Cats for Homing

last updated on 20/02/2024

Copper needs a home on a farm or in stables!

Copper who is the feral cat and is is particularly nervous around people, we are looking for a suitable placement for her on a farm or stables where she will be fed daily and kept an eye on. Somewhere warm to sleep would be a great spot for her.


Elmore was found alone and in a state of great distress in a woodlands area by a dog walker! She will be available for homing if not claimed within the required time period by someone who can show some satisfactory proof of  ownership.


Tigger has now been homed!

A male tabby cat who has lost his home through no fault. He is affectionate and friendly and just needs neutering.


Daisy has now been homed!


Mittens has now been homed!

Two year old neutered male cat. Mittens is usually quite  pleasant and loving cat although having only been admitted to the Ark just a few days ago after a long car journey he is uncharacteristicly a little subdued at present. Mittens is vaccinated and chipped.


Moon has now been homed!

Moon is a two year old spayed, vaccinated and microchipped queen. She is clen and pleasant and has lived with Mittens and Fluffa above, despite this she is more of a solitary cat than the other two.

Moon also is a recent arrival at the Ark.

Young black feral rescue

This youngster has now been homed!

Black and white male youngster rescued from living as part of a small feral family. He is still a little nervous at first with new people but responds well once he knows and trusts someone.


Hope and another cat were rescued at the request of the person whose shed the cats had been living in for some time. When rescued it was clear that the younster (we named her Hope) was very thin and barely able to stand up or walk straight.


Faith was examined thanks to the kindness of Moorview Vets at Backworth. It would appear that she might have a neurological disorder of which one possible cause could potentially be the Feline Infectious Peritonitis virus.

Currently we are caring for Hope and monitoring her progress! She does not walk much but can do so with far more co-ordination and momentum now when she wants to. She has also put on loads of weight.


Hope is an affectionate cat that love to be brushed, stroked and made a fuss of! We are looking to possible further diagnosis her condition and it is a possibility that she may get into a clinical trial being conducted for her condition.


Thanks to Eileen and to all the cat cuddlers and  volunteers that have helped to care for Hope, and also to our great friends online for all your kindly donated supplies!


Kittens at the Ark

If you are interested in offering a home to a rescue kitten then please contact us. WE DO NOT BREED KITTENS but from time to time do rescue kittens and find them good homes!

All feral queens are spayed by the Ark before being either returned to the original site or placed somewhere better.Before being homed the kittens are all treated against parasites and will have developed to a safe age and weight.

All kittens homed by the Ark will be done so with strict neutering, vaccination and microchipping agreements in place, and veterinary insurance provision is also strongly recommended.

The 'Beer Garden' Klan

The 'Beer Garden' klan were rescued a few weeks ago from Chester-le-Street. The mother often sleeps around the back of the pub and is visible from their beer garden. She has had kittens there previously and sadly those kittens grew up as feral cats.

These kittens are now really thriving, they are playful, adventuress and very comfortable around people.


All are black and white but have real character and the nicest of natures.

Update - Bella has now been spayed and after nine days recuperation returned to the beer garden at the Butchers Arm's in Chesterle-street where staff and customers welcome her back and have build her a new shelter!

Bernicia's brood

Westgate Ark rescued Bernicia who appears to be a feral cat from a small outbuilding on land near to Hadrian's wall area.

The landowners spotted her with kitten's just hours old having given birth in cardboard box on a storage unit.



Bernicia and family - were rescued from near to Hadrian's Wall.


As the kittens were new born we took the decision to leave them and their mother in the outhouse for over a week before risking trapping the mother and relocating them all.

We left the kittens in their cardboard box until we had successfully trapped the mother who was out hunting!

The landowner called us to help as we had many years ago placed three feral cats with him. The last cat diappeared only recently.

Once back at Westgate Ark the family were put into a feral cat pen due which is preferable when the mother is not a domestic or handleable cat.

This way the mother has somewhere safe to shelter when she wants it but wander outside when no one is around.

Update - Bernicia has now been spayed (thanks to Westways Vets) and after a period of recuperation will probably be returned be to the agricultural site that she was rescued from.

Offering a home to our cats

Westgate Ark is operating again but at reduced capacity and is no longer open to visitors without an appointment. 


Contact to Westgate Ark should be by email to


Please be aware that only a limited amount of cats can be admitted and helped by us!

Recently Homed

Homing applications should be made via email by the person seeking to adopt and keep the cat. Please email


All cats homed by Westgate Ark are homed at our sole discretion. 

Cats may only be viewed through an arranged appointment!

Items currently needed to help us care for our cats!

Cat litter, virkon, newpaper, kitchen roll/blue roll, flea treatment, wormers.

Anyone kindly donating any of the above items should please email us first to arrange a time to drop them off as the Ark is no longer manned around the clock.

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!

Rescues rooms can be sponsored by individuals or organisations!

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