Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, visiting the cats at our shelter is closed to visitors without appointment. Visitors may visit our onsite shop or drop in donations without appointment.

If you are looking to rehome a cat, we are conducting Skype / Facetime / WhatsApp home checks – call us on 01992626110 to register. After your home check, one of our staff will invite you to a rehoming page on Facebook where you will be able to see photos and videos of cats we think will suit your situation.

As a charity, without support, we will struggle to survive. Please help us by donating.

Monetary Donations

All monetary donations go directly towards the cats in our care.

You can donate in the following ways:

  • Cash or card at the shelter
  • Cheque made payable to The Scratching Post – posted to Woodbine Cottage, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. EN9 3QT
  • Bank transfer: Lloyds – account number 00334383 – sort code 309986
  • Paypal –

Donations for the cats

We always need donations for the cats, especially cat and kitten food and cat litter!

Our amazon wishlist has a list of current items needed to give you an idea:

If you log in via amazon smile, you can select us as your charity. This helps us raise additional funds.

We also can accept supermarket deliveries to:

Woodbine Cottage, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. EN9 3QT

If you have cat items, such as cat beds and scratching posts in a reasonable or better condition, we can make use of these.

Donations for fund-raising

If you have brand new, unwanted gifts please drop them in to the shelter. We can sell these at our annual fete in August / September. Gifts such as: beauty gift sets, home items, books, ornaments, jewellery etc

We also love to receive hand-made items, which we sell at our fete, such as: knitted / crotchet items, jewellery, beauty items etc

We also take the following:

  • Used / new stamps and coins (all countries)
  • Blankets, sheets, towels (we cannot accept duvets and pillows)


Why not remember us in your will? This can enable the long term future of the shelter. For more information, contact Susan via email:

Become a member

For £10 per year, you can become a member of The Scratching Post, receiving regular newsletters keeping you up to date with the charity. For more information or to sign up please contact:

Sponsor a cat

We have a few long-term resident cats who require on-going care and medical costs. For £10, you can sponsor these cats and help pay for they care and keep. Cats needing sponsoring are: Salsa, Domino, Juju and Mia. You will receive a certificate and a letter from your cat of choice. Makes an ideal gift for a loved one! To sign up, please contact: