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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We take into care adult cats of any age (our oldest to date has been 18 years) and kittens for rehoming. These can either be unwanted, straying or abandoned (often left to fend for themselves either pregnant or with a litter of kittens), or from owners who are experiencing a change in circumstances, suddenly finding themselves unable to keep their animals and being reluctantly forced to part with them. We receive requests for help from various sources, including owners, people reporting strays, veterinary surgeries and via other local rescue organisations.


We do not run a cattery but place our cats and kittens with volunteer foster homes until new permanent homes can be found. We believe this benefits the cats and kittens by giving them a loving atmosphere to live in whilst “in transit” and allows a more personal, one to one approach in assessing and caring for them.


All of our cats and kittens undergo a thorough veterinary health check, with any necessary and/or preventative treatment being carried out prior to rehoming. We automatically neuter all cats that are old enough, vaccinate all cats and kittens against cat flu and Feline Infectious Enteritis and microchip them. Anyone adopting a kitten that is too young to be neutered  must agree to have the kitten neutered as soon as age permits and under no circumstances allow it to breed.


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.


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, above all, where it is going to be loved and considered as a companion in a home, not just a pet in a house. All people adopting a cat or kitten from us are required to sign an adoption form agreeing to specific conditions.


Cats that still have a good quality of life but are considered unsuitable for rehoming due to age or who, although not terminally ill, have long-term chronic health problems with ongoing medication needs will remain in suitable permanent foster care where they can live out the rest of their lives in a normal home environment.

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Rehoming cats and kittens

Assisted neutering scheme

The NAT strongly believes in prevention rather than cure, therefore, we operate an assisted neutering scheme, providing help for the spaying or neutering of privately owned cats and dogs where owners are experiencing problems having this carried out (such as being unable to afford the full cost). Where possible, we also help to neuter other domestic pets. A donation will be asked for. Our neutering scheme prevents thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies being born every year and also promotes a healthier life for the cats and dogs.


Please see our Neutering/Spaying page for further information on how we operate our scheme and reasons why it is vitally important that it is carried out.

Veterinary treatment scheme

The NAT operates an assisted veterinary treatment scheme to help owners who are struggling to cover the full cost of essential veterinary treatment. A donation will be asked for. As well as ensuring the animal is receiving veterinary treatment, our scheme often helps owners to keep their cat or dog, who would not normally be able to purely due to their financial restrictions. These owners are often elderly whose only companion is their cat or dog.

A special mention about dogs

Although we are currently unable to help with rehoming dogs and puppies, we still feel passionately about their welfare and try to help in other ways through our assisted neutering and veterinary treatment schemes, and by supporting other local groups whenever we can.


We do not have the facilities to care for injured or ill wildlife but will do our best to help in other ways. We will pay for veterinary treatment, and also support the local wildlife groups whenever we can, including the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital.

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What we do

Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about what we do.