CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SITUATION and cat adoptions.
Following Government Guidance our Homing Centres are closed to visitors.
UPDATE 4th APRIL 2021: With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions we are aiming to gradually re-open the centre to allow adopters to meet cats prior to adoption. Currently adopters cannot come into the centre to choose and meet cats. From April 12th we will begin to allow adopters who have had a successful home assessment to come and meet suitable cats prior to adoption - this will be by appointment only and Covid safe measures will be in place. Matching cats to new homes uing video clips of staff interacting with cats will still continue to be an option but actual meetings will be helpful particularly with our more challenging temperament cats.
JANUARY 21: Unfortunately due to the pandemic it is not business as usual. 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 very reduced team 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 essentially running an emergency service only e.g taking in sick and injured strays and cats after owners have died and there is no one to care for them. We may be able to help with finding new homes for some other cats via 'direct rehoming' appeals on our website.
We have been receiving a high level of enquiries about adopting cats particularly for friendly cats and kittens and cats for indoor only homes which we do not currently have coming into our care in any great numbers. In a few months time when Covid rates are lower and we are not in lockdown we will be able to take in and rehome more cats once again but for now everyone needs to stay safe.
We don't want to offend and its lovely that so many people want to adopt cats but the level of enquiries is overwhelming and our staff are working very long hours, sometimes its all just getting to be "too much" so please be patient.
We do need: Homes for pairs and families of feral cats. Experienced adult homes who can take on cats with nervous or challenging temperaments. Homes who can take on elderly cats with health problems.
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.
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
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