You are now an animal rescuer. You can now, in just a few weeks, help save the life of an animal. You can now make that difference and it’s your work that will mean whether it lives or dies.
NOTE: – If you have seen cats on facebook and are telling us about them, we are unable to help you. We get people reforwarding Facebook posts all day. If you cant help them yourself, we cant help you.
We’ve put this small guide together to give some help and advice after many many years of rehoming. We hope this is helpful.
Stop . . .. now around about now most people stop reading and ask us “Can you recommend someone else” or “I just wanted advice”. This is that advice.
So who is the best person to help the cat? You, you are right there. The more YOU do the better the outcome.
There are three ways to rehome your cat. Outsource, Dump or “DIY”. This is the run down on these
1.Slowest – Outsource/ask a no kill rescue group to take it “today”. This is basically saying “I cant/wont do it myself, so I want someone else to take it off my hands”. So here’s some things to consider.
Note – If we have offered you a spot you MUST turn up on the day we have asked you to, with the cats that were committed. If you do not turn up we no longer commit to those cats.
2. Worst – Dump/give to a pound.
3. Fastest – “Assisted DIY” You want immediate action, then this is what you should do!
This is done all the time really well by people who read this post. This ALWAYS works, it is all about how much time you have, the effort you put in.
Share the workload amongst friends and family is often more effective than 140 people a week asking the one tiny little rescue group.
(Sidenote, ‘but why will they let 1-2 small kittens through sometimes quickly?” – because that’s what 90% of adopters are asking for and they move through fast. Adults can take 3 months to “years”, kittens, a month . . it’s all about space)
OK, so now what can you do first?
You probably noticed think “but you’ve got this great Facebook site” . perfect. That’s right. We recommend setting up a quick facebook site showcasing the animal you want to rescue, or at the very least a digital profile, post and great photo’s that you can share.
Nearly all the people we recommend this to rehome the animals very quickly. The only times this has not worked is when there are other cicrumstances like “there are more than 3, they are all feral/angry” etc
(quick tip, if there are more than three, split up the marketing . . 1 at a time, it’s impossible for an adopter to adopt more than 2 animals at once so I never understand why people say “I have 6 kittens and 4 mums can anyone take them”)
A couple of banners and some graphics, a quick share with your friends and online forums has a huge outcome. Use targetted facebook ads to cat lovers in your area. If you dont know how to do that, use this info here
How to make it easier (see advice down the page for more details)
– Do the vet checks and desex them. It’s like having a car registered and insured before you sell it. Makes the job half done
– Take very good photo’s . . of the cat. Not blurry, not rushed, not yourself. The cat.
– Have a good story (see lower)
Most important. . . Get GOOD photo’s. MORE THAN ONE!!! Use your Iphone/whatever and take a lot of pictures (10-15 per cat or more). Don’t try to make every one perfect, just not blurry . . and take a lot of them . . you will find the cutest ones later. Sift through all of your photo’s and come up with f 10-20 that are good. Everyone has a camera. It may take you half an hour. Do it immediately. If you cant use a camera, ask a friend. This is the key to rehoming your cat amongst hundreds looking for homes is good photo’s. If you have bad photo’s you wont stand out. You need to stand out.
Best ways to rehome yourself (from PetRescue.com.au)
To give your pet’s advertisement maximum exposure, make use of all the available resources.
You have every right to screen all potential new owners who enquire about your pet. Don’t let anyone rush or intimidate you. Think of it as an adoption, not a sale. Choose the person you think will make the best companion for your pet.
If someone responds to your advert, you should screen them over the phone before introducing them to the animal. This will help you rule out any unsuitable adopters early on.
To start, you might say: “This dog/cat is very special to me, and I am looking for just the right home for him/her. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions about yourself and your home?”
Let all applicants know you will be checking references and need to speak to their vet (if they’ve had pets before).
Once you’ve chosen a family (or families) that you feel are good candidates, arrange two meetings with the potential new owners – the first appointment for them to meet the pet, and the second for you to see their home. If the first meeting goes well, ask them to fill in the Pet Adoption Application Form.
We strongly advise that you do not hand over your pet until you’ve seen the adopter’s living arrangements. It’s all too easy for people to tell you what you want to hear, rather than how it actually is. By seeing their home you’ll be able to gauge their suitability as an owner.
Trust your instincts. If you have any concerns, don’t be afraid to discuss them or to reject their application. To make a non-confrontational exit, tell them other people are also interested in meeting your pet and that you’ll get back to them.
