Adopting a furry family member is a lifetime commitment, and we want to make sure you have all the resources necessary to make the best decision possible! We’ve included several educational resources below for all life stages. We encourage everyone to bookmark the page and come back to it as often as you need! And don’t forget, we’re always here to help! We’re just a click away on the Contact Us page.
What’s this thing called “kitten season”??
Kitten season occurs every year from roughly April through October. This is the time that cats who haven’t been spayed or neutered have so many babies that shelters, rescues, and good Samaritans become entirely overwhelmed. Interested in helping? Foster with us! You can also support community TNR. Ask us how!
The most important thing to remember? SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR CATS! The entire rescue community thanks you!
Kittens - they’re cute, cuddly, and slightly crazy. We love them. The entire internet loves them! But kittens, like kids, require work.
To give our kittens the best life possible, we don’t send them to their fur-ever homes until 12 weeks old. This gives them time to learn from mom how to be a cat.
We also always ALWAYS recommend adopting kittens in pairs, or into a home with another cat. Kittens have endless energy and are still learning. Having a furry sibling to help them on their journey takes the burden off you!!
Questions? Ask us! We’re here to help!
Every year November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, but we love our seniors every day! Cats are considered seniors when they hit 8 years old, but many cats live to be 18, 19, 20…or even older! Senior cats still have so much life to live, and so much love to give. All our seniors get full vet care prior to adoption and lots of love from our fosters. Seniors often require some special accommodations, and we’re happy to help you through that. Things like a revised diet, a good dental cleaning, step stools to help them join you up on the couch, and joint supplements go a long way towards keeping your senior kitty purring.
Older cats make great additions to homes that don’t have the energy for kitten chaos, litter training, or 3 a.m. wake up calls. These cats are also some of the hardest to find homes for, so you can give yourself an extra pat on the back for saving a life in their golden years!
Want to know more? As always, ask us! Or check out some of these resources for more information -
TNR - Trap, Neuter (or Spay) and Return
TNR is one of the most important things we can do as a rescue. And we can only do it with the help and support of the community!
Trap - You see them all the time. Sometimes feral, sometimes friendly, all in need of a little TLC. When we help you trap, or trap ourselves, the cats get spayed or neutered, a rabies vaccination, any immediate medical care they need, and an ear tip so they can be easily identified in the future.
Neuter - Spay Or Neuter Your Cats!!! |Did you know that a female cat can have up to 3 litters of kittens a year?! That means a possible 15 kittens each year! Needless to say, community cat colonies can quickly get out of control. This isn’t just a nuisance, its a health concern for the cats and kittens as well. They all deserve to live their best lives. So we’ll say it again, Spay And Neuter!
Return - Many cats are feral, and won’t do well in a traditional home environment. For these cats, the first choice is to return them to where they were originally trapped. Thats where they’ve made their home and if the community supports them we highly encourage that. If thats not possible, we work to find them barn homes. In the case that a trapped cat is actually friendly, like Momma Rylee pictured to the left, we get them all the medical attention and TLC they need and work to find them a fur-ever home that won’t throw them out.
Education is key! Check out the resources below for more info:
Alley Cat Allies: Why TNR?
Community Cats MD - check them out and support their mission!
FIV is No Big Thing!
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV for short, is a virus that diminishes the immune system of a cat. Let us dispel a few myths right from the start:
It is not transferable to humans.
It can only be transferred between cats due to deep bite wounds or mating. It is not airborne and is not transferable via food or water.
FIV+ cats can, and often do, live long healthy lives!
There is no reason FIV+ and non FIV+ cats can’t live together.
Adopting an FIV+ cat is no different than adopting any other cat, so don’t let those 3 little letters dissuade you! As with any cat you bring into your home, a good diet, regular vet care, and an attentive human will ensure success. These cats are often overlooked because of a misunderstanding of their circumstances. This means they run a higher risk of not making it out of the shelter, or stay in rescue for far far longer spans of time. If you’re one of the amazing people willing to educate yourself and open your home, we applaud you! Send us an email and let us know, we’ll be happy to find you your next FIV family member!
Check out the links below for more information, or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help educate!