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Rehoming and Admissions now re-opening

07 July 2020

The last few months have been some of the most challenging for the branch and we have had to cease most of our active work to protect the cats in our care, the public and our volunteers. As the end of the lockdown comes into sight we have been working tirelessly to review our procedures to ensure that we can operate safely and within the guidance and the laws that govern our work.

To that end we are pleased to announce that we have restarted our rehoming activities beginning with cats in our care. We have some lovely cats that are desperate for some great homes and you will be able to read all about them on our page and our website.

Please note that admissions currently still have to be approved through the main contact centre on 08000 121212 and our TNR activities have not resumed yet.

To ensure the continuing safety of the cats in our care, volunteers and the adopters we have had to review the guidance and law relating to the new Covid-19 measures and have changed the way we rehome our cats in line with them.

The process, the key points of which are outlined below may take slightly longer to rehome our cats but provides the benefit of protecting all involved.

1) Our adoption fee has risen to £65 - however included in this fee is neutering, up-to-date vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, health checks, microchipping and a new cat carrier. All of this carried out independently would cost well over £100.

2) All our cats will now be delivered directly to the adopter by one of our volunteers where they will leave the cat in the carrier for you to take in.

3) All our paperwork will need to be completed electronically or by post.

4) Payment of the adoption fee must be now made via bank transfer (no cash or cheques at this time).

5) A virtual meeting with the cat you wish to adopt will be carried out with the fosterer who will be able to give you an idea of the cats behaviour and likes and dislikes. (Unfortunately as we are volunteer run no visits can be made to the fosterers homes as this is currently in breach of government rules.)

6) A homecheck will still be carried out virtually via an interview with a volunteer.

7) We will also provide regular check ups to ensure everything is ok in the new home

These additional changes will help us to ensure that the volunteers, cats and adopters remain safe and socially distanced in-line with the law and the cat finds a suitable furever home.

We will continue to monitor the changes in the rules and as they change we may be able to adjust our processes in line with that to simplify the adoption procedure.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time, and we would be grateful if you could share our homing appeals for the cats in our care as they have been with us for nearly four months, and we would love to see them in their furever homes.

https://www.cats.org.uk/coleraine/adopt-a-cat