Adoption Procedure

A guide to our new hands-free homing process

We’re keen to help as many cats as possible, both during the current Covid-19 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 
  • Enquire. If you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in homing, send an enquiry through using our online form. Alternatively, leave a message on our answering service on 01738 7000 70 with your name and telephone number and one of our volunteers will call you back
  • 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 £85, usually by bank transfer. We neuter, vaccinate (against cat flu, feline infectious enteritis and feline leukaemia virus), microchip, worm, de-flea and health check every cat that we rehome and the adoption fee is to help cover the cost of doing so. If you feel able to give us more than the basic adoption fee then we will be able to treat the extra as a donation and can claim Gift Aid on the extra amount if you are a UK tax payer.
  • Bringing your cat home. Once this is finalised and we have received your signed paperwork and the adoption fee, 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 3, 7 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