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News: Animal Clinics, Appeals and Sanctuaries

Latest News and Events from around the charity

Welcome to our News section featuring our two London veterinary hospitals and rescue centres, our Headquarters in Wadhurst, East Sussex, our Sanctuary near Hastings and our Tunbridge Wells branch

Stamp poster


We are able to recycle your stamps and turn these into vital funds for our work!

We can recycle used 1st, 2nd and overseas stamps - we just need them sent to our Head Office and preferably with a border of envelope no greater than 1cm on each side.

We can also generate much needed funds from stamp collections.

- Could you start a collection point for used stamps at your place of work and send these to us?
- Could you collect used stamps at home from your mail?
- Do you have an old stamp collection that you would like to gift to CHAT?

We would love to generate funds for our cats and kittens through this simple process so please share this far and wide and start collecting your stamps today!

All collected stamps can be sent to the address on the poster or directly to our office at:

Head Office
High Street
East Sussex

You can also drop stamps off at our branches.


Rabbits at Lewisham


Lewisham Branch are caring for five rabbits, including a heavily pregnant female, after they were abandoned in a park in Thamesmead.

The rabbits were spotted by a local person who called us for help. Our rescue staff attended and rounded up the rabbits who otherwise would have most likely not lasted very long before dogs or foxes caught them.

The white female rabbit is very pregnant, and has been placed in a foster home.

The other four are two grey males, one of whom has no ears and two brindle colour females - named Oak, Bonsai, Alice and Hattie. They have been neutered, and are looking for homes (in two pairs, comprising a neutered male and a neutered female).

They are all small rabbits in size and have clearly been handled in the past as they are all quite friendly.

To enquire about these rabbits please email lewisham@celiahammond.org or tel 020 8694 6545 - please leave a message if answer machine is on.

Thames Path Challenge


We would like to wish Marc and Jennifer a massive GOOD LUCK in the Thames Path Challenge this weekend!

They will both be walking an incredible 100km, following England's greatest river as it meanders from its source in the Cotswolds and on through London.

Marc and Jennifer have both raised a fantastic amount of money for CHAT (£473 altogether), which will have a huge impact on the abandoned cats and kittens in our care.

We are so grateful to them both. If you can, please show your support and help them reach their fundraising goals by donating via their JustGiving pages below:

Marc: https://www.justgiving.com/MarcMajor/
Jennifer: https://www.justgiving.com/kittykitty/


Little Bobby with his new cat family


Little Bobby a newborn kitten was rescued on Friday 5th Sept after being found in a Tesco carrier bag with his three dead siblings in a communal bin at the base of a block of flats in Peckham.

A lady putting her rubbish in the bin heard a tiny cry and pulled out the bag to discover the tiny kittens. She managed to warm Bobby in her hands and brought him to our Lewisham clinic.
He was then placed in the care of Kathy, our dedicated kitten hand rearer, but ideally he needed his own mother or alternatively the care of another mother cat.

Over the weekend, our Canning Town Branch took in a heavily pregnant stray cat from a garden who proceeded to give birth to 4 kittens - a rescue just in time!
Little Bobby was gently introduced to this mother cat who fortunately has accepted him in with her kittens.

This family is now being fostered by one of our vets.

We thought that you would all like to hear how well Little Bobby is doing and see some photos of him with his new family.

We are still hoping to be able to trace where Little Bobby's own mother is.

Little Bobby was found in a bag at the bottom of a block of flats in Peckham


This poor kitten was found in a bag at the bottom of a block of flats in Peckham. A woman throwing away her rubbish heard a tiny squeak and pulled out a bag to find the four cold tiny kittens. She warmed up Bobby in her hands but despite her efforts it was too late for the other three.

"Little Bobby" is now in the care of one of our foster carers, who is hand rearing him. Ideally we will add him to another newborn litter so that he can be reared by a cat mummy.

We are concerned as to the whereabouts of his poor mother who must be frantic worrying about her kittens.
Mum also needs neutering to prevent her having any more litters. We are more than happy to neuter his mum for free or take her into our care to be reunited with Little Bobby.

UPDATE: Little Bobby is doing well and now has a new cat family! We were contacted yesterday about a heavily pregnant stray cat in a garden, she was brought in last night and gave birth to 4 kittens at 5 a.m this morning. This afternoon we carefully introduced Little Bobby to the litter and mummy cat has accepted him along with her own kittens. They are now in a foster home and provided mum cat doesn't mind we should be able to post another update and photo tomorrow. Still no news about Little Bobby's own mother but we are going to extend leafleting in the area to try and track her down.

If you have any information on the wherabouts of Little Bobby's mother, please contact our Lewisham Branch by email lewisham@celiahammond.org or tel 020 8694 6545.

Martina has made friends with Parasol at our Lewisham Branch


Martina came to us as a stray kitten covered in fly eggs and with a severe flea infestation, which had left her very weak with anaemia. She also had a damaged paw which had maggots which were eating into her foot which also appeared to be deformed.

Much of the tissue on her paw had died and sloughed off, our veterinary team have been keeping the rest of her foot clean and daily rebandaging and flushing the wound. She has also been receiving pain relief and antibiotics.

With the very dedicated care of our vet staff Martina is recovering well but unfortunately her paw can't be saved. So when she is a little bit bigger and stronger Martina will have to have her back leg amputated.

But there is some good news...

While recovering, Martina has made friends with Parasol, the little feral kitten who was found with his head stuck through a small hole in a garden table (please see Parasol's story below). We are pleased to report that although shy, Parasol is doing well and is delighted with his new friend Martina!


STUCK! This poor little stray kitten was really in a jam!

Our local RSPCA Inspector attended a call in Lewisham to rescue this very frightened feral kitten who had got his head wedged through a hole in a garden table.

The approx 8 week old kitten was stuck fast and was really panicking. The Inspector was very concerned that the kitten was going to seriously injure himself. He phoned CHAT's Lewisham Veterinary clinic asking if we could get a vet to attend to sedate the kitten to enable it to be freed.

Gareth, one of our vets, immediately collected the necessary medication and went straight to the address. Gareth quickly sedated the kitten and they were able to break a piece of wood off the table to free the kitten. Gareth brought the kitten back to our clinic to recover and to keep under observation. Fortunately, he does not appear to have suffered any injuries.

The hole that he had managed to put his head through was the hole that you would put an umbrella or parasol through, so Gareth decided to name him "Parasol".

Our Lewisham Rescue Team are now in contact with a neighbour who is feeding Parasol's mother and siblings in their garden and will be assisting with taking them all in.

Isle of Wight Challenge

Jennifer is raising funds for CHAT in the Isle of Wight Challenge this weekend!

