About us

Who we are

We are a registered charity (number 1135243) and our objective is to promote humane behaviour towards animals by providing appropriate care, protection, treatment and security for animals which are in need of care and attention by reason of sickness, maltreatment, poor circumstances or ill usage and to educate the public in matters pertaining to animal welfare in general and the prevention of cruelty and suffering among animals.

The shop is named in honour of Hodge, one of Samuel Johnson’s cats who was immortalised in a characteristically whimsical passage in James Boswell’s Life of Johnson.


The charity was founded in 2009 by Dr Doreen Rolph, a remarkably well-read cat lover who wanted to raise funds for animal welfare. The bookshop rapidly became a local institution, and today Doreen’s work is continued by a team of dedicated volunteers.