About Us

The Mann Cat Sanctuary is a Manx registered charity No. 705 and an IOM limited company by guarantee, No. 092046C. The sanctuary has the following charity trustees who are also the company directors:

Sue Critchley, John Critchley, Darryl Hill and Kirsty Grimshaw.

It 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, read our articles on neutering cats, FIV and a detailed look at Manx cats, and finally don’t forget to pay a visit to our Gift Shop. We have many ways that you can donate online, please see our ‘ways to donate’.

Throughout 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 Visitor Information 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 Shetland pony and donkey, 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…