Sad news — Ruth Randall

We were sad to hear of the death of Ruth Randall recently, at the age of 90 years. Ruth supported Katz Castle for 30 years. She was passionate about all animals and will be sadly missed.

Responsible cat ownership


A female cat can produce up to six kittens three times a year, that’s a lot of mouths to feed and very stressful for your cat. Cats can come into season again shortly after giving birth if not spayed which can be exhausting for them and will attract the attentions of amorous tom cats. Both pregnancy and birth can carry risks, mammary tumours and infections of the womb (Pyrometra) both of which can be fatal.

Neutering male cats will reduce the chance of them catching Feline FIV an incurable disease which can be spread by bites and to females by mating. Feline Leukaemia can also be contracted by unneutered males and are more likely to fight and roam sustaining nasty wounds.

Our cats are all neutered/spayed before we home them and we actively encourage responsible pet ownership to prevent more unwanted cats having to seek a good home!

Micro-chipping is also essential as are regular vaccinations and health checks which include monthly flea treatments and regular worming.

Cats are also susceptible to diseases which can be life threatening if they are not vaccinated, flea treated and wormed on a regular basis.

Before you adopt or buy a pet please consider the following carefully:

  • Can you afford vet fees, insurance, yearly vaccinations and monthly flea treatments along with the food and litter, toys etc which your cat or kitten will need?
  • If you want to go on holiday you will need to pay for boarding. All these things can add up and be very costly so please think first before you add a cat to your family that you may not be able to afford to care for long term.
  • If you want to adopt a cat but cannot afford the fees for neutering/spaying, there are organisations who will help with this. 

IFAW award

Ann, who is the founder of and driving force behind Katz Castle Animal Shelter, has been honoured with a prestigious award for her outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (, for more than 50 years of dedication to rescuing and rehoming cats. 

The IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony was hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale on Tuesday this week and the awards were presented by naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie. Ann has unfortunately been very unwell, so her daughter, Rosie, collected the award on Ann’s behalf.


Read about the award in the Daily Express and the Elmbridge Guardian.

A really big thank you to everyone who took the time and voted for Ann who is extremely deserving of the award after all her years of rescuing animals and running Katz Castle. 

This acknowledgement of her work has been a big boost to Ann, and to all the volunteers at the shelter too. We also hope the publicity will mean that we can find new forever homes for even more of the lovely cats we have who are waiting to be adopted.

Photo: © IFAW/Peter Stevens

Opening hours

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday to Friday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm

Saturday: 10am – 12pm


Dates we are closed this year:

  • April 18th  – Good Friday
  • April 20th – Easter Sunday
  • April 21st – Easter Monday
  • May 5th – May Day
  • May 26th – Spring Holiday
  • August 25th – Late Summer Holiday
  • December 24th – Christmas Eve
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 26th – Boxing Day
  • January 1st – New Years Day



Contact us

Do you have comments or questions about our animal shelter or boarding cattery? Would you like to receive our newsletter or make a donation?

The quickest way to get in touch is by giving us a call on 01932 864232. 

You can also email us: 


but we are always busy with the cats so calling is best.

Our address is: 

Katz Castle Animal Shelter
Redhill Rd
KT11 1EF

History of Katz Castle

Ann Knowles is the owner and driving force behind Katz Castle. Ann has dedicated her life to providing shelter and comfort to the thousands of animals (not just cats) that have passed through the gates of Katz Castle over the last 40 or so years. Here she explains how it all began:


“Well I suppose it all began right back at the end of the war when it was decided to take part in the reconstruction of bombed institutions and the demolishing of dangerous buildings. Soon, this work showed an amazing population of cats that lived in the various holes and corners.

At that point in time the founders of Katz Castle were determined to do their little bit to improve the very sad environment these cats now found themselves in.

It was a frustrating and a sad job that seemed to have no end, the more help that was given to these cats, the more seemed to appear from the tangled remains of the buildings, and when the daily food parcels arrived at the various points of contact more and more hungry souls appeared, some with their kittens and many  “Ferals” glaring from the rear and all trying to get to the bowls.

Some years were to go by before any real progress was made with the actual relief of their suffering, this was achieved by the purchase of land in Cobham and this became the “KATZ CASTLE” that has since helped so many thousands of cats.

With the business of reclaiming gardens etc in London and the East End it was now possible for our “cat loving” garden teams to establish regular contact with various groups of cats, and even to bring desperately ill ones back to Katz Castle where in many cases they recovered and lived on to tell another tale. Hospital authorities in those days, I am sorry to say were all “anti cat” and the staff were severely lectured if they gave help, shelter or food to the distressed and starving animals, they were even threatened with dismissal. We as contractors were able to overcome this problem to some degree by our own “Sneaky” methods.

Soon we at Katz Castle were finding ourselves swamped with desperate “cat situations” and all our spare time was spent constructing temporary homes for them with Tea Boxes and rolls of wire.

It was about 1968 and we put out an urgent call for funds. To our delight the donations came flowing in and enabled us to build really nice units including “Hospital Bed” units for the sick and dying.

A visitor to Katz Castle now would find a well run shelter for quite a large number of cats (and kittens) and what is more the units are situated in five acres of beautifully laid out Victorian Gardens (not that the cats care as long as the earth is tilled over regularly!). Actually quite a lot of the gardening is tended to by about 50 Feral and elderly cats who produce amongst other things fine organic vegetables for the family. These cats being either to old or untrainable are allowed to spend the rest of their lives in comfort.

Many cats are now forwarded on to us, or seek our help through Charities and Public Authorities, which we believe could not manage without our help.

Finally we wish our five acres were 50 acres and that we were in a position to do lots more for these beautiful and loving companions to the human race.”