We are delighted to announce that Jennifer is participating two gruelling challenge events for CHAT - the first of which is the Isle of Wight Challenge this weekend!

The Isle of Wight Challenge is set on England's largest island, which is steeped in maritime history and covered in outstanding natural beauty. Jennifer will walk an impressive 56km along the coastal path - no mean feat by anyone's standards!

Jennifer's next challenge will take place in three weeks time, when she will walk 100km in the Thames Path Challenge.

Every penny that Jennifer raises will be donated to CHAT, and will have a massive impact on the cats and kittens under our care. All donations are so appreciated, and can be made via Jennifer's JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/kittykitty/



Get involved in the #WarmBlanketChallenge, and help us bring comfort to cats & kittens in need!

We are asking our supporters to turn to Twitter and Facebook and support us in the #WarmBlanketChallenge – a fun and sociable way to raise much-needed funds for CHAT!

To take part, all you have to do is take a photo of your cat/kitten snoozing in a warm blanket and post it to your social media page, then text your donation to CHAT. To nominate some of your friends to do the same, just tag them in your status/tweet and wait for their response!

To donate to CHAT, simply text “WARM09” followed by a space and your donation amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070.

For example, to donate £5, simply text:
WARM09 £5

It's that simple!

Just £5 could feed one of our rescued cats for a whole week, and all donations will be so appreciated. Every penny raised will benefit the hundreds of cats & kittens in our care, and will enable us to bring comfort to those animals who need us most!

We look forward to seeing your pictures!


This tiny 2-3 week old kitten was found trapped down the side of a building in Brixton


This tiny 2-3 week old kitten was found trapped down the side of a building in Brixton, crying for her mum. She was found in Electric Avenue, and the fire brigade were called immediately to free her.

The emergency services then brought her straight into our care and our staff immediately set to warming her up, feeding her, and giving her the care she needed.

Ellie, as we have now named her, has been paired with a surrogate mum who is also under the care of the charity at our Lewisham branch and is already doing much better - we are just glad that helped arrive quickly enough to save her.

Our rescue staff are now searching for Ellie's mum and siblings in the area, as we are deeply concerned for their welfare.

We will keep you up to date with little Ellie's progress in the coming days and weeks.

The number of animals being abandoned is at crisis levels


The stories we feature on our social media pages and website – whether abandoned animals (like Garfield), cats waiting for a home (like Kai and Esme, waiting since November 2010), or animals needing substantial veterinary treatment (like Wilson) – are just a tiny fraction of the cases we deal with every single day right across the charity.

The number of animals being abandoned is at crisis levels. We are seeing more and more pet owners totally reliant on our low-cost veterinary services, and the number of cats under our care awaiting homes is at its absolute limit.

We are struggling under the sheer and consistent demand for our services and the pressure that we are under. The costs of running the charity are at an all-time high: our sanctuary alone is costing £17,000 per month to run – the main costs being veterinary treatment and food, and we have well over 700 cats under our care across the charity.

We are doing everything we possibly can to deal with this overwhelming demand, but we need you to help us ensure that we have the funds needed to continue our vital work and reach the animals who need us most.

Please donate to our funding appeal via JustGiving today and your donation, no matter how large or small, will have an immediate impact and enable us to reach those animals who desperately need us.

Just £10 could feed an orphaned kitten specialist milk for a whole month
£25 could pay to spay a cat and prevent the birth of many more unwanted litters
£50 could pay to vaccinate, microchip and neuter a stray cat ready for homing

Please, give what you can today – it really will make a difference to the lives of these animals.

Thank you - from all staff, volunteers and animals at CHAT

Our appeal can be found via: https://www.justgiving.com/CHATAppeal



Yesterday afternoon (just hours after the kittens in our previous post were found) a family out shopping in Hither Green heard a cat's distressed cries and located the cries to a pet carrier by some bins.

When they looked inside they saw this gorgeous, and obviously terrified cat, and quickly rushed him to our Lewisham branch so that we could help.

Our staff members had to cut the numerous bungees/ties from the pet carrier in order to reach the cat, who we've now named Garfield, and quickly saw that he was covered in urine, the fur along his back was matted and he was very, very worried.

We do not know how long Garfield had been in this carrier for, he had no food or water with him, but he is now safe under our care where he will receive the care and treatment he needs until a loving home can be found.

To enquire about offering a home to Garfield, or to find out about other cats for homing at our Lewisham branch, please telephone 0208 694 6545 or send CHAT an email to lewisham@celiahammond.org [please include a contact phone number].

Three kittens were abandoned outside our Lewisham branch in a bag


As one of our reception staff at our Lewisham branch was returning from her lunch today, she spotted a silver and black bag outside the front of the clinic.

She asked all those nearby if it was their bag/if they knew who it belonged to, but nobody was sure who had left it.

Our staff member heard cries from the bag and when taken inside the clinic and opened up these three kittens were found huddled inside.

They are around 7-8 weeks old, and have obviously been abandoned at our clinic without any of our staff members or volunteers being made aware. They seem to be in good general health but they do have fleas which we will treat right away.

Our concern is that we do not know where their mum is/if there are any siblings which need our help, and so we would please urge anyone with any information to contact us directly. We feel that they could not have travelled far as the bag is so clean inside and so they must be from the locality of the Lewisham branch.

These three kittens will be looking for homes shortly and if you would be interested in homing them, or any other cats at our Lewisham branch, please contact the branch via 020 8694 6545 (if answerphone please leave a message including your phone number) or e-mail lewisham@celiahammond.org (again, including a contact number.



We felt it was time to give you all an update on Wilson, the dear cat at our Canning Town branch who required extensive surgery after being found collapsed in the street (full story here: https://www.justgiving.com/WilsonsAppeal).

Wilson has now had the operation on his leg, which proved challenging but we believe this has been successful. He also needed treatment to his tail as this was also seriously injured and this was repaired under anaesthetic also.

Wilson's leg fixator needs to be worn for some weeks yet, but once this has been removed we will then assess him and commence the search for a loving home for him.

Throughout his time under our care Wilson has proven to be a very sweet cat who loves his cuddles. He seems content to have a nice warm bed, regular meals and lots of love and attention from our staff and volunteers - but we are sure he will be even happier once he finally has a loving home to call his own!

Thank you once more to all of our supporters who helped us raise the funds needed for Wilson's operations - we truly appreciate your support.

Lily in her foster home


Lily’s owners purchased her from Gumtree as a Chihuahua cross Yorkshire Terrier and were hoping for a calm toy breed dog.

Lily, however, is very much a puppy (she is 6 months old) and a terrier – she is very bouncy and excitable, loves her toys and wants long and regular walks to burn off her extra energy.

She has started her toilet training and will go on newspaper, so will need further training to get her fully housetrained.

