Adoption Procedure

During lockdown, we introduced hands-free homing, which has been successful in finding our cats and kittens brilliant new owners. We’re continuing to rehome our cats virtually, however we may be able to arrange moggy-matching meetings on a case-by-case basis by appointment only. 

Adopt with Confidence 

Our friendly team at the Isle of Wight Adoption Centre will help you choose a cat that is best suited to you, your lifestyle and your home. When you give a home to a cat or kitten from us, you can be assured that it has been vet-checked, neutered (if it is old enough), vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for fleas and worms.


Enquire

If you would like to offer a cat a forever home and are interested in one of our cats on the Adopt a Cat page, send us an enquiry through the website link on that cat's profile. You can also email us at isleofwight@cats.org.uk. We do have a range of cats in our care with differing needs and personalities, so if you're unsure, please do give us a call on 03000 120 251; our team will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so we can match the right cat to you and your home.

Reserve

If we think you’re a match to the cat you're interested in, 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 up to seven days and we’ll arrange for an adoption appointment call where you’ll be provided with full information about the cat. If you have plans such as moving house, a holiday or home improvements, please just apply for a cat when you're ready to adopt.

Adopt

If you wish to meet your moggy match, we will give you an appointment at our Centre in Ryde. We’ll send you the cat’s adoption paperwork via email for you to review and sign and return. 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 you through this paperwork and discuss settling your new friend into their home.

Our adoption fee is £65 per adult cat and £75 per kitten. Arrangements will be made for you to pay the adoption fee by card payment over the phone. Unfortunately we are unable to take any other method of payment at this time. 

There will also be options to purchase supplies, click here to see all the Cat Care essential items we sell at the Centre Merchandise Shop. Once this is complete, we’ll arrange for an adoption day when you can collect your adopted friend to take home.

Post Adoption Support

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 the cat is delivered and we will check in with you approximately 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!