved abroad and could not take Jack or his friend with them.

Jack is very timid, and whilst he can tolerate human presence, we would rather him be a stable cat. He will be much happier in his own space living his life under the watchful eye of a human friend

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