Adopt a cat

We’re passionate about finding loving, lasting homes for the cats in our care. During the process of adopting a cat from Northampton, we’ll consider everything from your potential pet’s personality and how this fits with your lifestyle, to your home environment – creating the perfect match for both cat and owner and the start of a wonderful feline friendship.

During lockdown, we introduced hands-free homing, which has been successful in finding many of our cats and kittens great new owners. We are now able to offer viewings prior to adoption, but this is subject to the availability of our volunteer fosterers. After reading the important information below, if you are interested in any of the cats that are ready for adoption from the Northampton Branch, please get in touch. 

You can find out more about rehoming and why to adopt from Cats Protection here.

Follow these steps in order to adopt a cat or kitten from Northampton Cats Protection:

Step 1 – Choose a cat from those pictured below.
Make sure that you read the information about the cat carefully as some cats can live with young children or dogs and some cannot. If you don’t see the correct cat for you and your family, use one of the variety of methods in Step 2 to get in touch with us as we may be able to help you.

Step 2 - Get in touch with us

If you have chosen a cat from the website then complete the Contact us about this cat form next to the cat’s profile. Please include as much detail as you can. If you want to make a general enquiry about cats that we have available for adoption either ring 0344 700 3251 or complete the Contact us form on the last tab of the website or send an email to adoption@northampton.cats.org.uk again giving as much information as possible.

If you are interested in being added to the kitten waiting list
do please get in touch using one of the methods above.

Step 3 – Discussion with the Adoption Team

You will be contacted by a member of our adoption team either by email or phone. They will discuss various aspects of adopting with you. It is important at this stage for us to ensure that the cat is compatible with the home you are offering. All cats have their own specific personality. Some cats prefer not to be around other animals. Some cats are more suitable for single people or a quiet couple rather than a busy household with lots of small children. Some cats particularly like to be with teenage children, and so on. If your chosen cat is not suitable, with your permission, we will endeavour to find a cat that is.

Step 3 - View the cats

Once the formalities have been completed the adoption team will arrange for the relevant fosterer to ring you. You will then speak with the fosterer directly about the cat’s personality and you will be invited to visit. Some adoptions take place on the day of the visit and some occur a couple of days later.

Step 4 - Adoption day

When the fosterer rings they will arrange a convenient date and time for you to go along to visit and possibly collect the cat. Your new cat will have been vet checked, micro-chipped, neutered, vaccinated, wormed and given a flea treatment. For kittens too young or small to neuter before they leave us we provide a neutering voucher to cover the cost.Some cats and kittens will need to return to the same vet in Northampton for part two of their vaccination. We ask for an adoption fee to go towards our costs. At the Northampton branch of Cats Protection we ask for £75.00 for a cat aged over 6 months and £95 for a kitten. It is important to ensure that you are prepared for your cat/kitten's arrival prior to this day (eg food/bedding/pet carrier/time for your new pet).

Step 5 - Advice and support

You’ll receive a follow-up call or email a week or so 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 If you have any queries after taking your cat home your first point of contact should be the fosterer, but if you are unable to contact the fosterer, you can contact the Adoption Team. We are here to help your cat to settle happily into its new home although please bear in mind that we are all volunteers and so will get back to you as soon as possible if you need to leave a message.

Could you be a Cats Protection volunteer? Do check out our volunteering page to see if you could help. We are a very friendly, welcoming group and there's a wide variety of roles available, many of which can be done from home.

If you would like any advice relating to Cats Protection and our Services please contact 0344 7003251 or email enquiries@northampton.cats.org.uk Please provide your full name, phone number and, if possible, an email address.

If you need to relinquish a cat or kitten please call 0344 7003251 or email enquiries@northampton.cats.org.uk

Click here to see some reasons why adopting an older cat can be so rewarding.