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.





As it has been awhile since the last Mewsletter, and a long over due AGM is proposed, it’s time for an update! Firstly though, a huge Thank you so much to all the kind souls who so very generously sent a donation at Christmas time and since. This was completely unexpected but very welcome and your continued support is very much appreciated! It was lovely to hear from so many and news of former HCR cats too! With lots of kittens in our care at the end of the year, the cost of litter, food, vaccinations and other veterinary treatment soon added up! So HCR was delighted to receive a terrific £950 in donations! John, as Treasurer, was able to include most of this in the annual Gift Aid application to HM Customs early in the New Year and received another £662.53 for the Kitty. Your continued support is especially appreciated as the Kitty runs down with no fund raising events since 2014, while we have still been doing our best to helps cats and kittens in need!

By the time of the Christmas Mews we were still caring for Sophie, Mimi, Matti, Hatti, Hetti, Harry and Henry. All kittens, about four months old, born in late August or early September.

Sophie, a very sleek black lass with enormous, pointed ears, and seemingly Siamese genes, officially joined the Wilks household on December 10th! Sophie was found in a hedge at Velindre in late September. To keep her separate, while she recovered from flu, she was indoors. Several offers of homes came for her came to nothing when she refused to have any contact with her prospective new owners! By now she was well settled and ‘at home’ but still extremely shy of any new comer indoors and very sweetly and rather sadly, she hides under her bedding when she visits the vet! She is especially flirty with my big ginger lad, Tuti, and rubs her head on his chin when he sits down.

On Friday 15th December, Hatti, a very pretty long haired black and white bundle of fluff who was born on August 19th, joined her new family, including two other beautiful long haired cats at Eardisley. Here she is known as Mittens and being a sweet but shy little soul, worried her new ‘Mum’, Kim as she hid away for the first few days. with much coaxing and TLC, Mittens was soon enjoying lots of fuss in her new home.

Hatti came to HCR with her black and white sister, Hetti and black brothers Harry and Henry, when they were just nine weeks old. Hetti was seemingly the boldest of the little family, while her sister and brother were all very frightened. As they had come from a home near Skenfrith, where their Mother was a pet, it is hard to understand why they were quite so frightened and unsociable. They had the smallest pen, which is better for frightened kittens as they have nowhere much to hide while they learn to use the litter tray and get used to being stroked and handled. I was especially sad for them and made them as comfortable as possible with a new two tier scratch post to climb and lots of new toys to play with while they were so restricted as they grew. Meg’s family of kittens, in the next pen, were getting over flu and the plan that this family could transfer to the bigger pen and play with Meg’s remaining kittens just couldn’t happen for fear of them catching flu too!

A heavily pregnant Meg came to HCR in August, with Mischief, Millie, Molly and Mole, four of her last litter of kittens, born in May. They brought the flu with them and all eventually recovered and found their new homes, as Meg did, but not before her next family of six all had flu too! This continued to cause lots of work and worry trying to get them well without passing it to the family in the next pen! Henry and Harry did find the cat flap and would pop outside to play on milder days.

The day after Hatti was delivered to her new home, her brothers, Harry and Henry joined their new family in Ledbury. Here Harry is now called Percy and Henry, Artie. The boys were wanted to fill the gap left some time ago by an elderly, much loved cat. With the family at home for much of the Christmas holidays, it was a good time to settle the kittens in. Still quite shy, the boys could enjoy lots of play with some older children to keep them company.

A call for Mimi and Matti, the last of Meg’s kittens, born here on 6th September 2016, came a few days later from friends who had asked for the girls awhile before! I was reluctant at first, as they may be ‘a bit old to have young kittens’, but it seems they were meant to live in a lovely country spot at Llanstephan after all! With their son as ‘inheritor’, Meg’s beautiful kittens, Matti, a little black lass and her soft grey tabby sister, Mimi, were delivered to their new country home at Llanstephan on December 23rd for a quiet Christmas of settling in and meeting the dog. The girls are much loved and made such a difference with their loving and amusing antics. Suki is the name chosen for Mimi while Matti is now Sammi. All of Megs ten kittens. who were homed in sibling pairs, so they have a pal and playmate, have landed on their paws and are much loved.

