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At the Cats Protection, we follow a policy of matching cats in our care to prospective adopters to ensure that they are placed in an environment which is suitable to their needs.


For this reason we cannot always guarantee that cats can be selected on a sight-only basis.  We try to make this process as straightforward as possible, and our friendly staff are always on hand to provide assistance with this. 

In order to keep our team, cats and supporters as safe as possible, we are currently operating a Hands Free Homing system. Please note that we are not able to receive visitors at the adoption centre until further notice.
 
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 in our centres 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 employees at risk. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to adopt a cat straight away, you’ll begin the adoption process with us.

Here is our guide to adopting a cat using hands-free homing:

  • Check you are within a reasonable distance of your chosen centre. You can find your nearest centre 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 form, or email tyneside@cats.org.uk.

     

  • Reserve your cat. If you’re found to be a match for your chosen cat, you’ll be contacted by our team 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 £70 for a cat, or £80 for a kitten. We ask that this could be made by card payment over the phone.

     

  • 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 14 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.