Rehoming Your Cat



When you take a cat into your heart and home, you are making a promise to that cat.  


There are some good reasons for rehoming your cat, but please make sure all other options have been fully explored.  When you rehome your cat, you are taking away a potential home for another cat that may be facing euthanasia.  


Not everyone has an animal's best interests in mind when they adopt them. 


Some people take animals they find from 'free to good home' ads and sell them to research facilities (see, where they are isolated and tortured until the day they die. 


Others may simply be irresponsible pet parents who will neglect the animal when it is no longer convenient to care for it.


Before your rehome your cat:


- Make sure your cat is in good health, up to date on vaccines, and is altered.  

- It is also a very, very good idea to microchip your cat.

- Make sure you have your cat's medical records.



Rehoming Special-Needs Cats:


Older and special needs cats can be particularly difficult to place.  

One way to help things along is to offer to pay for the cat's medical needs, as well as food and whatever other needs may arise.  Then someone who may otherwise not be able to afford a cat might take your cat.  


The most important thing to give yourself and your cat during this process is time.  



For Your Use:  Private Parties Adoption Contract



Steps to take:


The first thing you should do is contact a local rescue group and ask if they can put your cat on Petfinder or Pets911.  You should send them several photos of your cat, as well as a detailed biography and your contact information.


Make sure your description includes:

- Brief medical history of the cat

- Description of cat's temperament

- Recommendations for cats, dogs, and children

- Make sure you present your cat in a positive light!

- Lots of pictures!


Craigslist and Facebook are also good places to advertise pets for adoption but please screen adopters carefully.




Regardless as to where you post your cat, please use the following guidelines:

1.  Charge an adoption fee for your pet! This is one way to ensure that the pet is really wanted.  It makes sense to donate the fee to a local animal rescue or shelter.

2.  Inform potential adopters that you will wish to visit the animal.

3.  Instead of having them come to you, transport the animal to the potential adopter's home yourself to get a look at the environment it will be in. Check any other pets they have for signs of how they've been looked after. 

4.  Have the new pet guardians sign a contractClick here to download a general use adoption contract.  Make any changes you deem necessary.


5.  Call to see how things are going once you have placed your pet. Ask for photos. Do report any concerns to an animal protection agency. 


6.  Give your animal time to be adopted. This process cannot be rushed. It takes time and energy to find a suitable home! 


Additional Resources:

Rescue Well (Maryland) - Re-home a Pet

Rehoming Animals by Joanna Harkin



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