Originally Posted by icklemiss21
will not let you have too many cats
Geez, I wish our shelter would have that rule. Certain staff-people and volunteers have 12, 15, even in one case 19 cats. How is there enough time in the day (especially since I know this individual works) to socialize 19 cats??? I mean, sure, some people can handle a lot of cats, but 19 sort of borders on collecting to me (although she does clean and they all are s/n at least)
Our big rules:
-Did I mention that we do checks (announced, scheduled home checks and checks with area vets who know our policy) and if we find out you've declawed your cat you'll get either a $500 fine or a court summons?
-All cats must be indoors only, unless in a proper carrier, under direct supervision on a harness and lead, or in a specially constructed enclosure (enclosed on all sides and the top)
-Cats may only be humanely euthanized in the case of extreme suffering or at the express recommendation of the vet. If you've euthanized an animal for a reason like moving or aggression or something, we don't adopt to you.
-If you've ever rehomed or surrendered an animal as an adult, we don't adopt to you.
-All animals that you personally have owned, past and present, must be spayed or neutered before we adopt to you (dogs, cats, and rabbits, at least)
-All kittens under 8 months must be adopted in pairs, period. (we get a TON of argument on this one, but it's better than getting a ton of mal-adjusted kittens returned to us every year, which is what happened before we instituted this)
-you must be employed, or able to prove sufficient income with a pension document, bank statement, SS receipt, etc.
-All minor kids must be present for the entire adoption process
-We also do the whole 2 forms of ID including a bill with current address and phone number and landloard/condo board/hoa checks things, along with an interview/screening and a mini-lecture on food and care (most of my material is thanks to TCS! Hooray!
I'm curious to see what everyone thinks of these rules. Also, keep in mind that 100% of the cats at the shelter were strays (no cats are born at the shelter- we spay abort all pregnancies- and we don't accept owner surrenders) and they are either orphans, strays who have been living a feral lifestyle, semi-feral and being socialized or have some sort of medical special need.