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About us

Galway Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer group of animal lovers. We are committed to helping homeless cats in Galway and dedicated to giving every cat a chance to live a safe, healthy and happy life. We established Galway Cat Rescue in August 2010, because we were frustrated that not enough was being done to help feral cats in our neighbourhoods. Since then we have neutered more than 4,600 cats and have been successful in re-homing over 2,050. We also care for numerous abandoned and injured cats and kittens.

We do not have a sanctuary or shelter, so please don't ask to visit us. We operate using a network of fosterers who look after cats and kittens in their own homes. This provides the best possible opportunity for them to become well socialised in a normal domestic environment. We want the cats to find a forever home in the shortest time-frame, and by adopting best practice adoption protocols and early age neuter/spay procedures they can go to these homes directly from the invaluable socialising care a foster home provides.

GCR has been officially registered as a non-profit charity (CHY 19772) since July 2011. It is assisted by animal welfare grant funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Educating and informing the public about the care of cats and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets is one of our priorities. Our mission is to solve the Galway feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

We believe in:

  • Protecting and enforcing the rights of animals
  • Treating all cats with respect, love and care

Our work includes:

  • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
  • Providing winter shelters for feral cats
  • Rescuing abandoned, sick and abused cats
  • Socialising feral kittens for re-homing
  • Locating homes for rescued cats and kittens


  • Dr Claudia Frank (Chairperson)
  • Olivia O'Reilly (Treasurer)
  • Caroline Gorton (Director)
  • Dr Uri Frank (Director)