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 costs

Our cats and kittens have, as a minimum, a basic Veterinary Health Check, as well as being flea’d and wormed, although they often need other treatment when they first arrive.

Basic kitten costs:

Health check by vet                    £15.53

Frontline spot-on flea treatment    £3.95

Worming treatment                      £3.05

Total cost per kitten               £22.52

Basic adult female costs:

Blood test for FIV/Felv                 £17.61

Spay adult female                        £38.81

Flea treatment and worming         £6.99

Total costs / adult female      £63.41

To blood test, neuter, flea treat and worm adult male costs £53.58

None of the above includes food and litter for as long as the cat or kitten is with us.  A suggested contribution of £30 per cat/kitten is much appreciated and helps hugely towards our costs of treatment and care for our rescued cats and kittens.