04 June 2020
In selected Cats Protection centres, during the lockdown restrictions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are trialling a new hands-free homing approach for some of our cats. We are delighted to be offering this here at Warrington! This is to ensure that we can continue to help as many cats as possible at this time by matching them with their perfect family and freeing up more space in our centres. If you’re interested in adopting a cat from us please take a look at the specific personalities and requirements of each of our cats. Any cats and kittens available for re-homing will be posted on our website at www.cats.org.uk/warrington/adopt-a-cat
you can register your interest in a specific cat by clicking on the "contact us about this cat" button on their profile page. Please be aware we may receive multiple enquiries about the cats so not all enquiries will lead to a successful adoption. We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, we will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.Please note:
We have in place extensive procedures that are enabling carefully controlled rehoming without putting people at risk of infection, and without a negative impact on cat welfare. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to adopt a cat at this time but we will be ensuring that all our cats are matched with potential owners who are able to provide the environment and lifestyle required by each cat’s individual needs.
How to adopt
We are delighted to announce that we are piloting a new, Hands Free adoption process so that we can continue to rehome cats in our care.
Any cats and kittens available for re-homing will be posted on our website at www.cats.org.uk/warrington/adopt-a-cat you can register your interest in a specific cat by clicking on the "contact us about this cat" button on their profile page. Please be aware we may receive multiple enquiries about the cats so not all enquiries will lead to a successful adoption. We will send you pictures and videos of the cat you are interested in. This will allow our adopters to get a better idea of the cat’s personality. Adopt with Confidence, our usual policy of openness and honesty still stands – we’ll ensure you’re aware of any medical or behavioural concerns, and we will carefully assess each and every match before deciding whether the home is suitable.
If we think you’re a match, we’ll give you a call or email you to discuss the cat and potentially reserve them for you! At this stage we will ask for proof of your address and landlord consent (if applicable). At the point of reservation we’ll arrange for an Adoption Appointment via the telephone or WhatsApp where you’ll be provided with full information about the cat.
Once the reservation has been placed, we’ll send you the cat’s paperwork via email for you to review and sign. We will be able to finalise the Adoption once this paperwork is received.
The paperwork consists of a Medical Summary, Adoption Form, and PetPlan Terms for your free one month of insurance cover. We’ll ask you to send back the signed forms with your proof of address and landlord consent. There will also be options to purchase supplies, join our membership scheme and make a donation.
When collecting a cat from the centre, please drive into the carpark and at the main front doors there are two disabled bays. We ask that you park your car in one of the bays provided and call us on 07557486314 to let us know you have arrived we will then take the £85 adoption fee by card payment over the phone. We are unable to take any other method of payment at this time. We will then bring your new cat out in a carrier and place them on the table by the front door. Once we have moved away, you would then be able to come forward and collect the basket from the table to take them home.
We will arrange times to catch up with you to see how your cat is getting on in their new home and provide any advice you may need. This starts from the day the cat is delivered and we will check in with you at 3, 7 and 21 days from their arrival. At the end of the 21 days we will no longer contact you for updates, but our help doesn’t end there. We’re only ever a phone call away, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for any advice you might need! You may also like to consider signing up to our Membership scheme which gives you access to the Vetfone line, and we may ask if you would be willing to participate in homing success stories articles.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will you be maintaining social distancing and minimising risk to customers and drivers?
Our team always wear aprons and gloves when handling cats, but we will now also use disposable gloves when touching carriers. We will put on a fresh pair of gloves to carry your cat to the door. We suggest that you wash your hands once you have set the cat up in its safe room at home.
- What happens if I change my mind?
Your reservation is not binding, so you can cancel any time up until the completion of the adoption paperwork. As our team are working hard to facilitate a number of enquiries, we’d be grateful if you could carefully consider the commitment of adopting a cat before reserving.
Once you adopt the cat, you take full responsibility for their care.
If you feel that they are not settling in well we ask that you give it some time and follow the settling in guidance provided. You can also discuss any concerns you may have during the pre-arranged follow up calls.
If after this you feel that the cat is not a good match for your home please contact us and we will arrange for the cat to be collected as soon as possible.
- What if my cat becomes unwell?
Vet practices have been advised to only see cats in emergency situations. Many practices are offering consultations by phone or video call but you may wish to find out your chosen vet’s current status before you adopt.
You may also like to consider signing up to our Membership scheme which gives you access to our Vetfone line.
- Why can’t I come to the centre and see the cats before I commit?
In line with the Government’s advice on the COVID-19 pandemic, our adoption process is entirely Hands Free.
- Why can’t you take my cat in if you’re rehoming cats?
Although we are piloting new ways of homing this may change at any time based on Government advice, risk to our staff and volunteers, and outcomes of the pilot. Unfortunately we can’t commit to taking more cats in until we have trialled this new procedure and are confident that it is sustainable. Our teams are in constant discussion on this matter and will make an announcement when the situation changes.