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. 14 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2019. 1,153 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.


Billy 1  Billy3  Billy 6  Billy, 4?, is an Omani mau rescued from the streets of Oman where there are many homeless cats. He is a beautiful ginger colour with both spots and stripes on his fur! He has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and has had the necessary rabies titer test in order for him to travel to Europe. When he joined my rescue family in May 2018 in Oman, he had a cat brother and three dog siblings so he has always lived with other animals and enjoys their company, both cat and dog. He also enjoys human company and will happily sit on your lap purring away for hours. He’s very clean and always uses his litter tray. He is however a very vocal cat at times and not necessarily because he wants feeding. He would love a home, on his own or with other animals, where he has the freedom to come and go as he pleases and that’s safe and away from main roads. Please contact Laura on 07780459500 if you’re interested in giving Billy his forever home.   While happy to help Billy find his forever home HCR is not responsible for his care and condition.

Lottie & Lulu

Lottie  Lulu  Lulu & Lottie  Pretty sisters, Lottie & Lulu were born around 10.6.19. Lottie is a beautiful tabby & white lass while sister Lulu is a gorgeous calico kitten. The girls who, like our other kittens, were abandoned, these in a layby. They have been vaccinated and microchipped and are looking for a loving home together. Lottie is the quiet gentle one while Lulu is a very busy lass.

Toots & Tottie

Tottie & Toots  Toots  Tottie  Toots & Tottie  This gorgeous pair of tabby & white sisters were born around 24.5.19. They have had their first vaccine, are microchipped and looking for a loving home together. The girls were abandoned with their Mother, Tess, and are very likely cousins to Sooty, Sweep, Soo & Sushi, also looking for their forever homes. Tottie was attacked whilst in the trap overnight and has a toe on her left paw missing. After lots of dressings, it is healing well and doesn’t stop her playing and leaping about!


P1010613 Saffron  Saffron 9? is a very pretty long haired tortie who has been spayed and vaccinated. She has been living rough for awhile but has been someone’s pet in the past. Saffron is looking for a quiet home with someone who is prepared to help her regain her confidence with people. Anne is caring for Saffron. Please call her on 01981 500322 if you would like to offer Saffron a loving home.

Sooty, Sweep, Soo, Sushi.

Sooty Sweep Soo Sushi Sushi & Soo Sooty, Sushi, Sweep & SooThis gorgeous little family are full of fun and mischief! Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Sushi were all abandoned with their mother on a busy road. Luckily, they found their way into the garden of a Chimney Sweep! He has kindly given their Mum a home and she has been spayed and microchipped. Though they are all pals & playmates, Sooty & Sweep and Soo & Sushi, all boys, have bonded themselves into pairs with their favourite playmate, so it would be especially kind if they could stay together in a new home. Their estimated D.O.B. is 15.5.19. The boys are neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. They really are the nicest, gentlest and loving little souls!

Oliver. A super chap with FIV looking for a special home.

Ollie 1  Oliver is a neutered male about 2 years old. He is a wonderful black & white chap with lots of character. His left eye was removed when he was found with it, badly scarred, possibly from an old injury and thought to save him from further complications. He copes amazingly well and seems a happy chap, taking home life in his stride, loves a cosy bed and most of all, his food! He is wary of new sounds, and dogs and unfamiliar surroundings but is an easy going chap who likes lounging in his bed, playing and having cuddles. He has, sadly, tested positive for FIV, so would need to be an only cat or the company of another with FIV and would need to stay indoors or have an outside run. He can still have a long and healthy life and has so much to give the right home. He is a special boy who touches your heart when you meet him and really deserves the best and a sofa he can call his own! For further information & to meet Ollie please call Tania on 01544 350708 or e mail her at taniacoates@mac.com While happy to help find Ollie his forever home, HCR is not responsible foe his care and condition.