Lily is being fostered by one of our staff members who took her to Greenwich Park yesterday evening to allow her to burn off that energy and the difference in her was immediately noticeable.

An experienced terrier home is being sought for Lily and we have a couple coming to meet her this weekend with the view of offering her the permanent and loving home she deserves.

If Lily isn’t the right match for their other dogs then an alternative home will be sought for her.

If you would like to register your interest in offering a home to Lily please e-mail our Lewisham branch via: lewisham@celiahammond.org – please include your full contact details (including telephone number)


Lois on the street

LOIS - rescued 20th July 2014

LOIS - Rescued yesterday.......

Our Canning Town Branch received an email with an attached photo of an emaciated cat in the garden of an empty property in Barking, East London....

"Hi there,
Just wanted to draw your attention to this cat (picture attached) which I believe is left behind by it's previous owner. I saw it living in the back garden.
As you can see from the attached photo (I took the photo when one of the builders working in that property gave it a bit of milk to drink), it is in really poor health. Probably starving for a while. My brother is moving in to that property soon and he does not want to keep a cat (His son is allergic). So, unless this poor cat is rescued and taken into shelter, it will probably just die starving."

Amanda, one of our dedicated volunteers, went searching for this cat as we were all so concerned it was dying somewhere, and after several hours she found it, weak, emaciated and dehydrated. She brought her straight into the clinic where Lois (as we've named her) was given fluids, small amounts of food every hour as she was ravenous and couldn't be allowed to bolt her food, treated for parasites and given a nice warm bed. Within a short time she was fast asleep.
Today if she's a little stronger, we'll run some blood tests and see if there's anything wrong with her other than starvation.

We are so grateful to Amanda who will always respond to our requests for help with sick and injured cats when we're all out dealing with other emergency calls - she is also CHAT's contributor on Mumsnet, giving wise and helpful advice as "thecatneuterer" to people who have a great variety of problems with their pets or strays. Thank you, Amanda! We'll let you all know how Lois does - keep your fingers crossed for her.

Wilson recuperating in our clinic; An x-ray showing Wilson's pelvis following his major operation


Here is our lovely Wilson after his first major surgery to repair his shattered pelvis.

He is on lots of pain relief and so is looking rather ‘chilled out’ - he is feeling much more comfortable.

He still has a fracture to his leg but he had a very long anaesthetic so we are going to let him get over that before he has his leg repaired. The leg is immobilised in the blue bandage so not causing him pain.

He is eating well and is such a lovely boy, he sends you all lots of kisses, headbutts and purrs and we all thank you very much for all your help.


Stephen West in training

Stephen is running for CHAT this Sunday!

Stephen is taking part in the National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run this Sunday, and has very kindly chosen to raise much-needed funds for CHAT!

The five-mile race will take place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and runners will get the chance to see the athletes’ former basecamp as they run through the East Village, as well as experience the beautiful new parklands and river ways.

We would like to wish Stephen GOOD LUCK, and say a huge thank you for all of his efforts so far. The funds raised from Stephen's run will really benefit the cats and kittens under our care.

Please see Stephen's JustGiving page for further information and to donate.

Thank you!

Snow at our sanctuary



Snowy came to us after her owner sadly passed away - she is an adorable small female cat and seems very young for her 14 years. She had a lesion on her nose which was removed very recently and it is healing well.

Unfortunately, the results of her biopsy show that the lesion was cancerous and while the vet is hopeful he managed to remove it all and that it hadn’t spread to other parts of her body - although clearly only time will tell if that is the case.

Snowy is cheeky and affectionate and apart from the problem with her nose she is in excellent health. She has been a very much loved and pampered puss and is sad in our cattery despite our best efforts to make her as happy and comfortable as we can.

She is very obviously missing having a home of her own and we are urgently seeking a permanent foster home, without other cats, where she can once again enjoy a lap to sit on and someone to provide her with Dreamies on demand!

Snowy will need a permanent foster home close to our one of our branches so that we can provide any ongoing medical care she needs.

To enquire about offering Snowy a permanent foster home, or to find out about other animals at our Sanctuary please telephone 01424 882198 or send us an email to sanctuary@celiahammond.org [Please include a contact phone number in any e-mails to us]




I would like to say thank you so very much to each and every one of you who has chosen to donate towards Wilson’s surgery. You are all amazing and we have the most wonderful supporters ever.

It is such a relief to know that we have the funds needed to help poor Wilson, and watching your donations coming through is truly overwhelming.

We will keep you up to date with Wilson’s progress following his surgery, and we will find him the loving home that he deserves when he has recovered.

We are so grateful to you all for contributing to Wilson’s recovery, and we will post a picture of him in a few days when he is feeling more comfortable.

You have actually raised more money than we need for his surgery, so we hope that you will agree that we will use the balance to treat other seriously injured cats which are coming into our clinics on an almost daily basis.

Grateful thanks again.

Yours as always,

Wilson at our Canning Town branch


On Sunday a member of the public rushed a young cat to our veterinary clinic after finding him collapsed in the street - we believe he had been run over. Our veterinary team quickly assessed the young cat, treated him for shock and worked to stabilise him overnight.

Following x-rays on Monday morning it became clear that poor (newly named) Wilson had a shattered pelvis and a fractured leg, and he needed urgent surgery. Due to the fact that we had three fracture repairs scheduled for surgery the next day, we had to find urgent help to make Wilson comfortable.

One of the vets who helps us when we have a number of outstanding fracture repairs offered to carry out the operation for us, at a drastically reduced cost of £800 (this would normally be in the region of £2,000-£3,000 at a private vet). However, even this cost is difficult for us to manage at this time.

We are struggling with the sheer number of cats who need us, and our resources are being stretched further every single day.

Wilson is a young and friendly cat, no older than 2 years old, who has his whole life ahead of him and we want to ensure that it is as happy and healthy as possible. We desperately need you to help cover the cost of this essential surgery and ensure that Wilson can regain his health and find a permanent and loving home, when he’s ready.

All donations, large or small, would be hugely appreciated and will make a real difference to young Wilson’s life.

You can donate via Wilson’s JustGiving page using the link below: https://www.justgiving.com/WilsonsAppeal or by clicking on his image

Wilson sends grateful purrs and love to you all


We are working hard behind the scenes to secure vital income for our work, and find homes for the animals under our care.

As part of this work we are launching a brand new logo (the image below!), which will be rolled out in the coming weeks - along with a brand new website!

The website will be responsive - so you can easily view it on your mobile/tablet - and will hopefully make it a lot easier to navigate and view the animals under care...this will hopefully mean that our cats will find a loving home much more quickly.

