Adopt a cat

A guide to our new hands-free homing process

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 the branch. If you are not in the Leicestershire area, you can find your nearest branch 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, please fill in the form below the cat, or send an email to welfare@leicester.cats.org.uk or ring 0116 416 1306
  • 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 £100 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
  • 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

All of our cats have been treated to our minimum veterinary standards. This means they have:

• Received a health-check from our veterinary surgeon
• Been vaccinated against flu, enteritis and FeLV
• Been micro-chipped
• Been treated against fleas, roundworm and tapeworm
• Neutered (if old enough, otherwise a voucher will be provided at the time of neutering)

Please note that we generally home cats to addresses in ‘LE’ postcode areas.

We do not list all of the cats and kittens that we are currently caring for on our website, so if you would like to offer a home, please ring 0116 416 1306 and we will be happy to advise you of who is ready and waiting to be adopted.

We ask adopters for a fee when rehoming a cat. This goes some way towards meeting the costs incurred in caring for and preparing a cat for his or her new home. If you are able to give a donation as well, we should be very grateful. For cats under 7 years the fee is £125, for cats 7-12 years the fee is £75, and for those over 12, the fee is £60.

Please also check our Direct Homing page as you may be able to find a suitable cat there.





Some of the cats in our care may not yet be on our website. If you are looking for a feline companion, please contact us on 0116 416 1306