Whoops! You're not receiving PM's...so I hope you don't mind if I throw the thingy right up here!
AGREEMENT BETWEEN ADOPTEE AND ADOPTER
Your new kitten will come with his or her first 2 sets of vaccinations from (name and phone number of vet's office). The fee we are asking will be used to cover these costs, and also to contribute to the cost of having their mother spayed so as to prevent further unplanned litters in the future.
*Your new kitten will need to return to the vet at 16 weeks of age for a vaccination booster shot, which will complete his/her shots for the current year.
*Although the kitten has been thoroughly checked through (name of vet)'s office for parasites, disease, and for a general clean bill of health, we cannot provide a guarantee against lifelong congenital defects, nor can we provide a warrantee for health issues throughout your kitten's lifespan. In addition, we are not responsible for the cost of veterinary care or other expenses accrued, should the kitten become ill or injured in your care.
*We require that you sign an agreement on this contract that you will spay/neuter your kitten at the age of 16 weeks of age, or according to your vet's regular schedule of care.
Please sign below if you agree to spay and neuter according to your vet's schedule:
(First/Last Name) (Date)
*If for some reason, you are unable to care for the kitten, and/or need to return the kitten due to an unexpected life change, your personal health issues, or another valid reason, we ask that you call us, and we will gladly take the kitten and again re-home him/her ourselves, at any point in the cat's life, with the exception that you are not returning the kitten or cat on the basis of an inability to provide proper vet or medical treatment or care. We ask that you do not place the cat in a shelter or give the cat away. We take full responsibility for the birth and care of our kittens, and take comfort in the knowledge that we can provide the most loving FOREVER homes possible for each and every one.
Thank you for adopting one of our beautiful kittens! If you have questions, or comments, please feel free to contact us any time.
(Your Phone Number)
ADOPTION FEE: $____.____ (To cover vet costs while in our care, prior to the adoption date).
DATE OF ADOPTION ____/____/______
*I have read the above agree, and accept all the terms and conditions listed above.
Spirita...you could also make a kitten care package, which includes a sample of litter, a little tin of cat treats, a catnip toy or mouse, and a kitten care sheet...you could just print one off the web, and include the care sheet with the kitten's vet records.
I am serious when I mentioned in the contract that a person should be able to return a cat DIRECTLY to you at any point of the cat's life, should he/she not be able to care for it. This is what taking responsibility for the birth of kittens is all about...we as humans (the creatures who ALLOW our cats to become pregnant and breed) need to be prepared to follow and support the kittens WE bring into this world throughout the duration of their lives...rather than allowing them to eventually be thrown into shelters to be euthanized, as over 9,000 are each day. You can turn your head and look the other way once the kitten goes to their new home...or, you can do the right thing, and be available to take the cat back in someday if the adoptee can no longer do it. That's because it is YOU that allowed that kitty to be brought into the world in the first place.
I'm not jumping down your throat, it's just the reality of the situation. If you are put in a position where a kitten or cat comes back to you, we at TCS will definitely help you find a forever home for the kitten. We've organized and facilitated all sorts of adoptions from this site from various parts of the country...we've even organized transport trains to get a cat from point A to point B...volunteers who will drive a cat a certain distant to meet another driver, and so on...just so the cat can finally reach the new home.
We could even organize such a thing for Mika and Smokie, if you decide to re-home them. We could post something about the girls in Cats S.O.S., with pictures, and spark some interest, to see if there aren't any TCS members who would be able to take them...and trust me, I'm sure there are. We can work out something transportation-wise if necessary, and you can request occassional photo and updates from their new owner right here on the site, or you can choose to keep the correspondence private through e-mail.
Just something to think about.
P.S. So glad to hear that Bruce is still gone. Phew!