You're welcome to take a tour of our lovely cat shelter in Swanwick, in return for a donation of cat food or litter. To make an appointment, or to discuss rehoming one of our rescue cats, please get in touch using one of the methods below. We regret we are unable to rehome kittens under six months to homes where there is a child under five.

Opening hours: Visits by appointment only please. Tues-Sun (closed Mon), 11am-4pm. Volunteers 8am-6pm.
Call: 07941 806536.
Adoption fee: £75 (£20 deposit to reserve)
We also have a boarding cattery that helps support the rescue side of things, check out our beautiful cattery on and our fabulous reviews on

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Meet Lucky Jim

This is one of our newest residents, Lucky Jim. He’s a handsome chap who has been in the wars. You wouldn’t know from this photo...

But the eagle-eyed may spot something amiss from this photo...

Can you see what’s missing? 

Poor Jim is missing a back leg. His leg was so severely infected that it had to be amputated, but lucky Lucky Jim was brought to Woodland Nook for rest and recuperation. He seems to be coping very well on three legs already, which is a good sign. Now he ’s looking for a home!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

And the grand total is....

Thank you to everybody who helped us raise an amazing amount on Sunday. The grand total raised from our fundraiser was.... drum roll please...


What a fantastic amount -– thank you all! The cats are delighted!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fundraiser in pictures

What a day! Yesterday it looked like our Fundraiser could be a potential disaster. Not only were the lightning storms raging over Swanwick, and battering the gazebos put up in readiness for today’s event, but the cat shelter was flooded! A massive clean-up operation ensued to get the shelter ready in time for a huge influx of visitors.

Thankfully the rains stayed away and we had a glorious day. Monies are still being counted but, while we await a final total, take a look at some of our pictures... (they should enlarge if you click on them).

A huge thank you to everybody who supported us, either on the day, or in preparations for the day, by making or donating items for sale, setting up, tidying away, running stalls and visiting. It all helped to make the day a fantastic one, and raise much-needed funds to help our feline friends. Thank you all!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Loulou and the watering can...

Whoever adopts Loulou is going to get a cat full of character. A cat who likes to explore, a cat who is affectionate but doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

A cat who LOVES to play with water...

Filling the fountain last week, barely had the thought “where’s Loulou?” passed through my mind than Loulou appeared, ready to “help”.

Ready to “help”...

“I wonder what’s in here...”

“Yep, it’s water! I wonder what it tastes like?”

“Mmm, I might be stuck!”
Fortunately, she wasn’t stuck, but I think she learnt her lesson and will be sticking to the less claustrophobic environment of the fountain for her water fix in future.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Happy ever after for Gus (now Harry)

It's always lovely to hear how the Woodland Nook cats are getting along in their new homes. This story comes from Allison Howlett, who tells us how she came to adopt Gus... now called Harry: 

After a holiday in Crete last October, we all fell in love with a tiny ginger stray kitten, which we fed and named Joey. 

The day before we were due to fly home, my Mum decided she could not live without little Joey so it was a last-minute panic to arrange for him to go to the cattery and to arrange to bring him home to us in the UK.

It was just before Christmas when we visited Jane at Woodland Nook to collect Joey. He was so excited to see us and remembered us all!

While we were there I fell in love with a male tabby called Gus. He jumped into my arms and my heart melted so, to cut a long story short, we ended up with two of the three cats which had travelled over from Crete. 

I changed Gus’ name to Harry and he has settled so well into my home with his older brother and sister. I have never known a cat so full of love and with us it’s a true love affair. I adore him.

I am so grateful to have him and send my forever thanks to all who looked after him and helped to bring him to the UK. 

Allison Howlett

Sunday, 13 July 2014

An appeal for help

The picture above shows one of the newest additions to Woodland Nook. It’s a VERY tiny tabby kitten which was found, with its sibling, dumped in a field to fend for themselves. Without help they would surely have died but luckily they were brought to the shelter. 

However, these little babies are still only about THREE weeks old and far too young to be away from their mother. To put it in perspective, the cat on the left is about nine weeks old, so you can see just how tiny this little tabby really is. 

The two new kittens are also suffering from diarrhoea and are now on a special food supplement which is quite expensive. It is called Fortiflora and you can buy it over the counter from veterinary practices, Manor Pharmacy and Amazon. As the kittens may need this medication for some time, it would be an enormous help if anyone could donate some Fortiflora to the shelter. 

Alternatively, you can donate money through our Paypal account or by sending direct to Yorkshire Bank:

Sort code: 05-07-15 
Account No: 47127069

Thank you so much! 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Come to our fundraiser!

Woodland Nook Cat Rescue Fundraiser
Sunday, 20th July, 2014, 10am-4pm
27 Delves Bank Road, Swanwick, DE55 1HA

Various stalls including cakes, barbecue, sweets, books, jewellery, adopt an animal (cuddly toy, not real!), white elephant, cat toys, face painting etc. And, of course, you can tour the unique bungalow-style shelter to meet some of the cats and kittens who need a new home. 

Well worth a visit – you really have to see our beautiful cat shelter to believe how lovely it is. We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Meet Angel...

Meet Angel, yet another new addition to Woodland Nook. Angel was very reluctantly brought to the shelter because her owner was moving into rented accommodation and couldn't take her with him.

As you can see, Angel is a very unusual cat in that she has one blue eye and one orange eye. In common with many white cats, Angel is deaf, although a little research has revealed that the deafness is more likely to affect the ear on the side with the blue eye.

She's very beautiful and would make somebody a lovely pet. You would just need to learn some new "rules" for communicating with her. Deaf cats are easy to startle but if you tap on the furniture before you stroke her, she will sense the vibrations and be less likely to be startled.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

What's new pussycat?


What's new, pussycat? Oh, wait, that's the wrong Tom Jones song... meet Delilah, the newest addition to Woodland Nook. She’s the spitting image of Domino, which seems to have caused Dom a little confusion...

Domino: "Is this a new mirror?"

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Loulou's fascination with water

What is it with these Greek girls and water? Pasca was obsessed with the fountain and now Loulou is going exactly the same way. Every time we fill the fountain, Loulou is there, watching the water go in and trying to catch the stream. She’s a little alarmed when it’s switched on but you can tell she’s still fascinated. She get wet, of course, but that doesn’ t seem to bother her at all!

Loulou is desperate for a home. She’s a feisty feline but very friendly and, as long as you’re willing to read the warning signs, you’ll get along fine.