Welcome to the Mann Cat Sanctuary.

This manx registered charity is based in Santon on the Isle of Man, which is situated in the middle of the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The sanctuary was founded in 1996, by Sue Critchley and Carole Corlett, to provide a safe and peaceful haven for unwanted, disabled and traumatised cats. Sadly, Carole passed away in 2001 but our work continues very much in her memory. The sanctuary is run solely by a small, dedicated group of caring unselfish volunteers. They work tirelessly trapping feral cats, making numerous trips to and from our vets, grooming and sit for hours simply comforting our residents.

We receive no government support and rely entirely on the generosity of our excellent supporters and world-wide visitors. Here at the sanctuary, we operate a strict non destruct policy unless a cat is in an advanced stage and suffering with a terminal illness or has injuries that are beyond veterinary help. We allow all our elderly residents to live their days out in comfortable surroundings. We believe all the cats we receive need compassion, understanding and TLC but, most of all, the ability to run free. Therefore, the sanctuary consists of several spacious buildings set on seven acres of land, where the cats can roam freely. This also includes a luxury home to the rear of the sanctuary for our feral community, where they too can roam freely and are not forced to mix with humans if they do not wish to.

We hope you enjoy browsing our website. Please take a look at our live webcams, articles on neutering cats and FIV, flick through our picture gallery and don’t forget to pay a visit to ‘Bradley’s Gift Shop’. We have many ways that you can donate online, please see our 'sponsor page'.

Through the summer, we welcome visitors every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm. You can find our address and a google map location on our Open/Visit page. Entrance into the sanctuary is free, however, we do expect visitors to bring a six pack of Whiskas for the cat’s tea. During your visit, you are able to sit with our many cats who will want to make friends with you, have a look at our aviary and say hello to our Donkeys, sponsor a resident and maybe take a souvenir or two back to wherever you visit from! We look to forward to meeting you one day…

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