Cats in Distress

Adoption Process

Please note due to increased costs we have no option but to increase our suggested donations.

From 1 January 2024, the suggested donations are £145 for a cat and £195 for a kitten.

Before Adoption

Before you consider adoption, please consider the long-term responsibilities of pet ownership. The financial commitment, your personal, family and home circumstances should all be taken into consideration before adopting any pet.

We aim to keep the process simple and straightforward. The cats that are advertised are ready now; if you’re going away on holiday or having building work done in the near future, please wait until you are ready to adopt; we cannot reserve cats for long periods of time.

Which Cat?

We take the time to get to know our cats, and it’s important to get the right match. Like people, cats are unique and every one of our adoptions is handled on an individual basis.

Take a look at the cats & kittens for adoption page, and complete our enquiry form, indicating if you are interested in a particular cat. We try to keep the website up to date, but we are very busy, and can’t guarantee your preferred cat will still be available.

If your preferred cat is not available, we have lots of cats being admitted, so we might still have the perfect cat for you.

Putting Cats First

As we know, cats choose their owners. So, once we agree which cat (or cats) might be suitable for you, it’s important that you meet your preferred cat, either at the rescue or with one of our fosterers. 

Once you’ve met, if you (and, more importantly, the cat), are happy, we’ll arrange a home visit, either in person or virtually.

Rest assured we’re not checking on your domestic skills, it’s to enable us to get a better understanding of you and your lifestyle.

What You Should Expect

As a responsible charity, we want to give our rescues the best start in their new homes. 

We do conduct home checks prior to adoption, either in person or virtually.

If you rent your property, you must provide written permission from your landlord to have cats in your property before we can progress with your application (please send this via email to info@cats-in-distress.org with your full name and address).

Prior to Adoption

Prior to adoption, all of our cats are:

  • Neutered
  • Health checked
  • Microchipped
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Provided with any surgery or treatment that would be required before adoption
 

All our cats come with five weeks of free insurance. 

For kittens that are considered too young for neutering, a voucher will be issued to cover the cost of neutering at one of our preferred veterinary practices. 

Please Note

Completion of the form does not automatically add you to our waiting list, it only registers your interest.

We receive a lot of enquiries, so it may take a while for us to get back to you, but we will get in touch as soon as possible.

Suggested Donation for Adoption

We suggest a minimum donation of £145 for cats and £195 for a kitten.

Please note this donation once paid to reserve a cat is generally non-refundable – this is at the discretion of the charity. 

Get in Touch

We believe it’s good to talk on a personal level, which is why we don’t have a central call centre answering the phones.

So, if you’re considering adopting one of our rescued cats or kittens, please feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call on 07504 129955 or, if you’d prefer, you can still email us at adopt@cats-in-distress.org

Enquiry Form