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 1,206 cats and kittens and helped many more since 2004.  Hay Cat Rescue has found a caring homes for 39 cats & kittens in 2020, a total of 1220!

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, 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!)

Hay Cat Rescue is currently caring for and socialising 22 kittens. We are working through getting them used to being handled, having regular feeds and learning to play. While they are with us they will have Veterinary checks, be flead, wormed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. As well as using an enormous amount of food, kittens have 4 feeds a day and lots of litter, we spend an average of £150 on each kitten to do all we can for each of them. Donations of Whiskas or Felix kitten food and funds would be very gratefully received. HCR is hoping most of the kittens will be available, preferably in pairs or to keep other 4 pawed pets company, for their new homes, subject to our homing policy, by the end of October, early November.

 Lulu   Lulu has been missing since Saturday morning 22nd August. If you have seen her since then, please ring us on this number. If you have been feeding her, please bring her back to us at 7 Bridge Street, Hay HR3 5DE. Her sister is pining, and so are we.

HCR is thrilled to bits and send our grateful Thanks and Appreciation to ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION Ltd for their very generous donation of £1000! In these difficult times and with limited opportunities for fund raising, this incredibly kind donation will be such a help to our veterinary and other costs for the cats and kittens we care for while they wait to find their forever home!

Our Thanks and Appreciation to Kim of Kinnersley Cattery, for her help and support in re erecting and refurbishing two of our old pens ready for fostering some of HCR waifs and strays while they wait for their new homes. To check out her cattery please call Kim on 01544 321939 or 07981 456486. www.kinnersleycattery@hotmail.com

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 but nothing came of it!

Update on Ted a year on he is happy in his country home, comes temptingly close to Jane to stroke him but still not quite! He enjoys the company of her other cats indoors and out, some of the pellets have been gradually been working they way out and his skin healing over. He was incredibly lucky not to have been killed when he was shot and even luckier to have a loving home and belong as a result! We couldn’t be more pleased for dear Ted!