Important things to mention to the new owners
All rehomed pets go through an adjustment period as they get to know their new people, learn new rules and mourn the loss of their old family. Most pets adjust within a few days, but others may take longer.
Advise the new family to take things easy at first, avoiding anything stressful, such as bathing their new pet, attending obedience training classes or meeting too many strangers at once. Assure them this will give the pet time to settle in and bond with them.
Tell them not to worry if the pet does not eat for the first day or two, he’ll eat when he’s ready.
Some of the best house-trained pets can temporarily forget the rules. Assure the new owners that it’s not unusual for rehomed pets to have an accident during the first day in their new home and it rarely happens more than once.
If all else fails, and you cannot get support from the rescue community and you cant rehome, there are paid rehoming services you can go to that will assist, but they cost money per cat. You can also make an appointment with the AWL (Animal Welfare League) who will try to rehome, be aware they are not no-kill and they will likely have to resort to putting your cats to sleep, so this is an option that isnt optimal.
And here is is a list of every animal shelter and rescue group in Australia. – You should try and rehome the cat for yourself before just dumping onto rescue groups, but if you do need to push the poor animal to rescue because you cant help, then here is a list of rescue groups you can contact that may be able to help. First follow our advice steps below to give yourself the best chance
Here are some resources that will help you if you are needing to rehome a cat or kitten (found, yours or other)
Here is a list of every animal shelter and rescue group in Australia. – As mentioned, they will all be overloaded. . . always . . try and rehome the cat for yourself before just dumping onto rescue groups, but if you do need to push the animal to rescue because you cant help, then here is a list of rescue groups you can contact that may be able to help. First follow our advice steps below to give yourself the best chance. Do these steps and you will have more luck with rescue!
How to rehome a cat. A Step by step guide. It is the best outcome if you are prepared to put the time into rehoming the animal yourself, and here is a handy guide that gives you the information you need to know to rehome your cat.
What to do if the cat is not yours. We don’t totally agree with everything in this guide, and rescuers would like it if you took the responsibility of rehoming any cat yourself rather than putting it on rescue. But here is a guide from Cat Protection Society.
Paid rescues – you can pay to have your animal saved (but not with MKC)
“But Im in a hurry, I have to go away/on holidays/I have a dog”
If you are willing to pay money and want to save a life, some rescue groups will accept a fee for a guaranteed rescue. We are not one of these. Space is just not there. The average price is around $600 for a cat. First contact the rescue groups in the big list above, then as a final resort go here – http://www.animaladoption.com.au/ We cannot guarantee where the animal will end up after they are resold, but that is the cost of your urgent need.
The best bet is to contact ALL Your friends, colleagues, spend some money and take them to the vet, desex them and check them up . . and start marketing them yourself. Do it now, do it soon, do it well . . copy us!! Use all our ideas (please!!!) we are people just like you who spent an hour on making a facebook site.
How to get the best chance to rehome your cat on social media or through a rescue group.
Start this early. Dont wait. Do it immediately. The longer you leave this the harder it gets as animals get older, sicker, pregnant etc OR your situation (moving, boyfriend, dog) will get worse.
– Good photo’s mean rescuers can start advertising and looking for homes quickly
– Good photo’s mean rescuers can assess how much effort you are prepared to put in. If you send terrible photo’s and a rushed email, chances are you will be difficult to work with and are at the bottom of the pile
– Good photo’s mean we can tell the state of the animals. Sickness, size, character.
The hard facts.
Sorry, that’s not always possible as space is rarely there, back to the original point “small rescue groups are being begged 20 times a day to take in animals, it’s usually the worst place to ask” . . . . the volunteer community works very hard and space is infrequent.
One other key point. . .If the cat is an inconvenience to you (EG . . “Im moving in with my new partner and dumping my cat”), you will likely need to take it to the pound or the RSPCA but be aware it will probably die as there are so many.
Ethical Rescue groups should only take in the number of animals they can safely support. Support means the time to care for, medicate, feed and safely manage. No matter how much they are pushed we cannot go above those limits, it is unsafe for the cats in care and for quality work/life balance.
If you want to rehome cat(s) in any circumstances, you can do so much with just a small amount of work. You need to do more than just send a message to one facebook site and then done nothing. Please help your animal, it doesnt take much and you can also rescue them.
Rescue and pounds have heard every story from hundreds of people about why they need to move their animals . . if you take these steps you can take control of the situation yourself, but at the end of the day if you take them to the pound it’s is likely a death sentence. It is all up to you and how much work and time you are prepared to put in.
Thank you so much for helping your animals and making a difference to the community