It will also be easier to donate via the new website, and we will be increasing the stock in our online shop - this will generate important revenue for us.

We do not have an exact date for the website launch yet but please do keep an eye on www.celiahammond.org and we hope that you will enjoy browsing the new site once launched!

In the meantime, we hope that you like our new logo, and continue to support CHAT as we work hard to grow and reach more cats & kittens who need us.

New Logo
Going to the dogs still image

Our reaction to the 'Going to the dogs' documentary on Channel 4

Some of you may have watched Going to the Dogs on Channel 4 which was aired last night. This was a documentary about illegal dog fighting in the U.K.

Filming showed images of sickening cruelty being inflicted on the dogs involved. The programme was biased in favour of the dog fighters portraying dog fighting as a traditional 'sport'.

The RSPCA described the scenes shown as "hideous cruelty" and commented "we don't believe this has been shot to help bring dog fighters to justice but to court controversy"

CHAT supports the request from Animal Aid and other animal charities that Channel 4 make all footage taken for the film available to the RSPCA and the police who can then pursue prosecutions of those who organise and take part in illegal dog fighting.

Please contact Channel 4 via the following link to let them know your comments and to request that they hand the footage over to the RSPCA and Police. http://www.channel4.com/4viewers/contact-us

Dog fighting is Illegal and as such it is completely right that those involved in this documentary are identified and prosecuted.

David with his cat Cotton


CHAT are proud to have 6 places in the British 10k event next month in London, and we have 6 very special supporters who agreed to take part and raise vital funds on our behalf!

Unfortunately, one of our runners has been forced to pull out of the race due to injury and there is just one month to go until the event!

However, David at our Head Office, who looks after our fundraising, has agreed to step in at the last minute and run for CHAT!

With only one month to raise vital funds, David desperately needs your support and he would appreciate any and all donations made via his JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/DavidLacey10k

David is a little nervous about the event as the last time he ran anywhere (other than for a bus/train) was back at school in 1997(!) and so any donations made would really give him a huge boost and spur him on to complete the race!

He will keep his JustGiving page up to date over the next month with how his training is progressing so please do keep an eye on his page.

Remember all donations will benefit our cats and kittens!!

Thank you!
Volunteer Vet Gianni and volunteer Vet Nurse Assistant Vilija - both at our Lewisham branch


This week is volunteers week, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank our volunteers from right across the charity!

We have volunteers helping with: transporting animals, serving customers in our charity shop, caring for the animals at our branches, fostering animals in their own homes, designing literature for us, collecting donations, fundraising at events for us – and much MUCH more!!

Every day we are lucky enough to have people giving up their time and expertise to help the abandoned cats & kittens under our care – and it is truly appreciated.

We would not be where we are today without our highly valued volunteers and we can’t thank each and every one of them enough for what they do.

Please join us in saying a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers.

(Pictured are volunteer Vet Giovanni and volunteer Vet Nurse Assistant Vilija - both at our Lewisham branch)

Jordan and Glenda

Jordan and Glenda are looking for a new home!

Jordan and Glenda (currently being cared for at our Canning Town branch) are in desperate need of a loving new home together! You can read their story below:

A man walking his dog in a nearby park spotted a small black kitten being brutally thrown about and hit with sticks by a group of boys tormenting her.

The man managed to chase the boys off, rescued the terrified and trembling kitten, tucked her under his coat and brought her to our clinic.

We had just rescued a confident young male kitten, Jordan about the same age as the little black kitten we named Glenda. Jordan was found in a box on someone's doorstep. When we put the two kittens together he immediately took to her and became a very affectionate brother snuggling up to her.
Glenda and Jordan are about 16 weeks old and must be homed together as they love each other very much. Glenda is still very shy but we hope that with time and kind human interaction she may forget that horrible experience in the park.

To enquire about Jordan and Glenda, please telephone 0207 474 8811 or send CHAT an e-mail [please include a contact phone number]

Photography Kirsten Priebe

Some of our kittens in their foster home

An appeal for our young kittens and their mums!

We are still very early on in the kitten season, but we are already being swamped with mums and their kittens. Our foster homes are filling up fast, as are our branches, and we are in desperate need of good quality food to give them the best start in life possible!

We have listed some food essentials on our Amazon Wish Lists and any donations will go directly to your chosen branch and help the cats/kittens under their care.

We would also truly appreciate any donations of toys and clean bedding (just no duvets/pillows) and these can be dropped off at your nearest branch

If you would like to make a donation to CHAT then you can do so by texting CHAT01 £5 to 70070 (you can replace the amount with £1,£2,£3,£5 or £10 - but please remember to leave the space after 'CHAT01') or by clicking this link: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/DonateSteps.aspx?beneficiarycampaignid=69

All donations - whether via the Amazon Wish List, donations of your own goods, or monetary contributions - are hugely appreciated and are sure to have a lasting and positive impact on the lives of many cats and kittens who need our help.

We are reaching out to as many cats and kittens in need as we possibly can, but we are solely reliant on your donations to keep our work vital going, and to reach the others who need us.

Thank you all

Inky and Poe


Early one morning on the weekend before last, one of our staff members was arriving at our Wadhurst charity shop and spotted a cat carrier behind the bins to the side of the shop.

She went to investigate and found two little black kittens inside the carrier with one pouch of kitten food tucked underneath their bedding. We do not know how long they had been in the carrier for, out in the cold weather, and next to a relatively noisy/busy road.

They were immediately taken inside by our staff member, and were found a foster home close to our sanctuary in Brede, nr Hastings.

Now in a secure home the little girl has become very purry and affectionate, but the little boy is still a little more reserved; we think they are around 12-14 weeks old. We think that they would be best suited to a home with older children.

To enquire about offering Inky and Poe a permanent home, please contact our sanctuary via 01424 882198 or sanctuary@celiahammond.org (please remember to leave a telephone number!)


Noella & Hazel at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon


All staff and volunteers at CHAT would like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to Noella & Hazel for their fantastic efforts at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon this month.

Noella & Hazel completed the grueling 26.2 mile course in a very impressive time (Noella: 5 hours, 41 mins, 01 sec / Hazel: 5 hours, 37 mins, 50 secs), and raised an incredible £2,200 for CHAT!

We have received this message from Noella:

"We did it! Over 5 hours in the heat, while being spurred on by the amazing crowds - they really did line the entire course.

All along the course people were cheering out our names and Hazel was cheering on the crowds just as much. The funny placards lifted our spirits no end.

It was much warmer than we expected - far warmer than when we were standing on breezy Blackheath with the thousands of others who were preparing to run. My arms, face and back of my neck and legs are really sunburned.

Hazel and I were separated at the start due to different colour vest numbers (I was blue, Hazel was red), but we came back together at three miles when all the runners converge. What a sight that was: a complete sea of humanity.

