Every cat lover at a time or another finds himself needing to find a house for a stray cat or lost kitten. Let us face it; we are “marked” by our friends who know our love for these magnificent beings. Even the stray cats themselves can smell us a mile away, and like iron is attracted to a magnets, they will come to find us if they need help.
Our soft hearts will not permit us to neglect them, so what can we do? If you have been a lover of cats for a while, you probably already have a standard of what you would consider “A good home” for the adoptee. But how exactly go about finding one?
Step one would be to get the word on the street. If you found the cat as a stray, your first task is to see if it has an owner and, if so, return them to their original owner. Hand flyers out to next-door neighbors, advertisements in the paper, as well as “word-of-mouth” might offer to inform the owners of the whereabouts of their lost family pet. In our age of social media, putting a post up on Facebook would also help.
While some description of the stray cat’s particular characteristics in question will undoubtedly be essential for this purpose, however, leave several of the identifying features of the stray cat for the caller to provide. For example, the cat owner needs to recognize that Kitty has three, not two, white socks, a ginger spot on his nose, or a striped tail. Keeping the cat away from the hands of those who desire a “cost-free” family pet is essential. They may not have the very best objectives for the animal. If you have determined that the previous owner can not be found, or that there was no former owner, it is time to look for a new home for the cat.
If family and friends are currently having their hands full with other felines, a little publicity and marketing may be needed. Bear in mind, never point out that the cat is a stray and comes free in the ad. It is always advisable to request some reasonable fees to ensure that only serious cat owners would come knocking.
The next step is the telephone screening. Please don’t skip this very vital step, as it is a lot easier to share with a prospective adopter that you do not think that the cat would fit well in his home, over the telephone, than it is to communicate this to his face while he is in your living room. (You can word your thoughts much more delicately, like “I just do not believe this is the ideal cat for you”).
Right here are some good questions to ask to help you identify the type of residence the caller would provide for the cat:
Be friendly and also helpful with prospective adopters, however, be meticulous. Ask to see a driver’s license. Getting recommendations from people who know the adopter, including the person’s vet, if they do have one would give an idea of the home cat is going to. You may decide to have a written adoption contract drafted up similar to those used by humane societies. If so, be sure to provide one copy with your name and telephone number on it to the adopter to take residence and maintain a signed duplicate for your records.
Trust me, all this work will be worth it. Check out the video below of this guy who is on a mission to re-home 50 kittens! What a Sweetheart!
You’ll understand that it’s all worth the hard work when you see the little furball go home with his happy, caring family. Now do not neglect the final and crucial step of checking in with the household. A couple of days later and again in a few weeks to see exactly how the feline is adjusting is an excellent time to do so. Of course, tell the new adopter you will take the cat/kitten back if they feel that it is not a correct fit.