About 150 cats are being cared for at the National Cat Adoption Centre at Chelwood Gate at the moment and all are looking for forever homes.
Since January the charity has re-homed 294 cats, 29 of them, so far, this month.
All cats are health-checked by an on-site vet before being put up for adoption, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered (if old enough), treated for fleas and wormed.
Most come from loving homes, according to deputy manager Tania Marsh, with a crisis meaning they can no longer stay there.
She told Uckfield News: “The most common reason is financial but the owner might have lost their job, be downsizing and unable to take the cat, going into a rental property, become ill, or gone into care.”
Tania, who has had three rescue cats herself, said everybody who works at the adoption centre is a cat lover and each cat that comes in is special.
Mix of emotions
“We are sad when they come in because of the circumstances and we are sad when they leave because we know we won’t see them again. We go through a mix of emotions,” she said.
As the cats settle into their temporary home a picture emerges of their character and notes about their preferences are included in a story posted next to their pens.
Visitors can see them inside a bedroom area often curled up sleeping – many rouse quickly when there’s the possibility of attention and some are very chatty – but they also have the choice to play out of view through a cat flap in another part of the pen.
Visitors are welcome at the adoption centre and there’s plenty there to keep you occupied for half a day.
Even if you don’t plan to adopt you can visit Cat Walk and Cat Alley, then spread the word about the occupants needing a home … or come back if your own circumstances change.
There’s also a nature trail to follow and donkeys to admire. Normally there’s a cafe and gift shop too but they are currently closed following a fire. A re-opening date is awaited.
Tania says welcoming a new cat into your home should not be taken too lightly but there is support at the centre to help make the right choice for you and the cat.
If you would like to visit, the centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.