Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre has marked the first anniversary of a pioneering online adoption scheme.
The scheme was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sussex-based centre has now rehomed over 500 cats using its Hands-Free Homing method, which means prospective owners can adopt a feline friend without leaving their home.
Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Manager Danielle Draper said: “As a charity, we worked incredibly hard to get Hands-Free Homing off the ground when our centre – like all Cats Protection centres and branches – needed to close to the public in the first lockdown.
“We’re thrilled that it’s been more successful than we ever imagined. Over 500 cats have found their forever homes from our Sussex centre, and we’ve been able to provide hundreds of people with some much needed companionship during this difficult past year.”
With Hands-Free Homing, would-be owners can browse available cats on the charity’s website before contacting the centre. Staff can then conduct introductions over the phone or using video calls before cats are taken to their new home by a team of Cats Protection volunteers.
Among the cats being cared for at the centre is 11-year-old Annabelle, a sweet-natured moggy in need of a calm home to enjoy her older years.
In the absence of fundraising events, the centre has set up an Amazon wishlist for anyone who would like to help cats in need by purchasing a toy or cat care equipment.
To buy an item – which will be delivered directly to the centre – please visit https://amzn.to/2Ov7ONq
To find out more about adopting a cat from Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, please visit www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/coronavirus/hands-free-homing