Adoption criteria


•  We are happy to re-home anywhere in the UK provided you can visit twice - once to reserve your cat and again to pick them up.


•  You cannot reserve a cat or kitten without viewing it first.


•  We require the whole family to meet the cat or kitten your hoping to adopt and are by appointment only.

•  Once we make contact with you to meet a foster cat, viewings must be arranged withing 3 days maximum.  If you fail to respond to our contact within 48 hours we will automatically move onto the next suitable applicant.


•  After viewing a cat or kitten we can only hold onto them for 48 hours without a deposit.  No exceptions.


•  Without a deposit we cannot hold onto a cat or kitten for you.

•  Deposits can be paid by CASH, PAYPAL or BANK TRANSFER


•  We will only re-home our kittens in pairs unless there is a suitable feline companion in the home.


•  We will only re-home suitable cats and kittens to families with young children.


•  We will always carry out our own home visits.  No exceptions.  


•  Home visits can take a few days to a few weeks to arrange due to location and availability of volunteers to carry these out.


•  If you are in a rented property, we will need permission from your landlord in writing before we can commence.


•  We do not have an upper or lower age limit for adopters, but we are mindful that the cat you are looking to adopt is of a suitable age for you and your home.


•  If you have a holiday arranged please come back to us once you are home.  We will not be able to hold a cat or kitten for you while your away.  

•   If you are carrying out home improvements or in the process of moving house please come back to us once you have moved, settled or building work is finished.  Re-homing a cat or kitten is stressful enough.


•  No cat will be homed if the house is on a busy road or other dangers, eg. Railway lines. The home check will fail if HCR feel the area is unsafe for the cat.

•  A cat which is not used to dogs will not be homed to a home with a dog, unless the dog is used to cats so likely to leave it alone plus we feel the cat could adapt to this situation.


•  If the house has access to a garden area this should be a safe and secure space.  Access to outside should ideally be located at the back of the house so the cat does not come out directly onto the roadside of the house. The home checker may offer advice while on a visit.

•  No cat will be housed as an indoor cat unless that is the lifestyle it his used to.

•  No kitten is to be homed to a family on its own.  All our kittens leave as pairs unless we feel there is a suitable feline match already in the home.

•  The adopter must be prepared to get their kitten neutered at 4 months old.

•  If the potential adopter already has resident cats or dogs these will be assessed to check they are fit and healthy and a suitable match to your potential new cat.

•  If you are out of our area, and we are unable to find a home checker to do the home check for us, your offer of a home may have to be declined.

•  If you pass your home check you will be expected to collect your reserved cat/kitten within 3 days.


Please note : If at any stage of the adoption process, we, one of our volunteers, fosterers, home checkers etc, feel that the situation is not right for our cat or kitten, you may be turned down.  If this decision is made at any point of the process the charities decision is final.  No discussions regarding this decision will be entered into.  All decisions are made in the best interests of the animals in our care, and no malice to any individual is intended.  Any deposits made will of course be refunded if this decision is made.

HappyCats Rescue


HappyCats Rescue Terms & Conditions

All our terms and conditions can be found in the document attached.

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