Animals looking for a home
COVID 19 update 28/6/20 -
We have now received confirmation the Animal Health & Welfare Policy Dept that we can restart our Charity's rescuing and rehoming activities provided other Government guidelines are considered. This is excellent news for us as it is important that we rehome the animals in our care. If you would be interested in offering any a home, they can all be viewed here. We still need you to think before you offer any a home though. If you are still in lock down, how will you look after them and what would you do if they became ill? How will you support them if finances are uncertain? If you are due to return to work, how will you support them during this change? Animals can have separation anxiety problems especially after being together so closely with the owner.
At the moment we are full to take any more in until we can get some some homed, however until then we can also offer support through our 'Made in Heaven' Matchmaking Service, where we can help rehome free home to home, without the stress of the animal going into kennels. More details of this scheme can be found here.
Bandit is a real attention seeker once he gets to know you. Although a wee bit nervous at first, he's keen to get strokes and loves attention. This wee young male came in with the others from a multiple household
Blaze is a beautiful female cat only a few years old. She is super friendly and is looking for someone who will love her and take care of her. She is in good health but needs to eat soft food only.
Midnight and Mist
These wee 2 year old rabbits are needing a home. Midnight is a black male and Mist is the wee female. They are now neutered but Midnight is still just a bit frisky so may need to keep them separate
Pearl came in with other cats rescued from a multi household. She is so pretty. Unfortunately, due to the number of cats, she had not been socialized well. Whilst she can be stroked sadly despite our best efforts, she will still not use a litter tray, although she will go on paper
Mitzy & Millie
These 2 older female cats had had a bad start in life. They had been found dumped in a skip when they were kittens. They found a home together and lived quietly for many years until their owner's circumstances changed and they ended up living in the garage. Now in with us, they enjoy their food and love nothing more than being snuggled up in their bed
Foxy is a handsome neutered male who came in from a multi household rescue. He can be a bit nervous of people.
Cassie came in when her owner took ill and would not be able to return home. This 5-year-old female cat is looking for a new indoor home. She loves to be stroked and can be very nosey.
This male young black cat, Inky is looking a good home. He is friendly and bumps you when he gets to know you. He came from a multi household rescue.
Storm and Smokie
These 2 wee males came in from a multiple household. They are still a bit nervous so are looking for indoor homes where they can settle in and get used to everyone.
If you are interested in giving any of our rescued animals a home, you can contact us by e-mail to or phone us on 02894432229. (Please leave a message on our answer machine and we will get back to you, usually in the evening). You need to make arrangements to view them as not all animals are on site, but may be at different locations. All our animals are free to a good home. We cover the cost of their neutering & preventative treatments.
We are based in Northern Ireland and only rehome our animals here as we carry out home checks & provide ongoing support as required. If you have homed a dog directly from 7th Heaven or via our Matchmaking Service and it still has training needs, we are offering to pay for free training sessions (depending on current restrictions)
MADE IN HEAVEN - MATCH MAKING SERVICE
These animals, advertised as part of our Matchmaking Service, are still with their owners. We do not take any responsibility for these animals and are advertising them on the owner's behalf to find them a home.
We will offer advice and support where we can. Any animals advertised in this way must also be free of charge, in line with our Charity policy
7th Heaven are advertising these animals based on the information given to us by their owner. We do not take any responsibility if this information is incorrect. To see more information on this service, please see our Match Making page.
IMPORTANT ISSUE WE FEEL MUST BE SAID
We would ask you all to think about your pets. Who will look after them if you take ill or when you are gone? Are you sure your family will care for them?
In the past we used to get approx 5 calls/e-mails a day from relatives who want rid of an animals after the owner has passed away. We have taken so many in over the years, particularly older ones, but there are also so many we can't always help.
Now with the Covid-19 crisis, charities currently have had to suspend rehoming. Ultimately this means they are full and have no space to take any more in. Some guidelines from the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes recommend only taking in animals in imminent risk, those requiring temporary care should be referred to boarding kennels, and to consider the charity's euthanasia policy. Whilst we can assure you that 7th Heaven will not change it's No Kill policy, we cannot guarantee that others won't, especially if there is any worsening of animals needing taken in.
It is unfair for the relative to want to relieve their responsibility of the animal and put pressure on others expecting them to take them in immediately. If they do not want them, they will go to such extremes as to abandon them or get them put down rather than think of them as their Mother's, Father's,Granny's, Granda's beloved pet, who clearly they adored. Most will not uphold their last wish, to take good care of their pet who had given them such love and devotion during their life and who had given them comfort at the end. We are even starting to get contacted by those wanting to give them up even if the person is only temporary ill. How do you think the person will feel when they return home from hospital to an empty home to find their beloved furry has been rehomed (or worse).
All we ask is that you think of the future of your pets and make sure that someone will care for them if you are ill or after you are gone - don't just expect that your any or all of your family will step up and do this.
Things to think about when looking for a cat or kitten:
Do you have the patience to cope with any problem that may arise during the settling in period?
Are you prepared to possibly have your furniture scratched, as some cats will do this?
Are you prepared to spend time with your cat / kitten as they enjoy human interaction?
If you live in rented accomodation, does your landlord permit animals?
Initially, have you somewhere secure in your home to keep them, especially kittens, as they can be hyperactive and can cause unitentional damage to ornaments etc?
Can you afford vet bills if they become unwell?
Cats, particularly young kittens can scratch you when playing which can be painful. Are you prepared for this?
Are you going to keep them indoors, or let them outside? If letting them outside, there are many risks that could affect your cat eg traffic, other animals that are territorial, other animals that may be carriers of infectious diseases and grassy areas which may have been treated with pesticides
Can you look after them during the Covid 19 crisis - can you get them food, can you keep them stimulated, what happens if they take ill, can you financially care for all their needs, what happens when restrictions are lifted, do you still keep them in?
Things you should consider before rehoming a dog:
Are you fit enough and have enough spare time to walk the dog regularly?
Will there be someone there for a lot of the day? Dogs like company and can suffer from separation anxiety.
Dogs like to be part of the family, so are you prepared to keep it with with you for a lot of the time?
When you do let your dog out, do you have a secure or fenced area where it is safe for them and from where they cannot escape?
Do you have understanding neighbours in case they bark?
Do you have the patience and time to cope with any problem that may arise during the settling in period?
Do you have a 15 - 20 year committment as this be the lifespan of some dogs.
Are you able to afford vets bills if they become unwell?
If you live in rented accomodation, does your landlord permit animals?
Can you look after them during the Covid 19 crisis - can you get them food, can you exercise them, what happens if they take ill, can you financially care for all their needs, what happens when restrictions are lifted?