Our work

Our main priority is the collection of sick and injured animals, providing veterinary treatment to rehabilitate them

St Francis relies entirely on public donations to help the animals of South Tyneside and the surrounding areas get back on their paws!

Our main priority is the collection of sick and injured animals, providing veterinary treatment to rehabilitate them

We will collect stray cats and scan them for microchips. If they don't have one, they will be fostered and put up for rehoming

We actively trap feral cats and health test them for a variety of infectious diseases including FIV. If they are found to be generally healthy, they will be released back into their original environment. Any cat showing potential to be domesticated will be placed in a foster home

We can often help towards the cost of neutering or spaying your pet. We encourage people to get in touch about this and see if we have any funding available at the time

We can take in cats and kittens in need of rehoming when owners circumstances change. Please be aware that sick and injured animals are our priority and foster places and places in our catteries are limited. If we take in an unwanted litter of kittens, we do so on the condition that your cat is spayed to prevent further unwanted pregnancies

We can provide advice about animal rescue situations or can signpost you to one of our many specialist contacts we have made during our years of work. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US FOR MEDICAL ADVICE; CONSULT WITH YOUR VET

Here are a few stories of the animals we've helped in the past and which illustrate the work we do.

Hand raised by various dedicated volunteers
See how your kind donations are spent on medical costs
Adopting an older cat can be even more rewarding than taking in a kitten
Lots of people return to St Francis to rehome an animal in need.
A little update on a couple of rehomed kittens
A great example of how expensive animal equipment can be!