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Key to the happiness of the cats is the people who care for them. All our staff has been with us for a considerable number of years and care passionately about our feline guests and their welfare.

Hello, I’m Margaret Shaw and I have owned Halls Cross Cattery along with my partner Stephen since 2003.

Having worked for much of my professional life as a fundraiser in conservation and animal welfare charities, I reached a point in my life when I wanted a more hands-on role working with animals. Owning the cattery and working as a dog groomer has allowed me to indulge this passion whilst enabling us to live in the peace and tranquillity of the Sussex countryside.

I came to Halls Cross with a keen interest in and a love of animals; today I am now also very much in awe of them. If we only take the time to watch and understand cats they can teach us so much, not just about them but also about ourselves.

Hi, I’m Carol, Margaret’s sister. I came down to Halls Cross initially just to help out in the cattery for a few weeks in the summer of 2011 and here I am 3 years later.

I used to live near Manchester and worked as a legal secretary; to say that I have had a total change of career is an understatement.

I adore animals and in particular cats. Working with animals to me is very therapeutic and even on cold, rainy days it cheers me up being greeted by their little faces so eagerly waiting for attention. To me this is the perfect job.

Hello, my name is Lynn. I used to be petrified of dogs when I was younger, then one day a very sweet poodle called Kim came into my life and she, together with a variety of other small animals including cats helped me to come to terms with my fear. I am now the proud owner of what I can only describe as a menagerie of animals.

I met the Halls Cross Cattery crew when I took my miniature poodle Freya for a haircut at Mucky Pups and I offered to help out in the cattery. I also volunteer at Barby Keel’s Animal Rescue, again in the cattery section.

There is something about cats, their sleekness, beautiful eyes and winning ways that I find so endearing. I hope I can help for a long time to come .

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Halls Cross Cattery, Halls Cross Cottage, Hooe, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9HA

Telephone: 01424 848 444 Email:

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