INFORMATION FOR ANYBODY PLANNING TO ADOPT A CAT FROM KINGSDOWN CAT SANCTUARY
When a cat comes into the care of Kingsdown Cat Sanctuary it is initially given a full veterinary check, blood tested, when necessary, treated for fleas and worms and spayed/neutered (if it has not been done already) and microchipped.If there are any medical problems then these are dealt with immediately.
No healthy cat is put to sleep. We only do so if the animal is terminal ill and if the vet advises this is the kindest course to take.
During a cat's stay with us it will require food, litter, a heated pen and love and attention from the carers.
Quite often cats are traumatized by finding themselves in a rescue situation and this can result in an unexpected illness developing shortly after their arrival with us. This of course then requires further veterinary care and medication.
As you will understand, there is a great deal of expense involved in keeping up the work that we do with needy cats and we are totally dependent on fund raising, and donations made by members of the public, who usually give generously when taking a cat or kitten from us. All moneys go directly to caring for the cats. ALL work is on a voluntary basis - no-one is paid!
We always like to deliver the cat to its new home. Preference for homing is given to people living within 25 miles of Deal.
We do not as a rule home cats/kittens where there are children under the age of 5 years. We also like to home our cats where there are no other cats. Resident adult cats understandably don't want strange cats on their patch and will show their displeasure and we feel that our cats have been through enough stress before arriving here.
Cats must have access to the house at all times. ie. a cat flap must be fitted so that at any time the cat wants to come in it can and especially if it is frightened when outside, it can seek refuge in it's own house. We also stress that cats should be kept in at night. It is at night when the majority of cats that do go missing it is then. Injured or dead cats will be taken by foxes and sadly the owners will never know what has happened.
There are exceptions when a cat would be happier as a house cat but on the whole most cats like freedom.
The donation you make when you receive your new cat helps us to look after another cat which will be waiting to come into the sanctuary. There are always cats waiting to come in.
It costs approximately £700 per week to run the sanctuary.
When your cat/kitten is delivered please remember how much it has cost us to care for it before you were kind enough to give it a loving home.
We apologise for the fact that we need to even request donations but it is essential if we are to provide the best for the cats in care and to carry on helping other cats that are in need of help. Please remember that you will be adopting a cat that is 100% fit and healthy when comes to you
If for any reason you cannot keep the cat you have adopted, you must not rehome it before informing us at the sanctuary. We will always take any cat back. However, if the cattery is full, then that cat will take priority and be taken in as soon as space becomes available
MALE - £70 WHICH INCLUDES A NEUTERING AND MICROCHIPPING VOUCHER...
FEMALES - £80 WHICH INCLUDES A SPAYING AND MICROCHIPPING VOUCHER.
ALSO Owners will be given 20% off the inItial vaccinations.
ALL THESE PROCEDURES MUST BE CARRIED OUT AT ANIMAL HOUSE VETERINARY SURGERY. ALL KITTENS AND CATS WILL HAVE HAD FLEA AND WORM TREATMENT
Females - £80
Males - £70
These cats will have been blood tested, neutered and chipped and had flea/worm treatment. Owners will be given a 20% voucher off for the initial vaccination at Animal House vets in Deal
Note: some people question our donation request, but please bear in mind that the following is what would be charged at the vets (depending on which vets are visited) Blood Test £35-£45, Spay £60-£90, Neutering £40-70 and microchipping £20 up.
We are not in rescue work to make money. Your donation helps the sanctuary to continue to be able to take care of the cats and kittens that need our help.