Hands Free Homing Process
A guide to our hands-free homing process
We are keen to help as many cats as possible, both during the current crisis and beyond, in the safest way possible for both you and our volunteers.
We have put extensive procedures in place to make sure that our homing process is in line with current government guidance, without putting anyone at risk.
Here is our guide to adopting a cat using hands-free homing
- During this period, we can only home cats within 20 miles of the Branch. You can find your nearest branch by typing in your postcode at www.cats.org.uk/find-us
- Enquire. If you have found a cat on our website that you are interested in, please use the ‘Contact Us About This Cat’ button under their advert
- Cat Match. If you are found to be a match for your chosen cat, you will be contacted via phone or email. You may be asked for proof of your address; and we will need the consent of your landlord, if you live in a rented property. Unfortunately, due to lack of cats in the current climate, we are getting so many applications and therefore, can’t reply to everyone.
- Reservation. If you have been matched with your chosen cat, we will contact you to check if you want to reserve the cat. If we feel a virtual home visit is required, we will arrange a telephone appointment with a member of our team to find out any further details. We can also put you in touch with the fosterer direct, if you would like a chance to discuss anything more about your cat. We will arrange for the adoption paperwork to be sent for you to sign. The adoption fee of £60 will need to be paid, usually by bank transfer, you will have the option of giving an additional donation if you wish.
- Bringing your cat home. Once the payment and forms are received, we will arrange for a driver to bring your cat safely to your home, adhering to strict government guidance. The carrier will be yours to keep, or should you wish you can return it via the CP shop in the High Street once they reopen.
- Be supported. You will receive a follow-up call, text or email around 3, 7 and 21 days after the adoption to check that your new arrival has settled in. You can also find help and advice on the Cats Protection website at www.cats.org.uk/advice