Hands Free Homing

Our adoption fee is currently a minimum donation of £75 per cat (6 months>), and currently there is an additional £20 charge for kittens (<6 months, £95 per kitten).

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate visits to our kittens, are they are in the care of unpaid foster volunteers in their own private homes. We can however provide photos, videos and have their foster carers talk you through their personalities in detail. Some of our volunteers may be able to accommodate virtual video meetings, if desired. 

This fee includes:

  • Vet-check

  • Neutered (or if too young, fully funded free neutering at any vets participating in the Cats Protection neutering scheme) 

  • Microchip

  • Flea and Worm Treated (plus a free flea/worm spot on treatment home with them for their next due dose)

  • At least one vaccination (we cover the cost of 2nd if our vets are used).

  • Delivery to your door anywhere within Northern Ireland (so you can apply to adopt anywhere in NI!) 
  • FIV/FeLV Virus Testing 

  • 4 weeks free petplan insurance 

  • Box of their wet food, and bag of their dry food
  • Optional additional adoption package is available (while stock lasts*), which includes: litter tray, litter scoop, bag of wood pellet litter and food/water bowls. This package costs an additional adoption donation of £10 (or for those adopting a pair of cats/kittens, two adoption packages for only an additional £10 pounds).

This is excellent value for money - not to mention the ongoing heating, feeding, and veterinary treatment costs that we cover whilst a cat or kitten is in our care.

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.

Distance from North Antrim and Glens will not have an effect on your chances when applying for adoption - we are happy to travel for the perfect home (though we cannot rehome outside of Northern Ireland).

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

· Enquire.If you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in homing, send an enquiry through to adoption@northantrimandglens.cats.org.uk. If you are sending in a general enquiry, you do not have to specify a particular cat (please note we may not be accepting general applications for kittens during periods of high demand) 

· If you’re found to be a match for your chosen cat/a cat in our care, you’ll be contacted via phone and email. You may be asked for further details, proof of your address, consent of your landlord (if you live in a rented property) and some more specific home information.

We'll discuss this adoption process in more detail first and if you are happy with the process, we'll arrange for you to speak to the fosterer so you’ll have a chance to discuss everything you need to know about your cat. 

· Reserve. After your chat, if the cat is deemed a good match for you, you will be offered to place a 'reserve' on the cat. This is a commitment to proceed to adopt, and means that we will take no further
applications. You will have 48 hours to think and place this reserve - if we do not hear from you within 48 hours, if we have other suitable applications we will move on to another applicant. If you need more time for any reason, it may be possible to request a little more time - just please keep us in the loop! 

· Adopt. Once you have reserved your cat, you will submit any outstanding homecheck information and you’ll pay an adoption fee of £75/£95 per cat by bank transfer. There will be some paperwork to sign on the day of your adoption. Again please note we do need to hear from you within 48 hours of confirming reservation, or we will drop your reservation (it's ok to take a little time to get homecheck items together! just please talk to us. We unfortunately do get ghosted occasionally, so we must move on if we have no further contact.) 

· Bringing your cat home. Once this is finalised, we’ll arrange for a volunteer driver to bring your cat safely to your home. You will be provided with full advice on how to settle your new cat/kitten in. If you have any PPE preferences, please do let us know beforehand. 

· Be supported. You’ll receive a follow-up call or email around 3, 7 and 21 days after the adoption to check that your new arrival is settled in. You will also recieve a neutering reminded if applicable when your new kitten is 4 months of age - neutering is a requirement as part of your adoption agreement, and we will need proof of neutering. You can also find help and advice on the Cats Protection website at www.cats.org.uk/advice

If you have any concerns around COVID-19 and would prefer a full PPE delivery of your new kittens/cats home to you, please let our adoption team know before arranging delivery.