Terrifying Ordeal at our East Sussex Sanctuary
UPDATE 19th JANUARY. Six cats remain missing from our Sanctuary. Three elderly brothers - The Doctor, Sam and Ted never wandered far and we fear that the worst has happened to them. Three others - Bagheera, Peter Pan and Nutmeg are younger, more robust cats so some small hope remains for these three, but it is now ten days since they went missing and we are so worried for their safety.
We posted on our social media pages about a very frightening and traumatic incident that occurred on Tuesday 9th Jan at 4pm at our Sanctuary in East Sussex when a pack of uncontrolled Fox hounds in full cry ran through the Sanctuary in pursuit of a fox and a deer forcing our resident cats who live freely in the grounds to flee for their lives.
We would like to thank everyone for your support. We have had a lot of new visitors to our page. For those of you who are new to us in response to questions raised we would like to explain a little about the work of our Sanctuary. More information can be found within our website.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust, a registered charity, was established by Celia Hammond, a former 60's model who gave up her career to rescue cats after witnessing the plight of stray cats on the streets of London. The Sanctuary is located in 100 acres of countryside and for the last 30 years has provided a safe permanent home to our 'unhomeable' rescued cats. It is also a rescue and homing centre for unwanted and abandoned pet cats and the huge number of stray cats and kittens we are called to help each year. The Trust also has two low cost veterinary clinics and cat rescue centres based in London.
Our resident cats are free to live in the main Sanctuary house or choose from an array of sleeping chalets and outbuildings. Some of the cats are older semi-ferals and choose the cosy outdoor chalets to live. We also have many domestic cats who are elderly, shy, grumpy, temperamental or have health issues who come and go from the main house, which they share with our resident staff. Our staff know the cats individually, by name, are familiar with their routines, where they sleep and which feeding point they come to. The cats are of couse all neutered and microchipped, we keep a close eye on them and they receive prompt veterinary treatment as required.
The Sanctuary's fields and woodland provide a valuable safe haven to a wide variety of wild animals who live in and pass through our land and a 'safe' buffer zone for our animals between the Sanctuary and surrounding land. The central area of the Sanctuary is fenced with double height stock fencing within which all the cats sleeping chalets are contained. The resident cats are able to come and go through this fencing if they wish to do so.
Our Sanctuary staff and volunteers work tirelessly to care for the cats in our care and to provide a rescue service in the local area assisting unwanted pet, stray and feral cats.
The events of Tuesday 9th Jan were extremely traumatic for our resident animals and shocking and distressing for our staff and volunteers who for about an hour and a half struggled to chase the large fox hounds back out of the Sanctuary grounds.
We have lodged a complaint with the Police and East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt and will be seeking legal advice on the way forward.
As of this morning 10 cats are still missing and unaccounted for.
Many kind supporters are asking how they can donate to our sanctuary so we have set up a just giving page here
Come and see our rescued cats and kittens at our Weekend Open Days!
What better way to spend a few hours than meeting some of our adorable rescued cats and kittens? Two of our centres are open to potential adopters every weekend – so if you are interested in welcoming a new pet (or two) into your home, please do come and see us!
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk you through the adoption process, and introduce you to some of our lovely cats and kittens!
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 trios; and (not forgetting) feral and semi-feral cats who are seeking suitable outdoor homes.
With kitten season well and truly underway, we are also caring for lots of young mothers and their newborn litters, who have been rescued from gardens, under decking, in sheds, and even hiding under rubble. They are being given lots of attention by the staff and volunteers at our centres and foster homes to get them used to human contact, and many mothers and kittens are ready to be welcomed into their forever homes right now.
All of our cats are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and undergo a complete health check before being homed – so you can adopt from us with full peace of mind.
The hundreds of cats and kittens waiting for new homes at our rescue centres come from all walks of life, and are a real mix of ages, looks and personalities. The one thing that they have in common, however, is that they all really deserve the chance to live a happy life in a home of their own.
Our Open Days are held at:
Greenacres Rehoming Centre & Sanctuary (Stubb Lane, Brede, Near Hastings, TN31 6BT) - open Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm-4.30pm
Lewisham Rescue Centre (233-235 Lewisham Way, London, SE4 1UY) - open Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm-5pm
We can’t wait to see you there!
*Please note that our Canning Town homing centre is currently open by appointment only.*