These 10 cats will all be spending Christmas in foster care, but volunteers in South Shields have a Christmas wish to find them a new family in time for next year.
Some of them have been at Willows Cat Adoption Centre for the whole year hoping to find a new home.
Many have special needs and unique personalities and staff are careful to match the cat to the new owners family circumstances, to make sure it's a lifelong friendship.
If you think you could help contact Willows on 0191 456 8511 or email: [email protected]
Rufus is the longest resident of Willows, having been there for two years after coming to them as a kitten at six weeks old. He is still terrified of most things and is very independent - he won't sit on your knee but loves his strokes first thing in a morning. He likes his food and has been known to sneak a chip or sausage off your plate given the opportunity. Photo: Willows Cat Adoption Centre
Snowy, 7, has been at Willows all year. She came from a home with small grandchildren and was terrified of them. She's a beautiful Turkish Van type with a red and white silky coat. She is very inquisitive and chatty and would flourish in a calm and peaceful home with mature humans. Snowy doesn’t like other cats so would need to be the only pet. Photo: Willows Cat Adoption Centre
3. Hattie Pom Pom
Hattie Pom Pom was abandoned after having a litter of kittens outside. She’s around two-years-old, a semi long haired black and white cat with soft silky fur. Shes independent so doesn’t mind time on her own. She's the perfect cat for a professional person who doesn’t have much time to lavish on their pet. Photo: Willows Cat Adoption Centre
Phoebe’s owner sadly died and she lived in the garden with the plant pots. She’s very gentle and affectionate, but sadly may not have long left, at around 15-years-old. She's looking for an end of life ‘retirement’ home where she can live out her final days in luxury. Photo: Willows Cat Adoption Centre