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.
It is important to understand that a reservation shows your commitment to the pet; it is only by taking reservations that we can know who is serious about adopting, and we rely on these funds for day to day overheads, especially for foster care of cats and the bills these incur.
A reservation fee is not refunded if you change your mind, if we have approved you; what happens in this instance (though very rare) is that we keep your name on our file so that you can come back and choose a cat at a time more convenient for you.
The reason we have to say that reservation fees are non-refundable for mind-changes, is because as soon as any adopter is approved, the funds are transferred out to pay our fosterers' care bills (across the rescue as a whole, it's not specific to the cat you applied for); adoption fees are the sole source of revenue in most months so it is absolutely crucial that when someone says they are adopting, they do follow through.
Of course if we decline you, fees are refunded in full the same day but we introduced the Reservation Fee to curtail the large number of non-serious 'browsers' we had, who would ask to adopt and then back out; this is very difficult for the administration of any rescue and also causes problems when we are trying to free pets from their former homes, if we promise an adoption that then doesn't happen.
Therefore, reserve 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 that nobody else can take that pet ahead of you. Sometimes it does happen that pets get no applicants for months and then suddenly, they all apply at once so whoever reserves will be considered first. .
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. : )