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Welcome to Cats Protection Northumbria Branch

We’re here to support cats and kittens in Northumbria.

Run by a small team of dedicated, cat-loving volunteers, we’re passionate about

  • improving the lives of cats and kittens in Northumbria,
  • working to find loving new homes for local cats in our care,
  • offering support with neutering, and lost and found cats
  • general education and awareness within the Northumbria area.

In 2023, our amazing team of volunteers helped over 130 cats: 38 cats and kittens found their furever homes, 90 feral cats were trapped and neutered and our fabulous local vets delivered 436 treatments to cats.  The collage includes photos of some of the 130 cats.

Which areas do we cover? We cover the following postcodes:

  • County Durham: NE16, NE39.
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4, NE5, NE6, NE7, NE12, NE13, NE15, NE16, NE28.
  • Gateshead: NE8, NE9, NE10, NE11, NE16, NE17, NE21, NE39, NE40, NE41.
  • Northumberland: NE22, NE23, NE24, NE25, NE26, NE41, NE42, NE43, NE44, NE45, NE46, NE61, NE62, NE63, NE64, NE65.
  • North Tyneside: NE12, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30.
  • Sunderland: NE37, NE38.

Worried about a stray cat's health?  As a small team of volunteers, we're not an emergency service although we may be able to advise.  Here are some options of what to do:      

Contact the RSPCA (England and Wales) on 0300 1234 999

Approach with care by carefully covering the cat in a blanket before picking them up and putting them in a cat basket - this keeps them safe as well as protecting you from claws! You can then take them to your nearest veterinary practice.  Vets will then provide emergency treatment and care to sick or injured animals at no cost to the finder

No cat carrier? The branch can lend you a cat carrier with a refundable deposit of £20.  Carriers can be collected from a few different areas so please ask.

Can't handle the cat? If you can’t get the cat into a carrier, you could borrow a trap from the branch - there is a refundable deposit of £100.  You can collect from a few different areas.

No transport to collect equipment? If you need to have equipment delivered we have a suggested donation of £20. This keeps us helping cats and replacing funds ready for the next cat that needs our help.

Thinking about rehoming your cat? If you're considering rehoming your cat, take a look at this Cats Protection resource page to offer advice and support HERE 

You can find out more about the work of Cats Protection here

 

Cat adoption in Northumbria

Could you provide a loving new home for a cat in Northumbria? During the process of adopting a cat from us, we’ll consider everything from your potential pet’s personality and how this fits with your lifestyle, to your home environment – creating the perfect match for both cat and owner and the start of a wonderful feline friendship.

 

3 tabby kittens against pink blanket
Previous Cats Protection kittens!

 

Cats available for adoption from Cats Protection Northumbria Branch are featured below. To express your interest in a particular cat, please enquire via their listing.

If you have any general enquiries about your suitability, or the adoption process, please call us on: 0774 971 3142 or email us at enquiries@northumbria.cats.org.uk

Cats Protection has loads of great advice about getting a cat HERE

Support Cats Protection Northumbria Branch

None of our vital work would be possible without you. There are many ways you can support the cats and kittens in Northumbria.

If you would like to, please select the 'Northumbria Branch' option where possible, to direct your kind donations towards helping local cats and kittens.

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Other ways to give

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Fundraising events for cats in Northumbria

Want to fundraise for cats in Northumbria by taking part in one of our events? From summer fêtes to epic sporting challenges, we’d love to see you at one of our fundraising events soon. You can also check out the national Cats Protection events calendar here

Volunteer at Cats Protection Northumbria Branch

Without volunteers, Cats Protection Northumbria Branch simply wouldn't exist. Our amazing and friendly volunteers are a diverse group with a shared love of cats, who fit volunteering around their home lives and personal commitments. 

We're often looking to welcome new volunteers to join our brilliant team. As well as meeting great people and making an incredible difference to the cats of Northumbria, you'll enjoy practical benefits such as discounted pet insurance.

