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Charity Commission registration number 275238.
Opening hours:- 10 - 1pm every day (including weekends and Bank Holidays), no appointment needed.

We are only a rehoming charity - if you find an ill or injured cat please take it to the nearest vet asap - they have a responsibility to treat an animal to prevent it suffering. Please see the list of local vets on another page.

Unfortunately we do not have enough helpers to answer all the phone calls that we receive - we are open every day so please visit us during opening hours or email us instead on mail@colchestercatrescue.org.uk
or go on to our Facebook page.

  • A map and opening hours are at the foot of the page giving directions to the Sanctuary.
  • We only rehome cats in the local area, within about 10 - 15 miles of Colchester, ie. from Witham in the south to Ipswich in the north, Clacton in the east, and Sudbury to the west, as we may want to do a home check. (If you are not in our area, please go on to the very good cat charity website www.catchat.org that lists all Essex and Suffolk cat rescues (including RSPCA and Cats Protection branches) if you click on Essex or Suffolk.
  • Please read the information on this page in full before visiting. We are a responsible Charity and wish to make prospective visitors think fully about all aspects of pet ownership.
  • Please ensure that you are fully aware of the expenses involved in owning pets (eg. neutering, annual vaccinations and other veterinary treatment, food/litter costs, regular flea and worming costs, and cattery fees), and the associated responsibility of looking after pets which requires an established household and stable home life, with sufficient regular income in order to meet these expenses.
  • An owner is legally required to look after their pets and this includes obtaining both routine and emergency veterinary treatment when necessary in order to avoid neglect - see the Animal Welfare Bill (on the DEFRA website) which became law in 2007 and put a duty of care on to owners. There are fines of up to £20000 and up to a year in prison for failure to meet certain levels of care.
  • All cats that we rehome have been vaccinated against cat flu and enteritis, are neutered (if they are old enough, ie. 4 - 5 months old) and microchipped.  All our cats remain registered for microchip purposes to CCR at the Sanctuary address, as we maintain responsibility for these records. Please notify us by letter or email if you move house.
  • When making your donation, please be aware that we have in most cases spent over £150 on veterinary treatment for each cat (in some cases much more). Cash, debit card or cheque with a valid banker's card accepted. Your donation goes towards our vet bills which are our biggest expense - over £60000 in 2017.
  • We also offer 4 weeks' free pet insurance through Pet Plan to help with vets' bills. If you decide to continue the policy after the 4 weeks, we benefit by receiving commission for the life of the policy, which we put towards running the Sanctuary. We do recomment this in view of the cost of veterinary treatment.
  • When you visit the Sanctuary, we will discuss your circumstances and ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire  to tell us more about yourself so that we can try to find the right cat(s). We try to ensure that we rehome cats suitable for your circumstances.
  • Please do not be offended if you are refused a particular cat or kitten. We take our rehoming responsibilities seriously and if we think a cat isn’t suitable, we will explain why. We get to know them very well and we have many years' experience predicting where, and with whom, a cat or kitten will fit in so that they do not have to come back to us, which is very disorientating for them.
  • Please also bring proof of identity (eg. passport/driving licence) and proof of current address (eg. utility bill under 3 months old) with you if you are wishing to rehome a cat.
  • We always seek to place the right cat with the right household, and may do home checks before allowing a cat to be rehomed. If you do not own your home, we will also require a letter from your landlord confirming that you may have cats, fit a catflap, and that you have a lease of at least 12 months, which will be able to be extended (so that the newly rehomed cat has some stability in its new surroundings.)
  • We recommend that you should have (or be prepared to fit) a cat flap into your house so that your cat has access to food/water and shelter in bad weather. Cat flaps can also be fitted into a glass door or window too. Microchip cat flaps are useful, as they only allow your own cat into your house. We now rehome on the basis that cats are kept shut indoors overnight (the cat flap should be lockable to allow this), as this is one of our requirements for the safety of the cat. More road fatalities occur after dark when drivers cannot see cats. Cats are also more likely to be stolen for their fur and resold if pretty (but the fur trade still exists), or for vivisection (animal experimentation.) Please keep your pets in after dark.
  • Please note that we have to consider the welfare of the cats, and cannot home cats to certain roads/areas that would be too busy/dangerous. This is a policy common to many other animal welfare charities rehoming cats, eg. Cats Protection and the RSPCA.
  • You can write to us or telephone us at the Sanctuary address below, or click this address to send us an e-mail:


Our normal opening hours are 10 - 1pm every day (including weekends and Bank Holidays.)
We are open on Easter Sunday from 10 - 1pm, and also on Good Friday and Easter Monday from 10 - 1pm.

This year we will be closed for Christmas from Thursday 20th December to Wednesday 26th December 2018 inclusive.
We then re-open as usual from Wednesday 27th December to Saturday 30th December 2018.
We are closed on New Year's Eve Monday 31st December 2018, and New Year's Day Tuesday 1st January 2019.

See "About Us" for further directions about the location of the Sanctuary, for visitors travelling within Colchester, and for directions from the A12.


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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