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 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

Enquire. If you've found a cat on our website that you're interested in homing, send an enquiry by email.

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 ave 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 £70 usually 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


Your well-being and the well-being of cats in our care is the most important thing to us. These are extremely difficult times and that means that some very difficult decisions have to be made. We need to look after our people and the cats they care for. We are ceasing activities for Cats Protection volunteers that bring them in contact with others with immediate effect and follow the government guidelines about social distancing.
We are postponing all face to face events and fundraising events.
We will not be taking in any cats during this difficult time unless an absolute emergency and therefore, no homings will be carried out until further notice.
As we hope you will understand, we are taking these measures in response to an extremely difficult situation and are monitoring developments on a daily basis. In making these decisions, our concern, as always, is for the welfare of the cats in our care and for the welfare of our people and members of the public who have dealings with the Charity. Thank you so much for your continuing support and dedication in these difficult times.

If you are interested in homing a cat or kitten from us please email us to arrange a home visit.  We will visit you at home and find out what your specific requirements are and how we can best suit your needs.

If you have looked at the photos of cats that are currently up for adoption, please be aware that they may have been homed before we visit you. We will keep this section as up to date as possible so as to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ALWAYS HAVE A LIST OF CATS AWAITING NEW HOMES BUT CURRENTLY NOT IN CARE.

We add initials to the names of the cats for our reference but as a guide, the ones with tree names in brackets after their names are currently in care, the ones with TCI means to come into care at a future date and DH means a direct homing from their current homes. This is done to cause less disruption for the cats and may enable them to be rehomed quicker rather than waiting until in our care which can sometimes be several days/weeks until they arrive with us. Hope this helps when you are looking to rehome a new cat/kitten. If you enquire about the TCI cats we will put you in touch with the current owner who will have more information than we do.  The DH (Direct homing) cats will be homed directly from the current owner so we take no responsibility for the outcome of these homings. CP are not responsible for the vaccination or veterinary treatment for these direct homed cats.

If you would like our help to rehome your cat it would help if they are neutered already. We will not prioritise cats that are NOT neutered.
All our cats/kittens that come into our care are fully vaccinated and identichipped before being re-homed to their new owners. Unless a kitten, all our feline friends will be either neutered or speyed too.

Cats Protection ask adopters for a fee of £7when rehoming a cat.

If you feel able to make a donation on top of the fee that would, of course, be gratefully received. We know times are hard so thank you for your decision to rehome a CP cat!

A receipt will be given for all donations received.
Thank-you for your interest.