Getting a Cat From A Rescue Organization
Cat rescue organizations find homes for kittens that can no longer remain with their families because of illness, divorce, relocation or other insurmountable lifestyle obstacles. These organizations also adopt purebred kittens from animal shelters, rescue kittens from kitten mills and other cruel situations. A rescue organization can be a wonderful place to find a pedigree pet at a reasonable cost, as the main intent of a rescue organization is to keep the bloodlines pure.
Some rescue groups are connected with breeding organizations and specialize in finding a particular type. Some rescue organization consists only of a committee or a couple of are individuals or committees who are dedicated to finding a home for a specific breed of cat.
A benefit to going through a rescue organization is that it can often find you exactly the breed you want. Also rescue organizations excel at following up on the health and well being of the adopted pet. This is also really something to consider if you are forced to give up a pet.
Rescue groups are fantastic when it comes to providing a wealth of information about the breed they are trying to rescue. This is because the people that run rescue organizations are in love with a certain breed and wish to preserve its integrity as well as find the kittens good homes.
However (like any charity) even pet rescue organizations can have a dark side. Make sure that when you are dealing with any pet rescue organization (whether to adopt, donate, or give up your pet) please take the time to investigate the organization fully. Don't be afraid to ask them about their mission statement, references from veterinarians and from individuals who have adopted or given up their pets for adoption at the facility. Ask for a veterinarian reference, and call the vet. Ask if they can produce a charitable donation status certificate provide by their city or county, or if they're doing this on their own. Too many well-meaning individuals give up their pets to these so-called rescue organizations only to find out that they have really given up their valuable pedigreed cat to a heartless, greedy broker who mistreats their pet.
If you're surrendering your pet to a rescue organization, ask about their adoption policy. Ask to see their adoption application and contract. You should report them immediately to the police if they have no application, no adoption contract or won’t allow you to visit the inside of their kennel.
The most truly charitable of pet rescue organizations charge a lower, rather than a higher adoption fee. If the adoption fee is more than $100 it is likely that that the organization is selling the cats for profit rather than truly concentrating on finding them new homes.
Find out exactly where your pet will be kept while it's waiting for a permanent home.
If you're looking to adopt, ask the cat rescue organization if all of the cat’s health care needs have been taken care of and ask this to be put in writing. Also make sure that the pet is examined by a vet of your choosing before you commit to the adoption.
You can also expect to be put through an interview by a good rescue organization. They will not let you adopt unless they are certain the two of you are a good match. Don't be offended if your request for a particular cat is turned down. This often has to do with the cat’s social history including whether or not he was raised in a multi-pet home, whether you have small children or was this particular pet was a "one-man or woman" animal.
A fine place to look if you are in the Greater Toronto Area is the Toronto Cat Rescue or in Ottawa, the Ottawa Humane Society.