Before your cat comes to our centre
It is likely that we will not have a place available immediately due to the heavy demand for our services, so you should inform us as soon as you know that your cat needs to be rehomed. We strongly recommend that you approach as many cat rescues or rehoming centres as possible and put your cat on their waiting lists too.
We also recommend that you advertise the cat in such places as vets’ waiting rooms, pet-shops, local shops and by word of mouth – for example if you work for a large organisation, use their notice boards and/or intranet. You should make it clear that you will want to discuss with the potential adopter the sort of home they’re offering before they meet the cat.
If you advertise your cat for rehoming to people you don’t know, take extra care when rehoming him or her. Ask for a donation and ask to see the cat after a period of time in the new home.
Please see our comments below about stray cats before you start to advertise or rehome a stray.
If possible you should have the cat neutered and vet-checked. It is also worth asking your vet to provide a print-out of your cat’s recent medical history for the benefit of new owners. Giving details of the cat’s likes, dislikes and personality will help to avoid calls from unsuitable prospective owners. If you need to rehome more than one cat, any posters should indicate in the title that the cats can be separated (if that is the case), or even better advertise each cat separately.
You can download a leaflet here which may help you with some ideas about rehoming the cat.
Download this leaflet if you need help rehoming a catRehoming ideas
If you have cats but are not looking for an immediate new home for them, please download, print and display in your home one of our popular “I Own A Cat” posters, to alert people to their presence in your home should anything happen to you.
I Own A Cat poster - print and displayI Own A Cat
When your cat comes to our centre
When a place becomes available at our centre, we will telephone you and ask you to bring the cat to us. If you accept the place but subsequently change your mind, please tell us so that we can pass the place to the next person on the list. It is incredibly frustrating for our staff and volunteers to have to turn callers away whilst there is an unoccupied pen at our centre.
We will ask you to bring the cat, a print-out of any medical history from your vet, any vaccination certificates and any belongings, including something he or she has slept upon (if possible). This will be given to the new owner to help with settling into the new home.
Once at our centre you will be asked to complete a form handing the cat over to us. Please be prepared to spend a considerable time at our centre answering questions about the cat – this will give us a stronger chance of finding the right home for the cat.
You can download a form here if you would prefer to fill it in before you come, however we will want to check it with you. We will require one sheet per cat (unless you are bringing a cat and her suckling kittens).
Download this form if you have been asked to bring your cat(s) to our centreRelinquish a cat
The cat will be given a pen to him or herself unless you’re bringing more than one, in which case they will share. You will be able to spend as much or as little time as you wish settling the cat down, however please be prepared for the cat to be somewhat unsettled or distressed – s/he may hide or try to run up the sides of the pen. This is typical behaviour and is displayed by the majority of the cats coming into our centre when they first arrive.
If you can afford to make a donation we would be grateful, although we will not make a set charge. Alternatively, you may wish to donate by standing order each month, or to send ad hoc donations when you are able. You can download a standing order form here.
Please help us pay vets bills with a regular donationStanding Order Form
Whilst your cat is in our centre, s/he will normally remain in a pen for the whole of his or her stay here. The exception is for mother cats with kittens or under-age kittens (under 10 weeks of age) who will be placed in temporary foster homes until the kittens are big enough to be neutered prior to rehoming.
Our pens are built to a high standard with insulation and heating and the cats have access to their own covered outside run. They have a defined sleeping/eating area with a window from which they can watch birds and other wildlife. We use Cat Genie toilets in our pens, which are more hygienic for both the cats and for the volunteers. Most cats settle down to life at our centre within a couple of days.
Unless already done, the cat will be neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, and treated for worms and fleas. Any other necessary veterinary work will also be undertaken.
Our volunteers spend lots of time stroking and playing with the cats and they are fed twice a day (unless veterinary advice dictates otherwise). The pens are cleaned daily. The cats have access to the outside via a cat flap (and open door in summer) but are only able to go into their own runs, and cannot mix with, or see, other cats they don’t know.
Should the cat display any behavioural issues, we will work with these to try and improve the cat’s confidence and behaviour. Once we deem that s/he is ready to be rehomed, we’ll allow potential new owners to go into the pen and to spend time getting to know the cat. We only show each cat to people who can provide a home that suits the cat’s requirements/personality.
We define a stray as a cat who does not come from its owner or a representative of its owner. When we accept a stray cat, we will advertise the cat in the paper covering the town where the cat was found. We examine all cats to see if they have a microchip (irrespective of whether or not they are a stray). In the event that we find a microchip we will make every endeavour to contact the person to whom it is registered. Any cats that are not claimed or reunited will be rehomed in accordance with our rehoming policy (above). We also operate a lost and found register, and of course this will be checked prior to the cat being rehomed.
We strongly recommend that you have your cat micro-chipped, and urge all owners to ensure that the details on the microchip database are up-to-date – for example after a change of address or owner. If you would like your cat to be micro-chipped at our centre, please contact us to make an appointment.