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Charity Commission registration number 275238.

Colchester Cat Rescue - The Sanctuary in Bromley Road

"Lyndhurst" - the Sanctuary's house at the entrance of the site

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.)
All 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.
We 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.

Obituary        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

Opening Hours:- 10 - 1pm every day (including  weekends and Bank Holidays.)

Colchester Cat Rescue
Bromley Rd
Tel 01206 864284

In Colchester, go north up Harwich Road, turning right at the mini roundabout into Bromley Road and follow the road for about one mile out into the country. We are next door to Blenheim Nurseries garden centre.

From the A12 take the A1232 (Colchester North) turn off. Go down Ipswich Road to the Rovers Tye roundabout and turn left into St John's Rd. Follow this road to the end and turn right at the mini roundabout into Harwich Rd. A hundred metres down Harwich Rd there is a mini roundabout, turn left into Bromley Rd and continue for about one mile as mentioned above.
See the map under "The Sanctuary & Homing a Cat".

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