Adoption fee

We do everything we can to ensure your future cat receives only the very best standards of love and care while they’re with us. While the love and attention they get is free, other aspects such as any veterinary treatment, neutering and microchipping has to be paid for. That’s why we ask all our adopters for a fee – it allows us to carry on helping more and more cats that desperately need our help.

It’s not just all the care our cats receive while they’re with us that makes coming to Cats Protection the best choice. We can offer you four weeks of free pet insurance through Petplan, the UK’s leading pet insurers, and provide support, help and guidance on getting your new cat settled in.

Choosing a Cats Protection cat is such a wonderful way of getting a pet and you really are helping us to give cats, many of which have been mistreated or simply abandoned, a loving new start in life.

Asking for a fee rather than a donation means we can make the money we receive go further, and all the other major animal welfare charities charge a fee, including the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and the Blue Cross. We can do this by claiming back the VAT on the costs we incurred getting your cat ready to be rehomed, this money then used by our branches and centres to further their cat welfare work. Of course, should you feel able to make a donation in addition to the adoption fee it would be gratefully received, and would allow us to claim back Gift Aid as well.

Fees will vary depending on the sort of cat you have chosen to rehome from us. There will also be some differences in the fee from branch to branch and centre to centre. This is because some branches have to pay more for veterinary treatment than others, and may have higher costs when looking after cats.

What will be the same across all branches is the dedicated love, care and attention that we devote to cats to make them ready for a loving new forever home. Every cat from every branch and centre will have received a health check, flea, roundworm and tapeworm treatments and at least one vaccination against cat flu and enteritis. They will also have been neutered if relevant. Your fee doesn’t cover all these costs, but it will certainly help us towards paying them!

All this means we can help cat after cat in the future. We know times can often be hard, so thank you again for your decision to take on a Cats Protection cat!