Our adoption procedure:
Step 1: Home visit
The first step is an informal home visit to get to know potential adopters. Anyone in rented accommodation will need to obtain written permission to have a cat or multiple cats in the property.
We recommend home visits are carried out even if we do not have a suitable cat or kitten for you immediately available at that time. When cats do become available we will give priority to those who have already had a home visit and when a suitable match is made.
We will always try our best to ensure that we have the right match for you, your family and the cat who is searching for their forever home. Sometimes it can take a little time for us to make that match, so please do bear with us.
Step 2: Visiting our cats
Once you have passed your home visit we can make arrangements for you to visit any cats that are thought to be the most suitable match for you and your family.
All our cats are cared for by our network of foster carers- we will put you in touch with the foster carer to arrange a convenient time to visit. (Please note we are currently doing virtual (online) visits during the Coronavirus pandemic.
If the visit goes well both for yourself and your new feline friend, you can put down a non-refundable deposit. This works as a holding fee so that the cat or kitten will no longer be available to anyone else for adoption.
Step 3: Reserving a cat
Once you have chosen your new furry friend we ask for a £20 non-refundable deposit to reserve them. This will be deducted from the total adoption fee and means that nobody else will be permitted to visit or rehome the cat/ kitten.
Adoption donation and what's included:
The minimum adoption fee for a cat or kitten is £95 and this includes the following:
Complete first course of vaccinations
Flea/worm/mite parasite cover
Full health check
Our minimum adoption donation is MUCH lower than you would pay at your local vets for microchipping, neutering and vaccinations.
If kittens go to new homes prior to being old enough for neutering, arrangements will be made with you and our vet for you to return your kitten for neutering, once old enough.
Once the adoption is complete, it is the responsibility of the adopter to register their personal details with the microchip company. This can be done online or by post, using the details we give you on adoption. If the cat is already microchipped before coming to us, we will arrange for the details to be changed into your name.
Older cats or kittens have usually completed their full vaccination course prior to adoption. In some cases cats will be rehomed prior to having their second vaccination and it is the adopters responsibility to return the cat to our vets to have the second vaccination to complete the full course when it is due. This is included in the adoption fee. As the adopter you will then be responsible for the annual vaccinations thereafter.
The adoption fee must be paid in full before or on the day of adoption.
If kittens are rehomed prior to being neutered and microchipped, we cover the cost. It is the responsibility of the adopter to arrange this when the kitten reaches 4 months old. We ask that you inform us when you have booked this appointment and we check with our vets to ensure the appointment was attended to ensure that all our adopted kittens are neutered and vaccinated.
Coronavirus adoption protocol
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have had to make some changes to our adoption procedures to ensure we keep our adopters and volunteers safe.
*Please read carefully*
1. First and foremost any adopter must be aware they are making a commitment to their chosen cat for the length of that cat’s life so please do not ask to proceed with adopting unless you are certain you want to go ahead, especially as you will not have been able to physically meet the cat you are interested in but foster carers will tell you as much about them as they can and can send you photos and/or videos and it may be possible for you to “meet” them virtually but that will depend on the foster carer being happy to facilitate that “meeting”. It is absolutely normal for a cat going to a new home to be nervous and scared and to hide so adopters need to be prepared for this and need to settle them very slowly into their new homes. It is important to start them off in a small quiet area of your house and give them plenty of time, love and patience so they can settle at their own pace. Also it is, of course, essential they are kept strictly indoors for several weeks.
2. Potential adopters must confirm to us that no one in their household is exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 nor been in contact with anyone with the virus or with symptoms of it.
3. All potential adopters will need to be able to access the internet. This is to enable a virtual home visit to be carried out and also to enable adopters to virtually meet a cat or kitten they may be interested in. We will tell you about the cats who we think may suit your home or you can tell us about any who you are interested in. Please do bear with us if we don’t have the right match for you immediately. Waiting a few more weeks is well worth it, if needed. If we say we don’t believe a particular cat will work for your household this is no reflection on you because there will be another one who will work.
1. If you decide to proceed with adopting a particular cat, then the Adoption Day will be agreed with you by the Trustees of Band of Rescuers/the foster carer.
2. Once you have chosen a cat then we do ask for a £20 non-refundable deposit to be deducted from the adoption fee with the balance due any time between then and the day before adoption day.
3. You will need to collect your new cat (or kitten) from the foster carer’s home – again by prior arrangement with them and will need to provide a completely safe and secure cat carrier.
4. Once you arrive at the foster carer’s home on the date and at the time specified, please place the cat carrier beside their front door and then step back to a distance of at least 2 metres. Please phone the foster carer and advise them of your arrival.
5. The foster carer will then take the carrier inside, wipe down the carrier with Virkon and place your cat inside it after wiping the cat down with Leucillin which is pet safe.
6. When your cat is ready to go home, the foster carer will place the carrier outside along with two plastic wallets containing paperwork. The first plastic wallet will contain the vaccination card and the microchip details (if already chipped – as with kittens this happens at the time of neutering) and your Adoption Pack. This is for you. The chip will need registering by you but there are clear instructions provided. Please wipe down the outside of the carrier yourself with an appropriate surface wipe before moving it and also wipe down the plastic wallets. Please ensure that unless pet safe, no contact with the wipe is made with the cats or kittens.
7. The second wallet will contain two copies of the Conditions of Adoption form – both identical. Please complete your sections of this form using your own pen and take one copy home with you and place the other copy back in the plastic wallet. When this has been done, please give back to the foster carer for retention. The foster carer will then wipe down the plastic wallet with Virkon.
8. The adopter must take all possible precautions to safeguard both themselves and the foster carers so regular hand washing for 20 seconds using soap and water – or the use of hand gel is of course important.
9. It is vital that at least a two metre distance is kept between the adopter and the foster carer at all times. If any adopters would prefer to wait until the restrictions are over then that is absolutely fine of course.