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. 8 cats & kittens have been homed, so far, in 2019. 1,1147 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.


NipperNipper Nipper, all black, is just a year old, neutered, vaccinated & microchipped. He is a sweetheart, shy at first, but a lovely gentle chap looking to be settled in a loving home.


Ruby  Ruby  Ruby, is a pretty little brindle lass, 1 or 2 years old, spayed, microchipped & vaccinated. From the same family as Lucy, is good with her tray and plays with her toys. Ruby has been amazingly brave, so much better than recent pet cats we have cared for, and not at all nasty when having daily treatment for a deep ulcer in her right eye which has healed beautifully, as can be seen in her photos, and needs no further attention. She quite likes a fuss and is very chatty with residents cats so would be best in a kind and caring home, preferably with Lucy or other friendly cat. She is a gentle sweetheart looking for some kind encouragement in a quiet home. As with Lucy, we are looking for an especially kind and caring cat person who doesn’t mind their colour, that they are shy and will not be ready to sit on laps for awhile at least! More regular human interaction than is possible being confined in a pen, would be so much better for them to gain in confidence.


Lucy  Lucy   An especially kind and experienced cat owner is sought for Lucy & Ruby! Lucy, all black, and spayed, is looking for a kinder life where she is loved and wanted. A year or two old, from a colony, along with Ruby, where they were used to being fed but not handled. They have been neutered recently and are very good with their tray! Lucy is more frightened but can be stroked and is not quite as fierce as she makes out! She will be frightened at first, as expected in a new situation, but lots of patience and not expecting too much of her, too soon, giving her the chance to take her time to settle down and gain in confidence. She has mastered the cat flap and enjoys sitting in the sun.  As Lucy & Ruby are used to being in a large group, a home together would be lovely so they have some company they are used to, to help them settle.