The Cat Guardians service is free of charge. However, many people who register also choose to leave us a gift in their will, as a way of saying thank you for promising to make arrangements for the care of their feline friend. Gifts in wills are vital to the work of Cats Protection and any gift could make an incredible difference to the lives of the cats and kittens we help in future.
While we don’t have a formal limit on the number of cats we will take into our care, there are obvious difficulties in finding space at short notice for a large number of cats. If you have more than three cats, please get in touch to speak with us about your circumstances.
Once you have registered with our Cat Guardians service, we will promise to look after any cat(s) you may have when you pass away, not just the ones you have when you register. However, any updated information about your cats is always useful, as it ensures we can provide the best possible care for them when the time comes.
No, the service is available to anyone living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cats Protection has a network of more than 250 branches, 36 centres, which are spread far and wide across the United Kingdom, so you can be sure that wherever you live in the UK you can register with the service.
To ensure that we are contacted when you have both passed away, we would advise both partners to register to the Cat Guardians service. There is the option to add your partner’s details on our online registration form. When registering by post, this can either be done by adding both names to the same form or completing two separate forms.
Once you register with our Cats Guardians scheme you should let your family, friends, neighbours and the executors of your will know that you have made arrangements for Cats Protection to care for your cats in the event of your death.
Furthermore, we will provide you with a wallet card, which can be kept on you at all times, and a notification form, that can be kept with your personal documents. These items have all of our relevant contact details, and have space to put down information about your cats too.
We will also send you a window sticker and a key fob that alert people to the fact that you’re a cat owner, which could be useful in a variety of circumstances.
As soon as we are informed that someone who is registered with our Cat Guardians service has died, our support teams will liaise with our local staff and volunteers to make arrangements for the immediate care of the cats in question as a priority.
Once we have ensured that these arrangements for the immediate care of your cats are in place, we will speak to your nearest branch to see if they have the capacity to take the cat into their care. Due to the nature of our work, our smaller branches may not always have space free at such short notice but there will always be space for emergencies at our larger centres, which guarantees that we can always bring your cats into our care.
Once in our care, all cats will get a health check as well as vaccination, neutering and microchipping as appropriate.
Our Cat Guardians service is to cover eventualities where alternative provisions cannot be made for your cat’s care. If a family member or friend is subsequently willing to offer your cat the care they need then we will explore that option first, providing it is in the best interest of your cat.
You can rest assured that we will never give up trying to find your cat a loving new home, no matter how long it takes. Once in our care your cat will be subject to our normal policies and procedures, including neutering, vaccination and microchipping.
If you wish for your cats to be rehomed together, you should mention this to us. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, we will do everything we can to honour your wishes.
In every event, we always do what is in the best interests of the cats in our care. If trying to find a single owner for more than one cat results in them spending longer than necessary in one of our branches or centres, then we would have to review the situation. However, in the vast majority of cases it is often understood that it is better to keep these cats together and we pride ourselves on being able to find them a loving new home with this in mind.
Here at Cats Protection we regularly rehome cats with all sorts of ailments, as long as they have the opportunity for a good quality of life. We appreciate that some cats are harder to rehome than others (whether it’s due to their age, an illness, or even the colour of their fur), but you can rest assured that we never put a healthy cat to sleep, no matter how long they stay with us before we find them a home.
To ensure we are finding the cats in our care the right home, we have a comprehensive procedure for any potential new cat adopter.
If you sent your form to us by post more than two weeks ago and haven’t received your confirmation pack yet, it’s possible that either your form or the pack has been lost in the post. Please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page and we will be able to advise whether or not we have received your registration form.
For further information, contact our Cat Guardians team on 01825 741 291, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Cat Guardians service
National Cat Centre