Golden Oldies Cat Rescue focuses on cats age 6 and older residing in Monterey County, CA only, whose owners can no longer care for them, or who are at-risk in a local shelter.
If you are outside of Monterey County but still want to list your cat on our website, we offer Courtesy listings for cats 6 and older. Anyone seeing your cat and wanting additional information would contact you directly.
To post any cat on our website, we’ll need to receive a description of the cat and at least one good quality photo (multiple photos are appreciated).
Because we are a small organization, there are some medical conditions we are unable to handle — including but not limited to diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, cancer or any terminal illness. If a medical exam shows a cat has one of these we unfortunately cannot take the kitty as a Golden Oldies cat, but we can offer you a Courtesy listing.
We are unable to take feral or stray cats, or cats that do not use a litter box appropriately.
FOR YOUR CAT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GOLDEN OLDIES, THERE IS MEDICAL THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. DO NOT COMPLETE MEDICAL UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO SOMEONE FROM GOLDEN OLDIES!
(IF THE CAT IS FROM ANIMAL FRIENDS RESCUE PROJECT IN PACIFIC GROVE OR ANOTHER LOCAL RESCUE, PLEASE CONTACT THEM AS THE CAT NEEDS TO BE RETURNED TO THEM PER THE ADOPTION CONTRACT)
- A complete medical exam within the last 60 days
- Senior blood panel within the last 6 months WITH thyroid test (T4)
- FIV/FELV test done (needs to be negative)
- Current on FVRCP AND rabies vaccines
- Scanned for microchip and if the cat has one, the manufacturer and chip number needs to be provided to us. If the cat does not have one, please implant a microchip and provide us with the manufacturer and chip number
- Be spayed/neutered
- Have its teeth checked and graded for dental disease on a I-IV basis
- A blood pressure screening (ONLY IF the doctor thinks it’s needed)
- Flea treatment if the cat goes outside at all
FIV/FELV TESTING SHOULD BE DONE FIRST AND THE VET SHOULD ONLY PROCEED WITH THE REST OF THE MEDCAL IF THIS TEST IS NEGATIVE!
You also have the option if the FIV/FELV test is negative to do just the senior labs with T4 and exam that day and returning at a later date to have the vaccines and microchip done if the cat is approved pending our review of exam notes and labs with T4.
There are some medical conditions that we are unable to take on that may show up in the senior labs with T4 and FIV/FELV test, including but not limited to diabetes, thyroid disease, cancer, advanced kidney disease, FIV, FELV and any terminal illness. If the exam/blood tests show a cat has one of these we unfortunately cannot take the kitty. We also do not take cats who urinate or defecate outside the litter box. Cats MUST use a litter box!
If you take your cat to one of our partner vets and mention it is a prospective Golden Oldies Cat you will receive a discount. Our partner vets are:
- Animal Hospital at Mid Valley, 312 Mid Valley Center, Carmel (831) 624-8509
- Aguajito Veterinary Hospital, 1221 10th Street Monterey (831) 372-8151
- Monterey Animal Hospital, 725 Foam Ave Monterey (831) 373-0711
PLEASE MENTION IT IS A PROSPECTIVE GOLDEN OLDIES CAT. You also MUST let us know several days in advance of the appointment so we can contact the vet and authorize the discounted services. If you DO NOT let us know in advance you WILL NOT get the discount.
If your cat has existing medical records please have your vet email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review them and see if anything else is needed. If more is needed, once the medical is done those records also need to be emailed to email@example.com.
Once we receive the medical records, our medical consultant will review them. If the cat qualifies for Golden Oldies and we do not already have an available foster we will begin recruiting for a foster but you need to keep it or make arrangements for its care until we find a foster. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE WE WILL FIND A FOSTER OR BE ABLE TO PLACE YOUR CAT.
When we find a foster, we will have you fill out a surrender form. There is a $100 surrender fee per cat. For shelter/rescue/vet transfers we have a transfer form you will fill out and we waive the fee. We promise a lifetime commitment to the cats in our care.
For guardians, if the cost of the medical services and the surrender fee are too much financially, PLEASE let us know so we can work with you and offer a discount. We DO NOT want finances to prevent bringing a cat into our program.
In the event we do not have an available foster, we will post your cat as a Courtesy listing on our website while we recruit for a foster. You will need to continue to care for the kitty until we have a foster home available.
We are 100 percent foster-based, which means we can only take cats when we have open foster homes. We are not a shelter and cannot take cats on short notice. Determining if a cat qualifies can take a week or more. And if we do not have a foster home available the recruitment process can be a long one.
To get started, please call us at 831-200-9700 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If your cat has been approved to come into Golden Oldies, please click on the Public Intake Form below, and fill it out. DO NOT fill out this form UNLESS you have heard from a Golden Oldies representative that your cat has been cleared medically and we have a foster home.