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Hello and Welcome

Inverness Cat Rescue was set up in November 2009 to rescue and re-home stray and unwanted cats and kittens in the Inverness area. We have over 35 years experience in dealing with the welfare and rehabilitation of needy cats/kittens. Please note that we have no connection to Cats Protection.

We are funded entirely by donations, and rely on the generosity of cat-lovers. All donations of money, food, blankets etc. are most gratefully welcomed. (Can be collected).

We Need Donations

Thanks so much to everyone who has generously donated money and cat-food to us recently, and also for the continuing support through PayPal. Your kindness enables us to help more needy cats in our area.

Oddments and scraps of wool/yarn of any kind are always gratefully received. Some is used for making cosy blankets for the cats, and some is used for fund-raising. We are happy to collect in the Inverness area.

About Us

Heather and Derik are committed to helping needy cats in the Inverness area and devote their lives to caring for the unfortunate, unwanted and abandoned.

Heather has a vast amount of experience in all fields of cat (and dog) care and welfare, having founded the Inverness Branch of Cats Protection and co-ordinated it for 20 years, as well as helping to set up the Tain, Gairloch, and Nairn branches of CP before branching out on her own, supported by husband Derik.  Inverness Cat Rescue is a totally independent and local rescue, and has no connection or link with Cats Protection.  Heather worked in a local rescue kennels and cattery for 12 years, has over 25 years experience working in a veterinary practice, and was also the Inverness contact for a national Petcare Helpline, giving advice on all aspects of pet care. She is a qualified dog beautician and is certified to implant microchips.

The Cat Rescue is entirely voluntary, and run from home. All funds raised are spent solely on food, litter, veterinary fees, maintenance of cat accommodation, and website hosting. All overheads and other day to day expenses are met by Heather and Derik…. for the love of the cats.

What We Do

Our sole objective is to help needy cats in the Inverness and surrounding area. Stray cats are taken into our shelter and kept for a minimum of two weeks, which gives an owner plenty of time to come forward, and also gives us time to assess the cat’s character and behaviour to see what type of home would best suit that cat. Any urgent vet treatment is provided immediately, and if the cat is not claimed we would have it neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before offering it for adoption.. No cat is ever put to sleep unless advised by a vet in the case of severe illness or injury.

Cats signed over to us by an owner are usually kept for a minimum of one week, so that our assessment of the cat, along with information provided by the owner, enables us to make the best match for that cat when looking for its new home. We ask that owners relinquishing cats to our care give a minimum donation to help cover day-to-day expenses, and also that the cat is neutered and vaccinated before coming to us.

After adoption we maintain contact with the new owner, and we are always available to advise if necessary.

Donations and all other monies received are used to finance vet costs, food and litter, maintenance of the cat cabins, and the hosting of our website, and ALL other expenses are met by ourselves. Our meticulously kept accounts and cat work records are available to view on request.

Inverness Council TEC Services contact us if an unfortunate cat is picked up from the roadside, and we will collect the cat and scan for a microchip so that an owner may be informed, a very sad but necessary aspect of our work.