Adopt, don't shop!
Thank you in advance!
When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter or rescue organisation, you not only save a life but enrich your own. Thank you in advance for doing this fantastic thing!
In most cases, an adopted cat or kitten has been:
spayed (or neutered)
dewormed and rid of fleas
given a medical examination
tested for diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia (FeLV).
Adopt one and save another
The story of cat overpopulation in animal shelters is unfortunate. Every year, thousands and thousands of animals are killed because they do not have a home.
When you adopt a cat or a kitten, you are freeing up space in the shelter or rescue organisation for more cats to have a chance at life as well. And - because your new kitty has been spayed or neutered, you are helping to prevent the suffering of future generations of unwanted kittens.
How to find the purrrfect kitty
Here are four ways you might search for the purrrfect cat or kitten to adopt.
1. Look online
The best place to start looking for a new furry friend is online.
Pet Rescue provides an Australia-wide rescue directory. Many local rescue groups, humane societies and animal shelters also post their adoptable cats and kittens on this site.
You can search state by state using criteria such as breed, gender and age. You can even sign up to be alerted when the type of cat you are looking for gets posted.
Each local rescue group, humane society and animal shelter usually has a website. These websites are another excellent place to see which kitties are looking for a new home.
2. Check your local shelter
Another place to check is the local animal shelter. When planning a visit, make sure you leave enough time to explore, look at, and talk to the kitties.
After you select a cat or kitten, there will be paperwork to complete. This paperwork states that both you and the shelter are comfortable with the adoption. You will also need to pay an adoption fee. These fees go towards the ongoing work of the shelter,
3. Contact a rescue organisation
You can also contact a private, not-for-profit group or rescue organisation and find out if they currently have any cats or kittens available. These groups usually house the cats and kittens in foster homes while they are visiting the vet and settling into their new life. The kitties then get posted on the web once they are ready to adopt. Sometimes, an organisation might also run weekend adoption events.
Again, you will need to complete paperwork and pay an adoption fee. The rescue organisation may also want to visit your home before you complete the adoption - to evaluate it for safety and suitability.
Adopting from a rescue organisation may be a bit more complicated than a public shelter, but the foster carer will be able to give you first-hand information about the cat's background and behaviour. This sort of information is beneficial when you first take the kitty home.
4. Adopt from friends or family
Finally, you might choose to adopt a cat or kitten from friends or family. They may have found a homeless cat, or perhaps need to find a new home for their cat - due to unfortunate circumstances in their life.
Adopting from friends or family allows you time to get to know the kitty before you bring them home. If the person has had the cat for some time, you can also get lots of information about the cat's behaviour and medical history - all of which will help make the adoption a success.