Need Advice On Screening Potential Adopters

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

  1. seventhheaven

    seventhheaven TCS Member Top Cat

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    She's very pretty.
    I think it helps to request that people include their number when responding
    more serious people will reply, not just time wasters.
    If you ask them what they would like to share with you they will normally open up
    describing their lifestyle, living situation. Not just you asking them questions, people lie all the time.
    On the phone after a few e mails You get a true sense of them.
    Do you want an indoor or outdoor home? Depends on your comfort level
    you may decide that's it up to new owner, if you allow your cat's to be out.
    My preference is that they already own a cat
    (for company) replacing a previous 'cat friend' usually works out great, it's a real need, plus
    have experience. If people e mail saying they can stop by to pick her up right away offering
    No information..that's a red flag.
    If they tell you they just 'moved into a new place' Pass...to many people search for a new
    pet instantly when they get a new apartment, housing situation. You're trying to weed out
    on-a-whim buyers.
    A home with young children can be allot of work, a busy loud household some people view
    kittens as live entertainment for kids, mom's cannot always supervise...cats are not toys.
    During this process you may end up falling in love keeping her yourself :redheartpump:
     
  2. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Muchas buenas!

    Not surprised; I'd have kept her too!
     
  3. graceful-lily

    graceful-lily TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I use to rescue but due to college and lack of funding, I stopped. But when I was placing animals in a new home, I asked to visit their home and see pictures of what will be their new pet's setup. I also ask for history of other pets and ask them how they were looked after or see how their current pets are being looked after. I ask basic care questions about the species and even the difficult ones to see just how educated they are.

    It's also better to speak over the phone rather than just through emails and text messages. I prefer the old fashion way of doing things.
     
  4. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Avoid anyone who says they're going to give the animal as a present to someone else.
     
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  5. graceful-lily

    graceful-lily TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Also snake owners. I had so many run-ins with those kind of people. It's terrifying.
     
  6. nahui

    nahui Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Still no serious people interested in her. Only people who want a toy for the kids, or who somehow think she'll remain a kitten her whole life, and those who just want to know where to come and pick her up, just like that. I even had one lady getting mad at me, saying I should be thankful she was willing to "take her off my hands" and that she could get a kitten anywhere else. So no, thank you, we'll keep her and I truly hope this lady doesn't get a kitten.

    Tita has already become a great addition to our family! She loves to sleep on my lap and, as I'm typing this, there is a small paw suddenly appearing from behind the screen on my computer. She even manages to tire out our big, 13 pound cat, and it is really funny looking at that big guy trying to be dainty playing with Tita. :crackup: Here is a picture of the two of them playing. Again, thanks everyone for your great advice.
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  7. kskatt

    kskatt TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    As soon as I read the part about the timing, three years, to the day, same age; I knew the kitten was staying with you. I don't really believe in coincidences and this was too perfect. It was meant to be!
    It's kinda fun reading through the posts and seeing how many people don't read. It's not like pages and pages of posts. It is wonderful how many people want to help make sure a kitty goes to a great home, and this one found the perfect home!
    Looking at the pic of the your big boy playing with Tita, I don't think he'd forgive you if you sent her away. He would be lonely now.
     
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  8. catkids

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  9. catkids

    catkids TCS Member Kitten

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    Hi I think you should keep her . I work in rescue and with the Spca . I get the address google it and see where they live and when the cat is to go home I take the cat to the residence , that is where you will find the answers you are seeking . People lie and it is a know fact that they throw them outside and take to a shelter and these are people you have trusted your animal with call references , call their vet . investigate is the key. Watch for ones that says they cant afford a vet , or complain about the food they buy is too expensive . Your heart is the key you will know , most of all watch them when they hold your kitten , touch tells a lot .
     
  10. nahui

    nahui Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Yep, I don't quite believe in coincidences either, but I think this was just too much of a coincidence to find another abandoned black kitten, again while walking my dogs, three years to the day :headscratch:... it's just too much!

    Both cats spent the day yesterday playing, running around the house, and up and down the scratching post that today they have spent most of the day sleeping and have only woken up to ask for food, so you're right my big boy would not forgive me if I sent her away. I actually never expected him to accept Tita so fast and so easily.
     
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  11. kskatt

    kskatt TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I'll just stick with it was meant to be. <3 btw video? That scratching post is awesome!
     
  12. msfriday

    msfriday TCS Member Kitten

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    Very good point about checking out their cars -- I know of several HR people (who interview potential hires) who take the potential to lunch -- but ask THEM to drive (so the HR person can see their car) for the very same reason!
     
  13. msfriday

    msfriday TCS Member Kitten

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    That was my thought exactly, as soon as I read the circumstances of you finding her. I love black cats, and adopted one last fall from a shelter. He has brought such joy to my life! I wish you many happy years with her!
     
  14. graceful-lily

    graceful-lily TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I'm so glad you're keeping her. I totally understand. People can be really awful when it comes to animals. I remember when I was trying to find a home for my rescue, Hazel. Luckily, I found an amazing rescue group that works to rehabilitate her.

    I wish you nothing but the best! Congratulations on your new little one.
     
  15. nahui

    nahui Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Thanks msfriday and graceful-lily! I have really been careful trying to figure out why the people who called really wanted her (and all the advice I was given here was very, very helpful) because where I currently live people are just awful to black cats. Not all people, of course, but enough to make me wary.

    My older cat was thrown into the garbage as a tiny kitten, severely malnourished and left there to die. That's where I found him. Tita was left in the middle of traffic and other people had noticed her before I got there and they where just laughing at her seeing how scared she was running along the median. For some reason they found it funny. So that is why I could not give her to anyone without checking them thoroughly.
     

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