Rehoming Policy

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Rehoming Policy

Postby admin » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:30 am

We will rehome to any area. We welcome families with children over five, who want a cat as we believe children and animals should grow up together. If the prospective new owners are out at work most of the day Jennie likes to encourage them to have two cats to keep each other company.

Elderly cats will be given a full vet check, and dental if required before being rehomed.

Also, to help cover our costs we ask for a minimum donation of:

£75 for a vaccinated, microchipped and neutered adult cat
£75 for a kitten which has had its first vaccination, the second one to be carried out and paid for by the adoptee.
£75 for a kitten yet to be first vaccinated, the first vaccination will be paid for by PCLT provided the kitten is presented to our vet (Ivy Lodge, Upminster, Essex or Vets4pets in Chadwell Heath).
The second vaccination to be carried out and paid for by the adoptee.

We accept cash, cheque, credit or debit card payments.

The cats are wormed, vaccinated, treated for fleas and neutered if old enough. Insurance is available for a free trial period of four weeks. After that it is up to the new owner to renew it. We are given commission on each policy given out which helps us to continue helping other cats.

A rehoming form must be completed. If a kitten is too young to be neutered the new owners are sent out a neutering reminder form which must be completed by their vet and returned after the neutering operation.

We do home checks where necessary but an interview will always be carried out by the warden, Jennie. We also like to have proof of address: e.g. a utility bill.

We will not rehome if the prospective new owners:

* live on or near a busy road (including backing on to a busy road)
* live near a railway
* live in a flat - except in special circumstances i.e. the cat is elderly, handicapped or has never been out or won't go out.

Giving a cat or kitten as a surprise gift is not something we recommend or agree with: the gift may not be truly wanted. Therefore, we insist that the new owners come to meet their new cat or kitten. Seeing the interaction between human and cat or kitten is vital to us as it helps ensure that those in our care are going to safe, loving homes where they will live happily for the rest of their lives.

It is not our practice to do a follow up visit as we just do not have the resources to enable us to do this. The new owner is never alone, however, as Jennie is always on the end of the phone if there are any problems. See the Contact List for details.

PussyCat Lodge aims to provide lifelong support for the cats in its care. To this end, no cat homed by PussyCat Lodge is ever denied sanctuary if the need arises. For example, two cats were recently taken back after 6 years in their new home as the marriage had broken up. These particular cats have now been found another new home together.

When contacting us either by phone or email (please quote PCLT in the subject box), please ensure that you give us as much information as possible including your full postal address, email address (where appropriate) and contact telephone number(s).

We do ask that you take into consideration any booked holidays you may have before you veiw the cats/kittens, as due to space we cannot hold onto them for you after you have made your choice, as this does delay us in being able to help other needy cats.

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