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. 12 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2019. 1,151 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.

Ted – in urgent need of santuary! Can you help please?

Ted  Ted  Ted  Ted has been coming to feed for awhile as he roams around Cusop. A couple of weeks ago, after being missing for a few days, Ted arrived in a pretty bad state, was trapped and taken to the vets. He was found to be covered in 60-80 shot gun pellet wounds! Ted is the second and possibly third cat, to be shot near Cusop Church recently! For his own safety, he cannot now be allowed his freedom here. Ted, a black chap with white blaze on his chest, has tested FIV negative, been neutered and estimated to be 3-4 years old. Residing in our hall at present while his wounds heal, he is not brilliant with his litter tray but that will only be a temporary thing as he gets used to his new surroundings before he is allowed out. While he hisses not to touch, he has not been nasty in anyway nor tried to escape his pen at change and feeding time and he is a very chatty chap with the resident cats as they pass by he sits up and talks to them! Before he was wounded, Ted would sit on the terrace with my cats, neither bothered the other. Guy at Hay Vets says the pellets are best left and most should work their way out in time. Ted’s wounds appear to be healing and his fur growing and he has even been playing with his toys! As he can’t now be released here, Ted needs a kindly home where he will be fed and ’belong’. This is his third week in a pen which he has quietly accepted but is in desperately in need of a home of his own! Many cats have ‘turned up’ here over the years looking for food, which they had and gradually learned to trust, eventually enough to move in! Sadly it’s not to be here for Ted while we have this cat hating person in our midst! Can you give Ted a safer home please?