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.


Hay Cat Rescue is pleased to have found homes for 1,246 cats and kittens and helped many more since 2004.  Hay Cat Rescue has found a caring home for 3 cats & kittens in 2021.

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.

It is with much sadness, sorrow and regret, on the 17th Anniversary of the founding of Hay Cat Rescue, due to age related illness, unless someone comes forward to take over the running, HCR will close once the cats and kittens in our care have found their forever homes.

Donations made payable to Hay Cat Rescue, address above, will be gratefully received!  Donations via BAC transfer account number 30528552,  sort code 20-39-64. Donate to Hay Cat Rescue on amazonsmile. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1120233-0 (We have do have an amazonsmile banner, we don’t have a techno wizard who can up load it!)

Just Published! 2020 WINTER MEWS, read of HCR cats and kittens rescued and homed in 2020.