FINDING YOUR CAT A HOME
There are many things you can do to try to find your cat a home. The key is being pro-active.
It will be easier to find a new home for your cat if the animal is healthy and spayed or neutered. Your veterinarian may give you a discount if they know the animal is a stray.
Always be honest about the cat’s age, health, behavior and any disability. Always include contact information (a name, phone number and email address are ideal) if you put up flyers or post on social media or other sites.
IF YOU GOT YOUR CAT FROM ANIMAL FRIENDS RESCUE PROJECT OR ANOTHER RESCUE PLEASE CONTACT THEM! YOUR CAT(S) MUST BE RETURNED TO THE RESCUE PER THE ADOPTION CONTRACT YOU SIGNED!
Here are some tips on how to promote your cat:
- Make a flyer with a good picture of your cat and include name, age, gender, personality characteristics and any known medical issues. Also include if the cat is spayed/neutred or vaccinated and if it is an indoor or outdoor kitty. Be sure to include a contact name, phone number and an email address. Post the flyer at local veterinary clinics, pet stores, schools etc. (anywhere that will allow it)
- Put an ad in one of the local newspapers. The Monterey Herald, Monterey County Weekly and Carmel Pine Cone are three of the local papers.
- Post a picture, information about your cat and contact info on Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor
- Network with friends, relatives and co-workers to spread the word
- Send an email to all your contacts with info on the cat along with a photo and contact info
- Contact Animal Friends Rescue Project in Pacific Grove. They do NOT take animals from the public but do offer a “Stay At Home Rescue Program.” This free program helps you re-home a cat whether it’s a stray you’ve found, one you’ve rescued from a terrible situation or your own family pet that you feel you must give up due to your circumstances. The cat stays in the comfort of its own home (you “foster” it while searching for a new home). AFRP posts a picture of the pet on its cat page advertising its need for a home (e-mail them a digital picture with bio and contact info to email@example.com). AFRP will leave the posting on its web page for one month unless you contact them to keep it there longer. Please let them know when/if you do place your cat. This is a FREE service, but in order to continue to make it available to all who need it, AFRP encourages you to make a small donation if you are able ($10-$25).
- And, of course, Golden Oldies Cat Rescue offers free Courtesy Cat Listings on our web and Facebook pages. For this please email a picture, bio and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if/when the cat is placed.