Adopt a cat

We do not have a centre to visit in this area, all of our cats and kittens are with foster carers at their own homes

A guide to our new hands-free homing process

We’re keen to help as many cats as possible, both during the current crisis and beyond. Offering our cats a home will help to free up more space to take in emergency cases.

We have put in extensive procedures to make sure that our homing process is in line with current government guidance, without putting adoptees or our volunteers at risk.     

Here is our guide to adopting a cat using hands-free homing

·         Check you are within a reasonable distance of your chosen branch. You can find your nearest branch by typing in your postcode at www.cats.org.uk/find-us

 

·         Enquire. If you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in adopting, please send an enquiry by email to adoption@atherton.cats.org.uk.  (please include a contact number) or contact our enquiry line 01942 465321.

 

·         Reserve your cat. If you’re found to be a match for your chosen cat, you’ll be contacted via phone or email. You may be asked for proof of your address and the consent of your landlord (if you live in a rented property)

 

·         Adopt. Once you have reserved your cat, you’ll be sent paperwork to sign and you’ll make a further telephone appointment with our team. In this call, you’ll have a chance to discuss everything you need to know about your cat. You’ll then pay an adoption fee, usually by bank transfer

 

·         Bringing your cat home. Once this is finalised, we’ll arrange for a driver to bring your cat safely to your home,. Your cat will be delivered in a secure carrier that is yours to keep.

 

·         Be supported. You’ll receive a follow-up call or email around three, seven and 21 days after the adoption to check that your new arrival is settled in. You can also find help and advice on the Cats Protection website at www.cats.org.uk/advice

 

Before you adopt a cat your new addition will 

• be vet checked
• had at least their first vaccination (against flu, enteritis and leukaemia)
• be neutered
• be treated for fleas and worms
• be microchipped
• they will also come with 4 weeks free insurance from Petplan

We welcome your enquiries. We will speak to you, by phone, to discuss your circumstances and the kind of cat that would fit with you. The process of ‘matching the right cat to the right home’ will include a virtual home visit.

You can view cats ready for adoption here, but there are others in care who are not quite ready as yet.  If you don't see a suitable cat on this page, please get in touch to let us know what type of cat you are looking for.  Just email adoption@atherton.cats.org.uk  (please include a contact number) or ring 01942 465321 and will will get back to you.

We would love to hear from you!