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cat homing page helping petsHELPING PETS (NORTH-EAST)
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.
Tel: 07586 562 357 and 07586 534 534

cat homing page wear valley & darlington cats protectionCATS PROTECTION - WEAR VALLEY & DARLINGTON
Registered Charity no: 203644
If you are thinking of adopting a rescued cat and you live in the DL postcode 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.
Neutering Assistance: Neutering Vouchers for those on low income.
Lost & Found Register: Contact as below.
Postal Address:
PO Box 180, Wear Valley, Co. Durham, DL4 2WX.
Tel: 0845 313 4749 - Calls taken 9am to 7pm only. If no-one is available to answer your call, please leave a message.
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

cat homing page Cats Protection - TeessideCATS PROTECTION - TEESSIDE
Registered Charity no: 203644
Teesside cats protection covers all of the TS postal 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. The cost of this service is £60-00; donations in excess of this help to fund the ongoing work. Because they care for a limited number of cats and kittens, the fosterers get to know them as individuals, making it easier to 'match-make' a cat with a prospective owner.
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
Postal Address: P.O. Box 6, Yarm, Cleveland, TS15 9AP
Branch Helpline: Tel: 01642 589090 (please leave a message if the answerphone is on)
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

cat homing page rspca durham & districtRSPCA - DURHAM & DISTRICT
Registered Charity no: 232263
Tel - Cat Adoption: 01388 730248
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

cat homing page st francis persian cat rescueST. FRANCIS PERSIAN CAT RESCUE
Rehoming pedigree rescue cats all over the UK, mainly Persian and other long-haired cats.
Rehoming Centre: St. Francis Cottage, Thornborough, Near Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2RQ
Tel: 01677 470344
Website: R US
Registered 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.
Tel: 07980 864393

cat homing page Blue Cross Foster Scheme - County DurhamBLUE CROSS FOSTER SCHEME - COUNTY DURHAM
England and Wales (224392) and Scotland (SC040154)
Cats for rehoming are cared for by volunteer fosterers rather than at a rehoming centre. If you are considering adopting a cat, please contact the branch using the details below. Visits are by appointment only.
Tel: 0300 777 1922

cat homing page Consett CatsCONSETT CATS
A small charity set up to help stray and feral cats across the Derwentside area. They aim to spay / neuter any confirmed strays and ferals (funds permitting), and will try and rehome as many as possible. All cats will be chipped / ear tipped as appropriate, and neutered if necessary before rehoming.
Please Note: Consett Cats 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
Consett Cats Facebook Page

Registered Charity No. England and Wales (224392) and Scotland (SCO40154)
Covering: North Yorkshire, Teesside, Wakefield and parts of West Yorkshire.
Rehoming Centre
: Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3SE
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm Tues to Sun, closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays
Tel : 0300 777 1540
Fax: 0300 777 1541
Rehoming web page: Blue Cross Thirsk Adoption Centre
National website:

Registered Charity No 1098383
Rescuing and rehoming stray and unwanted cats and kittens in the North East of England. Aristocat Rescue is run entirely by a dedicated band of unpaid volunteers. All Aristocat rescue cats and kittens are microchipped and blood tested. Aristocat Rescue has A Totally Non Destruct Policy. Donations are always needed to help with vets bills, and providing food and litter for the Cats & Kittens in their care.
Fosterers Needed: Could you foster in your own home, until a permanent home is found for them? A spare room or bedroom would be ideal. All equipment will be supplied by Aristocat Rescue. Please contact as below if you can help.
Postal Address: PO Box 124, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 7WX
Tel: 01325 300 290

An independent cat rescue and rehoming organisation based in Newcastle, 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.
Items Needed: Blankets, sheets, old jumpers, etc. for bedding and cleaning, and of course cat food or monetary donations.
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.
Shelter Address: Westgate Ark Cat Homing Centre, Prospect Place, Newcastle, NE4 6PH.
Tel: 01912 739 555 (please ring for an appointment to view our cats)

Registered Charity no: 203644
Durham City & District Cats Protection rescue and rehome stray and unwanted cats and kittens in the DH and SR post code areas. They also offer help and advice to the public and cat owners.
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
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12

Based 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.
Shelter Address: Tendercare Cattery, 1 Pavilion Terrace, Burnhope, Durham, DH7 0DN.
Tel: 01207 261 428 or 07982 005 429
Email: Please see the 'Contact Us' page on their website, linked below.

