In the 1960s, Marjorie Palin began to bring stray cats and dogs back to her home in Welford on Avon, South Warwickshire. Her aim: to save these animals from the certain fate that awaited them, that of euthanasia. From this woman’s early endeavours, Avon Cat Rescue was born.
Over the years, Mrs Palin converted her garden to a centre for the homing of just cats, relinquishing the stray dogs to another homing charity. Gradually, the lawn tennis court became the site of a variety of pens that today offers heated accommodation to over 90 cats.
For many years now, Mrs Palin’s daughter, Rosemary Spicer, has run Avon Cat Rescue. In August 2014 Rosemary took the decision to convert the then privately-owned Avon Cat Rescue to a charity that is registered with the Charities Commission in England & Wales. On 15 June 2015 Avon Cat Rescue began a new era as a registered charity.
In September 2016, a new pen was erected to house just kittens as a means of safeguarding their health during the initial weeks from birth. The Kittenry has two pens, with heated sleeping quarters and an outside run.