I found 13 to 16 miles tough, but once we were out of the Isle of Dogs / Canary Wharf at 21 miles we were heading for home. Psychologically that part is hard as you are weaving back and forth through the skyscrapers, but again the crowds were fantastic.

Then the race for home. Seeing family and friends along the way was another spur, and getting over the line is an experience neither of us will forget.

Thank you Celia Hammond for giving Hazel the place you got from Virgin London Marathon, so letting me run with her. We couldn't have been prouder to have run 26.2 miles for CHAT."

The fantastic amount of money raised is sure to benefit the animals in our care in a massive way, so thank you to Noella & Hazel, and all of our amazing supporters who donated!

Ingrid Fuzjiko Hemming

A big thank you to Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming!

We would like to thank Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming for her fantastic concert which raised funds for animal charities including CHAT!

Celia and Sue from CHAT went and it was a magical evening of wonderful music from Fuzjiko and Vasko Vassilev, the inspirational violinist.

Thank you once more to Fuzjiko and Vasko for putting on this concert, and for the funds raised on the evening!

Petition to stop animal testing by MSD Animal Health

The BUAV have launched their ‘Born to Die’ petition and we would like to encourage our supporters to sign the petition calling for MSD Animal Health to stop the testing and killing of puppies, kittens and other young animals.

The petition page includes a link to an undercover video made by the BUAV which we are aware is EXTREMELY distressing. We do not like to share graphic images with our supporters but Celia Hammond, our Founder Trustee, explains why we have shared this particular petition with you.

''We do not want to upset our supporters, but this is something so important that is happening in our country and that we can do something about. The British Public needs to make their voices heard and show that this sort of animal experimentation is not acceptable. You do not need to watch the video but we are looking for all of our supporters to sign this petition and share it with anyone who cares about animals as much as they do, so that we can bombard MSD Animal Health and make our voices heard.''

Please click on the link below to reach the petition page.

We do not often share these sorts of petitions with our supporters, but how do you feel about us sharing this with you? Would you like us to share more petitions on this page? Please make your comments below and let us know.

*Please be aware that the video on the petition page does contain images which are very distressing*



Hazel & Noella

Noella and Hazel are hoping to raise £2,000 for CHAT!

Noella, one of our long term supporters, and her friend Hazel are going to be running the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon for CHAT and are hoping to raise a fantastic £2,000 for the cats and kittens under our care!

With 8 weeks to go, they are both hard at work training and we need our supporters to come forward and support their brilliant challenge via the Just Giving website.

You can donate via Noella and Hazel's JustGiving page by clicking here, or pasting this link into your browser: http://www.justgiving.com/Hazel-Ward0Noella-Kivlehan2

All donations, no matter how large or small, will be truly appreciated by all of the cats & kittens under our care and by Noella and Hazel. So please, if you can, donate towards their challenge and show your support today!

All the staff and volunteers at CHAT would like to thank Noella & Hazel for taking on this challenge, and would like to wish them both the best of luck.

Three cats dumped in Wentworth Road E12

Feb 4th : Abandoned in the road!!!!

What is wrong with people!!?!! These three cats were discovered this morning just dumped in the road!

A resident of Wentworth Road, London, E12 came out of his house and discovered them there. He took a photo on his phone, then placed the cats in box with some food and started contacting charities for help.
The three cats have now just arrived at our Canning Town Branch. They are absolutely emaciated, like little skeletons, they appear to be only about 5 months old.
Our new sponsorship pack


In May of this year Celia Hammond Animal Trust became one of the of the official charities supported by Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd. for 2014/2015 - it is a very exciting time for all of us here at CHAT!

Already, since May, they have contributed in many ways to the charity including hosting fundraising charity screenings, providing invaluable marketing & creative advice, taking part in the British 10km and donating new staff t-shirts with our brand new logo on it.

They were instrumental in designing & creating our new sponsorship packs in collaboration with their business partners RDP & Hope Print Group who printed this free of charge for us.

Our brand new sponsorship package (pictured below!) includes:

- A fact sheet about your sponsor cat
- A personalised sponsorship certificate
- A personalised thank you letter
- A Celia Hammond Animal Trust pen and keyring
- A presentation folder
- Updates on our work via post and/or e-mail
- Plus the opportunity to visit your sponsored cat!

It will be available for just £4 per month and will bring vital income to our charity and help the cats at our Greenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary.

With the continued support of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd over the next 12 months there will be some great new initiatives being introduced by CHAT.

We hope that you will join us in thanking Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd and RDP & Hope Print Group for their generous support!


Abandoned cats 2 Later this morning we were contacted by a woman who had found two more cats.

Two cats of the same colouring were found by a woman cowering together on the ground in Essex Road London E12 early this morning. They ware also thin and had wet, urine and faeces soaked tummies and feet just like the three found in Wentworth Road. She took them straight to her own vet and will be giving them a new home herself.

UPDATE 7TH FEB: MORE CATS SIMILARLY DUMPED IN E12 ! Yesterday morning another thin grey/white cat was found huddled in the gutter in Capel Road E12. He was brought into us, he was in similar condition, thin and dirty underneath.
Today another thin grey/white cat was discovered hiding under a bush in a front garden in Capel Road, one of our rescue team attended to collect this cat and conducted a search of front gardens in the street and found yet another thin grey/white cat who also had a urine stained tummy and feet. These three new cats are now reunited at Canning Town Branch and were very relieved to be back together and to be fed a good meal.

Where are these cats coming from? Are there more out there? If only we could find out who is abandoning them we will help - please! - we will take them in! Its so frightening for the cats to find themselves abandoned like this. They don't appear to know what to do, it's like they are 'frozen' to the ground in fear. Maybe they have never been outside?

Dumped cats UPDATE 13TH FEB: Here are the six grey/white cats that are in our care after being discovered dumped in three different locations in Manor Park.

They have all gained some weight but are still scared of space and still cling to each other for comfort.

Today they were well enough to be neutered and have also been microchipped and received their first vaccinations.

We are now starting to think about homing them. They need to be homed in pairs (or more!) as they are so dependent on each other.
They will need understanding and patient new owners to help them to regain trust and confidence with people.

We think they would be very happy to be indoor only cats, but they could go to homes with eventual access to a garden but would need to kept indoors for a long time initially until they have settled.

We are still appealing for people living in the Manor Park, London E12 area to please be vigilant as we are concerned as to whether any further cats were also abandoned.

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We are so sad to bring you the news that Joan Twinam, a much valued supporter of the Trust for over 20 years, passed away on Sunday January 5th.

