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Question about contracts with shelters?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a question about the contracts people sign when they adopt a cat from a kitten rescue.
When you sign saying that you will have that pet spay/neutered by such and such date and you do not follow through on your part.
What will happen? Can someone report it?

I ask only because, someone has adopted a munchkin mix and plans to breed it at least once with another munchkin kitten. I have talked till I'm blue in the face about not doing it and why you shouldn't breed these two kittens but nothing is working.

In the contract it states that if the cat has not been spay/neutered by July they will come and get the cat. I guess my question is, do they really follow through with that threat? Or do I need to keep hounding them?
post #2 of 14
I don't think some places follow through with it. When I got my kitten from the Delaware SPCA in 2002, we set up a date to get her spayed. I had to postpone the appointment, and they could not set up another appointment for about 3 months! I had to keep calling them back to make the appointment! They did not seem too interested in when or even if she actually got spayed.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
That is what I was worried about. They even offered a coupon which is a free spay/neuter when you adopt but I don't think they are going to follow through. I guess I will just keep hounding away! Thanks
post #4 of 14
I often wondered about that too- this is exactly why I am such a big proponent for early spay/neuter, there is a rescue group that I got a few FeLV cats from (great big kudos to them also for attempting to find these babies a home instead of automatically euthanizing ) that will not release the cats until they are altered. I just think how many more litters could be prevented if every rescue group did this A spay/neuter contract is NO guarantee IMO
post #5 of 14
could you report them to the shelter where they got the cat from? or atleast tell them what they plan to do?
post #6 of 14
Quote:
I have a question about the contracts people sign when they adopt a cat from a kitten rescue.
When you sign saying that you will have that pet spay/neutered by such and such date and you do not follow through on your part.
What will happen? Can someone report it?
Depends on the shelter...but I would certainly call the shelter to report her intention...just so that the shelter is aware that by not spaying/neutering prior to adoption, they are opening the door for people to breed these cats.

Katie
post #7 of 14
We got our kittens from a Humane Society that is hooked up to the local county governments. If you don't foster proof of spay/neuter by the age of 6 months, then in theory they come reposes the animal and fine you $200.
I don't know if they enforce this though as I lost my girl's spay verifcation and asked the HS to send me a new one to fill out and send in again and they never did and never called to check up that we did get her spayed.

It would be nice if they would spay/neuter all animals before they leave, but they only do that with animals over 6 months old.

~Julia
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information. I think I'm going to have to call SOCKS which is where she adopted the kitten and have a talk with them.
post #9 of 14
My local humane society requires that they are speutered before the get to go home with you.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by snosrap5
Thanks for the information. I think I'm going to have to call SOCKS which is where she adopted the kitten and have a talk with them.
Good idea...perhaps this will encourage them to reconsider adopting out intact kittens.

Katie
post #11 of 14
Unfortunately the shelter here doesn't have the resources to follow through. They are barely getting by. They have you sign a contract saying you will have the animal fixed and most do because it is included in the $75 fee, but they do not keep up with who does or doesn't. So please contact the place the cat came from and let them know. At least they can try to do something or at least put them on the DNA list.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

She made her appointments to have both kittens spayed and neutered.

I feel so good about the kittens now!! I can take a deep breath and relax.
post #13 of 14
Yay! That's good news, and good for you for being so adamant about it!!!

My shelter sent me a reminder card about a month after I adopted, but no further follow through - honestly, I didn't get the feeling that they really cared all that much. All mailings I've gotten from them since are pleas for donations...I would think most shelters lack the resources to enforce the contract.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by snosrap5

She made her appointments to have both kittens spayed and neutered.

I feel so good about the kittens now!! I can take a deep breath and relax.

Oh..that is FANTASTIC!!! Make sure she follows through.

Katie
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