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SPECIAL APPEAL:  Waste site kittens

Back in height of summer of 2019 we were asked to help with a huge colony of possibly 70 or more black cats and kittens living at a waste processing site.

Stray cats are welcomed and fed by the staff at the site as they are excellent rodent catchers. However numbers got out of control and had reached crisis point. A humane solution had to be found. There were litters of kittens everywhere and although the adult cats appear to survive quite well there is a high kitten mortality.

We agreed to take in all the kittens from the site for rehoming and to neuter and return the adult cats. It is not an ideal place for these cats to live but to them it is home and it would be very difficult to find suitable new homes for such a large number of adult feral cats.

This has been a huge challenge for us but we have managed to home quite a few pairs of kittens over the past 6 months. We now have approximately 17 adolescent black (some with of bits of white) kittens left at our Canning Town shelter and in foster homes. Sadly, over Christmas, we had to take some of the fostered kittens back to the shelter and noticed that they reverted to a state of nervousness. Our foster carers have done an amazing job socialising these kittens and it just shows how a bit of interaction and play with the same people in a loving home can make such a difference to these sweet youngsters.

We urgently need to find homes for these kittens and would like to home them in a minimum of a pair. Some are very friendly and affectionate; others take a while to come out of their shell and may hiss initially.

Wd’d be grateful to any potential adopter who’d like to give these youngsters a chance. Please contact us by phone or email (please leave a contact telephone number) if you are interested in adopting waste site kittens.

Key to symbols:

😿 = Harder to home

🐚 = Shy cat

💗= Single cat (cat that doesn't like other cats)

🏠= indoor/house cat

💊 = medication required 

Long term fostering or Retirement fostering is taking in an elderly cat or cat with an illness for the remainder of his or her life, which could be months or a few years – cats thrive on the love and attention of a good home, and even very elderly cats have surprised us by living considerably longer than expected. Under the Long term foster scheme, Celia Hammond Animal Trust provides veterinary care via one of our veterinary clinics for the cat (specific details are agreed at the time for each cat).

All our cats for homing are neutered (or to be neutered = small kittens), micro-chipped, flea treated and vaccinated.

Please note that kittens will only be homed in a minimum of a pair


Our Adoption Days are every Saturday from 13.00 to 17.00 and are an opportunity for you

to come and meet us, our cats and to discuss offering a home.

 We have all sorts of cats needing homes from pairs of kittens to elderly cats. Cats needing homes with gardens and cats suitable for indoor only homes. Single cats, pairs or trio's and not forgetting feral and semi-feral cats who are seeking suitable outdoor homes. 

Our cats and kittens are rescued and are seeking caring, suitable, permanent new homes where they will be loved, respected and have a new chance in life.

We always carry out a pre-adoption home visit. This is an informal visit which takes place in your home. We provide any advice you may need about caring for  and settling in new cats or kittens – incl. health care, feeding, holiday arrangements, dangers in your home etc. We also look at the location of your home to  assess for hazards such as easy access to busy roads or for indoor only homes to advise on making windows or balconies safe.

Our cats have varied temperaments and needs so we also discuss what ‘sort’ of cats would be suitable for you, your family, your lifestyle and your home.

Once a successful home visit has been carried out you will be invited back by appointment to meet suitable cats either at our Rescue centre or at our local foster homes and choose your new feline companion(s)

You can only choose or reserve cats at one of our Adoption Days once you have had a successful home visit. We will, of course, try and accommodate your wishes as much as possible but always with the best interest of the animals in our care.

Offers of homes and enquiries can also still made throughout the week via email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 020 7474 8811 - 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. Please always leave a phone number

Canning Town Branch 151-153, Barking Road, London E16 4HQ - Parking in local side streets.

Our staff, volunteers and cats look forward to meeting you! - We would be grateful for a small donation of cat food to help treat our sick and injured cats.