Public Adoption Bulletin Board
The Cat Welfare Society is not a shelter and we do not house any cats. This is a public adoption board for members of the public to post cats that need homes.
Are you ready to adopt a cat?
Before you make the decision to give a cat a home, here are a few basic considerations:
i) Do you intend to keep your cat strictly indoors? Roaming pet cats are the biggest source of complaints and neighbourly disputes in high-rise flats, leading to rounding up by pest control or in some cases, abuse.
ii) Do you intend to secure your windows with cat-proof mesh or grills to prevent accidents? It only takes a moment of distraction for a cat to fall out of a window.
ii) Do you intend to sterilise the cat when it reaches 6 months?
iv) Are you prepared to keep the cat for life?
A pet is a big responsibility. When we make the right decisions, what awaits us are the countless joys of owning a cat.
How do we ensure that cats go to good homes when we foster?
Do screen potential adopters carefully. A guide on what to look out for can be found at FAQ - Adoption Screening.
Do include the basic adoption criteria in your adoption postings so potential adopters are aware of the requirements of responsible cat owners. Posts with no criteria stated will be prompted to include at least the following:
i) The cat must be kept strictly indoors. If the window and gate grilles are large enough to allow the cat to pass through, they must be meshed.
ii) If the cat has not yet been sterilised, do ensure the cat is sterilised within the month the cat is released. If you are adopting out a kitten, do follow up closely to ensure the cat is sterilised.
iii) Ensure the adopter is aware that they are to provide good quality food and take the cat for regular visits.
iv) Ensure that the adopter is aware that a cat is a lifetime commitment and will provide it with a lifetime of love and care.
v) Do sign an adoption contract so both you and the adopter are aware of your continuing obligations.
It is good practice to take down the full contact details of an adopter before you pass them the cat. This includes their name, telephone number and full address. Politely ask for their IC for verification as a safeguard. It is recommended that a simple contract between fosterer and adopter be signed so that minimal standards of care for the cat/kitten is communicated. Samples are available at FAQ - Adoption Contract.
What is the recommended adoption fee?
The recommended adoption fee is $40 - $60. However, there may be cases when the cat received extensive veterinary care such as sterilisation, vaccination and treatment which warrants that the adoption fee be set higher. It is good practice to show the proof of such vet care to justify the higher fee.
Ultimately, adoption is about saving lives and more lives can be saved when adopters help with the cost of foster care through the adoption fee. This enables fosterers to continue to do more for other cats once the present are rehomed.
Microchipping is a good practice! How do I register my cat's microchip details?
In due time, cat owners will be required to microchip their pets similarly to dog owners. This good practice increases the chances of reuniting with your pet when it is lost or stolen, proves ownership and aims to curb abandonment by promoting accountability of pet owners to their pets. Microchipping is one of the ownership conditions for the cat ownership pilot currently underway in Chong Pang estate.
You can register with Pet Call. There is a fee.You can also provide your microchip details to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, which is a good idea as lost pets may end up there. To register with AVA, email Matilda_TAN@ava.gov.sg with your name, NRIC or FIN no, address, contact number and details of your cat - breed, age, colour sex (neutered).
BEWARE of Scammers
Recently, we found a post to our adoption board which is highly suspected to be a pet scam. Essentially when a potential adopter agrees to take the cat, the scammer will start asking for money for various things like vet fees, customs fees, etc. They would sometimes threaten the adopter with legal or police action should the adopter not send the money (usually via Western Union). Here are some good tips provided by a concerned citizen that you may want to be aware of when responding to an adoption post:
i) If it’s too good to be true (e.g. a free Siberian! Or, on Locanto, a Bengal for just $250!), be extra careful.
ii) Always insist on meeting the cat and fosterer first before committing.
iii) Never allow the person releasing the cat to you to use a transport agency. Collect the cat yourself, or arrange for your own transporter.
iv) Do not release personal information like your home address, occupation or family details over email. Scammers are known to break into homes, or steal your identity with this information.
To post on this board
Submit your adoption posting here (login required) with a short write-up, photos of the cat/kitten, the adoption criteria and a contact number or email so potential adopters can contact you directly. All cats above 6 months old must be sterilised and when you post on this board, you warrant that they are.
Please note that the filenames of your photos should not contain symbols or spaces (e.g. Tom & Jerry.jpg) as this will result in the photos not properly displayed. Please rename the file (e.g. tomandjerry.jpg) before you post. The file size for the photos should not exceed 1MB.