Monday, 23 December 2013

Santa Paws Appeal - Thank you

From all of us at Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre, we would like to thank our supporters and friends for donating Christmas presents for our cats and kittens via our Santa Paws appeal. We thought we’d share a festive photo of our CCAs Di and Gemma with two of our cats Wilson and Bert. We launched our Santa Paws appeal back in November 2013; in its first year, it has been a huge success! We have received so many wrapped up Christmas gifts for our cats. We have enough to give each cat and kitten a present on Christmas Day morning.

We will be taking a break from our social networking sites for the Christmas Holidays! Our centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In the event of an emergency, please contact your vet. We would also like to thank everyone for their support and generosity in 2013.
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :-)    

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

We have lots of wonderful oldies looking for loving homes!

Did you know that a 10 year old cat is only equivalent to a middle aged person? Cats of this age are very homely, love company and are often real lap cats. Many Cats live well into their late teens and even more are enjoying life well into their early twenties. That’s like being 100 in human years – but, alas, they don’t get a telegram from the queen. Just hopefully a loving home with you…Why not consider adopting an older cat?

Our oldies section is currently full of wonderful older cats looking for loving homes just in time for Christmas! Here are just a few of our oldies available for homing….

9 year old male black cat

Lenny is looking for a home where he can do all the things that cat’s love to do. He loves to be a bit of a free spirit, going out on adventures in the garden. He is also affectionate and homely when the mood takes him! Please give this chap the chance he so deserves as middle age is fastly approaching him and he does not want to get middle age spread stuck in this pen with no chance to exercise!!!!!!!!!

10 year old female dark tortoiseshell cat

Missy has a sad story to tell and we are unsure how happy an ending it will be without a very kind cat loving person like you adopting her. She was first notice as skin and bone living rough in Tesco car park, a kind worker there saw her plight and started feeding her and letting her sleep in her car when she was on shift. This has gone on for quite some time however the lady is due to retire and was worried sick what would happen to missy. Upon her entry here we have discovered that she is a mature cat with early renal disease. This means that’s she needs to be on a specific diet that is quite easy to source from the internet. That’s the easy part the hard part is finding someone willing to take her. We know she will be a lovely loyal companion who will just adore so home comforts at last. Please help.

15 year old female black cat

This gorgeous girl might be 15 years old but she still has plenty of life in her! She is very affectionate and lively and loves to play around outside (although a warm lap in the winter is hard to leave). Her previous owners had to move and couldn’t take her with them as they thought she would be very unhappy without any access to the outside. If you can offer Chard a home please don’t hesitate to ask about her today.

Boo Boo
9 year old female tabby cat

Boo Boo is an affectionate lap-cat who loves attention. She was brought to Axhayes when her owner had to move into a town and Boo Boo had been used to open spaces and no traffic. Her owner was trying to keep Boo Boo safe. If you have room in your heart for a lovely friendly lady, look no further!

12 year old male black cat

Jack is an affectionate and loving gentleman. He is certainly a lap cat who adores attention. His owner sadly died and Jack is devastated! He is very upset to be in here and would love to find a new caring family as soon as possible. If you want an amazing cat for company then Jack is the one!

9 year old female black cat

Popsin is a very sweet lady who is here because her owners were downsizing and she could not go with them. She is used to the quiet life, likes a cuddle and a lap to sit on as she is a very lovable cat. She doesn't wander far usually only in the house or garden. She would probably suit a quiet family who want to love an older cat.

If you would like to give one of our lovely oldies a loving forever home, please contact the centre on 01395 232377 or visit our website at Thank you.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

How fostering helps our nervous cats

Scrapper's story...

Scrapper came to Axhayes back in August; he was part of a large group of cats that were rescued from a flat in Bristol. Due to the sheer numbers of nervous cats just like him, we appealed for help. We were grateful when someone who had adopted cats from us before came forward. Scrapper packed his bags and went to live in a foster home. Fostering is a great way to seeing how these nervous cats cope in a home or cats who just can’t cope in a pen situation and become depressed. 

Scrapper’s fosterer has been in touch, we thought we’d share her email in the hope this may inspire any future fosterers....

“Just an update on Scrapper who we have now named Bentley. He seems to like his new name and answers to it!
I am pleased to say we are making progress with him although there is still a long way to go. When he first came he squashed himself behind the TV for several days and would only come out to eat and use his litter tray when we had left the room. He advanced to lying in his cat carrier where at least we could see him, now, however he sleeps on his sheepskin blanket on the sofa and is usually waiting at the door to greet me in the morning. 

He has grown much more confident in the house and often comes out of his room and spends time with other cats who after some initial hissing and spitting have accepted him into the fold. He is particularly fond of Nelson and follows him around. Bentley will now come up to me when I call his name and take treats from my hand. Most times he will then accept a stroke and a rub under his chin. He is still a little wary though and occasionally panics and runs behind the sofa.

