Adopting a cat from us

What is cat adoption?
Adoption means you are offering a cat or kitten a permanent home in your house. When you adopt a cat or kitten you become its owner, and you are responsible for keeping them happy and healthy.  click here to watch a short video outlining the adoption process.
 
How do I find a cat to adopt?
If you are interested in adopting a cat you can either visit our centre during our opening hours to meet cats who are looking for homes, or you can view their details online. If one cat in particular catches your eye, you can complete a form by clicking on the 'contact us' button shown beneath their details to find out more about them.
 
How do I choose the right cat for my home and lifestyle?
Whether you enquire about a cat by visiting the centre or via our website you will need to complete a Homefinder form. The information you provide will help us select a cat or kitten that is suitable for you and your home. The answers you give on the Homefinder form will not exclude you from adopting - they will just help us to facilitate the matching process. We have a range of cats and kittens in our care with differing needs, including some suitable for indoor only homes - perfect for cat-lovers who don't have a garden. Our staff will be happy to tell you all about the cats, so that the one you choose will be right for you and your home.

Can I reserve a cat?
Of course! Once we have received a completed Homefinder form from you, we will match you to a suitable cat based on your requirements, which you can then reserve for a £5 non-refundable, non-transferable fee. You can do this by phone or in person, and rest assured your payment goes directly to us to help look after the cats in our care. The reservation fee can be paid by cash, cheque or Visa/ Mastercard. Some cats can often be in their new homes the same day that they are reserved, however if you need more time - for example to get things ready at home for your new furry friend - then the cat can be held exclusively for you for 2 days. If you change your mind about the cat you have reserved, that isn't a problem, but please do call to let us know so that the cat can be seen by other people looking to adopt. Please make sure you are ready to adopt before coming to visit the cats in the centre or reserving one of them.

What does the adoption process involve?
Depending on your circumstances, the cat’s needs, and your Homefinder form, we may ask to visit your home prior to the adoption. We always ask for new potential owners to meet the cat at the centre before adopting them, preferably with everyone who will be living in the same household. When you arrive we will introduce you to the cat and allow you time to get to know him or her. Often it is love at first sight, but if not- don't worry! It's perfectly natural to want to make sure the cat is right for you so if you change your mind just let us know. We may have other suitable cats for you to meet on the same day you visit the centre. 

Once you have selected your cat or kitten, the adoption process usually takes around 30-45 minutes to complete, depending upon how much time you spend meeting your new cat, and how many questions you may have. Feel free to ask us anything. After signing the paperwork and paying the adoption fee, you will then be the proud owner of your new furry friend!

How much does it cost to adopt a cat?
When you adopt a cat, you will have to pay an adoption fee of £75 per cat. Why? As a charity, it costs us around £300 to look after each cat in our care (sometimes more), so the fee we ask you to pay goes towards funding our work in helping cats. We don't receive any government funding and we rely solely on compassionate people like you to continue our hard work. All of our cats are health checked by a vet, vaccinated, neutered (if old enough), microchipped, and given flea and worming treatment.

The adoption fee can be paid by cash, cheque or Visa/ Mastercard. We always appreciate any financial donations, no matter how small, so if you are able to, you can make an additional charitable payment with your adoption fee.  This money will help support the costs of caring for your cat and others in our care who are searching for new homes.

What other costs are there as part of responsible cat ownership?
Before you decide on a owning cat, please think very carefully about the costs involved. As well as providing good quality food for your cat, there are other on-going costs that are essential in keeping your cat happy and healthy. These include:

  • Providing flea treatment every month (please only obtain this from your vet)
  • Providing worming treatment at least every three months (please only obtain this from your vet)
  • Vaccinations every year (once your cat has received their initial vaccinations)
These treatments are not covered by pet insurance, and costs vary from vet to vet and where you live. We offer each cat with 4 weeks' FREE Petplan insurance when they are adopted from us, but of course it is up to you if you wish to continue with the policy (premiums, and terms and conditions apply after the intial free period).

What must I bring when coming to the centre to adopt a cat or kitten?
You will need to bring:
* Proof of address, such as a recent utility bill or driving licence
* Evidence of your landlord’s permission for you to keep a cat, if you live in rented accomodation
* Proof of age, if you are lucky enough to look young! (The minimum age you need to be in order to adopt a cat or kitten is 18 years old)
* A cat carrier. These can be purchased at the centre; we have new and sometimes second-hand carriers available for purchase. Cardboard carriers or boxes are not suitable.
* Two blankets or towels: one to put inside the carrier plus another to place over it. This will help to keep your new cat calm whilst travelling home.

Do I need to do anything else before I take my new cat or kitten home?
As a minimum, your cat will need a food and water bowl, food, a litter tray and litter - all of which can be purchased from us. We also sell scratching posts, beds, toys, grooming products, and the all important poop scoop! All profits made in our shop go back to helping even more cats that come into our care. 

You can read more about preparing your home for your new furry family member here.