What we do

Our aims

  • To rescue stray and unwanted cats and kittens, rehabilitate and rehome them where possible.
  • To encourage the neutering of cats.
  • To inform the public on the care of cats and kittens.

Rescuing, rehabilitation and rehoming

Cats and kittens come to us for many reasons: because they have been mistreated or abandoned, because their owner has died or is incapacitated and no longer able to care for them, or because their families have had to move to a home that cannot accommodate cats. Some simply need to find a new loving family. Others need a bit of help to trust people before they are ready to be adopted.

We do all of this through the services of volunteer fosterers.

Many of our cats are looked after by fosterers in spare rooms in their own homes. Some of our fosterers have purpose-designed pens in their gardens, which provide refuge for the cats and kittens in our care. These pens are connected to an electricity supply to provide both lighting, and warmth in the sleeping cabins during cold weather. The pens are kept spotlessly clean. All of our cats are well cared for, provided with food and water and any vet treatments they may need, and stimulated with a selection of toys and human company.


Cats Protection recommend that cats are spayed or snipped at around 4 months of age, or whenever a vet confirms that they are mature enough. Once done, the cats lead longer and healthier lives, and it is the most humane way to stop unwanted pregnancies. Spaying or snipping also helps to prevent some cancers, helps stop the spread of FIV, and reduces straying, fighting and spraying. There are unfortunately thousands of unwanted cats and kittens in the UK and neutering is the only effective way to reduce this growing number.

We support thousands of people with cat neutering advice and financial assistance each year.

As the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, we are involved in numerous programmes and work with partner charities such as the PDSA and Dog’s Trust as well as local authorities to promote the benefits of neutering.

If you need financial assistance for neutering your cat, Cats Protection may be able to help. To find out more about the assistance offered in the Gateshead and Newcastle area, contact us at neutering@gateshead.cats.org.uk