Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Updated: 17/12/15

Cats & Kittens Adopted 2015: 199

Cats and Kittens Adopted 2014: 181 .

Everything you need to know about adopting one (or more) of our cats.

This is our official list of cats in our care that need homes. It is updated as soon as there are any changes, which can be several times a week.

Our re-homing centre currently has no spaces available, though this can change by the day, and we have around 30 cats and kittens  needing homes. If a cat has been vaccinated against cat flu and has a vet card to prove it, it stands a better chance of being taken in immediately.

Volunteer cat cuddlers are always welcome as they do an important job of keeping the cats socialised with people and more re-homeable as a result.  

If you would like to visit our centre with a view to adopting one (or more!) -or to come and make a fuss of them, or even just to satisfy your curiosity- please contact Ian Williams by one of the following methods-
Phone (mobile) 075088 12280
Phone (landline) 0191 514 2850
Email: ianw700@gmail.com -the best way to get in touch as I check my emails numerous times a day and being a bit deaf I don't always hear the phone.
No cats can be re-homed without Animal Krackers performing a home check first.

For up to date news, cat cuddlers' comments, and more, visit our Facebook page at:
It's also a good place for listing your lost cat or details of one you have found.

We do ask for a donation of £60 for cats and kittens as all our adult cats have been neutered/spayed, given flea and worm treatment and vaccinated against cat flu and, in addition to our many other expenses, our vets bills alone run at over £2,000 a month. Monetary donations or donations of items to our shop at Grangetown, Sunderland (phone: 0191 564 1812) are always welcome.

Because of increasing expenses, we now have to ask for a donation of £20 for cats we take in. We can only accept cats in the re-homing centre that have been neutered/spayed and vaccinated against cat flu, though we may be able to help with this.

If, for whatever reason, a cat has to be returned we will always accept them but it may not be possible straight away due to lack of spaces. Ian is always willing to help with any problems or queries. Our aim is a happy owner with a happy cat.

Something to think about: every cat we re-home means we have space to take in another cat which might otherwise either be tossed out to fend for itself or destroyed.

There are three parts to the list: cats at the re-homing centre, cats fostered out, "You and your new cat: an information sheet". Unless stated otherwise, Ian is the contact.

Cats at the re-homing centre. 

Smudge is approx 3 years old – he came in with his friend Felix as their owner was being evicted and couldn’t keep them.

He’s a little shy, but we’re sure he’ll come round with time. Smudge and Felix are unrelated but we’d like them to stay together if possible.

Arrived 04/09/15.

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Felix is approx 6 years old – he came in with his friend Smudge as their owner was being evicted and couldn’t keep them.

He’s a friendly boy with a lovely soft coat, quite outgoing and confident. He likes lots of fuss and attention! Smudge and Felix are unrelated but we’d like them to stay together if possible.

Arrived 04/09/15.

Ruby Friday - Ruby is approx 1 year old. She was found living in a garden having just had kittens. Ruby can be very affectionate, but its’ very much on her terms – she’s an independent character who would benefit from a special home, possibly a farm or stables where she can come and go as she pleases, but where she will still be loved and cared for.

Lily Rose was found as a stray, possibly left behind by her previous owners when they moved. She’s been through a rough time but a kind lady fed her then brought into her us so that she can find a new forever home.

Lily is very timid and takes time to settle in to new surroundings but in the short time with her new foster mum she has become a playful kitty who will come for fuss and treats when she learns to trust you. She likes to watch the birds through the window (she’s also a fan of Autumn Watch on the TV and has been photographed giving Chris Packham a high five!) but seems a little fearful of the outside world so she’d probably be fine as in indoor cat.

She likes to sleep, to groom and to inspect your shopping bags when you get home – but she doesn’t seem to like any cat food with a fish flavour!

Arrived 21/10/15

Dawn came in to us having been left with a vet to be put to sleep. Fortunately they asked us to take her instead and she’s currently at our rehoming centre, where she seems to be settling ok. She’s around 1 year old and seems to be quite a friendly and confident little cat.

We don’t know a lot about her history, but we think she’d like to be an only cat.

Arrived 27/10/15

Abby came in to us having been left with a vet to be put to sleep. Fortunately they asked us to take her instead and she’s currently at our rehoming centre, where she seems to be settling ok. She’s around 1 year old and seems to be quite a friendly and sweet little cat, though can be a little nervous around new people.

Arrived 27/10/15.

