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Giving up your cat

Woodgreen takes in hundreds of cats and kittens each year and finds them new, loving owners.

Giving up your cat can be a difficult, emotional process. If you’re thinking about giving up a cat or kitten, it is best to start the process early, and prevent things from getting worse.

Woodgreen is here to help. Speak to our pet support experts, who can discuss matters with you confidentially and provide unbiased advice and support, to help you make the right decision for your and your cat’s wellbeing.

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Handing your cat into our care: how it works

Woodgreen has a five stage process for rehoming cats. If your cat has behavioural issues book a free appointment with our Behaviour & Training Specialist Team.

If you’re thinking about giving up a cat or kitten, it is best if you start the process early and prevent things from getting worse.

To begin, complete the application form below, and we will aim to reply within 48 hours about next steps.

Sometimes it’s easier to talk things through with our pet support team. Our experts will discuss matters with you confidentially and provide unbiased advice and support, to help you make the right decision for your and your pet’s wellbeing.

Call them on 0300 303 9333, 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week. If they can’t answer, leave a message and they’ll call you back within 48 hours.

A member of our pet support team may call you to gather more information about you and your cat or kitten. For example photographs and copies of any veterinary records.

We’ll discuss whether we can provide your cat with a new home, or provide support to keep your cat in your home to see if the situation improves, such as free behavioural advice, or financial aid.

We will then decide the best course of action for you and your cat.

Based on our initial assessment, we will decide on one of the following actions:

  • Your cat will come into our care, where they will stay in our excellent facilities supported by our dedicated, experienced staff, or with a foster volunteer until they find a new home
  • Support with keeping your pet in your home whilst we find them a great new home. This includes expert help with any pet-related issues you may be experiencing
  • A space on our waiting list if our care services are full

In some circumstances, we may not be able to find your cat a new home; our team will explain the reasons why and what to do next.

On the day of your appointment you will need to bring them to us in Godmanchester at the agreed time and date, or you can arrange a collection.

If your cat has favourite toys, bring these with you as we will keep them with your cat to help them settle. After the appointment, your cat with remain with us until we find them a new home.

Your rehoming appointment will last half an hour. Our team will ask for more detailed information about your cat, to make sure we provide the right support whilst they are with us and find them the best new home.

Whilst in our care, our experts will then assess the behaviour and medical needs of the cat in depth, to help us match them with the right new owner.

You can email us if you’d like updates on your cat whilst in our care.

Once we place your cat in their new home, you’ll understand that we are unable to share information about your former pet’s new owners or whereabouts.

Application form

  • You can provide details for up to five cats
  • To provide a quicker decision, we ask applicants to provide comprehensive, honest and accurate information
  • You will be asked to share their medical history, behaviour, and photos
  • It takes around 10-20 minutes to complete an application for each cat

Use this form if you think you have found a stray. Read our advice article about stray cats first.