Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary was founded by the late Miss Veronica Huthwaite in 1970. When she died in 1996, she left her property at Rhodes Minnis, near Canterbury, Kent, to the Trustees, who have carried on her work with resident managers. There is now a staff of 6 at the Sanctuary.

The purpose of the charity is to take in and care for unwanted and homeless cats and kittens from Kent, London and sometimes further afield. Some are strays, others have been ill treated or abandoned, but most are brought to us by their owners because, for one reason or another, they are unable to look after their pets any more.

Cats are also brought to us from other animal charities, the Police, local authorities and private landlords. We work closely with Animal Aid and Advice in North London (Registered Charity 1036940) and we take cats from them whenever we can.

The aim is to re-home as many of the cats that are brought to us as possible. However, those which cannot be re-homed, because they are too timid, dirty, bad tempered, on permanent medication or just won’t settle in a house, stay with us for the rest of their lives.

At any one time we have about 150 cats on the premises, of which about 60 are available for re-homing. Since 1970 we have found new homes for over 17,000 cats. In 2012 we took in 423 cats and re-homed 368 cats & kittens. The re-homing figure includes the kittens born in the Sanctuary during the year. We are finding it increasingly difficult to find new homes for especially the older cats so it is likely more of the cats will stay with us, certainly for longer periods.

Many of the cats we take in are 10 or more years old and we are one of the few charities able and willing to take on these feline pensioners, who are so deserving, and so need the warmth and security of a new settled and loving home.

We are able to offer a scheme to people who are concerned about the welfare of their cat(s) in the event of their death. We will guarantee to take in any cats living with you at the time of your death in return for a gift in your Will. If you wish us to do this, please incorporate the following wording in your Will:

I bequeath to Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary (Registered Charity No. 262245) the sum of £…… with the request that the Charity will take in any cat or cats living with me at the date of my death and on the understanding that the Charity may rehome such cat or cats at their discretion and if such cat or cats prove unsuitable for rehoming then they shall be maintained at the Sanctuary for the remainder of their lives or until the Charity’s veterinary surgeon shall advise that such cat or cats have no reasonable quality of life left to them in which case such cat or cats shall be put to sleep’.

Please contact us if you wish to talk about this further.