In a perfect world every animal adopted out would only have one family, but sadly unforeseen issues arise that force the family to have to rehome their beloved pet. Here is some information taken from “The Feline Rescue Association” website to make this process easier for you.
“FREE to a GOOD HOME” Adverts – Please DON’T do this!
Please don’t be tempted to advertise your pet as being ‘free to a good home’. Firstly, and most worryingly, because cats or kittens are sometimes obtained by deception, through this type of advert, for use in illegal dog-baiting. Secondly, you have no guarantee of where they will end up, whether they will be cared for long term, or if they will end up being dumped. Apart from the high risk factor, some people who are simply after a free cat, may not have considered any other expenses such as veterinary bills and cattery fees, and might not be in a position to cover them. (Info taken from, http://www.catchat.org/rehome.html)
(Info copied from http://www.thecatrescue.org/rehoming.htm)
When you take a cat into your heart and home, you are making a promise to that cat. There are some good reasons for rehoming your cat, but please make sure all other options have been fully explored. When you rehome your cat, you are taking away a potential home for another cat that may be facing euthanasia.
Not everyone has an animal’s best interests in mind when they adopt them.
Some people take animals they find from ‘free to good home’ ads and sell them to research facilities (see www.stolenpets.org), where they are isolated and tortured until the day they die.
Others may simply be irresponsible pet parents who will neglect the animal when it is no longer convenient to care for it.
Before your rehome your cat:
- Make sure your cat is in good health, up to date on vaccines, and is altered.
- It is also a very, very good idea to microchip your cat.
- Make sure you have your cat’s medical records.
Rehoming Special-Needs Cats:
- Older and special needs cats can be particularly difficult to place.
- One way to help things along is to offer to pay for the cat’s medical needs, as well as food and whatever other needs may arise.
- Then someone who may otherwise not be able to afford a cat might take your cat.
- The most important thing to give yourself and your cat during this process is time.
For Your Use: Private Parties Adoption Contract
Steps to take:
The first thing you should do is contact a local rescue group and ask if they can put your cat on Petfinder or Pets911.
You should send them several photos of your cat, as well as a detailed biography and your contact information.
Make sure your description includes:
- Brief medical history of the cat
- Description of cat’s temperament
- Recommendations for cats, dogs, and children
- Make sure you present your cat in a positive light!
- Lots of pictures!
You may also, of course, wish to go the Craigslist route.
Regardless as to where you post your cat, please use the following guidelines:
- Charge an adoption fee for your pet! This is one way to ensure that the pet is really wanted.
- Alert potential adopters that you will be making house calls to check on the animal, even if you don’t really intend to.
- Instead of having them come to you, transport the animal to the potential adopter’s home yourself to get a look at the environment it will be in. Check any other pets they have for signs of how they’ve been looked after.
- Have the new pet guardians sign a contract. Click here to download a general use adoption contract. Make any changes you deem necessary.
- Call to see how things are going once you have placed your pet. Ask for photos. Do report any concerns to an animal protection agency.
- Give your animal time to be adopted. This process cannot be rushed. It takes time and energy to find a suitable home!