The Adoption Process
When you are ready to adopt a new forever friend, we ask you complete our friendly questionnaire, which is designed to ensure successful adoptions for pets and family. Take a look at our events page to see where and when our weekly adoption events are. If you are interested in adopting one (or more) of our cats:
- Review our typical questions below to ensure that you understand and are willing and capable of taking on the responsibility of a new pet.
- Fill out our adoption questionnaire – this can be done online or in person at one of our adoption events – or contact us.
- One of our volunteers will have a brief conversation with you to determine your needs and preferences, find out about your daily schedule, and talk about your previous experience with pets. This will help us determine which cat best fits with your lifestyle.
It helps speed up the adoption process if you:
- Understand and are willing to abide by the pet policy where you live (if appropriate).
- Give your veterinarian permission to speak to our volunteers.
- Have two personal references standing by, ready to talk to our volunteers.
After the adoption is complete, we will follow up with you (usually within 2 weeks) to check how things are going and address any concerns you may have.
Typical questions we ask potential adopters:
- Do you have any other pets and how will they react to a new cat?
- Is your current residence suited to the cat you’re considering?
- How will your social life or work obligations affect your ability to care for a cat?
- Do you have a plan for your new cat during vacations and/or work travel?
- How do the people you live with feel about having a cat in the house?
- Are you (or your spouse, partner or roommate) intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a cat, such as allergies?
- Do you or any of your household/family members have health issues that may be affected by a cat?
- Is there tension in the home? Pets quickly pick up on stress in the home, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.
- Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be ultimately responsible for the cat’s care?
- If you are thinking of adopting a young cat, do you have the time and patience to work with the cat through adolescence, taking playing, training and energy-level into account?
- Have you considered your lifestyle carefully and determined whether a younger or older cat would be a better match for you?
- Can you train and handle a cat with behavior issues or are you looking for an easy-going friend?
- Do you need a cat who will be reliable with children or one you can take with you when you travel?
- Do you want a cat who follows you all around the house or would you prefer a less clingy, more independent character?
- Adoption fees help cover the medical care, food and transportation while a cat waits for a new home. Adoption fees also act as a donation to help support the organization as a whole, allowing us to continue our efforts in rescuing, rehoming and caring for Trenton’s cats.
- Some mandatory expenses:
- Cat food (preferably canned and dry kibble)
- Kitty litter and box
- Routine veterinary care
- A carrier or crate
- Other expenditures may not be required but are highly recommended:
- Microchip registration
- A bed and lots of toys
- Additional grooming supplies or professional grooming (depending on your new cat’s needs)
- Unexpected accidents or illnesses can result in costly emergency veterinary care.
- Cats with special needs, such as physical or behavioral challenges, may require specialized professional support to overcome any obstacles these issues present.
- Cats need to be fed once to twice a day, more often in the case of kittens, and need a constant supply of fresh, clean water.
- A responsible pet parent should spend at least one hour per day giving direct attention to his or her cat. This may include training, exercising, grooming, and playing or may just be lap time on the couch.
- A cat with an abundance of energy needs more time to exercise and interactive toys to keep them entertained.
- Cats with long coats need 20 minutes a day of grooming to prevent matting.
- Cats with certain medical conditions may need additional attention, for instance diabetic cats need specifically timed injections.
- Remember that adopted cats may need additional bonding and reassurance time in the first few weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!