Adopt a cat
Important messsage: Due to the developing situation with COVID-19 we are taking some extra precautions at this time to try and ensure that we keep our visitors and Centre safe so we can continue to care for cats. Therefore, our centre is now closed to the public.
Update April 2021:
Our centre remains closed to members of the public but we are continuing to home cats through our hands free homing process.
We can now accept collections from the centre so conseqently can increase our homing radius - there is no longer a 20 mile limit to how far we can offer adoptions. When collecting your new cat from the centre this will be completed hands free and you will not be able to enter the building - all details of this will be given during the adoption process. We are unable to offer deliveries of cats further than 20 miles from the centre.
Adopt a cat
In selected Cats Protection centres, during the lockdown restrictions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are trialling a new hands-free homing approach for some of our cats. We are delighted to be offering this here at Exeter Axhayes !
This is to ensure that we can continue to help as many cats as possible at this time by matching them with their perfect family and freeing up more space in our centres. If you’re interested in adopting a cat from us please take a look at the specific personalities and requirements of each of our cats. If you think you could be the #PurrfectMatch for one of these lovely moggies, please complete a contact form which is linked at the bottom of each cat's profile. We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, our staff will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.
Please note: We have in place extensive procedures that are enabling carefully controlled rehoming without putting people at risk of infection, and without a negative impact on cat welfare. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to adopt a cat at this time but we will be ensuring that all our cats are matched with potential owners who are able to provide the environment and lifestyle required by each cat’s individual needs.
When we can accomodate collections from the centre these are completed hands free and we ask members of the public not to enter the centre. Once you have arrived our staff will get your new cat ready to go and bring them out to the front of the centre along with any shopping. We will then retreat to a safe distance to allow you to retreive your cat and items.
How to adopt
We’ll advertise cats on our websites with the addition of a video meeting for each cat. This will allow our adopters to get a better idea of the cat’s personality. Adopt with Confidence, our usual policy of openness and honesty still stands – we’ll ensure you’re aware of any medical or behavioural concerns, and we will carefully assess each and every match before deciding whether the home is suitable.
If you are interested in offering a cat a permanent home and like the look of one of our cats, send us an enquiry through the website. To view cats available for adoption scroll to the bottom of this page.
We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, our staff will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.
After your initial enquiry, if successful you will receive a secondary application form to complete with more detailed questions about the household and what attributes you are looking for in a cat.
There may be a delay at this stage if we have multiple applications for a particular cat.
If after receiving the second application form we think you’re a match, we’ll give you a call to discuss the cat and potentially reserve them for you!
At this stage we will ask for proof of your address and landlord consent (if applicable). At the point of reservation we’ll arrange for an Adoption Appointment via the telephone where you’ll be provided with full information about the cat.
Once the reservation has been placed, we’ll send you the cat’s paperwork via email for you to review and sign. We will be able to finalise the Adoption once this paperwork is received and the Adoption fee has been paid.
The paperwork consists of a Medical Summary, Adoption Form, and PetPlan Terms for your free one month of insurance cover. During your Adoption appointment we will talk through this paperwork and discuss settling your new friend into their home. We’ll ask you to send written confirmation that you are happy with the paperwork and pay the adoption fee by card payment over the phone.
There will also be options to purchase supplies, join our membership scheme and make a donation. We are unable to take any other method of payment at this time. Once this is complete we will arrange for our driver to bring your new cat to your home.
Adoption fees are £85 for cats under 12 years and £75 for cats over 12 years
We will arrange times to catch up with you to see how your cat is getting on in their new home and provide any advice you may need. This starts from the day the cat is delivered and we will check in with you at 3, 7 and 21 days from their arrival. At the end of the 21 days we will no longer contact you for updates, but our help doesn’t end there. We’re only ever a phone call away, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for any advice you might need! You may also like to consider signing up to our Membership scheme which gives you access to the Vetfone line, and we may ask if you would be willing to participate in homing success stories articles.
Have a look at our cats for adoption below.