Adoption Process

Adopting a cat is a wonderful experience, but it is important to consider the commitment involved before making the decision. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Time commitment

Cats require attention and care. You will need to spend time feeding them, playing with them, and cleaning up after them. Some cats may also require regular grooming.

Financial commitment

Cats require food, litter and regular veterinary check-ups. In addition, unexpected medical expenses can arise. You should be prepared to provide for your cat's basic needs and any unexpected expenses that may arise.

Lifestyle changes

If you travel frequently or work long hours, you will need to arrange for someone to care for your cat while you are away. Cats also require a safe, comfortable living environment, so you may need to make some adjustments to your home to accommodate them.

Long-term commitment

Cats can live for up to 20 years. You should be prepared to care for your cat throughout their entire life and be willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle as your cat ages.

Overall, adopting a cat can be a very rewarding experience, but it is important to understand the commitment involved before making the decision. By providing a safe, loving home and meeting their basic needs, you can ensure that your cat lives a happy and healthy life.

At AACR we take the rehoming process very seriously, and our adoption process helps to ensure that our cats are placed in safe, loving, permanent homes.

To achieve this goal, we have a thorough adoption process that helps to match potential adopters with the right cat for their lifestyle and needs.

"Adopt, don't shop!"

When you adopt a pet from AACR, you are giving a second chance to an animal that may have been abandoned, surrendered, or rescued from neglect or abuse.

“Adopt, don’t shop” is a way for you to make a positive impact on the lives of cats in need and help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescue organisations.

Our Adoption Procedure

Prior to applying to adopt a cat, please ensure that you have read our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below:

Frequently Asked Questions

We don’t rehome cats to anyone living on, or very near to, a main road or active railway line, this is for the cat’s own safety. Even indoor cats can escape and find themselves in a dangerous environment.

Exceptions will be made if you have an outdoor, secure catio which we will request to see during the home visit.

Yes, we allow you to adopt if you live in rented accommodation. You will need to provide written consent from your landlord, the council or housing trust. We kindly ask that you email this to us when you submit your Adoption Application.

You need to be over the age of 18 to adopt or foster a cat.

As cats can have a lifespan of 20 years or more, we do not rehome kittens to anyone over the age of 65. Older cats will be considered on an individual basis.

We do not permit adoption of kittens to families with children under 5 years old. However, we do consider adoption of older kittens or a single/pair of adult cats; this will be based on the temperament of the cat/kitten and on a case-by-case basis only.

Not all of our cats are suitable to live with children, so please read each cat’s profile carefully. Parents must be willing to teach their children about responsible cat care to ensure that the cat is treated with love and respect, and that the adoption is a positive experience for everyone involved.

Kittens must be adopted in pairs unless there is another cat or dog in the home. This is because kittens need interaction with other kittens for healthy social development.

Home visits are an important part of the adoption process so we can ensure that the cat will be placed in a loving and safe environment, and that you are committed to providing the necessary care and attention for the cat’s lifetime.

Some of our cats are suitable to live with other cats or dogs, depending on the cat’s temperament and requirements; we will discuss possibilities with you as part of the adoption process.

Each individual cat’s profile will state whether or not they can live with other pets in the household.

We will need to see proof of neuter and vaccination status for other pets in the household.

The adoption donation is:

£140 per cat

£280 per pair of kittens

This includes:

  • 1st & 2nd vaccinations
  • Microchip registration
  • Neutering
  • Flea treatment (1 month)
  • Worm treatment (3 months)
  • Free pet insurance for 5 weeks

Adult cats can usually be left for a working day, unless their individual requirements dictate otherwise.

Kittens will not be rehomed to applicants who work full-time hours – this is due to the requirement to feed kittens three times per day.

The procedure for adopting a cat from Avid's Angels is outlined in the 8 steps below:

1. Find the right cat

Please visit our website and Facebook pages and take a look at our cats that are currently looking for a home. Some of our cats have specific requirements, so please read each cat’s profile before applying.

2. Apply

When you have found a cat you think would be a suitable match for you, please complete our Adoption Application Form.

3. Assessment

A member of our friendly adoption team will assess your application and contact you via email to let you know if we are happy for your application to proceed to the next stage; we endeavour to respond to every application and will provide reasons if we don’t feel your application is suitable.

Our adoption team will discuss with you any potential matches from the cats we have available for adoption. Please note that we may occasionally suggest a different cat than the one you originally applied for – we place great importance on matching you and your family with the right cat, which will be based on their needs, and yours.

If you are happy to proceed, we will place a reserve on your chosen cat.

4. Home Visit

A virtual home visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time – this is to make sure your home is suitable for your potential new pet and to meet other members of your family. Your details and application will be passed onto one of our independent home checkers who will conduct a home visit, usually via video call. We will need you to show us around your house and outdoor environment to ensure that it is suitable for the cat. Please note that we sometimes carry out an in-person home visit in preference to a video call.

We will require you to provide proof of ID (e.g. Passport or Driving Licence) and proof of address in the form of a utility bill. We also ask that you kindly supply photographs of your downstairs living accommodation.

5. Approval to adopt

The adoption team will then liaise with the independent home checker. Following a successful home visit, you will approved for adoption and proceed to the next stage.

If we decide that you are not a suitable candidate for adoption, we will provide reasons why your application was not successful.

6. Adoption paperwork & donation

An Adoption Contract will be sent to you via email; this will need to be signed electronically using DocuSign.

The adoption donation fee will need to be made prior to collection/delivery of your cat.

All adoptions are subject to a non-refundable ‘Adoption Donation’.

7. Collection/Delivery

We will arrange a mutually convenient date and time for collection/delivery of your new pet.

8. Aftercare

Following the adoption, a member of our team will contact you after a suitable settling period to ensure that your new cat is adjusting well to their new home.

We are always happy to provide advice and support to help you to address any issues that may arise.

We also have a Facebook ‘adopter group’ where you can reach out for assistance – or just post lots of happy photos of your new cat!

All our cats are:

Fully Health-checked by a Vet

Fully Vaccinated


Microchipped & Registered

Treated for Fleas & Worms

What’s included in the adoption fee: