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.


Nipper  Nipper is just 1 year old, neutered, microchipped & vaccinated. Work life changes leaves this lovely, quiet, rather shy chap needing a new home.


Cruikshanks  Cruikshanks is a beautiful ginger & white lass, 7 – 8 years old and spayed. She has been a lovely affectionate family cat but sadly now needs a new home because of her owners allergy. She is to have a health check before she moves to her new home. For more information and to meet Cruikshanks, please call Myra on 07500101801.

Ruby, Ralph, Lucy & Laurie. Rodent patrol officers?

Ruby Ralph Laurie, Lucy & Ralph Ralph Ruby, brindle, Ralph, Lucy & Laurie, all black, are looking for a kinder life where they are loved and wanted. A year or two old, from a colony, they are used to being fed but not handled. They have all been neutered recently and are very good with their tray!  Homes, in pairs, in barns or stables, may be appropriate for these cats. Although this family of gorgeous young scallywags have only been in our care for a few weeks, they are clean and quiet and judging by the chaos in the pen in the morning, having a wonderful time playing with their new toys. They will be frightened at first, as expected in a new situation, but lots of patience and not expecting too much of them, too soon, giving them the chance to take their time to settle down and be nice pets as they gain in confidence. The boys are lovely and getting cheeky, especially Ralph, who slivers around the floor playing with his toys and is getting used to being stroked. Laurie is an interested, chatty chap. Pretty Ruby is gradually gaining in confidence, Lucy isn’t too sure about it all. They have mastered the cat flap and enjoy sitting in the sun.  As they are used to being in a large group, homes is pairs, would be wanted so they still have some company, whether indoors or in a barn.