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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SITUATION and cat adoptions. 

Following Government Guidance our Homing Centres are closed to visitors.   

UPDATE 6th JAN:  Since the pandemic began we have been receiving a very high level of enquiries about adopting cats at all our centres - particularly for friendly cats and kittens. At Lewisham we do currently have plenty of cats from 5-6 months old up to elderly cats needing homes but many are ex strays and most are slightly shy. We currently also have a lot of feral and semi-feral adult cats in our care who require rural outdoor homes such as at farms and stables. 

Like everyone we are experiencing challenges continuing to run our rescue and homing service and care for the cats in the centre. We are running with a reduced team and staff and volunteers because of the need to function in a covid safe way and the impact of the need for staff to isolate at times. We are trying to respond to enquiries as fast we can and ask that you help us to make this process smoother.....

Applying to adopt a cat: Please contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  In your email please include your name, address and contact tel no.   If you are interested in specific cats on our website please read their homing requirements and if you think you can meet their needs please include the cats names in your email.  Please let us know some general information about you, your home and household e.g how much experience you have with cats e.g previous and current cats / pets, who lives in your house including ages of any children. If you have a garden etc

Foster homes:  We do use short term foster homes but our main need is during kitten season for mother cats and litters of kittens (March to late Autumn) For other adult cats these will usually be our harder to home more challenging cats. Due to the demand to adopt friendly cats we do not need foster homes for friendly 'easy to home' cats. We do need foster homes to be local to our Lewisham centre. We have received a lot of offers of help with fostering cats during the pandemic but currently only have a very limited number of cats that are suitable for fostering. 

Our Homing Centres are currently closed to visitors.  

Cat Adoptions:  As our cats are rescued we do assess homes and have an adoption process so that we can feel reassured that cats are being well matched to their new homes and that they are going to good homes. 

Usually we would carry out a pre adoption home visit but obviously cannot do this at the moment.  We are instead conducting home assessments via video calls on WhatsApp to provide advice about caring for and settling cats in and also so that you can show us any cat relevant areas of your home. 
 

Following a successful video home assessment we are matching cats to new homes and can share photos and videos of the cats but unfortunately it is not possible to come and meet them at the moment. We are registering interest and conducting home assessments via video calls on WhatsApp - please contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Rescue - we are continuing to respond to urgent rescue calls - e.g sick and injured strays, pregnant strays, stray cats with kittens,  cats whose owners have died etc  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 8694 6545 

The cats at our centres are being cared for by our staff. Unfortunately we cannot take on new volunteers at the moment.  If you wish to support us in the care of our cats please do so by sending donations of cat food via our Amazon Wish List : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/NH7XY66SFO89/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o

 

More information about our homing policies including rehoming kittens in pairs can be found here:  https://www.celiahammond.org/index.php/faqs/homing-a-cat