How to Find a Cat a Home
How to Find a Cat a Home
Posted on: 26 March 2015
If you find a cat or a kitten, or know if someone who needs to find a new home for a cat, take the following approaches to find it a forever home:
Try to place the cat with a no-kill shelter or rescue. A no-kill shelter or rescue is one that does not euthanize healthy animals in its care. Purrfect Angels is a no-kill rescue... but in the event that Purrfect Angels is full and cannot accept surrendered cats, other no-kill organizations in our area that you can contact are Finally Home Farm, Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Furrever Friends Rescue and Volunteers, Animal Welfare Association, Animal Adoption Center, and South Jersey Rescue.
If you are outside of southern New Jersey, consult the No-Kill Network for a no-kill animal shelter or rescue near you. The No-Kill Network is an online directory of no-kill facilities all over the world.
Create a poster/flyer with the best photo of the cat that you have, and list the cat's name, breed, color, age, gender, any distinguishing marks or characteristics, and a way for people to contact you (preferably a phone number). Be sure to make the lettering clear and large enough to be easily readable. To protect your privacy, consider setting up a separate email address for this purpose, instead of using your standard personal or work email. Remember -- you're "marketing" the cat, so make sure that your writing is upbeat and positive. If you're unsure of your writing skills, ask a friend or colleague to help you.
Deliver, email or fax the posters to your local veterinary offices or pet stores (PetSmart, PetValu, Petco, etc.) and ask them to post on their bulletin boards. Your workplace, church, local library, community center -- as well as local restaurants, businesses and convenience stores -- may also have similar bulletin boards.
Use social media such as Facebook or Twitter to alert your friends to the cat and its need for a home. You can try Craigslist or other online bulletin board services, but there is risk involved, as it is often more difficult to screen potential adopters than through other social media.
We can "courtesy post" your cat on the Purrfect Angels website, via Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet. Send us cute pictures (or a link to a YouTube video clip) the cat's biography (breed, color, age, gender), medical history (spay/neuter status, whether the cat is declawed, any special needs) and behavior (is the cat active or quiet? is the cat good around small children? dogs? other cats? strangers?), and interested people will email you directly. If interested persons contact us, we will forward their emails to you. When we "courtesy post," the cat remains YOUR responsibility until you conclude an adoption.
Screen all applicants carefully, ask for a vet reference and three personal references. You want your cat to live indoors and not be declawed. Ask for an adoption fee to screen out people looking for free cats who may be up to no good. For your safety, when you arrange to meet a potential adopter, be sure that another person is with you, and/or arrange to meet at a public place.
Finally... don't wait until the last minute to find your cat a home! Placing a cat in a good home usually takes time. Most rescues have waiting lists and can't take in a cat at a moment's notice.