Thank you for your interest in rehoming a cat from the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch.
We want as many people as possible to be able to rehome a cat from us – what’s important is matching you and your family with the right cat. Below you can find information about what steps to expect during our rehoming process along with lots of other useful information. We hope to see you soon!
1. Register for your perfect match
To start the rehoming process you will need to visit the animal centre where you’ll be asked to complete an application form. During your visit you will be able to view the cats and we can give advice on how to find the right cat for your circumstances. In some cases the cats in our care are still getting used to human company and may need a quiet or more experienced home. Others may need to be kept indoors – this may mean that they’d be ideal for a family living on a busy road. We’ll discuss with you any specific needs that your chosen cat has, and suggest any adjustments to your home or lifestyle that may be needed. We are looking for life-long, permanent homes for our cats and we need to be sure you can provide such a home. This means we have to ask questions about your personal circumstances, including your ability to meet routine and emergency vet bills. No appointment is needed to come and view the animals and you are welcome to visit the animal centre as many times as you need to find the cat that is right for you.
2. Getting to know your chosen cat
Once you’ve found your perfect match, then it’s time to get to know each other! If you have any other family members, you will need to bring them along for a further visit to ensure the whole family is happy with the decision. We will normally hold the cat of your choice for 48 hours. This will allow everyone to come along and agree to the new addition and for you to provide any permission needed from the property owner where the cat will live. All members of the household must come to the animal centre before a cat can be reserved. All existing cats in the household need to be vaccinated and, depending on the circumstances, may need to be neutered as the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch promotes responsible pet ownership.
3. Home visit
One of our home visitors will visit your home to discuss your new cat with you. Your home visitor may give you tips on adjustments to your home and lifestyle that will help you and your new rescue cat settle into a safe, secure and happy life together. This could include information on preparing your home, removing any potential hazards and shopping for the right food, bed, toys and accessories. We may also arrange a post adoption visit to see how your new cat is settling in.
4. Collect your new cat
When everyone is happy that your chosen cat is the right cat for you, and that your home is suitable and ready for its newest addition, it’s time to head back to the centre to have your new family member officially adopted to you! You will receive lots of useful information to help get your new cat settled in. Your new puss will be microchipped, neutered, vet checked and fully vaccinated (excluding feline leukaemia), as well as having up-to-date flea and worming treatment. You’ll also receive four weeks’ pet insurance cover with Petplan absolutely FREE. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee, so adopting a rescue cat is not only great for animal welfare, it’s also brilliant value for money too!
Adoption fees | Cats over 6 months from £75 | Kittens under 6 months from £90
These fees do not take into account the feeding, veterinary treatment, loving care and attention our cats have had during their stay at the animal centre.
Why rehome from us?
Though there are many places you can find cats or kittens for sale, we recommend giving a rescue cat or kitten the chance of the happy life they so deserve.
“We came to the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre and were given fantastic advice on the best cat to adopt for my 80 year old mother. Sandy has become a much loved member of this family. Thank you very much Chesterfield RSPCA.”
– Pat Smith
Help and support for adopters
Introducing a new cat to your home will be exciting, rewarding and at times, challenging. It may take quite a while for your new rescue cat to settle into life with you, but don’t worry, if you do encounter some tricky bits, you’re not alone. Once you’ve adopted your new rescue cat, we’ve prepared lots of free online content for you about cat welfare and advice.
Remember, we’re still here for advice and support. Please get in touch with the animal centre and we’ll do our best to help with any questions you may have.
Please be aware that information relating to the temperament and behaviour of our cats has been based on observations of them whilst in our care. Please note that there may be differences in behaviour observed in an animal centre environment compared to in a home environment. Any background information or history from before our cats came into our care has been provided by third parties and will be shared by us in good faith. We cannot give any guarantee to the validity of the information provided or how one of our cats may behave or react in a new home.
Please be aware that after the adoption, you will become legally responsible for obtaining and funding all future veterinary treatment for your new rescue cat. This includes treatment for any pre-existing condition(s) and/or any conditions that your new rescue cat may have contracted at the animal centre and applies whether or not the symptoms were present or made known to you prior to adoption.
Frequently asked questions about cat rehoming
A cat on hold means that someone is potentially interested in this particular cat, but further action is needed before it can progress to a reserve. Other family members may need to meet the cat. It may be that written permission from the property owner where the cat will live needs to be obtained, or someone is simply thinking about the cat to decide if they would like to proceed any further. We will normally put a cat on hold for 48 hours.
Once all the above has been completed a cat can then be reserved and the home visit process can start.
No, not at all. Our animal centre is open six days a week (closed Mondays), including weekends and Bank Holidays (but excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). You are welcome to visit the cats at the animal centre at any point during our viewing hours of 11.00am – 4.00pm.
If our website states that a particular cat is currently in a foster home, please contact the animal centre on 01246 273358 to arrange an appointment to visit the cat. All cats that are currently in a foster home can be brought to the animal centre for viewing by prior arrangement.
Adoption fees for cats:
Cats over 6 months from £75
Kittens under 6 months from £90
These fees help us to cover the costs of caring for hundreds of cats every year. Every cat adopted from the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is:
Neutered (or comes with a neutering voucher)
Vaccinated (all cats are given standard vaccination course, but this excludes feline leukaemia)
Treated for fleas and worms
You will also receive four weeks’ free insurance with Petplan absolutely FREE. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee.