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Looking to adopt a cat during the coronavirus crisis?

While we’ve had to put most of our homing of cats on pause at the moment due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve been working on a hands-free homing approach for some of our centres.

We want to help as many cats as possible by freeing up space in our centres for emergency cases, as well as helping some of our cats who have been with us longer to find a lovely new home.

We're also keen to provide potential owners with their purrfect match.

Rest assured, we’ve put in extensive procedures to ensure carefully controlled rehoming without putting adoptees or our employees at risk of infection.

While we can’t guarantee you will be taking your cat home straight away, you’ll begin the adoption process in anticipation of your new arrival. 

Here's how to adopt a cat with Cats Protection during the coronavirus crisis.

1. Check if your local centre is currently taking part in hands-free homing

Currently, the Cats Protection centres taking part in the initiative are:

To find your nearest centre, type your postcode into our Find Us tool.  If you’re not near one of these centres, unfortunately you won’t currently be able to adopt a cat.

2. Enquire

Interested in offering a cat a permanent home? Take a look at your local centre’s website above for a list of cats that may be suitable. We’re always keen to ensure the right cat goes to the right home – our team may be able to advise on one that is right for you.

3. Reserve

If you’re an ideal match for the cat you’ve chosen, you’ll be contacted by our centre team via phone or email. You’ll be asked for the following:

  • proof of address
  • the consent of your landlord (if you’re living in rented accommodation)

Once this information is received, your cat will be reserved and you’ll book a further ‘adoption’ call.

4. Adopt

Once you’ve reserved your cat, you’ll be sent the paperwork via email to review and sign. This paperwork will include:

  • your cat’s medical summary
  • an adoption form
  • information from Petplan about your free four weeks of pet insurance cover

In your appointment call, you’ll have a chance to discuss everything you need to know about your new pet – from what they eat to the type of litter they prefer!

You’ll then need to pay your adoption fee, usually by card payment over the phone – you can find out how much this will be on your local centre’s website. Once this is finalised, the centre team will arrange a driver to safely bring your cat to your home.

5. Feel supported

We’re here to support you not only through the adoption process but as a new cat owner. You’ll receive a follow-up call or email around three, seven and 14 days after the adoption to check that your cat is settling in well. You’ll also find plenty of advice on our website at

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