Adoption Policy


With Covid19 still affecting all of us, we are taking applications by email (purrs@heatonscats.org.uk). Please only apply for the cats and kittens appearing on our website and advertised for rehoming on our Facebook page. It is not possible to reserve any before they are ready and we do not hold a waiting list. Please tell us:

If you are thinking of adopting a cat or kitten, please read our adoption policy below before sending us an application:

The Rehoming Process

Kittens

Kittens are vaccinated, Chipped, deflead and wormed. If a kitten is too young to have been neutered, the adopter will be required to sign an agreement to confirm that they will be responsible for taking the kitten for neutering at 5-6 months. We do not rehome kittens until 24 hrs after their second vaccine, by which time they will be approximately 12-13 weeks old.

Your Appointment

Appointments are between 15-30 minutes long, and gives us a chance to allow you to meet all of our wonderful Cat and Kittens. Once you have chosen a cat or kitten you would like to adopt, we will begin the home check process, this can take up to a week to complete depending on how busy we are.

Adoption Fee

There is a £75 adoption fee. Without these sums, it would be impossible for us to carry on caring for so many cats. Our food and vets bills are huge!

Taking your cat or kitten home

Your cat or kitten may have been in the sanctuary for some time, and before that, been a stray. Therefore, the change in environment to your home can be scary for them, and they need time to adjust. Your cat may hide away from you for a few days. With patience and reassurance, they will soon explore their new home.

We require you to keep your cat indoors for at least 4-6 weeks. (if adopting a kitten they will be kept indoors until 6 months old, and can only be allowed out once they have been neutered or spayed) This will allow them to get to know you and also where they now live, so they won’t wander away. They will need a large litter tray, which is changed regularly, access to fresh water and a secure place to sleep. It is a good idea to confine them to one room initially, but with lots of contact so they get to know you. It is important to remember that cats can squeeze through very small spaces, so keep windows closed!

The rehoming team will tell you what your cat likes to eat. Here, they are fed wet food twice a day, and have constant access to water and good quality cat biscuits. We never offer food other than cat food, or occasionally fresh chicken. Cats are lactose intolerant, so should never be given milk.

If you are rehoming a kitten, please remember that they will have been with their siblings constantly, and being alone in a different environment is a huge adjustment for them. Kittens need their own space, exactly as older cats do, with a bed that is specifically theirs, and a well-placed litter tray that they can locate easily. You may need to place your kitten in the tray after feeding initially, until they learn where it is! We feed our kittens three or four times a day with wet food specifically for kittens, and offer continuous access to kitten biscuits and fresh water.

When you take your cat home, you will be given a vaccination certificate to show when their annual booster is due. It is vital to ensure that your cat is fully vaccinated, as many cat diseases can be fatal. Vaccinations are also required should you ever need to use a boarding cattery.

If you have any concerns at all about your newly adopted cat, we are on hand to help. Just call us on 0161 975 0784, or email us at purrs@heatonscats.org.uk

Post-Rehoming

We will contact you a week or two after rehoming to find out how your new furry friend is settling in. If you have any questions at all, please give us a call or send us an email.

Pet Insurance

You will receive 4 weeks free insurance through Petplan. At the end of four weeks, Petplan will then contact you to discuss taking out a policy, which is up to you. We do recommend that every cat is insured through Pet Plan, as vet bills in the case of illness or accident can be very high.

Finally, we grow rather attached to the cats we rehome, and it is lovely to hear how they are settling into their new home, so please update us when you have a minute. We especially love to see photographs and hear your funny, mischievous, and heart-warming stories – email them over to us or get in touch via Facebook.

*Please note that it is not possible to take a cat or kitten on the same day as viewing because we need to do a home check, and in some cases the kitten will need to have a second vaccine.