We have answered a lot of adoption questions below. Feel free to contact us with more!
How do I apply for adoption?
Due to the Shelter in Place Health Order we are unable to accommodate walk-ins to view or adopt our kitties on Saturdays. It is currently by appointment only.
Here’s how to complete & submit an application:
Download & print it out to complete. If you don’t have a scanner, you can take well-lit pictures of each page to send. Please, submit only one application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. One approved application can be utilized for any available kitty that is the right match for your family.
If your app is approved, you will be contacted for an adoption appointment. Due to extreme quantities of applications, we may not be able to immediately respond regarding applications that are not the right fit for our rescue.
Be patient. This is a time-consuming process for our volunteers and we have been inundated with applications.
Will we hold a cat or dog for you?
We will not “hold” animals for you if there are other adoptive families able to meet us more quickly. However, it is not first come, first serve. We match our cats, kittens, dogs and puppies with their best forever family as quickly as possible. We do what is best for the animals.
Do we perform background checks?
Yes we do. Why? We put a lot of time and effort into the animals and what’s more, we truly care about each and every one. We want to be as sure as we can that they will be well cared for.
How much is the adoption and what does it cover?
Our adoption fee is $200 per cat and $250 for dogs and $300 for puppies by cash only. This helps cover the cost of medical examinations and care to date, spaying or neutering, appropriate vaccinations, microchipping and testing for things like feline leukemia.
Will I need to do a vet visit after the adoption?
If you adopt an adult cat or dog from us, they will be fully vaccinated and will not need a vet visit (unless they become ill) for at least a year. Kittens have had their first series of vaccinations and will need more visits in the future, depending on their age.
If I have a young child, can I adopt?
While many of our animals are ferals or strays, they are no longer. They’re well socialized and ready for a forever home. We do our best to match the right cat or dog with the right family. We expect families to also work with children on proper care and handling. We’re absolutely SURE you will find the right pet through Whiskers, Tails and Ferals!
If I am a senior citizen, can I adopt?
We work as hard as we can to place the right cat or dog with the right senior citizen! Generally we ask that seniors adopt one of our older animals (over 2 years old) but it’s always case by case. If ever you cannot care for your pet any longer, we ask that it is returned to us. Likewise, our emergency information, or that of a family member or friend who has agreed to take the animal in, should be posted with your other emergency information in your home. We’re absolutely SURE you will find the right cat or dog through Whiskers, Tails and Ferals!
Indoor or outdoor?
We generally ask that cats be kept indoors forever. It can be approved case by case, however, outdoor cats are susceptible to abuse by people in the community, death by car or coyote, etc. If you’re in just the right area without threat of traffic or coyotes, we do consider the request. Generally though, you should plan to keep your pet indoors.
What about barn cats?
We always have plenty of cats available for barn kitties. These are feral cats that are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They are not candidates for adoption/taming and they were removed from the area they were trapped in due to dangers like coyotes or humans shooting or poisoning them.
We ask that you try to keep them safe and commit to feeding them at the barn, shed or other enclosure’s location. It would be best of you can take the barn cats to the location and close the door, keeping them in for a few days and feeding them there so they will stay where they’re relocated while they learn you will feed them every day. Once that’s accomplished, you can open the doors and the cats will generally stay in that area.