How it works

The first thing you need to do is to visit our Search for a Cat page.  On this page you can see all the cats currently looking for homes.  There is plenty of information about the kind of home each cat needs.

If you see a cat which you think would match your home, please apply to adopt the cat by clicking on the blue "Adopt a Cat" button.  You will need to make a note of the cat's reference number and name.

The questionnaire asks you about the sort of home you are offering and takes basic contact information from you.  If we feel that you would be a suitable match for that particular cat, and if the cat isn't already reserved to someone else, we will contact you to initiate a conversation.  If both you and we feel that the cat is suitable for you, we will reserve it to you and make arrangements for the cat's adoption.

The cat's description will be removed from our website at that point.  You can change your mind at any time in which case the reservation will be cancelled and the cat's description etc will reappear on our website.

If the adoption goes ahead, you will be asked to pay a fee and possibly to buy a carrier.  This will be done online.  There will also be an adoption agreement to complete online, and paperwork will be given to you with the cat.

If your application is unsuccessful we will delete your enquiry and we will not retain the contact details.

Whether you are a first time cat owner or one with experience you can contact us after the adoption ​with any questions ​you may have​.​ 

Adoption restrictions

If you would like to adopt a rescue cat we want to help you welcome a Yorkshire Cat Rescue cat into your home. However, we have some restrictions on what type of cat we will adopt to you dependant on your circumstances.

We do have a policy of not homing adult female cats to homes that have resident adult females. This is because this combination of cats can be the most difficult to integrate and we want the homing process to go well for the new cat, any resident cat and you.​ ​If you do have a resident female cat and you want another cat you will need to adopt a male cat or ​a kitten of either gender.​ 

We do not home cats that have been used to going outside as 'indoor' cats, unless very special circumstances apply. If a cat can cope as being an indoor cat without outdoor access this will be included in the cat's description.

If a cat is a feral cat - ie it has never been handled by humans and has (usually) lived outside all its life - we will not adopt it to a home where it would be expected to live indoors, even if it has outside access.  We will try to tame kittens under four months,  but for older cats we will look for outside homes such as stables, farms, small holdings etc.

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