Most people do not realize that once a domain has expired that it is not immediately available for registration. The truth is every domain goes through a domain deletion process if the domain owner fails to renew the domain in a timely manner. This deletion process can take up to 3 months to complete. Drop catching is the act of registering a domain name that has gone through the domain deletion process and is available for registration by the general public. By utilizing software made specifically for this task, the drop catching company attempts to "catch" or hold a domain for the client as soon as it becomes available to the public.