With all these kittens leaving for their new homes by December 23rd, little Hetti would have been left in the pen on her own but for an upset indoors which meant she had dear Felix to keep her company for awhile. Felix, now about eighteen months old, came from Talgarth in August, when his owner wa moving to new accommodation which didn’t allow pets. Felix, a handsome black and white chap is, as you imagine a ‘felix’ cat looks, with a white panel down the centre of his face, white bib and paws too. He shared a pen with Megs older kittens, Millie and Mischief for awhile. After ten weeks, with no sensible offer of a home for this rather shy cat and not able to bear him cooped up any longer, he came indoors to join my cats at the beginning of October. He and Sophie were soon great pals playing tag together over the tops of furniture or he would find himself a chair to stretch out on in the evening, unfortunately, usually Morgan’s! As Felix didn’t have much of a clue about cat flap, if he went out, he would stay out until the door was opened for him to tentatively come in. He would often disappear during the day and it became obvious he was keeping out of the way of several of mine who were inclined to chase him off! It had  been difficult to get him to eat much when he first arrived and even now he wasn’t sure if he should join the others to eat. On the evening of December 23rdm When Felix was peacefully sleeping in a chair in the sitting room, Morgan came in and attacked him. A shaken Felix quietly retreated to another chair. At a bedtime clearout of the sitting room Morgan attacked Felix again and again Felix did not retaliate but cowered under a table. He spent the night alone in the hall. In the morning he crept down to the kitchen for breakfast and hid under the cooker when he saw Morgan1 I was heart broken to put him back in the pen, especially at Christmas, but I couldn’t have him living in constant fear of being attacked, so a new home was wanted for this quiet, gentle chap to live in peace. felix and Hetti spent some time together over Christmas while they waited for their new homes. As it happened, Annette and Richard were looking for another cat. They had Trilby from HCR some years ago and spent of love and care coaxing him to him to be a happy pet. Trilby had recently passed away. They visited the kittens before Christmas. While abroad for Christmas, Annette spied Felix newly on the website, called to register interest and came with Richard to meet Felix as soon as they were back home. As I had taken Tribly to his home in Little Birch some years ago, there was no need for another home check. Annette collected Felix on 5th January2017. Annette and Richard have very kindly kept in touch and send photos of dear Felix sprawled out on one chair or another or sitting on top of his super tall scratch post and, lately, strolling outside their cottage. They live in a lovely place along a track with fields to the side and plenty of open ground for Felix to hunt in. He is beginning to master the cat flap and loves to bring in his mice and hide them in the house! I am not sure Annette is too thrilled with this but it is lovely to know this super big soft chap is settled at last!

With Felix leaving for his new life, there was just Hetti left needing a home. As I couldn’t leave the little soul out in the pen all alone, she came indoors to wait!! Or so I thought!! Hetti’s move gave m,e chance to disinfect the pens and stand them down as I wouldn’t be able to care for anymore cats, for awhile at least, with my knee operation due on 3rd February.

Hetti was surprisingly shy once she was indoors. Sophie and she gradually made friends and my older cats were not so put out by kittens as they had been with a grown up Felix. When I brought Hetti into the hall to meet a family who came to offer her a home, she got into an awful panic! My Tuti, a ginger chap who mustn’t miss a thing, opened the hall door, as he does, just at that moment, Hetti dashed off upstairs and that was that! Hetti was homed on 23rd January, to me!!

As my mobility, while recovering, has made caring for cats in pens not possible for awhile at least, HCR has still been helping cats as best we can, if only paying for veterinary treatment! Anne has been caring for Harry for six years since he came to HCR as a one year old.  She soon realised he was drinking an awful lot of water and a vet check revealed his kidneys were not so good. As he was unlikely to find a home, he stayed with Anne as a long term foster. Sadly, recently, Harry began to show signs that all was not well and after several trips to the vets as his health declined he was, very sadly, put to sleep on 1st May. Harry, who was much loved by Anne, has had a very nice life with her family of cats for company in their country retreat. Harry couldn’t have had a better home and it’s lovely he landed on his paws for his few short years.

Anne has also been caring for Magic who continues to be a worry! He has had many trips to the vets over the years with no satisfactory outcome. He recently had a series of tests costing HCR over £700. Anne feels this may, at last, have helped bring this lovely, friendly black cat some relief. The allergy test has pinpointed some tolerances and intolerances in his food and environment which Anne is following and is quietly hopeful this is showing some encouraging signs. Magic was homed as a kitten and taken to Arrowfield to be put to sleep when he was about two years old as his owners tired of his allergies and trying to find a solution. Anne collected him from the vets who were reluctant to put such a young cat to sleep. She has done her very best to keep him from harming himself for the last four years. Apart from licking himself raw in lots of places, he is the nicest, sweetest, happy chap!

As well as paying the veterinary costs for Harry and Magic, HCR has been helping find homes via our website. Reluctant, as I am to shut this down, for now at least, we have been helping other cats find homes by proxy. A former foster Mum, with me at CP in the days before the Shelter opening, and then as an RSPCA Area Manager, Liz offered to use her pens again to help another animal rescue ‘charity’ last September. She was soon left stranded with ten cats to home! Although HCR is not responsible for their welfare while in her care, by putting their pictures and details on haycatrescue.co.uk we have helped find homes for five of the cats, so far! Liz managed to home one cat herself, while another has health issues and will probably stay with her. A country home of his own is needed for Mikka, a big black chap about 4 or 5, as well as homes for Tinkerbell, a pretty one year old tortie and Pebbles, a pretty, young, black and white lass. All are neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped. If you can offer any of these a home, please call Liz on 01981 570574.


We send our sincere condolences to Jan on the loss of her much loved husband, Rob, after a long illness bravely born. Many of you may remember Robin Lawrence, the nice, friendly chap who looked after the tombola stall at our Fayres for many years alongside Jan on the craft and linen stall.


Since starting in 2004 HCR has homed 1070 cats and kittens and helped lots more in various ways. HCR has been a registered Charity for ten years on 23rd June 2017.

In the past, an AGM has been held in early March. Out of action, as I was, after operations in March 2016 and 2017, the AGMs have been somewhat neglected! My apologies for this! In the meantime, our Treasurer has continued to submit a copy of HCR’s audited accounts to the Charity Commission annually, as usual. An AGM is to be held at 2pm on Saturday 12th August 2017 in Cusop Village Hall.

Hay Cat Rescue, Kathie Wilks, Woodlands, Cusop Dingle, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5RQ.

Tel/Fax 01497 821401.www.haycatrescue.co.uk