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I have been involved in Rescue for Siamese, Burmese and Tonkinese since I started breeding, and continue to work to ensure cats in need find the best home and the love they need.
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I have a beautiful 6-year-old Tonkinese boy who just wants to cuddle up. He's a bit nervous, but desperate for a new home. Please contact me if you can help. He would probably get on with another female cat, possibly a dog and one or two adult humans. He's probably not going to cope with children or a large household as he's used to being very quiet.

Cats need to be rehomed for many reasons, not just because their owner has died. Sometimes something goes wrong in the home life of a cat, and sadly the owner decides that he or she would be happier with another set of human 'parents'. The commonest reason is that the cat doesn’t get on with other cats. Remember that rehoming a cat means that we will be looking for an extra-stable and loving environment for them, so please don't be insulted if the rescue organisation asks to make a home visit before agreeing to let you have a cat -- we're just trying to make sure the cat has the best chance of finding a permanent and suitable second home, and matches up with their new owners, minimizing the chances of having to rehome yet again. Rehoming is stressful, so in general we look for homes without other pets or cats, as this will add to the stress of the change. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but bear in mind that adult cats do not like being moved: it’s much more traumatic and takes longer for an adult to settle than for a kitten.

When you contact a rescue group they will need to know:

  • where you live and where you can travel to (there's no point in sending you rescue details for a cat which is hundreds of miles away from you);
  • if you are at home during the day or not;
  • if you have children (their ages) and/or other animals;
  • your experience with the breed you are enquiring about (or not — it doesn't matter if you're a first-timer, it just helps to ensure you are paired with the right cat);
  • whether you want a cat who goes out or stays in;
  • they may require a letter of recommendation from your local vet if we cannot visit you in person.

That way they can make sure that the cat goes to the home best suited to it and to ensure there is as little chance as possible of the cat needing to be rehomed again. You may be visited by a club member doing a 'home check' before being offered a cat. Most cats rehomed are healthy and well socialised, they may have had veterinary care by the rescue group such as dental work and vaccinations, so please be prepared to give a donation, as rescue is an expensive thing for clubs and breeders to support.

Occasionally rescue groups have a difficult cat who has been mistreated or who has personality problems, and sometimes they have one who will need special veterinary care that may be costly. We try to ensure that a cat is healthy and has had any outstanding veterinary treatment, and that you know as much about a cat as possible before you decide to take it on. If you would be able to take on a cat with long-term health issues or a difficult or mistreated cat, please do let us know.

SIAMESE (UK only)

Please check the 'Homes Wanted' Page for the Siamese Cat Club Welfare Trust, as they often have cats looking for homes - there were six cats waiting last time I looked.

If you wish to go on the Old-style Siamese Club waiting list, please contact them via their website (
www.oldstylesiamese.co.uk).

Siamese Rescue and Siamese Welfare (the rescue organisations for the main Siamese clubs) usually have adult Siamese of all ages looking for homes all over the country. You can visit their
website or email them if you think you may have a home for a needy cat. Don't forget to say where you live so that they can put you in touch with the regional centre closest to you.

TONKINESE (UK only)

Please contact Vince and Coral Macey for the Tonkinese Cat Club, and Val Chapple for the Tonkinese Breed Club.

BURMESE (UK only)

Burmese rescue is done by two clubs, the Burmese Cat Society (BCS) and the Burmese Cat Club (BCC). It is organised in regions, though the regional rescue officers are always in touch with each other regarding cats that may need rescuing or rehoming.


RESCUE WEBSITES

Don't forget to say where you live as a rescue officer may be able to put you in touch with someone closer to you. Cats are not always 'brought in' to Rescue, they may be homed directly from their previous home, and that can be anywhere in the country.