sponsor a cat
At the shelter we have a number of permanent residents for whom the shelter is their long- term home.
This is because they can’t be rehomed either due to medical reasons or their age. Sponsoring one of our resident cats is a wonderful way to support us and it helps us to continue to give them all the creature comforts they deserve.
It's easy to become a sponsor right now. Simply choose the cat you'd like to sponsor from the gallery below.
Once you’ve selected your cat you can either click on the sponsor tab and complete the online form and payment
or complete, print and post the form to; FAO Sponsorship Secretary, Shropshire Cat Rescue, Windy Ridge, Lyth Hill Road, Bayston Hill, SY3 0AU.
Please note for overseas sponsorship packs there will be a additional charge of £6.50 to cover postage costs.
Morris is one of our younger 'Free Ranger' resident since December 2019 he was born in 2017. He is very much a ‘mummy’s boy’ as he came to us along with his mother Vera, who he remains very close with. They were both inbetweener cats when they arrived and whilst Vera was very friendly, Morris was a little more reserved. He has an incredibly friendly and loving nature though and is very inquisitive. He likes to ‘help out’ at the shelter and whenever anyone is working or doing jobs, he drops by to see what is going on and although he might like to think he is ‘lending a paw’, the reality is he just likes interrupting everyone for attention. He loves nothing more than wrapping himself around the volunteers’ legs, which makes walking in a straight line impossible for anyone; but we wouldn’t have it any other way. He continues to have a lovely relationship with his mom, Vera. He loves to play and can't resist pouncing on stick toys when a willing volunteer picks one up to play with him.
You can sponsor Morris for £20 a year.
Annwyn has been one of our lovely 'Free Ranger' residents since Spring 2017 when she was a very young mother to one kitten. She had a difficult start in life as she was the target of some cruelty from someone who lived next door to her previous owner. Her owner feared for Annwyn and her kitten’s safety, so asked the shelter to take them both in. This upsetting start in life means Annwyn is not surprisingly, quite timid and was especially fearful of women due to the previous cruelty she had experienced. Her kitten was quickly rehomed and so was Annwyn for a short period of time, but sadly, it didn’t work out and she came back to the shelter.
After much deliberation, it was decided not to subject Annwyn to any further disruption and stress by trying to rehome her again; instead, she would become a permanent shelter resident, free to come and go as she pleases. It has proved to be the best decision and she has slowly gained confidence. She has quickly won the hearts and minds of everyone at the shelter, and even though she is still a bit timid and often hides out of the way at busy times, she continues to build trust in people.
You can sponsor Annwyn for £20 a year.
Titch came to the shelter in February 2013. She had been taken to Tern Veterinary Surgery as a stray. She was initially thought to be elderly, probably thirteen or fourteen years old, due to her condition. Poor Titch was blind, had cat ‘flu and suspected kidney failure. She was treated for the ‘flu and, as she had made a good recovery considering her other health problems, it was decided to give Titch a few last weeks to live in the homely environment of the Retirement Village at the Bayston Hill Shelter. Titch thrived! She was a little nervous at first but soon started to find her way around the village. Sometimes she cried if she became lost, but she soon started to sort herself out and there was often a loving volunteer handy to give her a cuddle for reassurance. As time passed we have realised she was only a young cat when arrived.
At first Titch only liked to be stroked. If she was picked up for a cuddle she panicked, but gradually she learned to trust again and now Titch loves curling up in someone’s arms. This frightened and very frail little cat soon became everybody’s favourite for her brave and trusting character. Visitors to the shelter never fail to be captivated by Titch, as she is so sweet and cuddly, as well as being a very plucky little cat, who has survived to really enjoy her new lease of life, despite all the odds stacked against her. Titch’s few weeks reprieve has now lasted for years and we realised she was only a youngster when she came to us. She began calling in the summer after her arrival so we quickly got her neutered. The years have passed and Titch has despite her poor condition overcome various health issues. She not only lost her eye in 2022 after needing an emergency operation she also had a lump removal, she is fondly known as the Phoenix as she seems to be able to rise from the flames when we feared the worst she survived and again is thriving climbing up volunteers’ legs for cuddles. She is a healthy and happy little cat, who we expect to be with us for a good few years yet.
You can sponsor Titch for £20 a year.
Our Free Ranger residents live at our Shelter in Bayston Hill and never venture far. They all get along nicely (most of the time), as they are such different characters with many different personalities. We have quiet ones like Nerina, cheeky ones like Pongo and vocal ones like Flump. They are regularly vet checked, have warm and dry places to sleep around the shelter giving them the space and quiet time they need. They are are loved and looked after by the volunteers. These little happy faces are the first the volunteers see when they come on shift waiting patiently to be fed and fussed . All such wonderful characters, that make Shropshire Cat Rescue a special place. You can help support looking after them, by sponsoring our Free Rangers for £20 a year, this will help with their food and vet bills.
The Nursery was completed in 2011 and has 5 units and 2 incubators.
It is always closely monitored by our dedicated volunteers as young kittens get in to trouble very quickly.
Immediate veterinary attention is available to the mother and the kittens should they require it. It is in use year round but as the height of kitten season hits it can become very busy.
You can sponsor The Nursery for £35 a year.
The Retirement Village is a unique facility that provides a wonderful retirement home for our more mature felines.
It was funded through donations and sponsorship and was built back in 2009. It comprises six luxury chalets that can each house up to four cats, plus the ‘Moggies Mansion’ which, as the name suggests, is a spacious home where our villagers can mix and relax together whenever they choose.
The Retirement Village is the ‘purrfect’ place for our senior and super senior residents to enjoy their twilight years in comfort, with cuddles and fuss. They are weighed weekly to monitor for changes that could indicate health concerns any the volunteers are concerned about are highlighted for the vet to check on their weekly visit.
Many of our Retirement Village residents are on long term medication and receive short term treatment including dentals as needed.
You can sponsor the Retirement Village for £60 a year.
The main Shelter at Shropshire Cat Rescue was set up in Bayston Hill in 1998 and through ongoing demand and need, it has grown steadily ever since.
The shelter is home to 12 residents and 20 villagers and at full capacity holds around 122 cats. The shelter comprises the pens, Hospital, Nursery, the Retirement Village and a space for the resident cats. It also includes an office, laundry room, feeding room, vet check room for the weekly visiting vet to use, a gift shop and Paws Cafe open on event days.
You can sponsor the shelter for £100 per year.