1. Hello Guest, would you like to share with us your favorite vet experience for a chance to win a $50 gift card? Visit our thread here for your chance to win!

Need Advice On Screening Potential Adopters

Discussion in 'Cats S.O.S' started by nahui, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. nahui

    nahui TCS Member Young Cat

    51
    66
    Dec 8, 2016
    Hello everyone,

    Last week I found a tiny black kitten, about 8 weeks old, in the middle of traffic :eek2:. I brought her home, got her checked by a vet (she is healthy!), but now I am trying to find her a good home and have posted her around several rescue groups. Tonight I got a call from a lady supposedly interested in adopting her, but my gut feeling just tells me something is amiss. She was just interested in knowing if she could pick her up tomorrow, just like that. She did not even ask any questions about the cat and only told me that she could provide a good home for her and that she has the space to keep her.

    I just don't want this kitten to fall into the wrong hands or people using her for some satanic ritual. After all, it is a black cat and I think I should be extra careful just because some people can be really stupid about black cats :argh:.

    So, what are some good questions I should ask potential adopters?

    I am in no hurry to get her adopted. I can wait for as long as it takes to find her the right home. If in the end she stays with me, then that is fine too. It is just that I would rather find her a home so that I have the extra space to help other cats. I've attached a couple of pictures of her from today. Thanks everyone for your help! _MG_3016-Edit.jpg _MG_3023-Edit.jpg
     
    graceful-lily, dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  2. abyeb

    abyeb Charlie's Purrson Top Cat

    2,534
    1,592
    Feb 18, 2017
    Hi nahui, that's an adorable kitten you've found there! What I'd reccommend for potential adopters is to have them fill out an adoption questionnaire like this one that I found online from Forte Animal Rescue in California: http://www.farescue.org/pdf_files/questionnaire_feline.pdf, then have them pay an adoption fee, not a lot (maybe around $100, that's the adoption fee for kittens at my local shelter), but enough to be sure that this person is committed and financially able to care for the kitten. Keep us updated!
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  3. nahui

    nahui TCS Member Young Cat

    51
    66
    Dec 8, 2016
    Thank you abyeb! That is a great questionnaire. I think I'll ask some of those questions and request regular picture updates to see how she is doing, although it can be tricky to track down people if they don't. I'd also like to get contact information from people, but I can see why most people would be reticent to give more personal information such as their address, since they don't know me either.

    In any case, one thing is for sure. I will not give her away without a thorough screening or to someone I already know and trust.

    Anyway, the kitten seems to feel right at home here and my other cat (the one in my profile picture, also found in the street and also black) seems to be mildly interested in the kitten and so far has not made much of a fuss about this intruder coming into his territory, so I guess that is a good start if she ends up staying. Coincidentally, I found this kitten three years to the day from when I found my other cat, at almost the same age as this kitten!
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  4. Jason607

    Jason607 TCS Member Young Cat

    50
    102
    Jun 4, 2017
    I had to find a home for two bunnies a while ago and had the same concerns you did. This is especially because people will sometimes pretend to want the bunnies as pets but they are really looking for free snake food. On a side note they use kittens for the same purpose. What I did was post up the bunnies for a fee. In your case since a lot of people don't desire black kittens I would put the fee at $50 instead of $100.

    If you find someone who is interested be honest with them about why you want them to fill out the questionnaire. Also ask them if they already have pets. If they are truly animal people they will not be offended at all when they hear your reasoning for why your making them go through this process to adopt your kitten. Then ask them if you can do a home visit of their house to see if they are on the up and up. Tell them if they pass that process you will waive the adoption fee. If they are willing to fill out the lengthy questionnaire, already have pets and you see they have a normal home; there is very little chance that the kitten will be going to a bad home. I did the same process with the bunnies and found a wonderful couple who already owned bunnies who took the two I had.
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  5. nahui

    nahui TCS Member Young Cat

    51
    66
    Dec 8, 2016
    Thanks Jason607! I did ask the only potential adopter I've had so far about filling out a questionnaire and she just disappeared. Haven't heard from her and I don't expect to hear from her again. Clearly, not a good choice for the kitten, but will definitely keep asking these questions to other potential adopters because you are right, if they are truly interested, they shouldn't be offended by it.
     
    tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  6. boris diamond

    boris diamond TCS Member Top Cat

    5,163
    788
    Mar 27, 2015
    It is great to hear you are screening the applicants. As others have mentioned, there are folks who want kittens for bad reasons. If you feel uncomfortable with an applicant for any reason, don't be shy about saying no. It's your right and your kitten! :blackcat2:
     
  7. maggie101

    maggie101 4cats Alpha Cat

    371
    202
    Apr 20, 2014
    Houston,TX
    Also get him micro chipped incase the person takes the kitten to a shelter and their vets phone number
     
    tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  8. nahui

    nahui TCS Member Young Cat

    51
    66
    Dec 8, 2016
    Thanks boris diamond! I do feel uncomfortable saying no to potential adopters and possibly pass on what could be a good home for the kitten, but I'd rather make that mistake than hand her over to the wrong people.

