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How You Can Help

There are so many ways in which you can help us and the cats in our care. Whether its donating your time, or money, or just doing things a little differently, you really can make such a difference. 


We are run entirely run by volunteers, every single penny donated goes to running the rescue, not on salaries.

Money sadly is the thing we require the most. We understand people like to give things like food & toys, but we have negotiated good rates from suppliers that we know and trust, enabling us to purchase most consumables at very competitive prices. By donating cash you are putting your money to the best possible use, and as it is a donation we can claim gift aid.

Our biggest expense is vet fees; in 2022 our vet fees & medical costs were in excess of £50,000.




As the great Sigmund Freud once said

"Time spent with a cat is never time wasted".


Like us, cats are all individual. We help a variety of cats, all with differing needs. Whether its ones who like a lap and enjoy a cuddle, others that like to play, or those that have been living on the streets and are fearful of humans, they all benefit from your time. 

The only thing we ask is that you commit to a regular visit, whether its a couple of hours a week or fortnightly.

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Feeding & Cleaning 

Rescuing over 300 cats a year, involves a lot of litter trays to clean, lots of food bowls to fill and wash, pens to clean both daily and between cats. 

Litter trays and pens are cleaned daily and when a cat is adopted the pen is given a completely cleaned & disinfected ready for the next guest.

In addition we always have a mountain of bedding to wash, dry & fold and put away.


We are constantly transporting cats, there are lots of journeys to be made. Vet visits, transfer to foster, collection from owners, dropping off & collecting traps. We have a team of volunteers who we can call on to help with transport, but the more volunteers we have to carry out this vital role the easier it is for everyone.

So if you have flexible availability during the day and live close to the rescue in Frome, we'd love to hear from you.

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Our fosterers play a vital role in our work with cats. Fostering involves having one (or two) of our cats come to live with you in your own home. Fosterers will only have domestic cats that are used to living in a home; most have come to us directly from the only home they've ever known, they are understandably confused and unsettled. People foster for a variety of reasons, time, finances, location can all be reasons not to own a cat. If you enjoy the company of a cat, and would like to find out more about fostering, please get in touch. 


There are so many ways in which you can raise money for us. Whether its holding a coffee morning, hosting an open garden, running or walking a marathon, whichever you choose to do let us know. We can help advertise your event and provide promotional material. 

Or perhaps you'd like to run a stall at one of the many village days we are invited to attend

If you are considering volunteering with us, or would like more information, please email us at for 

Gift us in your will


If you would like to leave a gift in your will to our cats, we recommend you that you speak to a solicitor to ensure that your wishes will be carried out as you intend.

You will need to take the following details with you:

  • Cats In Distress

  • Address Rectory Cottage Berkley Frome BA11 5JH

  • Registered charity number: 116332 (England and Wales)

An example of wording you could use:

I leave my / X share (s) of my residuary estate for Cats In Distress, registered charity number 1167332 (England and Wales), absolutely for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

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