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.

Homing Policy

Our Homing Policy covers all cats and kittens homed by us.  In the text below, “cat” or “cats” refers to cat/s or kitten/s of any age.

  • Hay Cat Rescue policy is to home a cat for its lifetime, which can mean fifteen to twenty years.
  • Hay Cat Rescue does not  home cats beside busy or main roads.
  • Hay Cat Rescue is reluctant to place a cat where it will spend its life indoors unless the cat in question has special needs.
  • The first stage in adopting a cat is to call 01497 821401 for an initial discussion and to make an appointment to visit.
  • Hay Cat Rescue delivers the chosen cat to its new home by way of a ‘home check’. If the home check is not satisfactory adoption will not take place.
  • No cat will be homed to prospective owners who mislead or fail to provide accurate information.
  • Hay Cat Rescue reserves the right to refuse any adoption.
  • New owners must agree to provide the cat with proper veterinary care and nutrition, to provide adequate attention, affection and environmental stimulation for its well-being.
  • New owners must agree to have kittens neutered/spayed at 6 months old.
  • A carrier must always be used when transporting a cat.
  •  A vet check form will be provided to confirm treatment given whilst in our care, including flea and worm treatment, vaccinations and spaying/neutering.
  • Hay Cat Rescue will follow up an adoption with a phone call after a few days and again after two weeks.
  • If the adoption is unsatisfactory to the cat or to the new owner, the cat will be returned to Hay Cat Rescue.
  • As a charity, we rely on donations to cover our veterinary expenses, food and cat litter.  All cats homed by us have a veterinary health check, flea and worm treatments, plus vaccinations and are spayed/neutered if they are old enough.  With vet costs currently running at around £150 per animal, this all makes a significant dent in our slender resources, and we therefore suggest a donation of at least £50 per animal to enable us to help other cats and kittens in need.  Every penny of this goes to help cats and kittens:  we have NO paid officers.  Click here for a summary of our homing costs.
  • Animals available for adoption come to us from a variety of sources.  They are vet checked as described above, and their health is monitored while they are in our care.  Nevertheless there is a remote possibility that they may be incubating a disease without showing any clinical signs at the time of adoption.
  • Hay Cat Rescue is not responsible and cannot be held liable for any injuries or medical needs required by the cat, its owners, or any party coming into contact with the cat after it has been adopted.