Welfare and Rescue

Updated 24 September 2022

LADY

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"Lady, a fawn female neuter Somali aged approximately 5 or 6, needs a quiet and loving home with no other cats. One or two retired owners with the time to give her the affection and attention she so richly rewards would be ideal – they will need to live within an hour’s drive of South Birmingham so she can be returned to us immediately for temporary treatment should it be necessary. Lady has been with us for more than three years now and although at the start of her residence at Brizlincoat with Di Taylor, it seemed as though we would never be able to solve her problems, after many months of intensive nursing and veterinary care, she is now fully healthy and clean. Club members will remember reading all about her travails in the last two SCC journals and those who attended this year’s AGM in June had the opportunity to meet her and appreciate what a delightful, beautiful and affectionate cat she is. She is still a young cat with so much love to give and as we have finally resolved her problems, we think it is unfair to keep her at Brizlincoat as she deserves a home of her own."

GUS

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Gus is a handsome 6 year old chocolate MN who needs a quiet loving home on his own with no other cats or small children and some safe outside access as he has recently been involved in a road traffic accident resulting in a tail amputation. He is microchipped and vaccinated to date and currently lives in Chester.

If you would like to offer a home to one of these lovely cats, or would like more information, please contact Alison our welfare officer, details below

WOULD YOU LIKE TO OFFER A HOME?

In that case, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please contact Rescue & Welfare Co-ordinator Alison Lyall at: alison@lyall.uk
PORTERS HOUSE,
PEBBLE HILL,
TOOT BALDON,
OXON
OX44 9ND
We look forward to hearing from you.


For rescue emergencies, please contact Di Taylor on 01564 823213




If you are genuinely interested in offering a Somali a new home, please read ALL of this page.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WELFARE & RESCUE.

1. WHAT IS IT?

The Somali Cat Club Welfare & Rescue exists to help Somalis who, for whatever reason, need to find a new home. We keep a list of those people who would like to offer a home & when a cat becomes available that may be suitable for their circumstances, we make contact. Fortunately, not many Somalis need rehoming, so patience is required you may have to wait for some time! We are also here to help with any queries you may have about your Somali.

2. ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS ATTACHED?

We like to arrange a home visit to meet you & see the environment offered & if you adopt a cat, you will be required to sign a form indicating that you will keep up vaccinations & provide veterinary treatment as necessary. To adopt a Somali, a donation will be required towards our Welfare fund & we like to hear of the cats progress from time to time.

3. MUST I HAVE EXPERIENCE OF RESCUING A CAT?

Not necessarily, just a vast fund of patience, some experience of cat ownership & the time to give the attention & affection that all Somalis need.

4. HAVE THE CATS UP FOR ADOPTION BEEN MALTREATED?

Very rarely! Most are in good health & need rehoming for social reasons marriage breakdown, not getting on with other cats in the household, moving abroad etc.

5. MUST I KEEP MY CAT IN?

We try to home adult cats to households that are as similar as possible to the original home. Thus, if the cat is used to going out, we look for a rescue home that can safely offer access to the outdoors. All cats that have been rehomed need to be kept in for a least four weeks to enable them to bond with their new owners & become familiar with their new surroundings. All cats MUST be kept in at night & a litter tray provided. A cat that has been kept in may enjoy some limited outside access, but a cat who is used to going out will rarely adapt to being kept in unless there is plenty of human company & stimulation available.

6. WHERE ARE THE CATS FOR REHOMING LOCATED?

We try to re-home our cats from their existing homes direct to their new owners. Thus, our cats can be located all over the country our Welfare & Rescue Co-ordinator does not run a cattery for them. When you contact her, it is always helpful to give your name, address, landline telephone number and a few details of your circumstances & what you can offer eg. other animals kept, safe outside access, proximity to busy roads, children, whether there is someone home during the day & any experience with re-homing cats.