Rescuing and rehoming cats and kittens for many years, through dedicated foster homes in Billingham, Middlesbrough and Stockton. 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.
Donations and Volunteers needed: The Cat Orphanage is self funded and relies on public generosity to carry on their work. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of roles, please contact as below if you could help.
Rural / Farm homes needed: Suitable outdoor homes on farms, small holdings or stables needed for neutered ex-feral cats
Tel: 01642 556005

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.
Tel: 01642 280 637
Mobile: 07825 148 325

Registered Charity no: 220506
Rehoming in Tyne & Wear / Durham and Northumberland.
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
Shelter: Benton North Farm, Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE12 8EH
Benton Farm Tel: 0191 215 0435
Fax: 0191 266 9942
Shelter: Claremont Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE2 4NL
Claremont Road Branch - Tel: 0191 232 2878

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. Also: Wildlife Education Centre and Nature Trail, plus animal care courses. The Ark caters for disabled visitors and all community groups. Please see their website, linked below, for further information.
Rehoming Centre
: Ark on the Edge,  Woolley Hill Farm,  Woodland,  Co Durham,  DL13 5RX (Please always phone before visiting, to ensure someone is there to assist you)
Tel: 01833 630505 or mobile 07970 802286

Dedicated to the welfare, rescue and rehoming of stray cats and dogs in County Durham.
Volunteers needed: Dog walkers, dog & cat socialisers, fundraisers and recruiters needed (must be over 16 years).
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.
Membership: You can help raise vital funds by becoming a member, or by making a donation. See their website for details.
Address: Stray-aid, 21 High Street South, Langley Moor, Durham, DH7 8JN
Tel: 0300 999 4247

Registered Charity no: 219099
Shelter Address: Waldridge Lane, Chester Moor, Chester le Street, Co. Durham, DH2 3BF - Opening hours: Daily 11.30 - 3pm, closed Wednesdays
Tel: 0300 123 0708
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Registered Charity no: 232264
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. They do not take cats in from the public.
Neutering Assistance: This branch runs a discount Neutering Scheme
Tel: 07972 368602
Web site:
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Registered Charity no: 232265
Neutering Assistance: This branch runs a discount Neutering Scheme.
Postal Address: PO Box 88, Peterlee, SR8 9AH.
Tel / Fax: 01915 273497
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Registered Charity no: 502704
Tel: 01642 885520
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Registered Charity no: 232226
Tel: 01642 473946
Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours), or for advice visit: RSPCA Help & Advice

Registered Charity No. 1051037
SARA also stands for Saving And Rehoming Animals, which is just what this dedicated group do. They help hundreds of animals, mainly cats and dogs, to find new, loving homes. If you are looking for a new animal friend, or would like to volunteer your help, please get in touch with them as below.
Postal Address: S.A.R.A. Foxrush Farm, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 5NJ
Tel: 01642 488108 (Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm)

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!
Sanctuary: Stonehouse Chapel, Bildershaw, West Auckland, Co, Durham, DL14 9PL
Tel: 01388 834 996 or 07960 087 605

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.
Inkjet Cartridges For Funds: You can help Farplace raise funds by saving your empty ink cartridges (inkjet, laser or fax), give them a call, their recycler collects for free.
Sidehead, Westgate, Co. Durham, DL13 1LE
Tel: 01388 517397

Registered Charity no: 1024884
Rescues, cares for and rehomes abandoned and unwanted pets. Also assists with feral cats and injured wildlife.
Lost & Found Section: There is a lost & found section on their website, linked below.
Address: PO Box 42, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5JA
Tel: 01325 321855

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.
Tel: 01642 324813

Dog and cat rehoming within the County Durham area.
Tel: 01207 282290  mobile 07703 269 478

MEDOMSLEY-MOGGIES (Persians and other longhaired cats)
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.

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.
Tel: 01325 332433

Registered Charity no: 293399
The National Charity helping elderly and terminally ill people to look after their pets. The Cinnamon Trust’s UK wide network of dedicated Volunteers offer support, enabling pets and owners to stay together. They provide dog walking, pet food shopping, feeding, cleaning, and will foster pets when owners need hospital or respite care.
Please Note: The Cinnamon Trust is not a rescue shelter and cannot take unwanted cats in, but if a pet becomes bereaved they will take on their full time, life-long care.
Cat Fosterers Urgently Needed: The Cinnamon Trust are looking for volunteers throughout the UK who are pet free themselves, and can offer short-term foster homes to cats whose owners are in hospital or respite care. Please contact them as below, if you can help.
Postal Address: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE.
Tel: 01736 757900 / Fax: 01736 757010
Email - General Enquiries:
Email - To Volunteer:

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