Adopting a Cat

All of our cats and kittens will have been health checked, microchipped, fully vaccinated, will be up to date with flea and worming treatments and come with 4 weeks Petplan veterinary insurance, if eligible. They are neutered before they are rehomed, provided they are old enough. For the kittens that are still too young to neuter, we provide a neutering voucher - £25 for females and £15 for males - so there will just be a small balance to pay. These vouchers will be accepted by most veterinary practices. We suggest that kittens are neutered between four and five months of age. On adoption, we normally ask for a minimum payment of £75 for either a cat or kitten, which helps towards the costs of their care.

Our Rehoming Process

The first step is to speak to one of our Rehoming Officers tel: 01335 300494, or you can visit on one of our Open Days and chat to a Rehoming Officer then. You will be asked some questions about yourself, your home and everybody else who lives there including other pets. This will enable us to help you choose which cats might be most suitable for you and your family. It can be very sad for both you and the cat you choose if it does not work out.

Choosing Your Cat

Of course, we all know that "the cat picks you" and personal preference is important, but try to keep an open mind and give some thought to how he or she might fit in to your household, where you live, your lifestyle, children and any other animals. Some cats love to be out and about, others love their home comforts and are happy to be indoors most of the time and some like handling more than others do. You are welcome to come to The Ark as many times as you need to make a final decision and to bring other members of your family with you. We will give you as much information and advice as we can about the cats, including the assessments and observations we have made whilst they are at The Ark. All our cats have one thing in common......they have no home to call their own, nor that special, loving bond with a human. That's where you come in. Once both you and the Rehoming Officer (and the cat, of course!) are happy with your choice, you can arrange to collect your new friend and take him home. Please remember that, except on Open Days, visits to The Ark are by appointment.