Yorkshire Cat Rescue
REGISTERED CHARITY #
We exist to save the lives of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in Yorkshire and beyond.
# of animals in our care:
Types of animals cared for:
Is the centre open to visitors?
This shelter is currently welcoming
donations (£), adoptions, donations (items), fosterers
Is the centre open?
No. The centre is closed and all cats are being cared for in foster homes. The centre is also closed to visitors dropping off donated items. If you have things you wish to donate then please can you wait until we are open again. If you would like to donate cat food then you can do this online through our wishlist. Please see our guidelines on how you can help. Thank you.
Can I contact you?
Yes. Our Rescue Coordinators and Head of Cat Care are working from home and are answering emails as normal. Our phone lines (01535 647184) are open from 1-4pm weekdays (except Wednesday when there is no phone cover) and between 10:30 and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Please note that we cannot pick up phone messages. If you can't get through on the phone you can email us at
Can I adopt a cat/kitten?
We are now adopting out cats and kittens. Cats and kittens that can be reserved will be on our website here. We are adopting out cats by moving them from their current foster home to the home of the adopter. Some collection from the centre may also be possible, provided new owners adhere to the social distancing measures we have put in place. Paperwork and payment is done remotely using online forms and online payment. Adoption interviews will be done with new owners by video conferencing or by telephone.
If you reserve a cat or kitten we will inform you about the adoption process and make an appointment with you for the adoption. This is in accordance with government guidelines and will change when we are able to reopen the centre. If you want to reserve a cat or kitten that is on our website please contact us with the cat's reference number (this is on the cat's description). Please be aware though, that we are still facing delays in adoption as our vets are operating at a reduced capacity. You may have to wait before we are able to adopt your reserved cat or kitten to you. If there are no kittens on the website then there are no kittens that can be reserved, please keep checking the website if you want to adopt a kitten.
Are you taking cats in?
All movement of cats constitutes some risk of transmitting COVID-19 between households. For this reason intake is restricted to emergencies. Emergencies are those cats and kittens that are at risk, where their health or welfare will be severely compromised if they do not come into rescue. All other owned and un-owned cats will remain on the waiting list. Please contact us if you need advice on how to care for a cat whilst the centre remains closed. You can still add a cat to the waiting list. We understand that people contact us because they are desperate for our help but we can only help in those circumstances we deem an emergency at this time.
I have become ill/I or someone I know is going into hospital and cannot look after a cat. Can you help?
Yes. To help owners who have become ill or have gone into hospital we have a limited number of foster homes available to temporarily care of their cat(s). Please see our Respite Care page for details.
Yorkshire cat Rescue exists to save the lives of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in Yorkshire and beyond.
All cats are provided with food, love, shelter and the necessary veterinary care until they find a forever loving home. They are cared for by our many fosterers across Yorkshire or at our centre in Keighley.
All the cats in our care are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given any other medical and behavioural treatment required before rehoming. We have a no-kill policy (unless recommended by vets due to quality of life). This means that we sometimes get chronically ill cats (or kittens) that can still lead a very good life (pretty much equal to any healthy cat) but have to have long-term medication and/or treatment. Any cat in our care will be cared for until we find him or her a home.
The charity’s aims are to relieve the suffering of cats who are in need of care and attention and, in particular, to provide or maintain rescue homes or other facilities for the reception and care of such unwanted animals and their treatment.