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.

Happy endings

Here are some of the cats and kittens who have found permanent loving homes through Hay Cat Rescue. Other former Hay cats are featured in the header photos on each page of this website.

HCR’s Mystery Guest

Not a homing story, but still a Happy Ending!  Over the winter a handsome black and white cat kept appearing and disappearing in Hay Cat Rescue’s garden.  He eventually took up residence in the wood shed where sadly, owing to full pens everywhere else, he had to stay, although with a warm fleece, flea treatment and regular meals.  Finally the penny dropped – he was one of the cats featured on our Lost and Found page!  A trip to Hay Vets to read his microchip confirmed his identity.  HCR’s call to his delighted (if surprised) owner on March 19th 2013 came a year to the day that Shadow had vanished from his home.  Now he is settling back into his home along with former Hay kittens Holly and Ivy.


“Just a quick update on Misha, or MooMoo as he seems to respond to! Doing really well, came out of his shell and has become a real character. His nosiness knows no bounds and he’s often been found exploring a new corner of the house. His favourite pastime by far is having cuddles on the sofa and purring loudly. He and Sammy have hit it off really well and Sammy has now taken on a father figure role with him.” – from Misha’s new owner

Elsie’s story

Elsie was sleeping rough on a building site in Llanelli. When the crane lifted a bag of stones, a startled tabby face peered out! A kind-hearted stonemason put her in his car and brought her to Hay Cat Rescue. Elsie now has a wonderful life, being spoiled rotten and showing everyone who’s boss. She is pictured chilling out on her favourite spot on the sofa, although she also likes taking over the bed. Now firmly a house cat, she still enjoys the great outdoors and brings home regular mouse presents.


Roger (black and white) was dumped at the vets in February 2009 by someone who said that he was stealing the resident cat’s food, and ‘was probably very poorly with FIV or something’. Although nervous, it seemed probable that he had been a pet at some point. After a few months he was offered a country home by a kind, caring lady who had given sanctuary to feral cats in the past and who wanted a companion for her elderly tabby cat Alice. At first Roger hid away, coming out to play at night with his ball, with vegetables and with apron strings! After a few months he and Alice are firm friends and Roger is happy and talkative and enjoying his new life to the full.


Henry’s mum was found in a shed in Clifford with five small kittens plus an older daughter who had three kittens of her own. Fortunately, mum settled quickly into a pen, and Henry has grown into a big, soppy, much loved house cat.  He now shares a country home with chickens, sheep and donkeys.   As an added bonus, he has proved an outstanding mouser and ratter, protecting the chicken sheds and feed stores from marauding rodents.


Shabby was found at Brilley in a dirty, shabby state suffering from flu. His white patches of fur were very yellow. Having flu, he spent quite some time in a pen on his own. He hated this. Shabby is a very friendly chap who likes company, especially people. He is very loving and great fun being full of mischief. HCR thought it might be hard to find him a home as he seemed to have an allergy, often sneezing about forty times in a row! He also had an impediment to his right eye. Of the many in need, Shabby was the first to be offered a home. Everyone who met him just fell in love with him. He soon took over his new home, captivating all the family with his gentle, fun loving nature. He especially to play hide and seek, jumping out and clasping his paws around unsuspecting legs! He is a much cleaner smarter chap these days. In fact he is Shabby Chic!

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas