Since opening in 2016 we have seen 211 cats come through our Taunton Homing Centre - all going to loving new homes. Being one of Cats Protection's 3 main aims the homing of our cats in care is our upmost importance and so we are streamlining our process to ensure cats are not spending longer in care than absolutely necessary.
Cats are great animals to have at home and bring lots of character and entertainment with them. All cats are very different to one another and whereas one cat may love children and other pets, some prefer to be solitary and live alone in a quieter home with a single human companion.
Our Taunton homing centre is a small centre with only 5 pens, we try to have a range of cats for adoption so we can suit the need of everyone who walks through the door. As you can imagine this is not always the case but by having a quick turn around it isn't long before we can accomodate an adopter or point them in the direction of a centre or branch who can.
We work closely with the Exeter Adoption Centre where the cats that are here for homing are originally accepted into.
A cat coming in to the centre at Axhayes will be fully vet checked and any previous vet history looked into, once neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated they can be moved to our homing wing or brought up to Taunton HIC where potential adopters can meet them. Some cats can stay in care for a few months with ongoing medical issues whereas some come in neutered and can be ready to go as soon as they have had a once over from the vet. Once in our homing wing/Taunton centre cats can take anything from 5 minutes to 3 months to find their forever home but all the while receiving cuddles from our cat socialising volunteers.
Difficult to home cats can spend longer in the centre as they are looking for a special kind of home. A cat that has been admitted with over grooming signs from stress of living with another animal would be best suited to a home on its own – to home this cat with other pets would be against the welfare needs of this cat and it is likely to return to the centre. We want to minimise chance of cats returning to care and so we take pride in finding the right cat for the right home.
If you are looking for a feline companion for your home please visit our adopt a cat page.