    Also thanks to maggie101. I'm also going to get her spayed and vaccinated before adoption, if it happens. But by the way things are looking, there is a good chance I might end up keeping her since nobody else has been interested in her. That is o.k. though, we can manage with one more cat. Plus, she is a lot of fun!
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  9. NewYork1303

    NewYork1303 TCS Member Top Cat

    2,620
    792
    Jun 9, 2015
    Washington State
    She's so beautiful. I would totally snap her up in a second.

    Our shelter has an application similar to the one with the link posted. Spaying her and vaccinating before adoption is also a great idea. She looks like such a sweetheart. I can't imagine no one wanting her.
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  10. Linda Dwyer

    Linda Dwyer TCS Member Young Cat

    61
    92
    Jun 15, 2017
    New Hampshire
    there is a site called petabuse.com you can go there and type in the name and state and see if this person is on the list for any animal cruelty violations. I know some people are not on the list because they have never been caught but its better than nothing.
     
  11. nahui

    nahui TCS Member Young Cat

    51
    66
    Dec 8, 2016
    Thanks everyone for your input. We have not been lucky finding her a good home. The only viable option was to take her to a shelter that offered to take her in, but I could not bring myself to take her there. She is comfortable here, she has gotten used to my dogs and even plays with my other cat, so we just decided to keep her. Her name now is Tita (short for Gatita, little cat in Spanish). I will post pictures of her in another thread to introduce her properly. Thanks again!
     
    dustydiamond1 and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  12. boris diamond

    boris diamond TCS Member Top Cat

    5,163
    788
    Mar 27, 2015
    I'm sorry that you haven't been able to find a good home for little Tita, but, in the end, it does sounds like you have found her a great home! I am happy for Tita. She is such a cutie! I hope she brings you much joy!
     
    tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  13. Anne

    Anne Site Owner Staff Member Admin

    31,741
    1,611
    Oct 23, 2000
    On TCS
    Thank you so much for rescuing this beautiful baby :loveeyes:

    I'm currently trying to find a home for a rescued kitten so I know what you're going through. Have hope - you'll find the perfect forever home eventually!

    You got some great suggestions here and we also have our own in-house article about this very topic, including a list of questions to ask potential adopters -
    "kittens To Good Homes" - How To Find A Good Forever Home For Your Kittens
     
    tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  14. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

    5,387
    1,867
    Dec 12, 2012
    Nebraska, USA
    I have a suggestion, any money received for the kitten could go to a local vet to be held there until she is ready to be spayed. I have even put this money up myself when I wanted a good home for an especially nice cat (although they all are!) Just like our potential renters, you can tell a LOT about a person by their car. If it is all banged up, dirty and completely full of trash, beware! We have found that people who don't care about their cars are people who usually don't care about anything else either. It can be old, but well cared for is the key. Good luck!
     
    msfriday, doomsdave and tarasgirl06 purraised this.
  15. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

    5,462
    1,598
    Sep 19, 2006
    Glendale, California
    Thanking you so much, @nahui , for caring enough to make sure Tita is in a loving permanent home -- it seems she has found the right one and the best one. She is adorable. Black cats are my favorites, aesthetically, though I love all cats. Several ebony princes and princesses have graced my life and they are all in my heart. Long, happy, healthy, loved life to you, tiny Tita! May you thrive!
     
    abyeb purraised this.
  16. dustydiamond1

    dustydiamond1 Minion to Gypsy since October 2016 Super Cat

    797
    747
    Jan 24, 2017
    central Illinois, USA
    :bigeyes: She is adorable. Good for you for saving the poor little girl and for being so protective.:clap::clap2: As for that 1st potential 'adopter', as the saying goes- good riddance to bad rubbish.:barf:

    Three years to the day, she was definitely meant to stay.:rock:
     
  17. maureen brad

    maureen brad TCS Member Super Cat

    845
    257
    Aug 18, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    She is a beauty.I am really glad you will keep her.
     
  18. maggie101

    maggie101 4cats Alpha Cat

    371
    202
    Apr 20, 2014
    Houston,TX
    I put CoCo for adoption awhile back for $40. The Lady that wanted "it" wanted the price lowered. $40 was too much for her. Can't afford that and won't call her a cat. She is not an item. Scratched her off. Another person asked how much shipping would be. Last people that took her and brought her back loved taking care of her but the lady was 75 yrs old. Wish I had known that. So I am keeping her
     
    dustydiamond1 purraised this.
  19. dustydiamond1

    dustydiamond1 Minion to Gypsy since October 2016 Super Cat

    797
    747
    Jan 24, 2017
    central Illinois, USA
    Good for you for keeping her :rock:
     
  20. maggie101

    maggie101 4cats Alpha Cat

    371
    202
    Apr 20, 2014
    Houston,TX
    I have gotten cats adopted from NextDoor
     

Share This Page