Idlewild Animal Sanctuary

Your Guide to Cat Adoption

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Our cats can find themselves at the sanctuary for a number of different reasons. Some come directly from owners, some are abandoned, and some are strays. We don’t always know the full history of every cat and we can only pass on the information that we do have. You should therefore be prepared to allow a period of adjustment for your new cat when they arrive in your home. It is a big change to move from a sanctuary into a home environment. We feel at least a few weeks should be given for the cat to settle before you can expect it to be fully relaxed in its new home. The time that each cat needs to fully settle depends on the cat itself, its prior experiences and the circumstances of the new home environment. Some cats may come from farm or feral environments and they will need a lot longer to settle and show their true personality. When you adopt a cat from us, you will receive an informative booklet filled with lots of information about caring for your cat. 

Kitten Rehoming Fee

(Kittens under 6 months old)
£ 145 Adoption/Rehoming fee
  • Microchipping
  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering
  • Flea treatment
  • Worming treatment
  • 5 weeks free insurance
  • Kitten care pack

Cat Rehoming Fee

(Cats over 6 months old)
£ 105 Adoption/Rehoming fee
  • Microchipping
  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering
  • Flea treatment
  • Worming treatment
  • 5 weeks free insurance
  • Cat care pack

Covid Rehoming

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we have a Covid procedure in place at the moment. Firstly, you need to send the address to so we can perform a location check. As part of this check, we look at roads and speed limits etc. We have set guidelines for the home-check criteria that must be met for an adoption to go ahead. These checks are currently completed on Google Maps as we are trying to work remotely. If the location is suitable, we move on to the next step. We are performing video homechecks of the house itself. Start your video outside the front door showing the front area of the house and then walk into the house and around each room. Explain where the litter trays food and beds will be etc. You will need to send us your completed video via email. We will then make a decision. Sometimes there are things we need to check, and in this case, we would make a socially distanced visit to your home. If you pass the homecheck, we will send you pictures and videos of the cats and discuss each cat. Due to the restrictions, the handover of the cat must be done at the gate as the site is closed. Please bring a cat box which we would take from you at the gate. We will transfer the cat into your box and return it to you, along with all the necessary paperwork. We then offer life long support for any questions or issues they have. This is the only way we can rehome in these strange times. 

Home check

Before considering adopting a cat or kitten from Idlewild Animal Sanctuary, please ensure you can meet our home check and requirements. Thank you.

All home checks have set requirements and criteria...

Anyone looking to rehome an animal or animals(s) from the sanctuary, needs to first do some research into the needs of the animal they are interested in. This must include the life span, feeding requirements and housing requirements to ensure that you can offer a suitable environment for that animal for the rest of its natural life. We only rehome animals to forever homes and this must be considered when thinking about adopting an Animal from Idlewild Animal Sanctuary. If you are confident you can offer a loving forever home to an animal, then you can have a look through the website and see which animals we have available for adoption. 

Once you have done this and found an animal you would like to meet, you need to contact the sanctuary by either calling the team on 01492 558691 or Emailing

Depending upon the animal and its needs, we may ask you a range of questions regarding your individual circumstances to pre-qualify you as a potentially suitable adopter. The welfare of all our animals is our number one concern and animals will only be rehomed, if we are 100% happy that a good match has been made and you are able to provide the best environment and care that the animal needs.

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Adoption Contract

Adopting a rescue cat can be a fantastically rewarding experience and we always look forward to finding our cats the best possible forever home. Every new owner will need to sign an adoption contract when they re-home a cat. As part of our commitment to the cats, we offer lifelong back up so we are always on hand to offer follow up advice. On the rare occasion that there are any problems with your adoption, then all cats must be returned to the sanctuary for the team to re-home. Adoption donations will not be refunded in this situation. No cats, under any circumstance, can be sold or given away – they must always be returned as we are in the best position for care for the cat and find a more suitable home.

Adoption process

Health Care

If there are any known health conditions, we will ensure you are made aware of these before adopting a cat. They will be up to date with treatment against parasites.


When you adopt your cat from Idlewild Animal Sanctuary, they will have already been vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.

Meeting a cat

If you would like to come to meet the cats, you can arrange an appointment, and if you would like to reserve a cat, we then require a non-refundable donation deposit of £20.

Home Check

Before coming to meet a cat we first ask you to provide the prospective address and household information. This is so that we can gain vital information from you in relation to what you are looking for and match you with possible cats we have available. Once we have completed these checks we will invite you to come and see that cat(s). At this point if you wish to book a homecheck in person we ask for the non refundable deposit of £20 to cover the cost of the sanctuary conducting a home check.

Adoption donation

Once we have this deposit of £20, we will arrange a home check and if passed, a further non-refundable donation of £85 is payable when you adopt an adult cat and £125 when you adopt a kitten. The full adoption donation is £105 per cat (Cats over 6 months old) and £145 per kitten (Cats under 6 months old). These adoption donations help the charity towards the cat's veterinary fees and care costs.


If the cat you want to adopt is not old enough to be neutered, arrangements will be made for neutering at a later date. Neutering is a simple operation that will stop unwanted pregnancies and benefit your cat’s overall health and wellbeing.

To which locations do we re-home?

We re-home to the following postal code areas. (This is due to our home checking resources. On some occasions we can home check further afield, but this will depend on resources and the animals concerned).

At Idlewild Animal Sanctuary, we want to ensure that our cats are perfectly matched with their new owners! Please complete the Idlewild cat-match form below and we will match our cats to you...

Idlewild Cat Match Form