Adopt a cat

HANDS FREE REHOMING - our homing process has changed in line with Government and DEFRA guidelines.  
A guide to our new hands-free homing process
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 homing, send an enquiry through using our form.  Please ensure that you complete the form fully as this gives us the initial information on which we decide whether to progress your application.

  • Information gathering. If your initial enquiry is suitable for the cat in question we will then contact you to request photos or a video of your home and garden - just the areas that the cat would have access to.

  • Sharing information. We will then arrange a call with you to share more information about the cat, ask some  questions and share some Cats Protection recommendations.  You may also speak with the cat’s fosterer so that they can ask any specific questions relative to the needs of their foster cat.

  • 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 of £60,  by bank transfer if possible.

  • Bringing your cat home. Once this is finalised, we’ll arrange for a driver to bring your cat safely to your home.  Social distancing measures as per Government guidelines, will need to be observed.

  • 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


NB  Once we have had several enquiries about a cat it will be marked 'reserved' while we contact prospective adopters.  If we have lots of enquiries we may not be able to answer you all - please bear with us in these strange times!

All of the cats in our care will have been checked by a vet, treated for fleas and worms,and had at least their first vaccinations against flu and leukemia.  All cats will also be microchipped, and neutered if they are old enough.  All this plus the cost of food and litter can run into three figures by the time they reach their new home - more if they need any veterinary treatment.  We ask for an adoption fee of £60 for a cat or kitten - if you wish to make a donation over and above that amount then it will be very gratefully received!   Please note we currently prefer bank transfer if possible. Our cats also come with Petplan insurance cover for 4 weeks from the adoption date.


NB.  WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ANY KITTENS

If you are ready to adopt a cat, please get in touch at adoption@basingstoke.cats.org.uk or call on 01256 584544.  We would prefer an email if possible.