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 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 [Input method of contact here]
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 [insert adoption fee], 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
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
If you are looking for your forever cat then please enquire directly to Cats Protection Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted web site, via our Facebook page; you can private message or call 0345 3711851
We have some wonderful fosterers who would be happy to look after any cat that needs to find a new home, but we are only able to take in cats for the spaces we have. Some of us have pens in the garden, so we have a few spaces, but other fosterers only have one spare room for foster cats.
The Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted branch covers the following postcodes : HP1, HP2 HP3 and HP4. Other Hertfordshire postcodes will be covered by a branch more local to your area. However should you see any cat or kitten that you would like to adopt, please let us know but understand that you will have to arrange a home visit by your own branch of Cats Protection. We are in urgent need of volunteers. Our volunteers play an important part in and make a major contribution to the care of the cats in our area and the fund raising to help support this care.
We urgently need more volunteers
We provide a temporary home for unwanted cats; some are strays but most come to us because their owners can no longer look after them, they may have moved, been admitted to hospital or passed away. Many are very distressed at giving up their pets and we do our utmost to ensure that we find the best home for them.
There are now 2.5 million stray cats in the UK so we endeavour to encourage the neutering of all cats and kittens by education and assistance with the cost for owners on low incomes.
We trap feral cats in their colonies, neuter and return them; we continue to monitor their health and ensure that they are fed every day.
We provide educational material to assist owners with many common problems from moving house to looking after diabetic cats. Leaflets on these and many other subjects can be downloaded from Cats Protection's National website www.cats.org.uk/cat-care.
We depend on the dedication of our many volunteers to help us achieve all of this and more. If you have some time and want to know more do please Contact Us
Recently retired or have some spare time?
Kids just started school? Wondering what you're going to do with your time now?
We always need more volunteers
Can you do a regular half-day week? Or would you like to be in a pool of people we can call on when our regulars can't make it?
If you can help in ANY way we would love to hear from you;
You can help provide homeless cats and kittens with real and practical support.
We'd love to hear from you if you have room in your garden for a cat pen and would like to foster some cats. If you have spare time to feed and chat to the cats, please email Debbie who will clarify everything.
Our pens are used to temporarily home cats that come to us, through no fault of their own, strays looking for foster homes, long term cats or ferals as well as cats that people hand in to us because they can't keep them any more e.g. have become allergic to them; had to move to different accommodation where they can't have pets; divorce; made homeless; the cat being bullied by another one in the household etc. etc. It's not like a real home with their own person/dedicated slave, but a temporary refuge until the right person comes along to offer them a permanent home.
Perhaps you are able to give a cat a new home? We have several at the moment – search through the cats that are currently available and see who is available for re-homing, bear in mind that we carry out home visits prior to rehoming.