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 42 cats & kittens in 2019. 28 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2020. 1,209 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.


Harry   Harry  Harry, a handsome tabby & white chap about 2 years old, is looking for a loving country home of his own! Down on his luck, starving & in a bad way, a kind man took pity on Harry and fed him but with his cat objecting to his presence, Harry needed a new home. Now neutered, microchipped, and started on his vaccines, Harry is looking for a kind, caring home where he can settle & regain his confidence. Harry enjoys a fuss and seems to be fine with the presence of dogs. To meet Harry please call Kim on 01544 321939. Dear Harry has been offered a home!


Shandy Shandy Shandy Shandy & Lucy  Shandy is a lovely, gentle, super friendly ginger lass, about 9-10 years old. She is neutered, microchipped, had a dental and is fully vaccinated. Shandy is another of the lovely cats much loved by her recently deceased owner. She seems to be best pals with Lucy so maybe a home for them together would be especially kind. Please don’t overlook these ‘older’ cats! Shandy is so lovely, had a recent health check and could have another 10 years of being your pal! She may even be a better starter cat for young children who won’t be climbing the curtains! She just loves her tummy rubs! Shandy & Lucy are temporarily unavailable.


Lucy Lucy Lucy & Shandy Shandy & Lucy Lucy, another of the cats left homeless when their owner recently passed away, is a pretty black & white lass. She is about 7 years old, neutered, microchipped, had an extensive dental, is fully vaccinated and could well have another 10 years of love to give! As Lucy is a little shier and spends her day with her pal Shandy, this happy pair might like a home together? They are all lovely, loving sweethearts just waiting to be loved again. They would be super starter cats for young children too and not be climbing the curtains! They are so nice when they get to know you! The girls are temporarily unavailable.