We first met Joan and her husband Bill in 1991, when Bill whose whole working life was spent as a crane driver on the docks in East London, had to give up work when the docks closed for redevelopment. Bill had been feeding a large colony of around 40 cats for several years on the docks and had done his best to find homes for numerous kittens constantly being born.

Bill and Joan tried every avenue to get help to get all the cats to safety after the closure of the docks, but with no success. He and Joan went every evening to feed them all for months after he left work. Eventually, Bill was given our phone number by another charity and we arranged to meet him down at the docks. We managed, over a couple of weeks, to trap all the cats and a large number of kittens, get them neutered and vaccinated and took them to our sanctuary in East Sussex. Over a period of several months, we managed to home them all - the friendlier ones into homes and the wild ones to farms, stables and smallholdings.

From that time Joan and Bill became staunch supporters of CHAT - holding raffles, jumble sales, growing plants to sell, collecting good to sell in our shop from friends and neighbours - and raised enough money to build a range of cattery pens at the sanctuary.

They also donated a substantial amount of money in 1998 to enable us to complete the purchase of our Canning Town clinic. After Bill passed away, Joan devoted all her time to supporting the Trust in any way she could.

We and the cats she loved so much have lost a very dear friend and she will be sorely missed by us all.


Christmas food!


Elena adopted Jake and Elwood the cats from us last year and for Christmas she decided to help support our cats Christmas food appeal.

Elena and her colleagues collected this enormous pile of cat food, treats, bedding and toys which Jake and Elwood are proudly displaying in this photo!

Elena also raised a fantastic £581.58 + £118.25 gift aid via her JustGiving page!!
Natalie with the staff at Eltham Pets at Home


Pets at Home In Eltham supporting C.H.A.T....

Natalie from our Lewisham Branch visited the recently newly opened Pets at Home Store in Eltham on Saturday.

Natalie attended with our information display boards and was able to chat to customers about our work, promote neutering and discuss our rescued cats that need new homes.

Thank you Eltham Pets at Home we look forward to your continued support!
River Thames cats

Three cats found "dumped in the river Thames" are now at our Canning Town branch

October 17th 2013

We received an alarming telephone call from a man who said he had found a sack containing three cats in the River Thames.

The gentleman involved reported that he was walking his dog in East London when he came across the sack. Once he realised that there were cats inside he quickly moved to rescue them. He said that he had called numerous charities to ask if they could take the cats in, but had no luck and was about to leave them outside of a rescue center out of sheer desperation.

Luckily, he then called us and we suggested that he brought the cats straight into the clinic.
The man reported that the sack was bone dry, so we think that somebody could have thrown the cats off the jetty when the tide was out, and so when the tide came in they would have drowned! If this is the case, then this man’s actions saved their lives and we will now be able to provide them with the care they need and deserve.

There is no excuse for anybody to abandon animals in boxes or sacks etc - there is help out there. We, at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, always offer help to people via our low cost neutering service so that they can keep control of the number of cats in their household and prevent cats being born when there are no homes available.

These three female cats are now safe and cared for. Our vets have discovered that Sandy, the smallest kitten, unfortunately has a congenital abnormality in her front legs* and will need an indoor only home. The mother cat, Mandy, is expectedly anxious and distressed following her ordeal but is receiving the care that she needs; Aqua, the older kitten is coping well and is very friendly.

* We initially thought that Sandy had injured her legs in the fall, but our vets have confirmed that she has a congenital abnormality

To enquire about Mandy, Sandy and Aqua, please telephone 0207 474 8811 or send CHAT an email to canningtown@celiahammond.org [Please include a contact phone number]

Gert recovering at our Lewisham clinic

Gert's dramatic house fire rescue...

October 2013

Gert is an owned and much loved cat who has survived a terrible ordeal this week. Tragically there was a fire at her home and her distraught owner couldn't get through the flames to rescue her and she was trapped. The fire service managed to get the fire under control and enter the property, but Gert was laying motionless inside the house...

Firemen brought Gert to the safety of the outside , but she wasn't breathing. At this stage, they took the decision to attempt to resuscitate Gert at the roadside and incredbily she started to breathe !

The paramedics arrived at the scene, and alongside the fire service they continued to treat her, she was then taken to a private veterinary surgery where she was placed in an oxygen tent for two days. Unfortunately as if things couldn't t get much worse, the vet bill quickly became too much for the owners to cope with and so they called our Canning Town veterinary clinic for help. However, they already had both their oxygen tents in use by other animals in need so she was instead transferred into our Lewisham vet clinic where we are able to offer low cost veterinary care for people unable to afford private veterinary fees.

When she arrived she was totally unable to move but with the skill and dedication of our veterinary team, who inserted a tube from her oesophagus to her stomach, fed her every two hours during the day, and also gave her physiotherapy Gert is now recovering well and is able to move all her legs and hold herself on her sternum. She can pull herself back into her kennel, and lick food (although she's not strong enough yet to actually take any in).

Everyone involved is incredibly grateful to the fire service and paramedics for helping Gert in the first instance, and we are all hoping that she can now continue to improve under our care.

We will, of course, keep you up to date on her progress...

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open days


Lewisham Branch Rescue Centre is open every Saturday afternoon between 1p.m and 5p.m!

This will be an opportunity for people who are interested in offering a new home to one or more of our rescued cats to come and meet us to discuss further about adopting cats and to meet some of our many rescued cats who are seeking new homes.

Offers of homes will be visited (home visit) prior to actual adoption to provide any advice required about settling in and caring for cats and kittens and to assess suitability.
(We routinely rehome domestic cats and kittens throughout all S.E postcode areas, S.W postcodes and into North Kent - but can often home further afield - particularly further south into Kent and Sussex and parts of Surrey - if you live further afield and are interested in offering a home please contact us first to check if we can reach you.

Offers of homes and enquiries can also still made throughout the week via email : lewisham@celiahammond.org or by phone: 020 8694 6545 - please leave a message if answer machine is on as we are often out on home visits or attending to the cats but will call you back as soon as we can.

Lewisham Branch 233-235, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UY (nr Junction with Friendly Street SE8)
Parking in local side streets.

Our staff, volunteers and cats look forward to meeting you!

Nayme and Mimi


Some of you may recall that back in May we appealed for help to find a foster carer for 11 year old Mimi after she and her owner were made homeless.

Our Canning Town Branch had been contacted by a charity that helps homeless people to ask if we could help a lady who had nowhere to live and had been carrying her cat, Mimi, around in a cat carrier for the last six weeks. Mimi's owner Nayme had been offered accommodation in hostels for herself but never anywhere she could have Mimi with her.
She spent her days traveling round London by bus with Mimi and
went by train every night to Heathrow where she and Mimi, still in her cat carrier, spent the night in the airport before traveling back on the train to London each morning.

