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Charity starts 'hands-free' adoption service to rehome cats during lockdown

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One of the UK's leading pet charities has launched a 'hands-free' rehoming service to help rescue cats and kittens find their forever home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 03/06/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27


The Cat's Protection charity has rehomed over 1.5million kitties since opening its doors in 1927.

A lockdown on pet adoption

But after the country went into lockdown following the outbreak of COVID-19, would-be owners couldn't visit the shelter, depriving thousands of rescue kitties a chance to find a loving home.

And with social distancing measures likely to stay in place for some time, Cats Protection has come with an innovative new way to connect cats and people - 'hands-free' rehoming.

The new system will allow people to look at photos, descriptions, and video clips of rescue kitties on the Cats Protection website.

What's the difference when it comes to adopting a boy or a girl cat?

You can then arrange a virtual meeting with your favourite furry guy or girl. And if you find the perfect match, your newest family member will be dropped off at your home in a cats protection van.

A huge boost for cats and owners

A shelter in Glasgow will be the first to provide the new service; they've got five residents looking for a home - Whoopie, Edgar, Bumbles, Oliver, and Jinky.

Mark Beazley is director of operations at Cats Protection. Speaking to the Daily Record, he said:

"This is a fantastic scheme, which will not only help us to find loving homes for the cats in our care, but can also help provide much-needed companionship for people at this difficult time."