Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Washington State
I use craigslist (in addition to posting fliers at my vet and the local shelter). My ads are pretty lengthy and lay out some general ground rules. First, the person must either own their home, or be prepared to have me call the landlord to verify that they can have pets. They need to be over 18 years old. Everyone involved needs to know the cat is coming. Animals are not surprise gifts. They need to know I'll do a follow up call or two (and then actually DO this!). They also have to sign a contract saying that the kitten will come back to me if they can't keep it. This is good for the duration of the cat's life, whether it's in a month or ten years. It also means that I get to screen any future homes, or try to fix any problems that the kittens might have.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. If someone gets offended because you ask if they own their house, you don't want them to have your kitty anyway. I ask what they'll feed, if they've had cats before (and what happened to them), what other animals are in the home now (and give pointers on how to best do introductions), if there are kids in the home (and ages and pet experience levels), will kitty be indoor/outdoor, do they plan to declaw, etc.
Also, I get all my cats/kittens spayed/neutered before they get adopted, then charge the spay/neuter fee as the adoption fee. That way I don't have to trust that the new owners will do it...it's already done.
Charging a fee is a must. While there are good homes out there who would take a free cat, charging even $20 can help weed out a lot of crazies and bad homes. I would never give a kitten away for free unless I knew the owners personally and would vouch for them to someone else. Here, $60-75 is average for a spayed/neutered kitten.