The National Animal Trust

Registered Charity No 243707

Founded in 1965

A companion in a home

not just a pet in a house

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A very warm welcome to The National Animal Trust (NAT), a local registered charity working in Leicester and Leicestershire since 1965. Run solely by unpaid volunteers, the NAT does not have a cattery or office premises but place our cats and kittens in temporary foster homes until new permanent homes can be found.


As well as promoting responsible ownership, the principal aims and objectives of the NAT are:

the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of stray, abandoned and unwanted animals (principally cats and kittens);

the prevention of indiscriminate breeding of cats and dogs; and

providing essential veterinary treatment to any animal where owners are struggling to cover the full cost.

Our guarantee

The NAT guarantees that cats and kittens taken into our care will not be put to sleep unless found to be terminally ill, injured beyond help or excessively aggressive. This course of action will only be taken following discussions with a veterinary surgeon and it is decided that there is no alternative.

Our rehoming philosophy

When looking for a new permanent home, we take into account the individual temperament and background of each cat and kitten to ensure that it is matched to the most suitable home. Our goal is to find each cat and kitten not only a new home where it is going to be secure and wanted for life but also where it is going to be loved and considered as a companion in a home, not just a pet in a house.

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We are always looking for new loving homes for the cats and kittens in our care. So if you are thinking about adding to your family by adopting a cat or kitten please visit our Cats Needing Homes page - we may have just what you are looking for in your area.

We operate a subsidised neutering and spaying scheme in Leicestershire for people on low income. This is mostly for cats and dogs but we may be able to help with other animals. Please visit our Neutering/Spaying pages for further information. Remember, a kitten can get pregnant as young as four months old and have up to three litters a year.

From becoming a fosterer or driver, to having a collecting tin in your home or business, or holding a fundraising event of your own and donating the proceeds to us, we are always looking for new people to join us. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our How you can help page.

Lost or found a cat?  Would you like to know more about feral cats and kittens or FIV+ cats? Would you like to understand your cat more and find out why it does what it does? Please visit our Information page for lots of information and advice on these subjects and many more.

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