Welcome to our website - we hope it will provide you with useful information about our Charity.
Our full name
is Colchester & District Cat Rescue and Rehoming Society (or CCR for short!) We were formed in 1974 and became a
Registered Charity in 1978, so we are delighted to celebrate 40 years as a charity helping cats in 2018.
We are an independent local cat rescue charity (not connected with any national charity), covering
Colchester and the surrounding area. We liaise with other rescue organisations such as Cats Protection and RSPCA branches
in Essex and Suffolk to ensure that those in need find help.
We receive no government funding or grants,
and are entirely dependent on our own fundraising (please see our "Charity Shop & Fundraising" page.)
cats that come to us are spayed/castrated, vaccinated and microchipped by us - our main costs are our vets' bills. We
keep all our microchipped cats registered to CCR at the Sanctuary address, and contact you if your cat is found. We also
maintain records of lost and found cats.
The Charity was originally formed by the late Sheila Parsonson MBE and the late George Charles, at Great Tey just outside
Colchester. However, due to planning restrictions and lack of space, in January 1996 the Charity moved to its purpose built
premises at "Lyndhurst" in Bromley Rd, Colchester on the road between Colchester and Ardleigh.
have 12 chalets with cats for rehoming, a maternity wing with 4 chalets for mums and kittens, and 2 large cat
runs with space for those cats that we have been unable to find homes for.
We never have any healthy
cat put to sleep. Any cat that we have been unable to rehome is allowed to live out its life peacefully with other
feline companions. They have warm shelter, food and all necessary veterinary care for as long as they need.
Miss Sheila Parsonson MBE 1926 - 2011 Founder of Colchester Cat Rescue
Sheila Margaret Parsonson
lived in London for much of her adult life, working in an insurance company, and it was there that she started to rescue cats
and look after them in her own home.
After taking early retirement, she moved to Great Tey outside Colchester in the
early 1970s, and set up a small concern in 1974 to rescue and rehome cats from her house. In 1978 she registered the Colchester
and District Cat Rescue & Homing Society with the Charities Commission.
After many years at Great Tey, Sheila had
outgrown her old home there. A fund raising campaign by her fellow Charity Trustee, George Charles, helped Sheila to move
the charity to a derelict smallholding in Bromley Rd, Colchester in 1996.
The site was resurrected as the new Sanctuary,
and since that time it has been home to up to 100 cats needing new homes, including those that could not be rehomed
and who lived out their lives at the Sanctuary. Sheila would not let cats be put to sleep unless the vet said that their quality
of life was being affected.
Sheila continued to look after the cats and try to find homes for them for many years. Sheila
was recognised for her work and was awarded the MBE for services to animal welfare by the Queen herself at Buckingham Palace
in November 2002.
Sadly Sheila's health worsened in 2004, and after that time she was unable to take such an active
role in the Charity. However, the remaining Trustees took over the running of the Charity from that time, and will keep operating
as an independent Charity, as was Sheila's wish.
Both the Sanctuary in Bromley Rd, Colchester and the Charity Shop
in Eld Lane, Colchester continue to run in her memory, rehoming cats and raising funds to continue the work that Sheila started.
|The late Sheila Parsonson MBE
|She is holding a neglected Persian being nursed back to health