Adopt a cat

A guide to our new hands-free homing process

Following successful trialling of hands free homing, we are now 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 adopters 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 by contact form or call our helpline on 01924 261524

· Connect. Our homing officer will initially contact you by your method of choice. She will then arrange to call you at a convenient time so that you can discuss everything you need to know about the cat and she will also ask you about your home, your family and your lifestyle, so that together you can be sure that this is the right cat for you. You may also be asked for proof of your address and the consent of your landlord (if you live in a rented property)

· Adopt. The homing officer will discuss the next steps with you and your options for a hands free collection from the fosterer or a delivery direct to your home. She will also discuss the necessary paperwork and payment of the adoption fee of £75, which covers neutering, vaccination, microchip, up to date flea & worm treatments, a month’s free insurance with Pet Plan and a cat carrier for the journey home, which is yours to keep.

· Supported. You’ll receive a follow-up call 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


Home to Home cats (H2H)

Sometimes people have to make the decision to rehome their cat, perhaps because of allergy or illness or because they are moving away and are unable to take their cat with them.  Unfortunately, we do not have the space to admit all such cats into our care, but if appropriate we will leave the cat with their owner and simply facilitate the rehoming by showing the cat on our website and forwarding any interest to the owner. It is then the owner's decision to invite the potential adopter to meet their cat and if both parties are happy, to arrange the transfer.  Our only stipulation is that all cats accepted for home to home, must first be neutered.  We can assist with this if necessary.

There is no charge for this service and no adoption fee, but if the relinquishing owner or the new owner (or both!) would like to make a donation to the branch that would be greatly appreciated.