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 23 cats and kittens in 2016 and 7 cats so far in 2017.  1,075 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 and home and to make an appointment to visit.


Bessie  Bessie is about 1 year old. She is a pretty brown tabby lass who has been spayed. We believe Bessie is an abandoned pet who has done her best to look after her four kittens, Billy, Bobby, Bertie and Buster in difficult circumstances. She is looking for a kind and caring home. It would be especially kind if one of her kittens could keep her company.

Bobby, Bertie & Buster

DSC00514Bobby, Billy, Buster & BertieBilly, Bobby, Bertie & Buster  Bobby, Bertie & Buster are beautiful brown tabby kittens born on or around 1.6.17. Bertie and Buster are best pals hoping for a home together. As Bobby seems especially close to his Mum, Bessie, it would be especially kind if they could have a home together. The family are all flead and wormed and had the first part of their vaccine.  Bertie & Buster have been offered a home.


Tinkerbell    Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell is about a year old. This pretty calico cat is spayed, vaccinated and micro chipped. Tinkerbell is looking for a quiet, caring home where she will get all the fuss and attention she loves. To meet Tinkerbell please call Liz on 01981 570574.


Pebbles Pebbles 2

Pebbles is just a year or 2 old and desperate for a home of her own. She is spayed, vaccinated and micro chipped. Pebbles enjoys being fussed although she not very confident and may be best as an only cat where she can have lots of attention. To meet Pebbles please call Liz on 01981 570574.



Mikka is 4 or 5 years old. This large black chap is neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped. Mika is hoping to be an only cat in a country home. He seems used to dogs and is a chatterbox who likes a fuss. To met Mikka please call Liz on 01981 570574.