Talk About Adoption
"If you have several rescue groups/shelters to choose from, do some research and foster for the one you feel most comfortable with how well they screen…"
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If you have several rescue groups/shelters to choose from, do some research and foster for the one you feel most comfortable with how well they screen adopters. Find out as much as possible about their adoption procedures - the application, and whether or not someone goes over it carefully with the person before they are given a pet.
Witness an adoption during busy summer kitten season if possible, and ask questions. Be wary of groups that let people walk up and take pets home right away, no matter how many forms and contracts they have to fill out. Many groups ask for vet references, etc. and have a waiting period so these could actually be checked if the screening person wanted to.
It is rewarding to let your fosters go to their permanent homes when you feel that it will be a good home, but very hard emotionally to see them going to an iffy-looking situation and you find out that the screening they assured they do, doesn't take place.
If you have a choice of who to foster for, support the organization whose screening procedure you are most comfortable with, so more animals can be adopted out by this organization.
Mels C., owner of a Domestic Long Hair
"Speaking as a former animal rescue volunteer, I have to tell you that as soon as you start feeding this cat, you've signed an unspoken contract with…"
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Speaking as a former animal rescue volunteer, I have to tell you that as soon as you start feeding this cat, you've signed an unspoken contract with it. It sounds as though, from his behavior and reactions to you, he is definitely a stray. You have two choices. If you stop feeding him, he will eventually find someplace else to go for food. If you continue to feed, you'll need to trap him (call your local police/animal control for loan of a trap), find a vet who can handle a feral (local rescues can be of help to you there. They may also be able to send one of their volunteers out to help you) and follow their direction. You can vet, neuter/spay this cat and return him to the outside. Do not let him in amongst your cats. He could prove to be aggressive and also be carrying one of those nasty kitty viruses.
Joy W., owner of a Maine Coon mix
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