Cats and kittens with fostecarer

Ronnie & Reggie
Sister and Brother pair who came into us just a few days ago. A lady took them in and had been looking after them in her shed (as they didn’t get on with her cats) but a local farmer was threatening to shoot any cats he saw on his land so she asked us to take them in. They were a little shell shocked, particularly the boy, but the girl (Ronnie – black & white) has really come out of her shell now. She’s playful and affectionate and getting braver each day. Reggie (tabby & white) seems gentle and loving and I’m sure it won’t be long before he follows in his sisters footsteps. He’s already been brave enough to come out to play!

We think they’re around 6 months old, and because of what they’ve been through, would need to stay together.

Arrived 26/11/15.

Liquorice and her sister (Treacle) were found in a cardboard box in a bus stop with their mother (Midnight). We think they’re around 4 months old and are very healthy considering their rough start – very shiny glossy coats, and chunky bellies! They can be timid at first but are gentle and friendly, and playful.

Although it would be nice to see them go together, we would possibly consider separating these two.

Pom Pom is 8 years old and had quite a hard life before coming into Animal Krackers. Since being fostered by one of our volunteers she has come into a second kittenhood. She loves playing with toys, dashing about and is very loving. She seems to get on with other cats and is fine with dogs (well, pugs at least!)
She really deserves the chance to start a new life in a comfortable loving home, with a family who’ll appreciate just what a sweet girl she is.

Arrived 01/10/15.

Squeak is a shy female about 5 years old. Seems quite friendly though and happy to get a fuss. Arrived 19/07/15.


Princess,   a 5 year old tabby girl. Princess is nervous until she gets to know you, but is becoming much more friendly as she settles in. She'll be a lovely little cat for someone.

How to be a fosterer.
If you are interested in fostering cats , there is a very good web page which explains all about it which we would recommend you look at first. Here's the link- http://www.catchat.org/fostering.html
If, after reading that, you're definitely interested you should contact either Ian or Joanna about how fostering for Animal Krackers works. Here's a bit more info for you.
Fosterers are always very much needed. With more fosterers we could help more cats. Ideally, a fosterer would only have to keep a cat for a little over 3 weeks, long enough for it to be given the two-stage flu jab. It would then be transferred, space permitting (and we do have steady if irregular turnover) to our re-homing centre. Food and litter would be supplied if required and we would take the cat to the vets.

Here are those currently being fostered. All these cats and kittens can be seen by, except where indicated, contacting Ian.

Introduction: Thanks for adopting one (or more) of our rescued cats. We hope you’ll have many happy years together. The following is just a brief list of suggestions to help him/her/them settle in as easily as possible. It’s been written to make things clear to someone who may not have much experience with cats which is why it may seem to you to state the obvious.
  • On arrival, let the cat out in the place where he’ll be fed and where the litter tray is. Have some food ready. Make sure the house is secure so the cat can't get out (e.g. open windows). Cats can also get into the smallest spaces (e.g. under floorboards)
  • Food. Cats can be fussy eaters so it’s often a matter of trial and error finding out what they like. As to quantity, we suggest either three sachets or two half-tins of moist food a day, supplemented by dried food for snacking. Always have a bowl of water available and change it at least once a day. Suggested treats: tinned tuna, cooked chicken, ham slices, Dreamies.
  • A new home is a strange place for cats and they may need some time to settle in. If there are no other animals in the house this is usually very quickly. If there are other cats it can take a while as they get used to them and the first reaction is likely to be to hide.
  • Let the cat come to you as that means it’s relaxed and settling in.
  • Always keep the cat in the house for the first four weeks otherwise it may run off and get lost.
  • Health. All our cats have been checked by a vet, vaccinated and neutered. They will recently have flea and worm treatment. As far as we know they are in good health and if they have had any problems while in our care they will have received veterinary treatment for it. But in many cases we are dependent on what we have been told by their previous owners (if known). It’s a good idea to register your new cat with your vet -we recommend King’s Road Vets at Southwick (phone 01915493535)- and have them give the cat a quick check.
  • We also recommend micro-chipping, if they aren't already, the cat if they are to go outside. Any vet will do this quickly, easily, and cheaply and gives you extra security.
  • Cat toys and cat play furniture are all useful things to have as long as you realise that the cat may completely ignore them, just as they may ignore the lovely expensive cat bed you bought in favour of the cardboard box in the corner. Do have at least one reasonably sized scratching post.Cat tunnels are great fun for them and not expensive.
  • Once you’ve taken the cat home they are yours. Animal Krackers will never pester you about them. But if you ever need help or advice, we are just a phone call or email away, or if you’d just like to tell us how happy you all are. We like that. Contact: 01915142850 or email ianw700@gmail.com
  • If, for whatever reason, you decide at some point you can’t keep the cat, please let us know and we’ll take it back -just try and give us at least a week’s notice.
Ian Williams, June 2013 (updated Oct 2014, revised Feb 2015)

Please feel free to print out this guide for your own use.