Adoption Procedure

FOR POTENTIAL ADOPTERS: Are you ready to adopt a cat?

Before you make the decision to give a cat a home, here are a few basic considerations:

  1. 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. Such incidents usually leading to rounding up of cats, be they pet cats or community cats, by pest control or in some cases, abuse.
  2. 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 and cats do not have good depth perception.
  3. Do you intend to sterilise the cat when it reaches 6 months?
    Unneutered cats have resulted in numerous unwanted litters that usually end up being abandoned or subject to abuse. Only a handful of these cats end up being rescued and are posted by dedicated fosters on this board. If you are willing and able to care for more cats, choose to adopt, not breed.
  4. Are you prepared to keep the cat for its lifetime (of 15-20 years)?
    A lifetime of healthy food and regular vet care is not cheap, but your cat will enjoy a full life if you make the right decisions.
  5. Are you willing to go through the adoption procedures required by fosters?
    Responsible fosters will screen you and conduct a house visit prior to the adoption. The process is not meant to be invasive; instead it is to ensure that the house and the whole family are ready for a new addition.

A pet is a big responsibility. When we make the right decisions, what awaits us are the countless joys of owning a cat.

FOR FOSTERS: How do we ensure that our foster cats go to good homes?

Screen potential adopters carefully. An Adoption Questionaire is available for you to send to potential adopters before you arrange for the viewing of the cat.

Do include this basic adoption criteria in your adoption postings so potential adopters are aware of the minimum requirements of responsible cat owners. Posts with no criteria stated will be prompted over email to screen for and include at least the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Ensure the adopter is aware that they are to provide good quality food and take the cat for regular vet visits.
  4. Ensure that the adopter is aware that a cat is a lifetime commitment and will provide it with a lifetime of love and care.
  5. Do a house visit, speak to the entire family and 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 against fraud and scams.

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. It is a good practice and an important step in building trust between the fosterer and adopter. A Sample Adoption Contract is available for use.

Please also delist the posting once the cat is adopted.

A pet is a big responsibility. When we make the right decisions, what awaits us are the countless joys of owning a cat.

What is the recommended adoption fee?

The recommended adoption fee is $40 – $80. However, there may be cases when the cat received extensive veterinary care 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 and communicate the fee to potential adopters early on.

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 fosters 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, all cat owners will be required to microchip and register the details of their cats. This is good practice as it increases the chances of reuniting with your cat if it is lost or stolen.

You can register with PetRego, a paid service with a pet recovery tool.

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, contact the Animal Response Centre (under other enquiries or feedback) with your name, NRIC or FIN no, address, contact number and details of your cat – date of microchip, breed, age, colour, sex (neutered).

BEWARE of Scammers

Anyone attempting to sell kittens under the guise of an adoption should be reported to [email protected] immediately. Scams that have been attempted through this board previously have resulted in criminal prosecution.

How to post a cat for adoption?

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 of age must be sterilised. 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. Photos must be in jpeg format, or they will not be accurately displayed. Please rename the file (e.g. tomandjerry.jpg) and use the appropriate format before you post. The file size for the photos should not exceed 1MB.

Minimum 4 characters