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CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN - WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR ADOPTIONS UNTIL WEDNESDAY 4TH JANUARY 2017
Christmas can be a wonderful time of year for people, with lots of excitment, fun, laughter, visitors, decorations and much more. But for a cat, going to it's new home any time can be daunting and scary, let alone Christmas. Therefore we, at Bedford & Biggleswade Branch, have shut the adoption doors for December, we will aim to complete all home visits and adoption requests made in November by the end of the first week in December. This means any cats adopted in that time should be nicely settled before the festive period is in full swing.
Area of Operations
Covering postcodes MK40 - MK45 and SG15 - SG19 (only part of SG19). Please note that, since home visits are compulsory before a cat can be rehomed (see below), we are unable to place cats outside our geographical area. If you live outside this area, please contact your local branch to arrange a home visit (your branch can be found by clicking here.) Thank you.
Cats Protection asks adopters for a fee when rehoming a cat. The fees for our branch are £60 for a single cat/kitten and £100 for a pair. If you feel able to make a donation on top of the fee that would, of course, be gratefully received. We know times are hard so thank you for your decision to rehome a CP cat!
We have a steady stream (on occasions, a torrent!) of cats coming into our care, so we are always looking for good homes for them. If you would like to adopt a cat and you live in our area, please contact us for more information.
We feel it is vital to match the right cat with the right home. To achieve this, we follow the guidelines provided by Head Office, which have been created based on years of experience of what works best. The emphasis is on putting the cat's needs first, and the aim is to pair the cat up with the right family and environment for him or her, and to provide adopters with a cat who suits their lifestyle.
Before rehoming a cat with you, it is compulsory for you to have a home visit from one of our volunteers. This is all part of the process of helping to find a great match of cat and human. This may take longer initially, but the proof is in the pudding - very few of the cats we rehome are returned to us.
If you live in a rented property you must provide written consent from the landlord for a cat, or cats, to live in the property before we can rehome anything.
Meeting Our Cats
We do not own any physical premises, so it is not possible for you to pop along to view all the cats. The cats are looked after by individual volunteers in their own homes, and it is therefore helpful if you can tell us which cats you are interested in meeting, so we can arrange an appointment for you with the appropriate fosterer if you and we wish to go ahead.
We cannot promise that a particular cat will still be available, but if we know what you are looking for, this helps us to find the perfect cat for you.
OLDER CATS - THEY ARE NOT AS OLD AS YOU THINK!
Many people are worried about adopting a cat who is over 5 years of age and won't even look at a cat who is "mature" at 8, 10 or 12 years old. In fact this is the time that a cat is in it's prime and possible less than half way through its life, since many cats are living in to their 20's! Taking on ANY cat is a lifetime commitment (for you and the cat). Ask yourself if you would like someone to discriminate against you solely on the grounds of your age?
At Bedford & Biggleswade Cats Protection we believe that the most important quality about a cat is its personality. If you are looking for a friendly, adoring cat for yourself or your family ALL our cats need to be visited by you. They have great personalities and there is a cat out there to suit your lifestyle. We ask you to think about the adoption of a cat carefully, as it is a commitment of years no matter what it's age.
Sometimes we do not know a cats age when it comes into out care can only guess. ALL our cats are vet checked, vaccinated, micro-chipped and treated for fleas and worms as well. We will tell you a cats age to the best of our ability. "Mature" cats (any cat over 7 years old) are still playful and love a fuss and so can adapt to a new household and will probably settle in more quickly because they are adults and understand humans. Please NEVER dismiss a cat solely on its age or colour or you might be missing out on the perfect cat for you.
Sometimes being a black cat is not always lucky for the cat. Cats Protection has found that black cats (and black and white ones) tend to be the most overlooked cats when it comes to adoption. We think this is because people think they are too common and, sometimes, would prefer a cat with a more 'unusual' colour.
We have found that black and black & white cats do tend to be the most friendly and family-perfect cats not to mention being extremely regal and handsome. So, please, don't skip over our black or black & white cats. If you are looking for a cat that offers good company, please go and visit all of our cats and choose the one that charms you and suits your lifestyle best. You won't go wrong with a black cat!
Not all cats/kittens are photogenic or easy to take photos of. Please DO NOT JUDGE OUR FELINES BY THEIR PHOTOS. IT IS THEIR PERSONALITIES THAT COUNT. GIVE THEM A CHANCE - MEET THEM.
Some of the cats in our care may not yet be on our website. If you are looking for a feline companion, please contact us on 0345 260 2505