I have found him to be far more confident and accepting of contact when Nelson is with him and I am hoping that he will learn from him and the other cats that there is nothing to fear from humans. When Nelson is by his side he will happily be stroked and rolls over for his tummy tickling. I have so far been unable to pick him up or even to restrain him to wipe a slightly runny eye. 

Last night for the first time he played – previously he seemed terrified of any toys. It was so lovely to see him having fun batting feather with Jessica and Merlin and kicking a tinkle ball around the floor.” 

If you are interested in fostering any of our cats in need of help and you live in the Exeter area, please contact our centre on 01395 232377. Thank you.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Santa Paws Appeal 2013

Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre has launched their Santa Paws appeal 2013.

So what is the Santa Paws Appeal?

It is a simple idea. We are asking people to fill and donate a box full of cat goodies. Things that could go in the box could be:

  • Cat/kitten food
  • Cat treats
  • Cat toys
  • Cat biscuits
  • A Christmas card to the cats
  • Maybe a monetary donation
  • And let’s not forget the volunteers and staff who look after the cats 365 days a year.. maybe some chocolates, sweets, biscuits.
Fill the box, please remember it is for cats & kittens so please make sure that there is nothing that will pose a choking hazard to any of our furry friends. Once you have filled your box, you can decorate the box, wrap it in Christmas gift wrap, a ribbon or bow would be lovely. Cats and kittens love playing with paper too!

Where can I drop off my box?
You can either drop it off our Adoption centre, or please go to one of our drop off points which are listed below….

The Co-operative Food, 160 Sidwell Street, Exeter, EX4 6RR
The Co-operative Food, 61-63 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, EX1 2RJ.
The Co-operative Food, Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter EX4 1AJ.

We would like to thank all those listed for kindly agreeing to support us in the Santa Paws Appeal. Drop off points will be open between 9th December 2013 and 21st December 2013.
In addition we have food donation boxes at the following locations; You are welcome to drop off your Santa Paws box in any of these donation boxes anytime:

Sainsburys Pinhoe
Co-op Heavitree
Co-op Sidwell Street
St Davids Veterinary Hospital

For more details about our Santa Paws Appeal, please visit the Santa Paws website Thank you very much for your support and have a Happy Christmas!  

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Success Stories - Jake and Simba

Here is another success story. During the summer two gorgeous ginger boys Jake and Simba came to Axhayes when their owner could no longer keep them. They were very hyperactive, loving and very playful. After spending a few weeks with us, they soon found a loving home together. Their owners have kindly emailed us last month to give us an update on how they are doing, they are now renamed  Bubbles and Bob.

Here’s what they said “The boys have settled in very well, as you will see from the attached photos they have grown quite a lot during the past two weeks.

They are lovely natured cats, very affectionate to us and each other. They also manage to have their own versions of the "Ben Hur" chariot races including Gladiator fights too, all without any aggression or damage to each other. In between all this, they snuggle up on the sofa and watch TV, animal and football programmes are the favourites.

We hope to let them out into the garden this weekend which they have been eyeing from our conservatory. We are very grateful that these two cats were available at a time when we were looking for cats.” We would like to thank their owners for contacting us, it's always nice to hear how they are getting on in their new homes. Please feel free to email or facebook us your Axhayes cat photos.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Puss in Chutes Charity Skydive, we did it!

On Sunday 6th October our Charity Skydive took place at Dunkerswell Airfield (Honiton). Our girls have spent months raising sponsorship and organising fund raising events such as our Puss in Chutes coffee morning and car boot sales. 

We were very lucky with the weather, all that week it had rained, but Sunday was a lovely warm sunny day for our skydivers. Myself and my managers Phil and Sandra had the privilege to watch our skydivers in action and of course we had our cameras to take lot photos of the day. Some of our CCAs and a few brave volunteers all skydived from 15,000 feet, most of them enjoying the experience! After the jump everyone celebrated together with a well-deserved Champagne picnic.

From this event we managed to raise almost £4,000 for the Centre! On behalf of the staff and cats at Exeter Axhayes thank-you; and a very well done to all the jumpers and thanks to those who came on the day to support them.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Feral Garden update!

We do apologise for lack of blogs, we’ve had a busy couple of months with a full centre of cats, a wedding and summer holidays away from Axhayes. We are back blogging once again. 

Our Feral garden/enclosure officially opened last month on the 23rd September. There was a small gathering of some of the Friends of Exeter Axhayes Group and a few members of staff to celebrate the feral gardens completion. This feral garden wouldn’t have been possible with the generosity from our supporters over the years. We would say another HUGE thank you to everyone who made this possible.   

