The RSPCA Bluebell Ridge rescues and re-homes over 200 abused, abandoned and unwanted cats in Hastings and Rother each year, as well as neutering many hundreds of felines and bull breeds to prevent suffering.
From tiny, frail kittens to older cats with special requirements, we provide a lifeline for all cats. Bluebell Ridge holds a licence to accommodate up to 60 cats and when arriving at the centre, every feline is given a health check, vaccinations, a microchip and neutering (if needed). They then receive their very own cosy pod, which is heated and full of snuggly blankets to give a cat a warm welcome. They also have their own individual run outside where they can find their litter tray and enjoy some sunbathing.
The centre is run by 6 trained staff members and a dedicated group of fifty volunteers, who all work hard in rehabilitating and caring for the cats in our care as well as showing them, possibly for the first time in their lives, some genuine human kindness.
Bluebell Ridge is owned and operated by the RSPCA Sussex East and Hastings Branch, which is a separate charity within the national body and is entirely self-funded. Each year the charity has to raise over £150,000 to keep the centre open and they heavily rely on the generosity of local individuals, businesses and groups to continue with their vital work.
We believe that every animal deserves to have a happy life and adopting from the RSPCA is one of the most responsible ways to bring an animal into your home. When you adopt a cat from Bluebell Ridge, you're saving two lives - you're adopting one and freeing up space for another needy animal to be brought in.
Cats At The Centre
Although every cat at the centre is different, they all have one thing in common: they are looking for someone to look after them by offering them a new home. What you'll receive in return is bag loads of fun, friendship and loyalty. Whatever you're after - young or old, kittens, middle-aged cats and seniors - there is always a cat that's just waiting for their forever home.
If you're considering adopting a rescue animal and you have the space needed in your home, visit the website here to view the cats currently looking for new homes. You'll be able to see how old the cat is and a little information about them to help you make your decision. Should any of them feel like "the one", please visit the centre at Chowns Hill, Hastings so you can meet your feline friend in person.
Adopting a Rescue Cat
One of the best and most responsible ways to introduce an animal into your home is to adopt from the RSPCA.
The RSPCA focuses on ensuring that each and every one of their wonderful cats find loving new homes that are right for them. Their simple adopting procedure makes the process as quick and easy as possible, whilst always ensuring that the welfare of their cats is the top priority.
To adopt a cat from the Sussex East and Hastings Branch all you need to do is follow these easy 6-steps:
Drop in to the cattery during their opening hours (11am-3pm every day except Thursday) to meet the cats that are currently in the cattery.
Work with their trained staff to choose the most suitable cat for you and your family. (It's advisable for every member of your family to meet the cat before its adopted).
Complete an adoption form.
You'll be contacted within 2-3 days by a home visitor to arrange a home visit.
On completion of a successful home visit you'll be asked to make an appointment for you to collect your cat. Before your cat leaves the centre they will undergo one final health check.
Come along to the centre at your allotted time to pick up your cat. You'll receive all the necessary adoption paperwork. Make sure you bring your ID with you and remember that all cats must be transported home in a suitable carrier.
The centre does charge an adoption fee, which includes all vaccinations, microchips and neutering, as well as flea and worm treatments. The fee will also go towards helping the other rescue cats at the centre. For more information, please visit the website.