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First neutering and now cat adoption advocacy! I am a firm believer in the adopt, don’t shop mentality.
Working for a cat rehoming charity (have a look at my Volunteer’s View of Cats Protection) I come into contact with a lot of people who have found cats, have to give up their cat, had love ones pass away and leave their cats behind and it’s heartbreaking. There are so many cats that need a home that it infuriates me when I see irresponsible breeding and pet shops profiting from selling these animals so I am going to talk all about cat adoption and advocate for why it’s the best option.
Why You Should Adopt
3. Helps More Than One Cat
4. The Cats
5. Helps Destroy Pet Shops
6. House Trained
7. Healthier Cats
Things To Consider Before You Do
While I am over here preaching about cat adoption, it isn’t for everyone and although a cat will give you plenty of joy, if you have an uncertain or unstable home, it’s important to think about a few things:
- Time – can you give the cat the time it needs? particularly if it is an indoor one or those with health issues
- Stability – Can you provide a stable home and life?
- Type Of Cat – Some cats are considered more hypoallergenic, others will moult less and some are better with children. Look at specific types of cats that will suit your lifestyle.
- Long-Term – Even an older cat will be around for a few years and those in charities and rescues don’t need to be going through the process again. Be sure you want to adopt a cat and that it is a long-term commitment.
- Your Age – Older cats can be perfect companions for the elderly, however, you need to consider what may happen to your cat if you leave it behind. Some charities run schemes that promise to look after your cat if you pass before they do. (check out the Cats Protection Cat Guardianship Scheme)
The Process Of Cat Adoption
Although it differs from organisations and private fosterers will generally be a bit more relaxed, here are the different stages you will probably go through during your cat adoption journey:
- Look online at available cats or visit your local branch, charity or centre (remember you may need to make an appointment)
- Have an interview or discussion on what you are looking for, what they have available and your current living arrangements and lifestyle etc. This matches the right cat to your needs.
- A home visit. Some organisations will check your home to make sure a cat is suitable. This can put many people off but it aims to eradicate problems such as cats being used for baiting and makes sure cats are going to be in a healthy environment.
- Once approved, pick your cat, fill out the paperwork and make a donation.
- Organise to pick your cat up (usually 24-48 hours)
- Take them home, settle them in and give them plenty of love!
Types Of Cats You Can Adopt
- Farm cats/mousers
- Pedigree breeds
- Older cats
So you can find the right cat to fit your family.
Where To Look – Organisations To Adopt From
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Support Adoption For Pets
*Search for animal charities in your area at Animal Charities Of America.