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. 23 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2019. 1,162 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.


Missy (2)  Dear Misty is about 8 years old, spayed, micro chipped and vaccinated. Eviction has done this gorgeous loving tortie lass a favour! When she came into our care she was very thin and could hardly eat, her mouth was so sore. Now her bad teeth have been removed and her sore gums are healing, Misty is a very happy cat! Though not especially bonded, Misty was house mate to Prince. She is the nicest, sweetest lass looking for a loving home to settle in after her rather sad, but much loved life. To meet Misty please call Anne on 01981 500322.


Solo  Gorgeous Solo is not keen / frightened of dogs but is fine with our other kittens! Maybe she was attacked by a dog before or after she was abandoned? We have no idea what the poor mite had to cope with before Anne rescued her. Solo is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Her est. dob 1.6.19. To meet this pretty tabby & white lass please call Anne on 01981 500322.

Rufus & Katie

Rufus  Katie Rufus is a gorgeous blond chap while his sister, Katie, is a very pretty grey tabby/tortie. This gorgeous pair have had the most horrendous start to their little lives by being abandoned when they were about 9 weeks old. Both had cat flu so badly they each had a ruptured left eye. Rufus & Katie are now both neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and each has had their left eye removed and are recovering well. Cats can manage admirably with just one eye. We are looking for an especially kind and caring person/s who can give these kittens the lovely life they deserve after their dreadful start. Please call Anne on 01981 500322 to meet Rufus and Katie.

Wonderful News!! Dear Rufus has been offered a home when he has recovered from his operation.


Prince  Prince Prince is a big, beautiful black & white chap. He is a lovely friendly ‘couch potato’ chap who likes lots of cuddles. Prince is 10, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He has sadly gone from being a prince to pauper in his life and is looking to be King in a loving home! Prince is used to living with another cat, Misty, also with Anne, but can be homed without her. To meet Prince, please call Anne who is caring for him, on 01981 500322.


Alice  Dear Alice, has had a very traumatic start to her little life. She was found abandoned, along with her sister, her mouth had been taped up, when she was just 4-5 weeks old. Thanks to Anne’s tender loving care, this dear little soul has survived her terrible start and is looking for an extra specially kind home where she will be loved and cared for. Understandably she is quite nervous of meeting new people and will want someone who will give her the time she needs to feel safe. Anne is caring for Alice. If you can over look her fear of new people and give Alice the encouragement she needs in a quiet home, please call Anne on 01981 500322. She is fine and full of mischief when she knows she can trust you.  Alice was born about 20.6.19 and is fully vaccinated and microchipped.

Mimi & Morgan

Mimi & Morgan  Mimi  Morgan  Mimi is a very pretty, fluffy white & black lass while her brother, Morgan, has a smooth coat. Their est. dob is 12.7.19. This gorgeous pair of kittens are full of fun and mischief. Mimi & Morgan are fully vaccinated & microchipped.

Sophie & Sid

Sophie Sophie Sid Sid Pretty black & white kittens, Sophie and her brother, Sid, were born late May. They have been neutered, microchipped and are fully vaccinated. This lovely pair of gentle little scallywags are full of fun and mischief. Sophie loves a fuss and although Sid is not quite a confident as his sister, he loves fuss too!

Lottie & Lulu

Lottie  Lulu  Lulu & Lottie  Lulu  Lulu & Lottie  Lottie & Lulu  Pretty sisters, Lottie & Lulu were born around 10.6.19. Lottie is a beautiful tabby & white lass while her sister Lulu, is a gorgeous calico kitten. The girls who, like our other kittens, were abandoned, these in a layby. They have been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped. Lottie is the quiet, gentle one while Lulu is a very busy lass. The girls may each prefer a home alone!

Toots & Tottie

Toots & Tottie  Toots with Mimi & Morgan  Tottie  This gorgeous pair of tabby & white sisters were born around 24.5.19. They are spayed, fully vaccinated and microchipped. Toots & Tottie were abandoned with their Mother, Tess, now homed, 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, her paw has healed well, is hardly noticeable and doesn’t stop her playing and leaping about! Toots & Tottie have been offered a new! They’re chuffed to bits!


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.