Our first three cats to stay in our feral enclosure were Minnow, Hello Kitty and Polly, they moved in during the summer. They have been enjoying the tranquil open space with lots of scrubs, long grass, cat mint, tree stumps to sit on and tunnels to hide in. In the evenings a newly built warm cosy house with comfy beds and meals delivered by our cat carers. 


We are pleased to tell you that these lovely ladies soon found an outdoor home together two weeks ago; we are so pleased for them. Now our feral garden is looking for new residents to move in. We are always looking for outdoor homes for our feral cats. If you interested in recruiting some out of work mousers, please get in contact us our centre via our website or facebook page.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

New cat beds!

Couple of months ago we had shiny new cat beds delivered from Cats Protection head office. These beds are called “Feline Forts” which look like kitty bunkbeds, they are great for cats to hide away underneath or to sleep above.

This year these beds have been great for our kittens, like Si and his sister Sarah. They just love sitting in the top looking out of the window or playing hide and seek underneath. Si and Sarah are currently looking for a loving home together, both very friendly, affectionate and playful. They will make great additions to the family!

Please visit our website or facebook page for more information about adopting Si and Sarah :) Thank you.  

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Our 25th Anniversary

Our adoption centre celebrated its 25th Anniversary this open day. On our information boards, we displayed many of our old newspaper articles and old photos of the centre which our deputy manager Phil had collected over the years. Here are some facts about our centre and some photos from the early days….

  • New building first opened in September 1987
  • First cat homed from Centre was called Bagpuss
  • Officially opened on 14th August 1988 by TV Personality Johnny Morris
  • In 1989 our centre had some special visitors from Russia (former Soviet Union) – The Moscow Cat Club filmed around our centre, this film was shown cinemas across the USSR.  
  • In early days, Axhayes not only re-homed stray & unwanted cats & kittens, but a wing was dedicated to boarding cats until the mid 1990’s.
  • There is an on-site surgery where the vets perform basic operations such as neutering, this was upgraded in 2007
  • Outside chalets & pens have been rebuilt & refurbished over the years, the Centre now has a dedicated Isolation block
  • During the 25 years Axhayes has re-homed in excess of 17,000 cats & kittens and helped thousands more through our neutering support programmes & advisory services
  •  We are always looking at new fundraising ideas and in November 2010 the Friends of Axhayes Group was formed and has since held many fundraising events including a Firewalk & our infamous annual Easter Extravaganza!
  • These funds raised have not only helped maintain the upkeep of the centre but has enabled us to build our Feral Enclosure – to be opened very shortly

  • Several of the staff are taking part in ‘Puss in Chutes’ Skydive in October. We are hoping these funds will help our future cats and kittens.
We would like to thank everyone for their help and support over the years. We hope to continue helping thousands of cats and kittens in the future....

Monday, 17 June 2013

Happy Endings - Allium and Sweep

Some of you may remember Allium, our very friendly boy who loved the children from Mill Water school who visited our centre. He has been in his new home for eleven weeks now and is doing very well. He’s now been renamed Archie, he spent the first few days of hiding under the sink cupboard, he is now confident and happy. We’ve been told his favourite occupations are sleeping and grooming. He’s been out in the garden but would rather be around the house. His owners are very pleased with him and we are pleased he’s happy and settled in his new home.

We have also heard from Sweep’s new owners after a couple of weeks. Sweep came in with Tinkerbell back in March after their owner sadly passed away. He was very shy when he came to us, after lots of TLC from the girls his confidence started to grow. His owners have contacted us, he’s doing really well and getting used to his new surroundings. He loves to lay in the sun when it shines in through the window. We’re so pleased that he’s happy with his new family. His friend Tinkerbell has been reserved and will be going to her new home in a few days.

We would like to thank Aluim (Archie) and Sweep’s owners for sending these wonderful photos and stories. If you would like to give any of our cats or kittens a loving home, please visit our website at Thank you.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Success Story - Ruddle

Regular Facebook and Blog followers may remember little Ruddle one of our kittens from last year. He came into to us in October 2012 when he was 3 months old with his sisters Otter and Tanglefoot. He was always a little shy and needed a lot of TLC and cuddles from our CCAs and volunteers to help build up his confidence. His sisters found homes, leaving Ruddle behind, after six months he finally found a loving home.
Last week his owners sent us some lovely photos of him (now renamed Casper) with his new canine companion Daisy. He really enjoying his new home and exploring the garden with Daisy. We are all so delighted he is doing really well and would like to thank his owners again for the lovely photos. 
Here are some of the photos of him…

If you would like to give any of our cats or kittens a loving home, please contact us Thank you.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bob's Story

A cat with a small name and a big personality…

Bob came to Axhayes on 26 March after being handed into St Davids veterinary surgery by a member of the public. He was straying in Exeter and had some obvious injuries that needed to be treated by a vet.

