THE 30TH NOVEMBER WILL SEE US TAKE A TEMPORARY PAUSE IN ADOPTIONS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR. WE WILL STOP TAKING ADOPTION REQUESTS FROM 25TH NOVEMBER TO ALLOW OUR HOME VISITORS TO COMPLETE ALL VISITS IN TIME FOR OUR CUT OFF.
CHRISTMAS IS A VERY HECTIC PERIOD AND NOT AN IDEAL TIME TO SETTLE A NEW PET INTO A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT.
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
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.