Finding Potential Adopters/Rehoming Your Own Kitty
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 and cats that end up at Orange County Animal Services. During the fiscal year of 2018 OCAS received over 9,000 kittens and cats! Of those 4,313 were adopted, 999 were taken in by OCAS Partner Rescues, 178 were returned to owners and 601 were TNR'd as part of the OCAS Community Cats Initiative. Because of these numbers compared to the number of kitties received, we never do not encourage surrendering your pet to a county shelter, even those listed as "no kill" shelters. Chances are your pet will become sick due to stress and contagious diseases and euthanasia is always a possibility. 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. However, 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.
We NEVER recommend:
Most rescues stay at or close to capacity, especially during kitten season (warm months). 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/FIV, etc. Providing this information 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 and cats, as well as is less likely to bring disease into the shelter.
IF a rescue is willing to take in your beloved pet or a stray you've found, you might want to think about making a donation to that organization. Remember, it costs money to run a rescue and most of us rely on donations and volunteers.
Additional resources which may be helpful:
Emotional Support Animals- If your cat is registered as an emotional support animal, you will be allowed in all rental housing regardless of their pet policy and you will be protected under the Fair Housing Act.
"We believe that pets and their people belong together"
Having trouble affording veterinary care? Help is here.
Living with Cat Allergies
Temporary Cat Fostering-
PACT for Animals- temporary, long term foster care
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 information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
"When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns."
― Charles Bukowski