Adoption Process

We're delighted to hear that you're interested in giving a new, loving home to one of our cats or kittens!

Please read through our Adoption Procedure below, as well as the Other Points to Note:

Adoption Procedure Step 1: Living in rented property?
We require written permission from the landlord to keep a cat. This must be sought prior to enquiring about adopting one of our cats. There is advice and help for tenants to speak to landlords to ask for permission. You can find out more by clicking on the link:

Adoption Procedure Step 2: Enquiry
Give us a call on 0345 260 2505 or drop us an email using the Contact Us form, telling us what type of cat you are looking for (or the name of a particular cat that you are interested in adopting). On receipt of your details, a Home Visitor will get back to you as soon as possible but usually within 3 working days to have a chat and discuss your requirements.

Adoption Procedure Step 3: Home visit
Not every cat will suit your specific environment. We carry out a home visit to ensure that we find a cat that fits your circumstances. Home visits are also a chance for you to ask questions and discuss the ins and outs of homing a CP cat. You will generally need to live within our catchment area, which is postcodes MK40 to MK41 and SG15 to SG19.

Holidays - when carrying out your Home Visit, you will be asked if there are any changes within the next few months. This includes holidays. If you are planning on having a holiday within 3 months of the adoption, we would suggest that you contact the Branch after your return from holiday as any newly adopted pet will need a settling in period before being left in the care of someone they don't know or being taken to a cattery whilst you are away.

Easter, Christmas and New Year - these are normally times when more friends and family members visit, and we would suggest that during these busier times that adoptions do not take place if you are expecting several visitors. It can be stressful for any new pet going into a new environment at any time of year, but this time of year is particularly stressful if there are more people within the home than they are used to.

Adoption Procedure Step 4: The right cat or kitten for you
Once you've had your home visit, your Home Visitor will run through the details of any suitable cat(s) and, if you want to meet them, will ask the fosterer to contact you to arrange a viewing.

Adoption Procedure Step 5: Taking home your new family member
Once you've met and chosen your catyou may be able to take them home the same! We neuter, vaccinate (against cat flu, Enteritis, leukaemia etc.), microchip, worm, de-flea and vet check every cat that we rehome. Every cat or kitten adopted also comes with 4 weeks' free pet insurance.

Adoption Procedure Step 6: Adoption Fee
We do everything we can to ensure that every cat in our care receives only the very best standards of love and care whilst they are with us. While the love and attention they get comes free, other aspects such as veterinary treatment, neutering, vaccinating, Microchipping, food and litter have to be paid for – the average cost of a cat during its time in our care is about £180. That is why we ask for an adoption fee of £65 which allows us to carry on helping more and more cats that desperately need us.

Adoption Procedure Step 7: Donations
If you are able to give us a donation on top of paying the fee, then this will help towards the care and treatment of the next cat we take into our care. A donation also helps us to claim back Gift Aid. This means we are able to help neglected, unwanted, lost or stray cats in North Bedfordshire for the future.

Adoption Procedure Step 8: Advice and support
We provide support and advice even after adoption. You will have the contact details of the fosterer and will be able to contact them should you have any queries or require advice and guidance.

Other Points to Note

Adopting a kitten
Please note that we do not normally rehome kittens to families with children under 5 years old. Also, when adopting a kitten from Cats Protection you must agree to get the kitten neutered at between 4 and 6 months of age. If you or your family are out at work all day, we would prefer you to adopt a pair of kittens (not a single one) or a slightly older kitten / adult cat or pair of cats.

Busy roads & Railways
It's our policy not to place our cats or kittens in homes which are near busy / main roads or railways.

Our catchment area
To adopt from our Branch, you will generally need to live within our catchment area, which is postcodes MK40 to MK41 and SG15 to SG19. If you live outside this area and are interested in a specific cat, please give us a call so we can arrange a home visit by your local branch or visit the main Cats Protection website for further information.

Our branch closes our books to any new adoptions after 30th November. This will allow our homing teams to complete home visits, and possible adoptions before 10th December. This then allows any homed cats a reasonable amount of time to settle into their new homes before the madness of Christmas arrives. We reopen to adoptions in the New Year