Originally Posted by October
I think if you really want a cat -- and especially if you've already fallen in love with one -- you're more than willing to jump through whatever hoops they have you do.
I disagree. A certain amount of checking is called for but I've come across some utterly over the top demands from some rescue organisations. You would think they dont want their kitties adopted! The one nearest to me has a contract that says the cat always belongs to them and that they can demand the kitty back at any time
. There is no way in heck I'll ever adopt from them!!!
Things one should always check for is - if the potential owner is renting - if they are actually allowed pets. I'm not sure about the vet reference - what if they hadnt had a pet before? A face-to-face interview is a good idea - clever questions should be able to weed out bad owners. Anything else, in my view, other than regular updates for the first year or so, is completely unnecessary.
Also - never, ever
offer kitties as 'free to a good home'. You should always charge a small adoption fee. Again, hopefully, that will deter crappy potential owners as they may not want to spend the 'initial outlay'. Toby was free to a good home - I suspect because his previous owners thought no-one would adopt him otherwise - but I would have been more than happy to pay a fee of £50 or so if they had asked.
As a side note - I keep in touch irregularly with Tobys previous owners. They didnt ask for updates but I like doing it anyway. After all, they were Tobys owners for 5 years. They have, by the way, eventually moved abroad - to South Africa apparently. They searched for my facebook account and added me as a friend just this week.