Adoption Process - Hands Free Homing

Adoption Process - Hands Free Homing

A guide to our new hands-free homing process

We are 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 the branch region. During the Hands Free Homing process we are only able to home cats within the area of our Branch. This is because of the time it will take for each cat to be delivered safely and hygienically, one at a time, ensuring all government guidelines are met. We will not be able to meet halfway or at alternative addresses of the adoptee. We do apologise for any inconvenience on this. We cover the postcodes areas MK40 - MK45 and SG15 - SG19. If you are outside of this area you can find your nearest branch by typing in your postcode at 

Enquire. If you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in homing, send an enquiry by clicking on the enquiry form for the cat. We are only taking enquiries for the cats shown below.
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 or shared ownership 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 £75, 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.

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 can also find help and advice on the Cats Protection website at

Other Points to Note

Adopting a kitten
Please note that we do not normally rehome kittens to families with children under 5 years old. Most of our kittens are homed in pairs, with one of their litter mates. 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 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 need to live within our catchment area, which is postcodes MK40 to MK45 and SG15 to SG19. Due to the Hands Free Homing process we are currently unable to home cats outside of this area.

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.