How does a cat get ready for adoption?
Cats come to Second Chance by various routes. Sometimes they're sick or injured, been abused or abandoned, and others have come from a loving home where they simply can't stay. The one thing these cats have in common is that once they're in our shelter they are given the care and love they need to live a happy and healthy life, how ever long that may be.
So what does it mean when we say a cat is being "prepared for adoption"?
All cats and kittens adopted from SCAR are up to date on shots, spay/neutered (surgery), FIV/FeLV tested (blood test), and microchipped. We also check for fleas, parasites (fecal test), and obvious signs of infection (weight, temperature, visual and feel check), treating them as appropriate depending on the results. So when we say that a cat is ready for adoption it generally means we've checked those four things off for that animal and determined them to be healthy or to have a manageable condition.
When a cat comes in we get all the information we can on any veterinary care they already received to ensure we know as much about their needs as possible. Some cats have diagnosed allergies or illnesses that we have to ensure are under control before considering the cat "ready" for a home. We then present potential adopters with that information, including all medical care received while in our care, to help with the transition into a home from the shelter.
How long does this process take?
Legally, we cannot adopt a kitten before 8 weeks of age, and all outdoor cats must be held 10 days prior to adoption. So ideally a cat is ready in under 2 weeks or as soon as they hit 2 months old. But this will vary based on surgery schedules for spay/neuter and treatments for parasites, fleas, illnesses, and injuries, which can take months for particularly traumatic circumstances. So as to when a cat will be ready is completely dependent on their circumstances and what a potential adopter is willing to take on. We have a team of volunteers comprised of our Shelter Manager, other Board members, and vet techs who assess the cats and work together to determine their readiness.
What if I have a barn and need an outdoor cat?
We do sometimes get feral cats who need homes, too! They go through a similar process - they're vaccinated, spay/neutered, tested, microchipped, and examined for illness and injury. But because they are either aggressive or aversive with people, they would not be happy in homes. So we look for barn homes where they'll have shelter from the elements, fresh water, and access to food. They'll claim their new territory and decide if they want to stay, but at least they get the best chance at being happy and living out their natural lives without reproducing.
Are you ready to adopt?
Second Chance Animal Rescue is a small no-kill shelter. We can't help more cats until the ones we've already helped find homes. We have kittens, adults, special needs cats (incl. very shy and timid), FIV+ cats, and barn cats...they all need somewhere safe to call home. Click the "Adopt" tab above for our polices, the adoption contract, and to see our Petfinder listings for those who are ready for adoption. If you want to take on a barn cat, call the shelter office to speak with our Shelter Manager about being put on her list.