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Our cat rehoming process

You’re just a few steps away from giving a rescue cat a second chance at a happy life! All you need to know about our rehoming process and the steps you need to take can be found here.

Please note that all rehoming of cats is by appointment. Please apply for cats via our website and our rehoming team will get back to you if your application is successful.

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How to apply for a cat

The first step to meeting your new feline friend is to have a look at the cats currently looking for new homes on our website. If you think any are right for you, simply click on the green ‘Apply to rehome me’ button on the cat’s page and complete our rehoming questionnaire.

Once we’ve received your application and have all your details, our cattery team will get back to you if you and the cat in question are a suitable match.

You will then be invited to come in and meet your potential new cat and for an assessment interview, before taking your new best friend home with you!

Please be aware that we often have a huge number of applications for each cat, and if you don’t hear back from us following your application, it isn’t because you don’t have a lovely home for a cat. It’s simply because of the sheer number of applications we get, and because our cattery team is so busy taking care of the cats we don’t have the time to reply to everyone.

Visiting the Rescue Centre

Our cattery is open to the public from 10.30 am – 4 pm, 7 days a week.

Our cattery is open to the public during these hours, and you are very welcome to come and see the cats in person at any time. If you are visiting and see a cat you are interested in, you can fill out an application form in person at the centre. This applies to adult cats only; kittens should be applied for via our website, and they are generally not on view to the public in the cattery.

Visiting the rescue centre

Due to COVID restrictions, our rescue centre is closed to the public. Please apply for cats via our website, and our rehoming team will get back to you if your application if successful.



We no longer have a waiting list for kittens. This means that we no longer take application forms with the intent of calling people back when kittens become available. We have found that people wait too long when it is done this way, and when we finally contact them, they have rehomed kittens from elsewhere. We frequently have a long list of people waiting but not many kittens available at one time.

Application for kittens is now done via the cat rehoming page on our website.

All available kittens will be displayed there. Click on the picture of the kitten that you are interested in, click the green “Apply to rehome me” button, and fill in all the info on the form. We will then sort through the applications for each kitten, and home to the most suitable applicant.

Please be aware that there will be a great demand for kittens, and we will always have more applicants than kittens. Being more flexible will greatly increase the likelihood of being able to find the perfect cat for you.

Rehoming cats with children

Every cat reacts differently to children so it’s vital that we assess each match on an individual basis. This is to ensure the best, and safest, possible relationship between the cat and the children.

Where possible, we will say if a cat can potentially be rehomed with children, however this may depend on the child’s age and whether they have lived with cats before as well as the individual cat’s character.

Once you’ve enquired about a specific cat, we can talk through all of their needs and how children fit into this.

Adoption fees

Our adoption fees for cats are as follows:

Kittens under 6 months: £300   /   £550 for a pair

Cats 6 months to 10 years: £175

Cats over 10 years: £155

We reserve the right to increase our adoption fee appropriately depending upon the breed of the cat.

When you rehome from Animals in Distress, you will take home a cat who has been fully assessed by our expert animal welfare staff as well as our veterinary surgeon.

Every cat at the rescue centre is:
  • Vaccinated, microchipped and neutered
  • Given worming and flea treatments
  • Examined by a vet and given any necessary treatments

Each cat goes to its new home with a free Pet Remedy Starter Pack.