The latest hurricanes in the United States, Irma and Harvey have left a lot of cats abandoned and homeless. Cat shelters are doing what they can to provide a safe haven for these lost and abandoned cats. I’m proud of the way the local shelters in my city of Chicago has stepped up and taken in rescue cats from both Hurricane Irma and Harvey. What can you do to provide a home for rescue cats?
Adopt a rescue cat from a local shelter
I recommend checking the ASPCA website. The ASPCA has a national database of cats available for adoption. You can search by zip code, breed, qualities you might be looking for in a cat, etc. This is what I found when I checked for adoptable cats in my area. There are 268 cats available for adoption in my area.
How to adopt a cat from a shelter
Now that you’ve done your research and settled on one cat (or two), the next step is to visit the shelter to get a look at your potential cat, up close and personal. Also, the shelter is going to want to make sure you’re a suitable choice for your new cat. The adoption process usually goes something like this:
- Fill out an application
- provide proof of address
- a copy of your lease or condo policies regarding pets, if you live in an apartment or condo
- The shelter will provide some time to get to know your cat. The shelter will be checking your interaction with the cat. Note: make sure to bring along everyone in the household. The shelter wants to make sure it’s a good fit for everyone in the family.
- Don’t be surprised if you don’t take your adorable little feline home right away. Some shelters require a home inspection before they release your new cat to you. When I adopted Shrek and Clara from Happy Tails Rescue, the shelter actually checked out my home to make sure I and my home were suitable.
- Make sure to cat proof your rescue cat’s new home.
How much does it cost to adopt a rescue cat?
The cost of adopting a cat varies, depending on the shelter. The average cost is from $50-150. I adopted Clara for $50.00 and Shrek was free.
Every rescue cat has a story.
I adopted Shrek and Clara from Happy Tails Rescue of Northwest Indiana. Every rescue cat has a story. Shrek is a feral cat. A car ran him over. It’s a miracle that he’s alive. His skull was cracked and he suffered a broken leg. A very talented veterinarian put Shrek back together. He rehabbed at a pet hospital for 9 months. He ended up at Happy Tails Rescue after a full recovery.
Clara was the neighbor’s cat of the owner of Happy Tails Rescue. Clara was suffering from some type of urinary tract condition. The condition caused her to leak urine. The neighbors decided to give her up and the owner of Happy Tails Rescue took her in. It ended up being an easy fix. Once spayed, her urinary condition cleared up. She now uses the cat litter box without any problems.
Why adopt a rescue cat from a shelter
According to the Humane Society of America, “2.7 million adoptable cats (and dogs) are euthanized in the United States”. Adopting from a shelter means saving a life. But make sure when adopting a cat, go into it with the understanding that this is a lifetime commitment.
It’s been about 3 weeks since my two has been in their new homes. Clara and Shrek have added to the peace and serenity of my house. Both Clara and Shrek are adjusting well to their new home.
I feel lucky to have them both.