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CATS: Tips For Re-Homing Your Cat
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Finding A New Home For Your Cat

There are a number of steps that you should actively explore to find a new home for your cat before making the final decision to surrender your cat to the Shelter. 

Try To Find A New Home For The Cat On Your Own

  • Personally talk to friends, family members, neighbors, local veterinarians, and others you trust to try and find someone willing to adopt your cat.  Ask for help from your social media contacts.  As a last resort, advertise in the newspaper. DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST.

  • Never abandon your cat in a rural area or on a farm. Just because some cats live as farm pets it does not mean that your cat will be able to survive outside. Your cat is not able to care for itself on its own; it is your responsibility to provide for the cat.

  • Screen potential adopters carefully. Do not be afraid to deny a potential adopter if you just do not “feel right” about them. Trust your instincts because your cat’s happiness depends on it.

  • Don't give a cat away for free. People collect free cats and sell to research groups, etc.  Charging an adoption fee is like giving your cat an insurance policy.

  • Do a home visit and veterinarian reference check to anyone who is considering adopting your family member.

  • Have your cat spayed/neutered before placing them with their new family to help reduce pet overpopulation. CLICK HERE for information about low cost spay/neuter programs.

  • Require adopters to provide a valid form of ID, like a driver’s license, and make a written record of their license number. Also require them to sign an adoption contract that requires them to contact you to return your cat if for some reason they can no longer keep it.

If you are not able to re-home your cat on your own, the next step is to contact other cat adoption or rescue organizations.

  • Contact other animal shelters and rescues in the area to see if they will accept your cat.

  • Search the phone book or Internet for cat rescue organizations, but screen every organization carefully to ensure that it is a legitimate rescue with sincere intentions.