Once a day, she had taken Mimi to a grassy area where she went to the toilet. The lady was determined not to part with Mimi as she was the most important thing in her life but the day we received the call to help, Mimi had been chased under a stationary bus by some children when she had been let out to toilet and the lady had terrible trouble getting her back in her basket. She realised she could no longer manage and agreed that the charity could call us.

Mimi did stay at our Canning Town Branch rather than being fostered because we were concerned that she was losing weight. Our vets diagnosed a thyroid problem and Mimi had surgery to remove both thyroid glands.

Mimi's owner Nayme has now found a new home and Mimi and Nayme are so happy to be back together and we are happy to have helped reunite them.


August 2013: We had a phone call recently that a ginger cat was hiding under a car in the street. The caller said that he looked in a bad way and had blood on his neck.

One of our rescue workers went straight out to him and managed with difficulty, as he was terrified, to entice him out and safely into a carrier.
We were appalled to find, when the vet examined him back at the clinic, that the poor cat had hideous wounds around his neck. These terrible injuries must have been sustained at least several days previously as these infected wounds were fly-blown and crawling with maggots.

We honestly didn't know if Frankie, as we called him, could survive what had happened to him but we had to try to save him. We removed all the maggots, cleaned and dressed his hideous wounds and put him on a drip and antibiotics.

After even two days, Frankie looked a little brighter and his wounds less infected - he was a fighter and clearly wanted to live. We even got a little purr out of him.

After two weeks treatment Frankie seemed a little brighter and his wounds were no longer infected.

After two further weeks of intensive treatment and dressing changes, brave Frankie has made amazing progress. He knows we're trying to help him and has become a friendly boy.

He has recently had some surgery to debulk the scarring that was forming around his neck and causing constriction.

We still need to treat Frankie for the time being but will post updates about him and decide when we feel he'll be ready for us to think about a new, loving home for him.

We felt it important to share Frankie's story with you our supporters to let you know why your generous support is so vital in helping fund our rescue work with vulnerable abandoned and stray cats like Frankie.

However we do not wish to cause upset to anyone who would rather not see the photo's of Frankie's injuries so we haven't put them on this page but photos may be seen by clicking the link below.

Please be aware that these are very distressing pictures.

Please Click Here to read more about Frankie's ordeal and see photos of his injuries when he arrived and during healing.

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Bin kittens


5th Aug: Last Thursday we took in 10 kittens who were lucky to be alive after a passer by heard kittens crying and tracked them down to a large wheelie bin near some flats.

Inside the bin were 10 kittens running amongst boxes and rubbish bags!

Six kittens were only about 4 weeks old and are now being cared for in a foster home where they are having to be partially hand reared.

The other four kittens who are only about 6 weeks old are in our rescue centre.

These kittens mothers must be frantic searching for their kittens and will also most likely develop mastitis as a result of having all their kittens taken away so young all at once.

We have put posters up in the area appealing for the person who owned these kittens to please contact us so that we can neuter the mother cats or otherwise they will just have more litters.

Mum and her babies

18th April: Abandoned in a Wheelie bin...

A young mother cat and her 5 tiny kittens were rescued yesterday evening from inside a wheelie bin in South London.

The drama unfolded on the Mumsnet forum site where someone posted: "I was walking back to the office today and heard a quiet mewing. I walked over to a wheely bin and saw a cat in there with two or three kittens. She was feeding them and looked perfectly happy.
I called the council's animal welfare unit and they said they were just closing and couldn't get out to the cat. They did tell me it's bin collection tomorrow, though, early before they open. I'm so scared the cat will get crushed!
Is anyone in Catford, London SE6 this evening? If you are, please help. The RSPCA said to turn over the bin. I'm home alone with my child and can't leave to go back out. I will pm the address to anyone who can go."

Concerned followers of the thread posted advice and tried to find alternative help. Fortunately Amanda one of our Canning Town volunteers picked up the thread and contacted Trudi and Kelley from our Lewisham Team. They were out rescuing another cat but then quickly made their way to assist with collecting the tiny kittens and catching the mother cat.

They are now safely in our care in a foster home.



At CHAT we are constantly neutering and returning feral cat colonies to situations where they will continue to be fed and kept an eye on.

If they were living somewhere dangerous for instance a location due to be demolished or if there was nobody to feed them or they are threatened by hostile humans then we take them in and rehome them in pairs or family groups to stables, smallholdings and farms.

Most of the feral cats in our care are usually strong, healthy young adult ferals and are sought after by suitable rural homes to keep rodents at bay, although the cats do have to be fed as well!

Recently though we have had to take back into our care some cats that had previously been neutered and returned, some of these cats are 10 years or more and therefore harder to rehome. Because they are taking much longer than usual to find suitable homes for they are reducing the space we have available to take in other needy cats.

1. We had to take back in a group of 22 older semi-feral cats, the majority of which are pretty toothless! They were neutered and returned to gardens in New Cross 8-10 years ago, but the lady whose garden they lived in and fed them has moved and with a property developer changing the house into flats they had to come in. They are semi-ferals as they used to pop in and out of the lady's kitchen but are not quite happy to be stroked. Being older and lacking in teeth we are unable to find a rural home who will take them on as they are not up to full mousing duties.
Cats 2. We have just had to take in 10 feral cats, including a three legged cat from Slade Green who were living in garages under blocks of flats on a Housing Estate. All the residents have been moved out and the estate is being demolished and rebuilt so the cats had to be taken in.

3. We took in 12 very nervous cats from an elderly lady who has over 50 cats in her home - we have neutered and returned all her cats and are gradually reducing her numbers by homing them - but is a slow process because they are very nervous. We consider that some of them would be better suited to an outdoor life as semi-ferals at a stables or smallholding etc.

They all require rescue minded homes who could take them on. They would be suitable for garden homes with a dry shed or outbuilding.
The most confident cats could live in indoor homes with a cat flap - again rescue minded adult only homes who don't mind shy cats.

SUPPORT CHAT would continue to provide any veterinary care required by our older 'Harder to home' feral cats, although their new owners would be expected to supply their food.

We can rehome these cats locally - to South East and South London Garden homes or to homes in Kent, Sussex and parts of Surrey.

WINTER... We don't home many feral cats during the coldest Winter months, unless there is very cosy haybarn full of hay or straw to start them off in, but with Spring hopefully not too far away we really need to start getting some of these harder to home ferals into new homes.
cat WAITING TO BE RELOCATED.. The cats pictured are waiting to come in. They have been living stray in South East London since their owner died. A local woman has been feeding them everyday but she is now moving away. A temporary volunteer feeding rota has been set up until these five cats can be found more suitable homes.

