Adopt a cat
A guide to our new hands-free homing process - our homing process has changed in line with Government and DEFRA guidelines
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 to take in emergency cases.
We have put in extensive procedures to make sure that our homing process is in line with current government guidance, without putting adoptees or our volunteers at risk.
Here is our guide to adopting a cat using hands-free homing
Check you are within a reasonable distance of your chosen branch. You can find your nearest branch by typing in your postcode at www.cats.org.uk/find-us. Please check a route planner for travel time as we are unable to transport a cat for more than 60 minutes.
Enquire. If you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in homing, send an enquiry through using our form. Please ensure that you complete the form fully as this gives us the initial information on which we decide whether to progress your application. Please note that we are all volunteers so cannot always give an immediate response. If you have not heard anything within 2 weeks then please do contact us again.
Infomation gathering. If your initial enquiry is suitable for the cat in question we will contact you to request photos or a video of your home and garden - just the areas that the cat would have access to.
Sharing information. We will then arrange a call with you to share more information about the cat, ask some final questions and share some Cats Protection recommendations.
Reserve your cat. If you’re found to be a match for your chosen cat, you’ll be contacted 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 £80, by bank transfer
Bringing your cat home. Once this is finalised, we’ll arrange for a driver to bring your cat safely to your home. Social distancing measures, as per Government guidelines, will need to be observed.
Be supported. You’ll receive a follow-up call or email around three, seven 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.
Please scroll down to see the list of cats in our care.
Before any cat in our care is rehomed it has been examined by a veterinary surgeon, been vaccinated against flu and enteritis, treated against fleas, roundworm and tapeworm and any sick cats have been blood tested for FIV and FeLV.
If the cat has not been neutered before its time in our care, we will ensure this is done before rehoming and is also microchipped.
Please use the cat enquiry for to register your interest in a cat, but remember that our Branch is run by volunteers who often have full-time jobs. Your enquiry will be passed on to our Homing Volunteer who will contact you as soon as possible.
Cats Protection asks adopters for a fee when rehoming a cat. If you feel able to make a donation on top of the fee that would, of course, be gratefully received. We know times are hard so thank you for your decision to rehome a CP cat! On average, each cat can cost the branch more than £350 before it is ready for rehoming.