Adopting a cat from us
Due to the developing situation with COVID-19 we are taking some extra precautions at this time to try and ensure that we keep our visitors and Centre safe so we can continue to care for cats. The Centre is currently closed; no viewings, adoptions or admissions are being carried out.
If you would like any advice relating to Cats Protection and our Services please contact 03000 120 285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Response times might be slightly longer than usual.
As this situation is a rapidly changing one we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur, thank you for your patience at this time.
What is cat adoption?
Adoption means you are offering a cat or kitten a permanent home in your house. When you adopt a cat or kitten you become its owner, and you are responsible for keeping them happy and healthy. To see just how easy it is to adopt a cat from us, click here to watch a short video outlining the adoption process.
How do I find a cat to adopt?
If you are interested in adopting a cat you can either visit our centre during our opening hours to meet cats who are looking for homes, or you can view their details online. If one cat in particular catches your eye, you can complete a contact form beneath their details to find out more about them.
How do I choose the right cat for my home and lifestyle?
Whether you inquire about a cat by visiting the centre or via our website you will need to complete a Homefinder form. The information you provide will help us select a cat or kitten that is suitable for you and your home. The answers you give on the Homefinder form will not exclude you from adopting - they will just help us to facilitate the matching process. We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, including some suitable for indoor only homes - perfect for cat-lovers who don't have a garden. Our staff will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.
Can I reserve a cat?
If you have lost your heart to one of our cats who is looking for a new home, and you don't want them to get snapped up by someone else, you can ask to reserve a cat. Once we have received a completed Homefinder form from you and we have matched you to a suitable cat based on your requirements, you can reserve the cat for a £5 fee. You can do this by phone or in person. This reservation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and it goes directly to us to help look after the cats in our care. The reservation fee can be paid by cash, cheque or card. Some cats can often be in their new homes the same day that they are reserved, however if you need more time - for example to get things ready at home for your new furry friend - then the cat can be held exclusively for you for 2 days. If you change your mind about the cat you have reserved, that isn't a problem, but please do call to let us know so that the cat can be seen by other people looking to adopt. Please make sure you are ready to adopt before coming to visit the cats in the centre or reserving one of them.
What does the adoption process involve?
Depending on your circumstances, the cat’s needs, and your Homefinder form, we may ask to visit your home prior to the adoption. We always ask for new potential owners to meet the cat at the centre before adopting them, preferably with everyone who will be living in the same household. When you arrive we will introduce you to the cat and allow you time to get to know him or her. Often it is love at first sight, but if not- don't worry! It's perfectly natural to want to make sure the cat is right for you so if you change your mind just let us know. We may have other suitable cats for you to meet on the same day you visit the centre.
Once you have selected your cat or kitten, the adoption process usually takes around 30-45 minutes to complete, depending upon how much time you spend meeting your new cat, and how many questions you may have. Feel free to ask us anything. After signing the paperwork and paying the adoption fee, you will then be the proud owner of your new furry friend!
How much does it cost to adopt a cat?
When you adopt a cat, you will have to pay an adoption fee of £75 per cat. Why? As a charity, it costs us around £300 to look after each cat in our care, so the fee we ask you to pay goes towards funding our work in helping cats. We don't receive any government funding and we rely solely on compassionate people like you to continue our hard work. All of our cats are health checked by a vet, vaccinated, neutered (if old enough), microchipped, and given flea and worming treatment.
The adoption fee can be paid by cash, cheque or card. We always appreciate any financial donations, no matter how small, so if you are able to, you can make an additional charitable payment with your adoption fee. This money will help support the costs of caring for your cat and others in our care who are searching for new homes.
What must I bring when coming to the centre to adopt a cat or kitten?
You will need to bring:
* Proof of address, such as a recent utility bill or driving licence
* Evidence of your landlord’s permission for you to keep a cat, if you live in rented accomodation
* Proof of age, if you look young! (The minimum age you need to be in order to adopt a cat or kitten is 18 years old)
* A cat carrier. These can be purchased at the centre; we have new and sometimes second-hand carriers available for purchase. Cardboard carriers or boxes are not suitable.
* Two blankets or towels: one to put inside the carrier plus another to place over it. This will help to keep your new cat calm whilst travelling home.
Do I need to do anything else before I take my new cat or kitten home?
As a minimum, your cat will need: a food and water bowl, food, a litter tray and litter - all of which can be purchased from us. We also sell scratching posts, beds, toys, grooming products, and the all important poop scoop! All profits made in our shop go back to helping even more cats that come into our care.
You can read more about preparing your home for your new furry family member here.