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.

Welcome

 Hay Cat Rescue is pleased to have found homes for 1181 cats and kittens and helped many more since 2004.  Hay Cat Rescue has found a caring homes for 5 cats & kittens in 2020, a total of 1186!

Hay Cat Rescue is a small, independent Registered Charity (Number 1120233), formed in 2004.  We are dedicated to rescuing and homing stray, abandoned and unwanted cats in and around Hay-on-Wye.

Our address is:  Woodlands, Cusop Dingle, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5RQ

For all enquiries or to arrange a visit, please contact Kathie on 01497 821401

Donations made payable to Hay Cat Rescue would be most gratefully received.

Older cats urgently needing new homes!

HCR has taken in 7 cats left homeless when their own died last week. They are all lovely in their own way and assortment of colours, all 7 +. They have been vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped and all have had dentals so they are tickety boo and ready for their new, loving homes!  Another rescue agreed to have them but said they would put the older ones to sleep as they wouldn’t be able to home them! We so hope we can prove them wrong!

 

Ted  Ted  This is Ted, just back from Hay Vets where he was treated for 60-80 gun shot pellets all over his body. His right ear is especially bad. Another Cusop cat had recently been shot too. It is appalling to think one of our neighbours has done this at close range. As there are kinder ways to shoo a cat off, I can only think this was a deliberately callous and malicious act! Our Thanks and Appreciation to Guy at Hay Vets for his care and attention of Ted on an especially busy Saturday morning.  Ted was neutered when he had his wounds tended. He is about 3-4 years old. HCR is so pleased Jane has offered him sanctuary in her country home where he has the company of her other cats and is settling with the kind care and attention he deserves. Ted is a chatty chap, enjoying playing with his new friends and exploring his new home. Probably the first real home he has had! It is lovely to know something good has come from this for a poor homeless chap who had been living a paw to mouth existence! Update on Ted. He is now out and about and despite disappearing for two days, probably checking out his new territory, he seems to be settling happily into his new life! Update on Ted. He is looking good, his coat, thick, black and shiny and has been indoors a few times lately! So knows his home grown now and gradually settling down. His new ‘Mum’ Jane is hoping he will let her stroke him before long! It’s still early days for a cat that is not used to being handled but Ted is progressing nicely in his new home!

The police were informed.