If you adopted the cat from us... you are required by contract to return it.
If you purchased your cat from a Breeder... you should contact your breeder first. Any reputable breeder will take their cats back. Often, people will wonder why a breeder would take a cat back that's already neutered, or not breedable. A good breeder is not just about money. She makes a lifetime commitment to her cats, and wants to see them safe. She will often have a wait list of quality homes who would be happy to take on your cat! You may be able to get help through CFA purebred Rescue. We can contact any CFA or TICA registered Persian breeder.
If you adopted your cat from a Rescue organization... check your contract. Many rescuers require the cat to be returned to them.
If you adopted from an Animal Shelter... please do NOT return the cat to them! If you are a legitimate Rescuer, or veterinary office, we will Courtesy Post the cat to our website. We do not post cats being given up by their owners.
If you found the cat... there are certain legal hoops that you must go through to ensure that the owners have a chance to retrieve their cats. Posting flyers in your neighborhood, at the local shelters, local vets offices, and placing an ad in the local newspapers is the best way to find the cat's family. PLEASE do NOT take the cat to any shelter that has a high kill record. Take it only to those mentioned on this list. An animal shelter is not a safe place for a stray cat, especially a Persian. Shelter diseases run rampant, and there is a high risk that this cat will be euthanized. The shelter must hold the cat for at least 4 days, and even if Rescue can take it, the cat may be very sick by the time we get it. Most shelters do ZERO screening, so the first person there with the adoption fee gets the cat, whether they are an appropriate home or not! Once you have followed the appropriate steps, you may want to follow the directions posted below for safely placing the cat.
In trying to find a home for your cat, you might start by checking with your veterinarian. They might know of someone who would like to adopt your cat. Put up posters at your veterinarian and other veterinarians in your area with a picture of your cat, description of personality and age of cat along with how to contact you. Interview the potential adopters at length and charge an adoption fee.
It is not a good idea to simply give your cat away because research laboratories use them in experimental research and there are people who use them to train dogs to kill. Be sure to get permission to check with their veterinarian to be sure they are honest with you about the care they've given their previous cats. Take a look at our application on this site to see what types of question we ask. DO screen carefully!
If you are local (Northern California), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help. Depending on the situation, we can advise on ways to keep your cat with you, take your cat into our foster program (space is limited), or work on a direct placement. Please be sure that you have your cat's vet records, and expect to make a donation to the care and feeding of your cat.
Check the "Animal Welfare Organizations Near You" page on Petfinder. You can search there for Rescuers in your area. There is also a Yahoo group email with many other Rescuers and potential adopters. You may join that list and post your cat. Many people join this list to find a cat and the Rescuers have been screened before membership. You should still check references for any Rescuer that offers to take your cat, just as you would check references for any potential adopter. This list also has animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, and a large archive that may have some ideas for finding a way that you can actually keep your cat. Many other Rescuers are listed on our "Links" page. You may find one near you. You will be expected to provide transportation for your cat as well as making a donation to the care and feeding of the kitty. There are also Sanctuaries that will take your cat for the rest of it’s life and provide it with love, 3 squares and veterinary care. These sanctuaries require a substantial donation, which STILL won’t even begin to cover the cost of caring for your cat medically or with the type of food that needs to be purchased.
If you find that you are out of time, and not willing to get your cat to a safe Rescue, please research the local shelters. Your cat will NOT be safe in most shelters in this country. Determine how long the shelter is willing to hold the cat before they kill it. Some will euthanize within twenty four hours. There is NO such thing as a No Kill shelter. Most shelters euthanize if the cat becomes ill, even with a common cold. You can still find a Low Kill shelter or SPCA. Many of them have excellent luck in placing Persians. Try to locate shelters that are also good about screening potential homes. Some of them have a relationship with Rescue and will call before euthanizing the cat. We can't always take the cat, because we don't always have room. IF you must take your cat to the shelter, please request that they call Rescue before putting the cat down (killing it). We have had several situations where the people who left the cat at the shelter told them we were full, so the shelter didn’t call us. Their cat died when we could have worked with that shelter to save the cat. Even if the shelter tells you they will call Rescue, they may not necessarily do so. Several times, people have left their cat at the shelter and been told that Rescue would be called. They checked in later to find their cat had been euthanized. Either we were too full, or the shelter just didn't call us.
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There is ALWAYS a way to make a miracle happen for your cat if you are willing to be resourceful and persistent. Sadly, most people want the easy way out. We would be more helpful, but have found that usually when we spend hours working on a rescue space for someone, they don’t follow through. We then have taken time and care away from our own very needy cats in Rescue and exhaust ourselves in the process. If we were to take your cat, we would require a substantial donation to pay for the boarding and care of the cats that will then not have space in Rescue. Every cat we take to Rescue costs another cat its’ life. If you have further questions, please contact us.