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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’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.     

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 Please check a route planner for travel time as we are unable to transport a cat for more than 60 minutes.

  • 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 ask you to complete a short form to provide some further information.  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 final questions and share some Cats Protection recommendations.  At this stage 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 £75, usually 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.  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

Please scroll down to see the list of cats in our care.

Before any cat in our care is rehomed it has been examined by a veterinary surgeon, been vaccinated against flu and enteritis, treated against fleas, roundworm and tapeworm and any sick cats have been blood tested for FIV and FeLV.

If the cat has not been neutered before its time in our care, we will ensure this is done before rehoming and is also microchipped.

Please use the cat enquiry for to register your interest in a cat, but remember that our Branch is run by volunteers who often have full-time jobs. Your enquiry will be passed on to our Homing Volunteer who will contact you as soon as possible.

Cats Protection asks adopters for a fee when rehoming a cat. If you feel able to make a donation on top of the fee that would, of course, be gratefully received. We know times are hard so thank you for your decision to rehome a CP cat! On average, each cat can cost the branch more than £350 before it is ready for rehoming.

Click here for details on cat care

NEW CHANGES FOR HOMING IF YOU ARE RENTING - on the homing visit please can you now make sure you have a copy of your landlords written permission for you to have cats in the property.  This is from January 2010 a legal requirement before homing a cat/kitten from Cats Protection.

We often have sick or elderly cats that we find stay with us a for a long time, and we still need to find these dear cats a loving new home, so if you feel you are able to offer one of our elderly cats and sick cats a new home please do get in touch with us and we can make arrangements for them to be viewed virtually.

Don't forget to check the following pages for other cats that we have available...

Home from Home Cats... Click here
Cats requiring special homes... Click here