Adopt a cat
Could you provide a cat or kitten in West Norfolk their new forever home?
We’re passionate about finding loving, lasting homes for the cats in our care. During the process of adopting a cat from Downham Market Adoption Centre, we’ll consider everything from your potential pet’s personality and how this fits with your lifestyle, to your home environment – creating the perfect match for both cat and owner and the start of a wonderful feline friendship.
During lockdown, we introduced hands-free homing, which has been successful in finding many of our cats and kittens brilliant new owners. We’re continuing to rehome our cats virtually, however are now also offering visits in Downham Market by appointment, so you have the opportunity to meet your moggy match. If you are interested in any of the cats available for adoption from Downham Market Adoption Centre, please enquire via their listing below or call us on: 01366 382311. You can find out more about rehoming and why to adopt from Cats Protection here.
Please note: to meet any of the cats at Downham Market Adoption Centre, you must have a pre-booked appointment with us.
KITTEN MATCHING SERVICE
If you are looking to specifically adopt a kitten please contact us directly on 01366 382311 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for our Kitten Matching Service. Once we have matched you with a kitten, the process is followed from the Reserve section below. For adult cat adoptions please continue below.
If you are interested in offering a cat a permanent home and like the look of one of our cats, send us an enquiry through the website. You can view the cats we have available for adoption below. https://www.cats.org.uk/downhammarket/adopt-a-cat . We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, our staff will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.
Where houses are rented we will need to see a tenancy agreement/letter from your landlord confirming a cat/kitten is allowed in the premises and this would need to be presented before you can take a cat/kitten home & within our reserve period. Please note that some housing associations can take up to 3 weeks to get written permission to you.
WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF DISAPPOINTED ADOPTERS LET DOWN AFTER THEIR LANDLORDS/HOUSING ASSOCIATION FAILED TO GET THEIR PERMISSION TO THEM WITHIN THE RESERVE PERIOD AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO ADOPT THEIR CHOSEN CAT. THEREFORE WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO GET YOUR WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM YOUR LANDLORD OR HOUSING ASSOCIATION BEFORE MAKING AN ENQUIRY.
Once we have received your enquiry form, if we think you’re a match, we’ll give you a call or email you to discuss the cat. At this stage we will ask for proof of your address and landlord consent (if applicable). Once this has been received we can reserve the cat for you for up to 7 days and we’ll arrange an appointment for an adoption call where you’ll be provided with full information about the cat.
Optional viewing of your Reserved cat by appointment only
Once you have been matched with a cat via our website there will be the option to meet your reserved cat before the day of adoption by pre-arranged appointment. We have found during lockdown the cats welfare has benefitted by a quieter centre and this has reduced our cats’ stress levels, so we hope to continue this going forward only offering viewing appointments to meet your reserved cat. We would prefer if you could bring a facecovering for indoor settings.
Once the reservation has been placed, we’ll send you the cat’s paperwork via email for you to review and sign. We will be able to finalise the adoption once this paperwork is received and the Adoption fee has been paid.
The paperwork consists of a Medical Summary, Adoption Form, and PetPlan Terms for your free one month of insurance cover. During your Adoption appointment we will talk through this paperwork and discuss settling your new friend into their home. Arrangements will be made for you to pay the £80 adoption fee by card payment over the phone, preferably. There will also be options to purchase supplies, join our membership scheme and make a donation. Once this is complete, you will be able to collect your adopted cat from our centre at a pre-arranged day and time.
We will arrange times to catch up with you to see how your cat is getting on in their new home and provide any advice you may need. This starts from the day of adoption and we will check in with you around 7 and 21 days from their arrival. At the end of the 21 days we will no longer contact you for updates, but our help doesn’t end there. We’re only ever a phone call away, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for any advice you might need! You may also like to consider signing up to our Membership scheme which gives you access to the VetfoneTM line, and we may ask if you would be willing to participate in homing success stories articles.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will you be maintaining social distancing and minimising risk to customers and staff?
Our team will continue to use disposable gloves or sanitise when touching carriers and we will be maintaining social distancing within the centre, all our staff are continuing to wear a face covering beyond 19th July 2021. We would be very grateful if adopters would be willing to wear face coverings indoors. We suggest that you wash your hands once you have set the cat up in its safe room.
What happens if I change my mind?
Your reservation is not binding, so you can cancel any time up until the completion of the adoption paperwork. As our team are working hard to care for the cats and facilitate a number of enquiries, we’d be grateful if you could carefully consider the commitment of adopting a cat before reserving.
Once you adopt the cat, you take full responsibility for their care.
If you feel that they are not settling in well we ask that you give it some time and follow the settling in guidance provided. You can also discuss any concerns you may have during the pre-arranged follow up calls.
If after this you feel that the cat is not a good match for your home please contact us and we will arrange for the cat to be returned as soon as possible.
What if my cat becomes unwell?
In addition to signing up with your local vet you may also like to consider signing up to our Membership scheme which gives you access to VetfoneTM. Cats Protection strongly recommends pet insurance to cope with any unexpected or emergency veterinary bills.