Aughrim Cat Rescue


In 2010 Kathy Smale & Catriona Leahy got together with a mutual concern for the serious overpopulation of feral cats in County Wicklow, & formed 'Cat Concern Wicklow' to specialize in TNR (the Trap-Neuter-Return of feral cats) which they both independently already had many years of experience in.

What we do

Rescuing and rehoming unwanted, stray and abandoned domestic cats and kittens throughout the area. All cats and kittens in their care are neutered at 5 months old, and home checks are carried out prior to adoption. They also work with feral colonies, trapping and neutering - and returning the cats if safe to do so.

As there are often feral kittens too, Catriona also called her home Aughrim Cat Rescue where she fosters, tames & rehomes them, as well as some other cats in need. As Catriona is based in Aughrim and she looks after the southern half of County Wicklow, Kathy based in Greystones looks after the northern half.

They neuter from around 300 to 400 cats per year between them.

How we do it

Together with a handful of other helpers, Catriona & Kathy trap these cats at the request of concerned members of the public, as well as finding feral cat colonies themselves. These cats are then taken in to be neutered, tamed and socialised by the members of the rescue group until they are ready to be adopted into their forever homes.

Our aim is that all rescued cats will be adopted where possible.

These cats go on to live happy lives with their new families and make excellent pets.

How you can help?

We are always looking for foster homes to help socialise or cats.  If you are interested, please contact us @:


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Donations are always welcome to help pay for veterinary and food bills.

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