Post # 1
I’m hoping someone on the bee has some advice for my family and I. My grandmother has two cats that are sisters, she adopted them when they were kittens and they have always lived together. Long story short (REALLY long story short, the woman has been acting completely crazy and senile in an attempt to try to get my mom to let move into their home), my grandma can’t take care of them anymore. We honestly cannot trust her to feed them, change their litter box, nothing.
It’s a sad situation and I feel really badly for the cats, but we are now stuck with the task of finding them a new home since there is no one in the family that can take them in. This isn’t something I’ve ever done before, and I’m kind of baffled on what our next step should be. I posted on fb but other than that I’m kinda stuck. I don’t want to just take them to the shelter, and I’ve been cautioned about putting an ad on craigslist or anything. I know it won’t be easy because they are not kittens and there are two of them. They’re eight years old and very well behaved, neutered, up to date on their shots, etc.
Post # 3
@Wonderstruck: I would call a local shelter and ask if they know anyone who would want the two cats.
Post # 4
Try to find a no kill shelter in your area that will try their hardest to re-home them together. It can be really hard and time consuming for shelters to find a home that will take both of them in and that would be the kindest, best thing for cats that have grown up together.
Post # 5
In my area there is a local buy/sell facebook page include a pet album. It seems like most of the pets get adopted quickly. Do you have anything like that in your area you could try? Sorry you are going through this 🙁
Post # 6
@asscherlover: Shelters will probably worry first about their own population of cats. In the spring especially, my local shelter puts down dozens of cats per day.
@fvsoccer: No kill would be nice, but many have a waiting list that is months or even a year + long.
I would try craigslist, petfinder.com (I think you can rehome there?) Also, if there are any dog walking/pet sitting organizations or companies in your area, send them an email with the situation and photos of the cats, and ask them that they pass along the info to their staff and clients. I used to work for a dog sitter and we got these emails occasionally.
Post # 7
We had to re-home a kitten who ended up being a bad fit for our family (and we were not a great fit for him either, much as I loved him). I was apprehensive, but I put an ad on Craigslist. I turned away at least 8 people who were interested in him because I was looking for a certain kind of person (had a vet history, had landlord’s permission/homeowner, things like that) and was a huge pain in the ass about screening people, but I held out and ultimately found him an amazing home. The pics speak for themselves, the last update I got he was sprawled out in a sun chair surrounded by toys after his neutering appointment haha!
There are good people out there who will lovingly adopt, you just have to be picky.
Post # 8
I am a animal shelter volunteer and we get daily emails “Can I donate my cats?” Since we are no kill space depends on adoptions. But every animal group is up to their eyeballs cats honestly.
When talking to a rescue group – If I were you’d I’d try to push the fact that they are already neutered, they are indoor cats, people friendly, and litterbox trained (if they are). Even offer a monetary donation if they take in the cats. If someone offers us an unneutered cat that WE have to pay to fix, we just tell them no right off the bat. If the pet is already nice and doesn’t need extra surgeries, we may consider it. It’s all dependend on space really.
Do not give them away to a regular person for free. There are Class B animal hoarders (sell animals to laboratories for cash) and just plain sickos looking for free unwanted pets to harm.
Post # 9
http://www.catconnection.org/index.htmlUnder FAQ they list a number to call for rehoming.
I’m hoping some of these places are reasonably close to you. If not they should be able to provide you with information about a person/rescue who might be able to take the cats in.
If you are committed to putting them in a no-kill situation you best bet is to contact any and every shelter/rescue you can. Call your local vets, many of them have bulletin boards for posting lost animals and animal rehoming. They also deal with fosters, shelters, and rescues on a daily basis so they may also be able to provide you with information.
However with it being spring time it’s peak cat season so be prepared for this to take some time.
Post # 10
Thank you so much for the tips everyone, my mom was hoping she’d find someone we personally know to adopt them, but that hasn’t happened so we are going to be looking into the options suggested. I really appreciate all the advice!