Adopt a cat
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
Checkyou 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
All cats that come to us are assessed for their personality and sent to the Vet for a complete medical to ensure they're healthy. All cats will be micro-chipped and apart from kittens, will be neutered. Our home visitor will evaluate your needs and try to ensure that we find you your perfect partner. After all all we wish for is that you'll be together for a very long time!
Occasionally 'indoor' cats are available but the majority of our cats will need access to a garden after having been with you for about 4-6 weeks. We'd also prefer it that you are not on or near a main road.
Please note that we are usually only able to accept or home cats in our own area (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 and although we do work very closely with our neighbouring branches, we'd appreciate you contacting your local branch in the first instance.
In general we do not home kittens to families with young children, as kittens have needle-like teeth and claws and are liable to scratch and bite, especially when poked and prodded by little fingers! We DO however home adult cats to families with small children as adult cats will usually tolerate children quite happily.
We also do not home individual kittens to people who work full-time, as they require a lot of attention when they are tiny, and don't like to be left on their own. They could feel very insecure and frightened.
If you've never owned a cat before and are concerned about taking on a cat without any experience, we will be happy to give you as much advice and support as you need. After all, our primary aim is to match cats with people, and if you need help you'll find that we have lots of experience that we'll gladly pass on.
If you would like to give one of our cats a new home then phone us on 0345 371 1851. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can (you’ll appreciate it is very busy and we are all volunteers!).
Cats Protection asks adopters for a fee, currently £100, when re homing 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 re-home a CP cat!
This covers our costs of the cat being –
- Vet Checked on Admission
- Blood tested for FIV and FeLV viruses
- Flea treated and Wormed
- Micro chipped