What Cat Shelters Provide:
Seek to place a new home for cats
Promote awareness to the public by sponsoring educational programs on how to adopt cats from shelter and rescue animal leagues
I work for the Gifford cat shelter. The mission provides homeless cats with high quality care in a safe, healthy, and loving environment. The work is to find safe, healthy, and loving permanent homes for the cats in our care and to educate potential adopters and the general public about cat welfare issues. The shelter is the first cageless, no-kill shelter in the country and have been in existence since 1884. They will never euthanize cats to create room to take in more cats.
Surrending Your Cat
Cat owners must think twice before surrending the cat. Why? Because as an adult, you are responsible for the welfare of the cat. Gifford cat shelter thinks seriously about it. When you adopted the cat, you made a commitement to provide a home for life. Your pet is a member of your family. However, there are circumstances that does not make it possible for cat owners, and the shelter does understand. But remember, moving is not a good reason to orphan your pet. If you have to surrender your cat, despite the shelter being a nice environment for some cats, others cannot tolerate the shelter well.
Cats that come to the shelter must be spayed/neutered; up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines;
have tested negative for FeLV and FIV; dewormed; have a health certificate from the vet stating the cat is in good health and free of any contagious conditions; and documentation for all of the above requirements. It is best to ask your friends, family, or your veterinarian for referrals for private homes, before coming to the shelter.
Adopting Adult Cats
There is an application form you must fill out before adopting a cat. Remember your responsibility as an adult for bringing a new addition to your family. Do your research and learn as much as possible to create a good healthy environment for both of you. The Gifford shelter cats are all spayed/neutered, have tested negative for FeLV/FIV and are current on their rabies and indoor cat vaccines. Kittens are current on age-appropriate shots. Kittens will be spayed and neutered at eighteen weeks. They will be tested for Felv/FIV at sixteen weeks.
When you adopt an adult you know what you are getting. There are no surprises about their personalities. Kitten personalities can change as they grow. Adopting a “young kitten” so you can “mold their personality” is a MYTH. Kittens are babies, and need baby care. They are cute, rambunctious and can be destructive. It can take up to two years for them to settle down”. We love kittens and often have more than we can handle during “kitten season”. They are always adopted quickly and they will always grow into adult cats very quickly! If you really want to create a better life for a cat, please consider adopting an adult.
The shelter needs your help. By pledging or donating to the shelter, you help with welfare, maintenance, foods, and care for the cats. There are public events that help to provide educational resources to the public about adopting and donating to the cat shelter.
Volunteers are always welcome to come and help at his/ her spare time. There are different tasks such as socializing with the cats, cleaning and feeding, office work, or making errands. I work as a volunteer and find it rewarding to be with cats and meet other people who have the same motif as I do.
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