Adopt a cat


Hands-free homing

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 in our centres to take in emergency cases.

We are taking some extra precautions at this time to try and ensure that we keep our visitors and Centre safe so that we can continue to care for cats. We are currently closed for public viewings, but we have adapted our adoption process to remove close contact between our staff, volunteers and customers.

We recently started a new hands free homing process and have put in extensive procedures to make sure that our homing process is in line with current government guidance, without putting adoptees or our employees at risk. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to adopt a cat straight away, you’ll begin the adoption process with us.  

If we receive a high number of enquiries for a particular cat we may remove them from the website in order for us to go through the enquiries.    

Please note that you will need access to a PC or laptop in order to complete the adoption paperwork, as certain forms cannot be completed on a tablet or mobile phone.  

Here is our guide to adopting a cat using hands-free homing

  • Check you are within a reasonable distance of your chosen centre. You can find your nearest centre 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.  Due to the high volume of enquiries we receive for each cat we kindly ask that you only complete a Contact Form if you meet the criteria for that particular cat i.e have direct back/front door access to a garden away from a main road for an outdoor cat, do not have other pets for cats that cannot live with other pets etc.    
  • Reserve your cat. If you’re found to be a match for your chosen cat, you’ll be contacted by our team 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 £75 for a single cat or £110 for a pair by card payment over the phone
  • 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 3, 7 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