How to Adopt a Cat
1 Check the 'Cats Available to Reserve' section on this site.
You are not 'buying' a cat just because they can be reserved: you are able to reserve pending approval.
3 Having sent your Adoption Interest Form, visit the Shop section to reserve a pet if especially keen to be considered for ones shown.
Reserve cats early 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.
Reservation shows your commitment; it is only by taking reservations that we can know who is serious. If approved, you pay nothing else.
If declined, you will know very quickly and any reservation funds will come right back in full by Paypal, at the time of us declining you.
In the very rare event you visit the pet and at the adoption visit, decide the pet isn't what you seek, you're also refunded in full. Of course you cannot know for sure til you make that visit. Nor can we know for sure that the owner will love you and choose you for their pet! However, 99.9% of the time, a happy adoption happens at that meeting.
Reserve only when when SURE you wish to adopt, and take the commitment seriously.
You do not have to reserve a pet but by doing so, you know nobody else can take that pet ahead of you. Sometimes it happens that pets get no applicants for months and then suddenly, they all apply at once.
4 We will be in touch to progress applications and to request photos of household members, pets and the home inside and out. If you are one of those folk who say 'I don't like sending pics of my house/family' etc, you are not for us. We would never send people on adoption visits to owners' homes without first sending cat owners a full set of images so they know what sort of people and home their cats will go to.
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 he drop hair?
How long will he live?
Will he need any vet treatment in the next 5 years?
Will this cat scratch the furniture? (Er, probably; this is a cat!)
Will this cat like my dog/elephant/pig? Umm, if cats have been around dogs, we state it in the write-up but we usually we don't know. It comes down to your skill at cat integration.
Most Persians are really sociable if handled correctly and introduced slowly.
Lack of thought 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".
Forms that don't convey your personality and lifestyle are not ones we can put forward to the pet owners. It's no good you asking us to chat to you on the phone; we can't pass a phone call to the pet owners; they need to see you put the effort in, in the way it is requested.
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: 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 getting another cat".
Make certain all the family is consulted and involved in the process before contacting any rescue. It just wastes our time otherwise. We are not all crazy cat ladies with nothing to do but sit knitting bonnets for cats. We have jobs, and we need to spend time wisely, just like everyone!
Another priceless example was the lady who sent "family photos" without checking them. Let's just say they were not the sort of pics expected. Very nice I'm sure, if you're into that sort of thing!
After adopting, you have a commitment to give the pet adequate facilities and time to settle IN ITS OWN SPACE in a room of its own, away from the family.
We are decidedly unimpressed by people who, the next day, email saying 'I don't think this cat will mix with my cats' - i.e. they have taken the pet home and put it right in with other animals or simply let it out in the living room, expecting it to settle right in.
We also get:
"It isn't eating, it will die."
Cats normally do not eat for a few days post upheaval. Again, common knowledge. The less stressy you are, the more likely the cat settles. People who have anxious behaviours pass these to their pets. Don't be one of them.
If you adopt a pedigree adult cat it is expected that you know what good cat integration entails. Putting cats straight in with other pets, giving them free run of the house and then being shocked when they hide, confining them to cages, or panicking if they don't eat straight away... well, guys, do your research on how all these habits harm pets.
If you have poor integration practices then the adoption will be difficult. We ask for EXPERIENCED adopters not novices as we cannot hand-hold. There are often many good home offers per pet.
To give a cat adequate time to settle could take up to a month, going slowly and carefully.
You are not acquiring a product; it's a pet with unique habits and traits.
What if I adopt Direct and the Pet is Unwell?
If you adopt a pet with us as intermediary, (where the cat is still in the owner's care, not with our fosterers), then we rely on what the owner has said about the pet, and their provided images. If you then see the pet and it does not appear 'as advertised' **you must decline the pet and explain to the owner**.
They can then come back to us and we can determine what they should do; in most cases it would mean they have to get any necessary work addressed at our own cost. because they have already decided further investment in their pet isn't something they can do So we would need to raise funds to get the issues looked at, that you have brought to our attention.
However, most are exactly as expected.
If you get a pet home and find, for example, it is not neutered, contact us and we will arrange to pay your vet direct for any essential vet care immediately post adoption.
NEVER return a pet to the original owner - always do what has been agreed with the rescue.
If you make a decision to take a pet back to his/her owner, that is too upsetting for the owner and we need to know that you are following normal procedures to care for the adopted pet.