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Dory was handed in by a gentleman who said she had been hanging around his garden for a while and he was worried she was going to be attacked by his dog.

We initially thought she was someones pet, so advertised her to see if anyone was missing her, but no-one came forward.

It then became apparent she was pregnant, and she gave birth to two kittens. 

Dory can be lovely most of the time, she is about 18 months old and still very playful. She will come to you for attention when she is in the mood, but can be temperamental at times, so will need an experienced, understanding owner. She still needs spayed and microchipped before going to her new home.

Dory does not like other cats, which may be the reason she can be grumpy, as she is aware of the other cats here at the rescue.

The new Homing Centre is called The Alley Cat Cafe, it is in Fenham, Ncle. You can have a drink while meeting the cats there.

Scruffy & Maria

Special home wanted.
Does anyone remember Scruffy and Maria? 
They were a litter of 5. When they came to the Ark at 7 weeks old, the whole litter had bad diarrhoea. One by one they started to improve. But 3 of them continued to have major problems. 2 of them were hospitalised. Scruffy was the worst, we really battled with him. At one point everything that he took in just went straight through him, his bottom, back legs and underneath of his tail became red raw. We protected it as much as we could with Vaseline,  but he hated being washed – it must have been so sore. We had to more or less force feed Scruffy and Maria, just to get nutrients into them. We were having to administer subcutaneous fluids regularly.
Three of the litter went off to their new homes, leaving us battling on with Scruffy and Maria. It was so bad that at one point I even considered euthanasia to be kinder, they looked so miserable.
Slowly they both improved in themselves, despite the continued diarrhoea. We are very strange people at the Ark, getting excited when we saw firm faeces. Scruffy started putting weight on and his diarrhoea finally cleared up.
Poor Maria continued to have problems, despite numerous courses of treatment that she loathed. 
We considered homing Scruffy, but the pair of them had really developed a strong bond. So we decided it wouldn't be right to split them up.
A few months ago we had an unpredicted situation at the Ark, and desperately needed space. So Maria and Scruffy came to mine, they were both lovely happy cats, but Maria was still having problems with diarrhoea,  which resulted in her having the occasional accidents.
We have got to the stage now where Maria has occasional normal faeces, but also has very loose stools. But has been quite a few weeks now since she had any accidents. Her last stool specimens came back normal. So we feel it is time for them to find their forever home.
We feel they would probably enjoy going outside eventually as they both spend quite some time on the window sill.
They are a fun pair  that love to play chasey, Scruffy loves to steal socks and other things. He also likes to do things at high speed. He is semi-long haired so will require regular grooming.
Maria is really adorable, can be quite chatty and loves cuddles and knees. They will both come and tap my arm or face in the early hours for attention.
They will need a quiet home, they get easily spooked.
If you think you could offer this lovely pair their forever home please contact Westgate Ark either via messenger or on (0191 273955)


Willow is a lovely natured cat who would suit most homes. She is good with other cats, dogs and children. She is extremely friendly, loving, and loves a nap to lay on or to snuggle up with you.

Willow came to us when a lady appealed for help saying that she could no longer care for her cat and kittens - she had given birth to her third litter of kittens this year!

She has now been spayed and microchipped, and is looking for a new home. Willow is at a foster home not far from Westgate Ark - if you would like to arrange a visit, please contact us!


The Alley Cat Cafe is looking for volunteers to help with cats & greet visitors!


Tinkerbell we think is about 2 years old and came to us with a litter of kittens.

This is what her fosterer says about her :-

"She’s not quite a lap cat yet but she’s very affectionate and is happy to be picked up and cuddled. She likes company and enjoys sitting next to me and “chatting”!
She will make someone a super pet- she’s really beautiful and has a lovely nature. "

Tinkerbell still needs to be spayed (and microchipped) before going to her new home, but we can arrange a visit at her foster home in the meantime.

Mamma Cleo

Cleo is currently with her 3 kittens at a fosterer not far from Westgate Ark. This is what her foster mum says about her:-

"Stunning and sleek. A really beautiful gal. Typical female of any species though!!!.....likes chit chat, good food and company! She's bright and super sociable - gets on with everyone that comes to see her. Mostly she likes to sit nearby me and chill....a wonderful and comforting friend."

Cleo is 3 years old and still needs microchipped and spayed before she can go to her new home.

She seems not to be keen on young children (she stays out of their way), but may be OK with other cats. She lived with her sister previously, but has been a bit defensive with the fosterers cat, but that may just be her protecting her kittens.

The Alley Cat Cafe is a Community Project set in the West End of Newcastle


Mitska is a very sweet, affectionate 2 year old cat who loves attention.

She came into our care when she became pregnant with her 2nd litter of kittens.

Mitska has been a cat who has had outdoor access, but stays in most of the time. She has now been spayed, microchipped, tested (negative) for FIV and FELV, and is ready to go to her new home.

We are unsure how she is with other animals or young children, but was unsettled when she arrived at Westgate Ark when she could see other cats in the room.

If you would like to meet her, please contact us so we can arrange a visit with her fosterer.

Rescues pens can be sponsored by individuals or organisations!


Ulla is a 12-13 year old cat who had to be rehomed as she was becoming terrified of the toddler in the house. She had resorted to living in the kitchen which was the only room the toddler couldn't get into. She is a sweet, friendly cat but would do best in a quiet home.

Ulla has a thyroid condition requiring daily medication.

She is currently being cared for at a foster home in Gosforth

To view cats needing homes from the Alley Cat Cafe go to

Waffle and Pixel

Waffle and Pixel are two youngsters that need to be rehomed together - as you can see, they are extremely close!

They were born outdoors with no human contact for the first few weeks, so were slightly feral when they first came in.

They have made a lot of progress since they arrived, but will need a special, understanding home to go to. They are still skittish with loud noises and new people, but once they get to know you will happily have cuddles and will purr for you.

If you think you can offer these two the home that they need, please contact us.

The Alley Cat Cafe is open 7 days per week from 12 noon until 6 p.m.


We currently have many kittens available for adoption, most of which are with fosterers. If you would like to add a kitten to your family, please ring to discuss so we can organise a visit for you.

Cats can be viewed in the evenings by appointment!

Feral cats

We are always looking for home offers for feral cats. Feral cats aren't just strays, but cats that have had little or no human contact. We generally trap them from around the city and have them neutered and ear tipped. This isn't cruel, it just indicates that the cat has already been trapped and neutered.

Rather than putting them back on the streets we find these cats suitable homes, usually on farms/ stables/ smallholdings, where they can happily live outside, but have someone give a daily supply of fresh food & water and somewhere sheltered to sleep.

If you can offer a place for a feral cat please contact us!

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