The North Norfolk Cats Lifeline Trust is a small registered charity (1181019) based in the village of Antingham, and leases the grounds from the Village Hall which the trust hires throughout the year for fundraising events.
We offer a sanctuary to stray, abandoned and semi-feral cats in need from across our expansive region, aiming to find suitable homes for adoption by appointment only.
The relaxed, home-like environment of our sanctuary provides a sense of security and familiarity for the residents staying with us both short term and long term, as we feel this alleviates the stress caused by a change in surroundings, also aiding rehabilitation and recuperation for those who are wary of people from past circumstances or are acclimatising to domestic living.
The cats are first quarantined in our designated care unit prior to a veterinary examination and are neutered/spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.
After this period of isolation, usually no longer than three weeks, the cats are able to freely integrate with one another and roam around one of two large inside and outside spaces furnshed with sofas, chairs and rugs.
Our cats are only held in pens or isolated from the other cats after their initial quarantine, if their health or safety or the health and safety of the fellow residents is in any way compromised.
The NNCLT operates a strict no-kill policy, unless advised otherwise by our vets. Every healthy cat that comes though our doors will be able to live out their life at the sanctuary if no suitable home is found.
The North Norfolk Cats Lifeline Trust was founded in 1999 by Mrs Gay Rees in the grounds of her home in Beeston Regis where the organisation operated for twenty years. In 2017, Mrs Rees sadly passed away after dedicating the entirety of her retirement to the work of the trust.
Volunteers and supporters gathered at the request of Mrs Rees' family to find a way forward for the NNCLT and were determined to continue offering a shelter to the cats in need across the county, as calls for help persisted. A new committee was formed, and over the following two years the organisation became a registered charity and the trust worked hard to offer it's 'lifeline' to destitute cats with no where else to turn to.
In 2019, the NNCLT relocated to our new and current premises in Antingham, and over the course of 12 months a new custom designed building and facility came into fruition.
In January 2020, the new premises sprung into action returning to a previous case of a local colony which due to the relocation it had had to withdraw its help at the time from. Over two months the whole colony was brought to the sanctuary and by mid-March all of the cats who had been temporarily fostered were introduced to their new sanctuary too. In the background, a mysterious virus built traction in the news and before we knew it, along with the rest of the world, NNCLT faced the sudden challenges of COVID-19, lockdowns and the pandemic.
Your support and contributions will enable us to help these animals. Your generous donation will fund our mission.