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 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 to Hay Cat Rescue would be most gratefully received.

Read about the cats and kittens helped and homed so far last year in the Christmas Mews.

Ted  Ted  This is Ted, just back from Hay Vets where he has been treated for 60-80 gun shot pellets all over his body. His right ear is especially bad. Another Cusop cat has recently been shot with a gun. 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! It is especially awful to know this one of our neighbours!! Our Thanks and Appreciation to Guy at Hay Vets for his care and attention of Ted on especially busy Saturday morning. Is there a kind caring soul who could offer Ted a home in a barn or stable so he is not at the mercy of this local shooter?  Ted was neutered when he had his wounds tended on Saturday. He is about 3-4 years old.

The police have been informed.