Cats for Homing


Alfie has lived as an 'Alley Cat' for many, many years. He has been with us now for some months and we have had him neutered, for which we thank WestWay Vets in Fenham.

Alfie has been extremely traumatised and it has taken many weeks of painstaking slow and careful handling to begin to get him to trust again. We are grateful to a dedicated shy cat handler for all her long hours of perseverence with this cat who will now become almost animated with joy at her visits to him.

Westgate Ark are seeking a very special person to take Alfie into their home and heart! The right person for Alfie will need to be very dedicated, patient and have a love of shy quiet cats as it may take Alfie several months to trust another person. However, we know that he can get there in the end as he now affectionately headbutts with joy the volunteer who worked on him, and sleeps on her arm.


Alfie is positive for FeLV so can't be let outdoors or allowed to mix with other cats.

Update on Alfie

A lot of time and attention has been invested in Alfie from our shy cat specialist. The results with her ahave been amazing, Alfie now greets her with purrs, headbutts and all round uncontained excitement!

Sadly, Alfie remains very shy with new people but it is evident now that he is able to breakthrough his instinctive shyness when given time and patience from a mature cat loving owner in a quiet home.

October 2021

For homing when ready!

Two kittens about ten to twelve weeks of age. Rescued recently from back gardens in Fenham, they were the two survivors of a litter of three kittens born outside to a feral mother. She herself was born yards away just the year before! 

The brother was rescued with a bad rerspiratory infection, probably cat flu. He has received care and attention from Moreview vets and although still bunged up and sneezing he is a happy and brave little soldier who purrs loudly to himself, and even more loudly when meeting people! He is quite confident and very brave around people. He has a little ball which he loves playing with!

The little sister has very unusual facial markings.

She does not appear to have the respiratory problems of her brother at the moment but will quite likely get infected next.

She is far more frightened than her brother and will hide away when humans are about! Having said that her blind fear of people and rage at being handled is dissipating slowly with each handling and we hope will eventually wither away all together.

The siblings have been nicknamed Armondo & Storm and now after several weeks there has been some progress.


Armondo is cheekier and more brazen than ever! He adores people and will climb all over them sitting wherever he likes on them and does he crave attention.Armondo appears hopefully over the worst of his respiratory infection but is still not quite right.


Storm is still shy but much less so. She no longer disappears when people are there but hovers near them and adores playing with dangly bits on sticks on a lazer pen. She will come right to you for food and treats and if caught and stroked will normally purr away with a minute but is still nervous of contact. She continues to improve slowly each week.

October 21

Latest two admissions

Two cats (as yet unnamed) admitted on 28/10/2021.


They have spent the past few months living in the back garden of an 86 year old.

Neither are chipped and both need neutering and treatment against parasites. The cats were fed by the elderly person and generally cared for by the landowners family, who have asrranged for the to be admitted to the Ark, brought them in and bought loads of nice food and treats for them!


On admission both took refuge under the sofa. One remains there but the other now prefers to share the top of the sofa than be underneath it!

This cat is becoming quite relaxed already and is now making friends.

October 21

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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