If you’ve made it to this page you are thinking about adopting a cat.
Please read everything we have to say below before completing our pre adoption questionnaire.
Before you think of adopting a cat or kitten please consider where you live. Is it close to a busy road or fast traffic? Do you live near supermarket car parks, railway lines, factories or other hazards. Cats are like little children they don’t understand what happens if they cross a road, they act entirely on impulse. Sometimes our foster mums will work tirelessly with a cat for many months so they don’t want them to end up under the wheels of a car. We will not rehome any of our cats where we think they will be at risk. We cannot avoid cars but we have to find the best and safest homes for our cats and kittens. Shropshire Street Cats.
Points to consider before you apply for a cat:
- Some (but not all) of our cats are traumatised, insecure and sometimes they have also been physically abused. It will be your responsibility to rehabilitate these cats which will require your patience, understand and full cooperation.
- They often need a lot of time spent on them so generally they are not suitable to be left for long periods of time. Kittens in particular benefit from not being left for long periods so please consider this before applying. Please make sure you have time to spend with your cat or kitten for play and socialisation.
- We are looking for homes for all our cats where they live as part of the family. Please consider the age of the cat/kitten you want to adopt against your own age before applying. Some cats can live into their twenties so you will have to make provision for them in your old age should you not be able to care for them. Whilst we understand life holds no guarantees we try to give every cat the best possible chance of a home for the rest of it’s life.
- We will allow cats to be adopted to homes with children of all ages as long as the cat is suitable for that environment. We will discuss your circumstances and try to determine if the cat you’re interested in will be suitable for your home/family/lifestyle/other pets.
- Your garden must be safe, away from traffic and passing cars and not close to any hazards ie factories, shopping areas, car parks.
- We are looking for wonderful, responsible, forever homes. That means asking questions and trying to marry up the correct pet with the prospective family. We are not judgmental but we have a very large responsibility to make sure we do what’s right for you and especially for our charges.
Once you have completed an application form you will be automatically added to our database.
If you have applied for a specific cat we will discuss some of your answers in order to ascertain if we think the cat you are applying for is a suitable match for your lifestyle, or if we have any cats relative to your application. If we do not feel the cat is a match we will keep you on our list or we may suggest a different cat to you. If we feel your application is a match we will contact you, we will be able to tell you a lot more about the cat and answer any questions you may have.
Once it is agreed to go ahead with the application, and you have decided on a cat that you would like to adopt after meeting him or her a home check will be arranged.
In some circumstances you may be asked to provide references, i.e. if you live in rented accommodation we will need to see proof that your landlord allows you to have a cat.
All members of the family and any pets who will be living with the cat you want to adopt must come to meet the new cat or be available to meet at the home check stage. We do not we do not let third parties collect for you or deliver cats to their new homes unless they are verified through u
If you are applying for a kitten you will also be asked to sign a contract to say you will neuter your kitten at a certain age and get your vet to sign a proof of neutering certificate once spayed or neutered.
Adult cats are neutered, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation, flea treatment and wormed. All kittens are flead, wormed, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation. If your kitten has not been spayed/neutered a declaration will be signed at time of adoption requiring a new owner to spay or neuter. Each cat is covered by Agria Insurance for 5 weeks, the first week is accident only and the next 4 weeks are full health insurance.
The adoption fee for our cats is at £75 and we would appreciate it if you could donate more than this to help other rescue cats and kittens in our care. The adoption fee is considered a donation to Shropshire Street Cats and thereby is NON REFUNDABLE.
Where it goes:
- We spend a huge amount each year on vet treatments and supplies. All our adult cats are spayed (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so), have had at least the first inoculation, micro chipped and wormed.
- If needed, we have x-rays, lab tests, specialist procedures and operations carried out and often numerous additional medicines and treatments are needed for both adult cats and kittens. There is often specialist food to buy and the upkeep and heating of our pens.
- The adoption fee for kittens (although they are not spayed/neutered) goes towards the worming and inoculations and helps with the extra costs of so many specialist operations that other cats at Shropshire Street Cats have to endure to give them a chance of a normal life.
- Volunteers spend a huge amount of time and effort fostering, fundraising, transporting and carrying out admin, all done voluntarily.
We hope this will help everyone understand the cost of running this rescue and also let people see where their donations are spent. We are a not for profit rescue and a registered charity.
If you are happy to proceed please fill in the questionnaire below and return it to us via email at: [email protected]
Cats of the month Bronco
Meet Bronco he has been with us for almost 6 months. He came in literally covered in his own poo. He was so stressed he was sitting in it and his back legs were burnt and sore. Bronco is also a cat who suffers from flu symptoms when stressed and boy has this poor boy been stressed! covered in fleas and weighing less than 3kg which is tiny for a neutered tom. He was from a multi cat home and supposedly indoor only but we think. That he was never given any attention. After numerous tests our vet has reached the conclusion that Bronco suffers from IBS which is probably caused by his stress. He is on a special diet and thank goodness things are under control at that end now. He has put on weight and is going out into the catio which he likes. We are looking for such a special person to adopt Bronco. He needs someone who will wait for him to make any moves. He may never be able to make that leap of confidence but in the right home and with time maybe. He needs to be able to do things at his own pace. He could respond well to living with another cat or friendly dog. He has had a horrible time we almost feel he has had some kind of cat breakdown. Please offer him your love and a safe home.