ADOPTING A FRIEND
If you would like to adopt a foster animal, please call or email the Foster Parent whose name appears in the description of the individual dog or cat. The adoption fee is $80.00 for cats. Some CCHS foster animals can be seen at the Newnan PetSmart between 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturday or Sunday. ** Note: Not all animals will be at Petsmart each week, so please make arrangements with the Foster Parent ahead of time.**
CAT ADOPTION POLICIES:
Generally, we look for indications that adopters are in a stable living situation. If you rent, we will want some proof that your landlord approves adopting the cat and you know if there will be a deposit required. We also do not adopt to students living in temporary housing. The highest concentration of stray cats in any town is always around universities because college students frequently adopt animals then leave them when they graduate or go home for the summer.
The normal life expectancy of an indoor only cat is 15 to 20 years. That figure drops to only 2-5 years for cats that are allowed to go outside unsupervised. Accordingly, CCHS only adopts our cats and kittens to indoor-only homes.
We believe in the wealth of information that indicates cats frequently suffer long term problems after being surgically declawed. These problems include both behavioral and/or medical. We require that each adoptive person sign a contract that they will NOT surgically declaw any cat adopted from us. If you feel you MUST have a declawed cat, we will be happy to give you a call when we rescue a cat that is already declawed.
SPECIAL KITTEN CONSIDERATIONS:
Research and experience has shown that single kittens adopted into homes without other young cats frequently develop behavioral problems. This is because the kitten takes the biting behavior used when playing with their littermates and transfers this behavior to humans. To prevent these problems, and to encourage proper development of the kitten, we do not recommend single kittens under 16 weeks for homes that do not have another young cat. We encourage adopting 2 kittens if you do not have a young playmate for them.
KITTENS & CHILDREN:
At eight weeks, a kitten weighs only 2 pounds or less and is still a baby. They do not have the coordination or knowledge it takes to interact with a small child. This could cause injury to the child or kitten. Because of this, we generally do not place kittens under 16 weeks old with families who have children under 6 years old. This also follows the recommendations of the ASPCA and HSUS.
You may feel that your particular situation warrants an exception to some of the policies stated above. If so, please feel free to talk to one of our cat fosterers. After hearing your circumstances, we may agree with you.