"These cats are not feral, they are very loving once they get to know and trust you, and they deserve a proper home. They belonged to a man who took care of them but who died a few years ago. Since then they have been struggling to survive in people's gardens on the estate. They have no shelter and nobody wants them there. There are three blues - a mum, Dusty, who is very shy, and her two children, a boy and a girl. There are also two young moggies, a black, and a black and white who is really affectionate."

The feeder who has looked after them after their owner died is very concerned about them. She feeds ferals all over Peckham and knows that these cats are not toughies like they are. Because they were all once housecats, they are more vulnerable. She can't take them with her when she moves because she already has 10 cats and can't take anymore.

CHAT is unable to take them at the moment because we are have no space.

Hopefully soon we shall find space, but is there anybody who can offer these beautiful cats a home? A home for three blues? Or a home for two gorgeous moggies?

They like going outside and would be very happy living in somebody's garden with proper shelter available. Please help!

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The boxes as they arrived with the cats in!

Canning Town Branch influx of abandoned cats, 13 in one day.....

These boxes were dumped in the clinic last Friday, each with a terrified cat inside.
Three days previously another three cats had been brought in
by the same man who signed them over with a false address and phone
number. Six days before that, a single cat was brought in taped up in a
box in an identical way to the next two groups of cats, and when we
checked the first address, we found that was also false, as was the
phone number. When this man came in on Friday, we challenged him about
the false addresses and he said all the cats belonged to his aunt and he had not wanted to get into trouble as she has still more cats that must be taken away from her rented house.

We now have a real phone number and address and are going to sort out a situation where a Housing Association has threatened the aunt with eviction unless all her cats are removed from the property. We deal with many situations like this and will negotiate for time to arrive at a humane solution for the cats.

The cat at 2a.m outside the Canning Town Clinic At 2am on the Friday morning a knock on the clinic door alerted us to
the fact that a cat basket had been left outside the door with a
trembling tabby cat in it - I immediately thought it must have belonged
to the two boys who knocked but they strenuously denied this. Another
cat was left outside our doors Friday evening in a plastic carrier
covered with a brightly covered bag. During the morning, three kittens,
two cats from someone who was going abroad the next day and a female
cat whose owner had recently had a baby were all brought into our
waiting room - without so much as a phone call to ask if we had anywhere
to put them.
Thirteen in one day - it is so hard to manage, but we must
take them because what would happen to them if we didn't?


Homing figures for 2012 for Lewisham Branch and Canning Town Branch:

Canning Town:
cats homed 2012 = 877
dogs homed 2012 = 3
rabbits homed = 1

Lewisham Branch:
cats homed = 986
dogs homed = 10
rabbits homed = 3

Combined Lewisham and Canning Town cat homing = 1863

Tote bag

Gifts for people and cats....

Kathy one of Lewisham Branches dedicated volunteer foster carers and animal carers has just opened an online shop which sells cat toys and cotton tote bags that she has made.

Kathy will be donating all the profits to CHAT.


Kathy's hoping the bags will be of interest to CHAT supporters as they're cat rescue-themed!

Text donation


Please remember all our hungry moggies and help buy our rescued cats who are awaiting new homes at our rescue centres and Sanctuary a Dinner!!






Canning Town veterinary clinic and rescue centre have completely outgrown the building and demand for our low cost veterinary and rescue services is continuing to increase.

In 2011 we submitted plans to Newham Council for a three storey extension at the rear of the clinic. Fortunately approval was granted.

Please Click Here to read all about The Canning Town Clinic and Rescue centre Extension Project and follow the Diary of the building works


Please contact your nearest Branch of C.H.A.T for help with neutering - we also help with transporting cats to our clinics, and with catching strays.

If you are concerned about a neighbour or have obtained a kitten or puppy via an online or classified advert please contact us in confidence, if you don't wish to phone us an email is fine. We can approach the person to offer to neuter the mother cat or dog. We have a non-authoritarian, friendly and helpful approach and can assist with transportation and neutering vouchers towards or even to cover the cost.


n.b C.H.A.T is a non-destruction charity, we never put to sleep a healthy animal in care. However because of this we always have a large waiting list of cats needing to come in to await new homes and some of these cats that we don't manage to help may end up being put to sleep at private vets or at other charities that do put to sleep healthy animals because there are not enough homes for them. Therefore neutering to prevent the birth of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies is the only humane way forward.
cat cosy

Take a Peek at our new Gift Shop Goodies - hopefully you won't be able to resist a purchase or two!

Click Here for the Gift Shop - Every item purchased helps us save another animal'

Featured item Luxurious Cat Cosy only £18.99

Our cats need bedding, newspapers and scratching posts...


Bedding always needed by all our Branches for our rescued cats!

Lewisham Branch needs Old sheets, towels, fleece, throws, duvet covers, blankets etc are all needed. If you can drop it in thats great 233-235, Lewisham Way SE4 1UY open Mon - Fri 9.a.m - 7p.m or at the weekend please knock on the door or leave on the doorstep.
If you live locally and have a reasonable amount to donate a bin bag full or more we can probably collect it from you. Thank you in anticipation!!!

We also need clean newspaper which we use for lining kennels and litter trays.
Also donations of large feeding bowls (-in particular dog size bowls) etc.
Unwanted scratch posts are also much appreciated by our cats.

LEWISHAM BRANCH - Please drop donations of paper and bedding to the clinic 233-235, Lewisham Way SE4 1UY. (parking in side street- Friendly Street SE8 or stop briefly in loading bay outside clinic 10am - 4pm) Clinic open mon to fri 9am to 7pm. Weekends by arrangement or leave in entrance in tied bags. Tel 0208 691 2100 Thank you!

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A friendly staffie cross waiting for a new home.


No one living in London and increasingly elsewhere in the U.K can fail to have noticed the popularity of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie cross breeds.

Classified ads list litter upon litter of Staffie pups for sale yet rescue centres are full of staffies and thousands are put to sleep in the U.K because they cannot be found new homes.

Unwanted Staffies are daily abandoned on the streets of London and taken to Animal shelters such as Battersea Dogs Home who also take in strays rounded up by Londons local authority animal wardens.

Stray dogs in animal pounds have just 7 days to be claimed before they can be put to sleep. PROTECT YOUR DOG (or cat!) WITH AN ID MICROCHIP. Quickly and easily implanted they provide lifelong identification for your pet. Contact C.H.A.T's veterinary clinics or your local vet for more information.

Bonnie is a loving dog.

ONGOING APPEAL!!! Dogs needing foster homes and permanent new homes.

Our London Branches do not have the facilities to care for dogs for whilst they seek new homes. Short term foster homes whilst we seek permanent new homes for any dogs that come into our care are always needed.

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