Bob resting his weary paws

He had lots of scratches, a broken tooth, an abscess on the front of his leg and weepy eyes. He wasn’t neutered or microchipped so we couldn’t trace an owner for him.

No one reported him missing so Bob was kept in our care until he was medically ready to be adopted. Bob received antibiotics for his wounds and cream for his eyes. He also had to be neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas & worms.

Bob really made himself at home and was soon making friends with all the staff. He craved attention so much that as soon as you opened his pen door, he would climb out and cuddle you or jump on the floor and climb up your legs until he was picked up.

Bob and I enjoying a cuddle
He was so hungry and ate all of his meals in record time without stopping and would look up at the cat care assistants with his chubby cheeks and sad eyes to see if he could get an extra portion. The way to Bob’s heart was definitely via his stomach and although he had problems with his eyes, his hearing was excellent. He could detect the sound of a rustling packet of treats very well and would always be ready to comply with whatever was asked of him for a tasty snack.   

When he was examined by our vet, it became clear that Bob’s eyes were weeping for a reason. He was diagnosed with Entropion of both eyes. This is when the lower lid folds inward. It is very uncomfortable as the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea and irritate it. Surgery is needed to correct the problem but if left untreated, the trauma caused to the eye means it may need to be removed. Luckily for Bob, he was in the care of Cats Protection and we were able to provide him with the treatment he needed.

Bob became available for adoption at the end of last week and got lots of attention from visitors to the centre over the weekend.

He is such a friendly, chatty, cuddly cat that we knew he wouldn’t be short of admirers.  He soon won over his new owners who met him on Sunday and came to collect him yesterday.

We wish Bob and his new family a very happy life together and hope they will send us some photos of him when he has settled into his new home.

We will miss Bob, a very charming cat!

Bob with his cute smile on adoption day

One of the reasons, we do the job we do is to help cats like Bob who have no one to care for them and as a charity we rely on donations to fund the medical treatment that they need.

Some of the cat care assistants have decided to do a Tandem Skydive later this year to raise money for our centre so that we can continue to care for cats in need like Bob.

“Puss in Chutes” will be taking place on 6 October.  We’d really love you to sponsor us or if you want to join in with the jump, you can raise your own sponsor money.  For further information, please click on this link to the events section of our Facebook page

Monday, 13 May 2013

Meet our wonderful black cats!

We’ve had a busy weekend here at Axhayes, we managed to rehome eleven cats. Our annual open day is only a week away… we have lots of gorgeous black cats just waiting for someone to take them home! All of them are friendly, affectionate and have great personalities! Please join us here at Axhayes adoption centre on Sunday 19th May for our open day and meet some of our wonderful cats here at the centre…

Pew and Pete (8 month old male black kittens)
Pete and his brother Pew are a friendly, playful, wonderful pair of kittens who were born here in September and have been overlooked ever since. It is heart breaking that he has spent all his young life in a pen; we are desperate to find a loving home for him. Please make Pete's dreams come true and take him home today!

Merlin (12 year old male black cat)
Merlin is a very sweet boy looking for someone to show him all the nice things he's been missing out on. His owner brought him in when she thought that he wanted more than the indoor flat he's been used to. We are sure Merlin would love a nice garden and the freedom to do what he wants to do. If you think you can spoil this beaut rotten then please take him home today!

Ella (5 year old female black cat)
Ella is a lovely chatty cat who is very charismatic. She is very friendly, so much so that she wants all the attention to herself and not share it with another cat, so needs to be the only cat in the home. She would make a wonderful companion. This is Ella's third time at Axhayes - she really has been an unlucky black cat! Please make this Ella's 'third time lucky' and adopt her today!

Oscar (8 year old male black cat)
Oscar is a lovely cat who was passed onto us after being taken into a vets as a stray. It transpired that he was microchipped and had been missing for 4 years. Unfortunately his owner could not offer him a home again as their circumstances had changed. He is now looking for a new forever home where he can enjoy a few home comforts once again.

Juno and Joseph (8 and 9 year old male black cats)
A family break up means these chaps need to find a new home. They are good all-rounders, having lived with other cats, dogs and children. They are affectionate and playful, and would love a home with lots of space to explore. Please take them home!

Sahara and Kalahari (1 year old female and male black cats)
We don’t know how these cats came to be found in a nice man garden all lost and alone. They are so friendly we are sure they must have had a home at one point, they have been looked after and cared for. If you are looking for some great little cats to brighten up your home please say hello to the deserts.

Etcha (4 year old female black cat)
When Etcha’s owner became ill, there was no one to care of her, so she was brought here. While she’s been in our care we have found her to be a very affectionate cat. She is very sweet and loves attention. She will make a lovely companion for someone. Can you offer her the new home she deserves?

Please visit our website at for more information about any of our cats.