About our resources

We are a small charity with no paid staff, completely reliant on donations to fund our running costs. These can be high: our vets' bill for one month can come in at £1,100 or more. We are very sorry but we are unable to pay vets' bills for animals other than those in our care.

We are also sorry that we have limited capacity to take in all the animals that need our help. Our pens and foster-homes are always over-subscribed, and space can only be found when one of the residents moves on to a permanent home.

All donations of money, food and goods to sell are gratefully received. Please see elsewhere on this site for details of events and help needed.

Are you a cat lover? Could you run a cat rescue?

Hay Cat Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated and found homes for over 1000 cats and kittens, and helped many more in other ways, since it was established in 2004.
So it is with a heavy heart that due to worsening Arthritis I will be unable to continue to provide this much needed service for the cats and the community for much longer.
Hay Cat Rescue is, therefore, looking for a reliable cat lover, or several cat lovers working together, willing and able to continue to run this small, independent, registered Charity. This involves accommodating, sometimes trapping, veterinary health checks, record keeping and fundraising, as well as delivering cats and kittens to their new homes. Some equipment is available to a committed and caring person.
Over the years HCR has been very generously supported by many kind and caring people who would, I am sure, continue to help with donations of cat food and goods for fundraising.
If no one is forthcoming, Hay Cat Rescue will close once the cats in our care have found their new homes.
For more information, or to offer a cat a home, please call Kathie on 01497 821401.

Cats & kittens needing homes

Hay Cat Rescue is pleased to have found caring homes for 45 cats and kittens in 2018. 6 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2019. 1,1445 cats and kittens have been rehomed since our formation in 2004.

We are always looking for permanent, caring homes for the cats and kittens in our care.  We also need kind country homes in stables and barns for older feral cats who are not able to be tamed.  We have a lot of experience taming feral-born kittens, and providing they come to us young enough, they grow into delightful fireside companions, every bit as affectionate and well-mannered as the kittens of pet cats.

Like any reputable rescue organisation, we have a Homing Policy.  Prospective adopters are asked to agree to the policy before being offered an animal.  Please do not be offended by this:  we are motivated solely by the desire to do the best for the cats and kittens that come into our care.

If you are looking to offer a cat or kitten a home, please call either the number shown with the details for the animal below, or if no number is shown with the animal, call  Kathie on 01497 821401 to discuss suitability of cat or kitten home and to arrange a visit.


Ruby   Ruby  Ruby, is a pretty little brindle lass, 1 or 2 years old, spayed, microchipped & vaccinated. She is from the same family as Ralph, Laurie & Lucy. She too, is good with her tray and plays with her toys. Ruby has been amazingly brave and not at all nasty when having daily treatment for a deep ulcer in her right eye which has healed beautifully, as can be seen in her photos, and needs no further attention. She quite likes a fuss and is very chatty with residents cats so would be best in a kind and caring home with one of her family. She is a gentle sweetheart looking for some kind encouragement in a quiet home. As with the rest of her family, we are looking for an especially kind and caring cat person who doesn’t mind their colour, that they are shy and will not be ready to sit on laps for awhile at least!

Ralph & Laurie

Ralph  Laurie Ralph & Laurie, both black, 1-2 years old, have been neutered. They are a lovely gentle pair and quite a double act! They are from a colony, used to being fed but not handled until now. Ralph quite likes a fuss where Laurie stands back and chats, he is very sociable but not quite brave enough to risk being stroked, except his tail, yet!! They are good with their litter tray and enjoy playing with their toys. With the regular interaction with humans indoors they miss out on in a pen, they should soon settle and be lovely gentle pets. They are looking for that special kind, caring and patient cat person who doesn’t mind that they are black and can offer a country home to give these super chaps the life they deserve.


Nipper  Nipper Nipper is just 1 year old, neutered, microchipped & vaccinated. Work life changes leaves this lovely, quiet, rather shy chap needing a new home. He is a delightful, gentle, sweetheart! He too is waiting for that special person who doesn’t mind he is black!


Lucy  Lucy  Lucy. all black, and spayed is looking for a kinder life where she is loved and wanted. A year or two old, from a colony, along with Ralph, Ruby & Laurie, they were are used to being fed but not handled. They have all been neutered recently and are very good with their tray! Lucy is more frightened than the rest of her family, she can be stroked and is not quite as fierce as she makes out! She will be frightened at first, as expected in a new situation, but lots of patience and not expecting too much of her, too soon, giving her the chance to take her time to settle down and gain in confidence. She has mastered the cat flap and enjoys sitting in the sun.  As they are used to being in a large group, homes is pairs, would be lovely so they still have some company.