You can find out more about volunteering for Cats Protection here

Volunteering can be very rewarding, whether you are doing it for enjoyment, or to gain valuable employability skills for your CV.

As a volunteer you give as little or as much time as you are happy with, and will never be expected to be out of pocket for the work that you do.

There are a huge range of opportunities on offer through Cats Protection Northumbria Branch and if you feel you can offer your time in any way then please fill in the online contact form and add to the comment box which area of volunteering you are interested in.

Some Cats Protection Northumbria Branch volunteer opportunities include:
 

  • Fostering of domesticated cats - offering a temporary home to one or more cats. We often need to look after cats while we assess them, check them out, and find a permanent home for them. All you need is some space.  (If you have your own cats they would need to be kept entirely separate.) For people who love cats but cannot commit long term to their own this is a great way of helping them and very rewarding.
  • Fundraisers - we need money! Cats and all their associated care costs and the more funds we have the more cats we can help. Fundraising can be simply being on a stall at local events, organising and booking stalls and people to run them, coming up with new fundraising ideas and schemes, sourcing items to use to fundraise.
  • Driving - we often need to transport cats to a foster home, take them to and from vet appointments, deliver food, litter and other essentials to fosterers, pick up donations to use in our fundraising or to use with our foster cats.
  • Administration - helping with record keeping, ordering resources,  producing flyers for cats we have which may be lost by their owners, posting on lost and found sites.
  • Cat trapping - we trap feral cats, neuter and return them to their site. This is very important to stop the flood of unwanted kittens and for the female cat’s own welfare. Trapping often involves checking out the site, developing a feeding pattern, laying the trap, removing the cat(s) and organising visits to the vets, recuperation with a fosterer and return to site.
  • Homing visits - before any cat is rehomed we visit as a pair to check that the home is suitable to the cat in question and also answer any questions from the prospective new owner.
  • Updating and developing the website, developing the social media side of our work and creating more awareness of the issues of unwanted cats.
  • Helpline - Assisting with the running of the helpline, our first point of contact for any queries
  • Coordination - Looking after one aspect of our work and coordinating it for others.

We cover the postcodes listed below.  Any potential volunteers would need to live in or close to the postcodes listed.

NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4, NE5, NE6, NE7, NE8, NE9, NE10

NE11, NE12, NE13, NE15, NE16, NE17

NE21, NE22, NE23, NE24, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30

NE37, NE38, NE39, NE40

NE41, NE42, NE43, NE44, NE45, NE46

NE61, NE62, NE63, NE64, NE65


In all cases training is provided, and for many of them you would work alongside other volunteers. Some people start with one area and build up their expertise as they get more involved. Please be aware that all equipment is provided, any expenses are covered, and we are a very friendly group who will support anyone starting off in any of these activities. We regularly arrange ‘get togethers’ so it's not all about working on this by yourself.

Please note that any volunteers must be 18 or over, and that we have no facility for keeping cats other than in volunteers' homes, so there are no opportunities for any form of work placement with us.

Lost and found cats in Northumbria

 

Have you lost or found a cat in Northumbria? We’re here to help you. To report a lost cat, or if you have found a cat in the Northumbria area, please email us at: enquiries@northumbria.cats.org.uk.  

Have you lost your cat? 

Search first. Check small spaces – everywhere from cosy cupboards to garden sheds

If your cat is microchipped, talk to Petlog on 0844 4633 999 to register your cat missing

Contact all vet practices in the area

Make and put up flyers in the local area

Use social media! Post a picture and description of your cat on your own Facebook page as well as the page of your local Facebook group

 

Have you found a cat? 

Ask your neighbours if they recognise the cat – there might be someone searching for their lost pet

If the cat is sick or injured, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (UK), USPCA on 028 3025 1000 (NI) or SSPCA on 03000 999 999 (Scotland)

Check the cat for identification. Take it to your local vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip

Check local newspapers and Facebook community groups to see if the cat has been listed as missing

Lost, found and feral cats

Lost Cats

Found Cats

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