How to Adopt a Cat
1 Check the 'Shop' on this site and look at cats listed under 'Cat Adoption Reservations'.
(Please note that you are not 'buying' a cat just because they are listed in the 'Shop': you are able to reserve one but this is pending approval of your application. The only reason they are in the 'Shop' is because this is a way of easily showing who's available and at what fee, and it makes it possible for you to reserve).
3 Having sent your Adoption Interest Form, Email directly about fees, and about how to reserve a pet you are interested in.
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expect to pay around £175 per cat.
You will be asked to reserve your chosen cats quite early in the process because it prevents confusing outcomes if several people apply at the same time. Once you have reserved we will deal only with you, until we accept or decline you.
4 We will also need photos of household members, pets and the home inside and out so if progressing, you need to send these to the email address above but if you like, as it's a lot of work for some people, you can wait til your application has been approved.
Send any large photo files separately, to email@example.com
If approved, the Reservation Fee becomes your Adoption Fee and nothing more is due.
Around 45% of applicants are declined at present. Fees are refunded same day as the declension
and cat(s) made available again to other applicants.
Top Reasons for Declining Applicants
Stupid questions are the top reason to decline applicants; remember your questions will be some indicator of how skilled you are, at cat ownership or integration.
While we don't mind guiding novices (in fact novices welcome as long as willing to learn) we don't expect 'silly' questions:
Will it drop hair?
Will he need any vet treatment in the next 5 years?
Will this cat scratch the furniture? (Er, possibly, cats scratch, and again we can't see into the future).
Will this cat like my dog/elephant/pig? (Umm, if cats have been around dogs, then we would state it in the write-up but we usually would not know. It comes down to your skill at cat integration. However, most Persians are really sociable if handled correctly and introduced slowly).
Lack of thought when answering questions is another reason to decline. Here are some real answers from application forms:
"What would you feed your new cat?" ANSWER: "Cat food".
"Please tell us what you would vaccinate against". ANSWER: "Things that make the cat ill". Also "Bird flu".
Unsuitable environment/lifestyle for the pet available. E.g. "I am on holiday for the next 3 months, will this be a problem? I can always take the cat with me."
Treating us like a shop, i.e. "is there discount if I buy an old one/two at once".
Lack of adequate planning is another reason to decline: for example, it's frustrating to discuss a cat with someone and then hear them say "I will discuss it with my husband; I haven't told him I was even thinking of getting another cat". Make certain that all the family is consulted and involved in the process before contacting any rescue.
Those are only a few examples but another priceless example was the lady who sent "family photos" without checking them. Let's just say they were not the pics we expected. very nice I'm sure, if you're into that sort of thing!
All quite funny really but less so when I am tired and have a lot of work to do. : )