How we are helping
Gildersome is designed solely as a Homing Centre, we do not have a vet onsite or an admissions wing so are unable to take cats straight into the centre; instead all cats are placed onto a waiting list, when a place becomes available they are transferred into our second centre, where all of the minimum veterinary standards are completed (i.e neutering, vaccinations, microchipping). Once they have been passed as "fit to home" by our vets, they come into the centre for adoption. As the centre only has 12 homing pens, we can have quite a long waiting list for places. If you would like to give a loving new home to a deserving cat, please see our "Adopt a Cat" page -
The main reason we are here is due to owners not getting their cats neutered. Neutering is not just important to prevent large numbers of unwanted kittens, but also for the health of the mating cat. An un-neutered tom will spray to mark his territory, a main reason for being "kicked-out". They are more likely to roam to find a mate and will fight other cats for territory, this puts them at huge risk of contracting feline HIV or Leukaemia. Un-neutered females are also at risk of contracting diseases through mating, and the risk of cancer increases with each pregnancy. If you would like advice on neutering your cat, please contact -
Cats Protection Helpline - 03000 12 12 12 (option 2, then option 1)
We are always happy to provide advice (non-veterinary) and information, to help you and your cat. CATS PROTECTION MAINTAIN A STRICT NON-EUTHANASIA POLICY - CATS ARE NEVER PUT TO SLEEP - UNLESS UNDER A VETERINARY RECOMMENDATION
So why do we need the Gildersome Homing Centre? Take a look at these local stories to see how wide the problem is in the Leeds area.
*Be aware that there are elements of these stories that some may find upsetting. Eight Rescued Cats, Leeds
One of our volunteers was called to a house in the Leeds area where the owner was suffering from mental health issues. The house was in a horrific state and there were no litter trays for the resident indoor cats.
Initially, they were reluctant to come out of hiding but were eventually coaxed out using a plate of sardines. When they did appear they were in such a poor state that they barely looked like cats at all. It was impossible to age them as a lack of proper care, attention and vet treatment had aged them beyond their years.
The eight cats were put into carriers and rushed to the vets, who were appalled at the state of the animals. They were covered in sores due to a flea infestation, required treatment for damage caused by cat flu and needed to have their teeth removed due to severe mouth infections. The vets worked through the night to make them comfortable.
Cats Protection collected them the next morning but, because of the ingrained filth on their coats, would later bring the cats back to the vets for another bath and further treatment for their cat flu.
As their health improved, they began to trust and started to gain in confidence. They were taught to use a litter tray and also to eat cat food as they had previously lived by foraging for scraps. As their stained coats grew out it became clear they were beautiful white cats with ginger patches.
Thanks to the hard work of their carers, the cats became more socialised. They have all now been rehomed as indoor cats with the four most damaged ones staying together in their new home.
While their flu means that they cannot play outside or mix with other cats, it doesn't stop them from having a great new life. They thoroughly enjoy meal times, and like nothing better than to lie near the window and soak up the sun. Truly rags to riches!
Silsden Canal Kittens, Leeds
A litter of four kittens was found in a cardboard box on the towpath of a canal in Silsden. They were just six weeks old, cold and undernourished with no mother to look after them.
The kittens were very weak and were suffering from the herpes strain of the cat flu virus which, if left untreated, can damage nerves, eyes, the mouth and face.
Skilled and caring intervention by local vets and nurses meant that, against the odds, the kittens all pulled through; although the severity of their infection claimed one eye each from three of the kittens.
Many weeks of nurturing foster care and tests eventually paid off and, once their flu virus was under control, the kittens found wonderful new homes. While these kittens will never be able to mix with other cats, they have been given chance to have a happy, comfortable and long life.
Click here to read Maggie's story