If you feel you have to give up your own kitten or cat, or if trying to find homes for kittens/cats you've found ...
Almost every day we receive emails from people hoping that we will take in their cat(s) that they feel they can no longer keep, or take in "stray" kittens that they've found. But as mentioned elsewhere we are a very small organization with limited space and resources and have to focus our efforts where we feel it will have the most impact. As a result our focus is on the homeless/abandoned kittens & cats that end up at Orange County Animal Services. These kittens & cats are our priority because they stand very little chance of making it out alive. Last year alone over 24,000 animals were dumped at just that one facility, and of those only 6560 made it out alive -- that translates into 73% of the animals going in did not make it out alive. And this year it's even worse. Also we believe "owned" pets have a better chance of finding a new home via the owner's efforts, so we focus our efforts on the truly homeless and abandoned. But we are sympathetic, knowing how difficult it can be to find new homes for wonderful kittens and cats -- we face this challenge every day!! So we offer suggestions that may help you find a new home for your pet or found kitten. The obvious but sometimes not fully explored is to utilize your own networks. These networks may include:
- friends, and friends of friends
- children's friends if applicable
- co-workers (also a lot of companies have bulletin boards that you could post a notice on, and some allow for inter-company emails for such things)
- church or other groups that you may be affiliated with
- your local pet store(s) - most pet stores have a community board to post on
- your local grocery store and small specialty stores that are community minded
- your veterinarian -- he/she already knows your animal and may know of someone who would provide a good home. Sometimes clients will go through their vet to adopt as they trust the vet and know that at least medically all should be okay. If the vet doesn't know of anyone then the least they might do is to post "Home Needed/Wanted" fliers in their reception area or on their website if they have one.
- Petfinder.com -- use to have an option where people can post their own animals for a 14day period but no longer offers that. Instead they also provide suggestions which you can view at http://www.petfinder.com/classifieds/index.html
- social internet networks, i.e., Facebook, MySpace -- these are good networks to tap into as these are people you already know, and who may know others who might just be looking for a cat to adopt and would appreciate knowing the cat's background. When you "post" ask your friends to also "share" the post for more exposure.
Most rescues stay at or close to capacity, especially during kitten season. And it's been a particularly difficult year finding new homes for the kittens/cats in our care due to the state of the economy and so many people losing their jobs, homes etc ... as a result we've seen a jump in the number of people wanting to "give up" their animals, and a decrease in people wanting to adopt. If you do contact rescues, make sure to include a picture(s), and a description including age, sex and personality traits of the cat(s). Also include the medical background i.e., is the cat(s) neutered/spayed, current on vaccines (and if so which ones), tested for Feline leukemia/AIDS, etc. Providing this info may push the balance in your favor if a rescue has an opening as they know the cat will have at least some protection (if vaccinated) coming into an environment with a lot of other kittens & cats, as well as is less likely to bring disease into the shelter.
We hope the information above is useful to you. Also, if you have any other suggestions as to how to find new homes for kittens & cats, we welcome your input and will share it on this page. You may email that info to Kindnessforcats@yahoo.com . Thank you.