The calls are endless:
- I can’t keep my cat because my husband is allergic.
- I’m having a baby and I can’t scoop the litter box.
- I’m moving and I can’t take my cat with me.
- My cat doesn’t like my new boyfriend.
Many folks find themselves making such calls these days. Often they are sent from rescue to rescue to do nothing but spin their wheels because nobody seems to want to give it to them straight. But we will.
It really doesn’t matter how the cat came to be in your possession. What matters is that it needs to leave your home. So if that’s the case, this is our advice.
Cat Overpopulation is a Serious Problem
There are an estimated 6-8,000 free roaming cats in the Greater Grand Rapids area alone. Despite the good intentions and humane practices of West Michigan open-admission shelters, nearly 2 in 3 cats / kittens are still euthanized.
We Can Provide Guidance in Rehoming Your Cat
It is not a part of the mission of Carol’s Ferals to take owner surrendered cats as we do not see that as “rescue”. We only accept cats for adoption through our Trap-Neuter-Return program geared toward ending feline overpopulation in West Michigan.
Sterilize Your Cat
A sterilized cat is much easier to rehome than an intact cat. Click here for options: low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Our favorites in West Michigan are: Spay Neuter Express, C-SNIP and West Michigan Spay Neuter.
Be Aware of Who Adopts Your Cat
We can guide you in rehoming properly and staying away from unscrupulous people who profit from the sale of animals for scientific experimentation, dog fighting bait or snake food. Please read here: No More Free Kittens campaign. Craig’s List is a hunting ground for people like this. BE AWARE!
Use social media like Facebook to find potential adopters.
Try this new online resource for rehoming your own pet. It’s new so it might need some time to get going, but give it a whirl. It’s a nice easy to use format that takes into account all aspects of your cat’s health, preferences, etc. It’s called Get Your Pet. https://getyourpet.com
We can’t take the cat or kittens off your hands. Our focus is TNR. We have no room in our adoption program for every friendly cat we encounter.
Simply put: This means the cat you want to rehome will have to be rehomed by you.
If you are unable or unwilling to keep your pet cat and are looking to surrender it, contact the Humane Society of West Michigan and make an appointment to surrender your pet there. They have a good program for rehoming and are positioned to only take in owner surrenders which opens animals out to a better outcome. Their number is 616 453-8900.
As mentioned earlier, some facilities utilize humane methods of euthanasia like ours in Kent County. But other counties like Gratiot and Livingston still use carbon monoxide gas and have contracts with Class B Animal Dealers like R&R Research of Howard City.
We need to open our eyes to the situation in this country. We are nowhere near being a no-kill nation. To get there we have to employ practices including aggressive spay/neuter of owned animals, TNR of feral and stray cats and people need to take responsibility for the cats they have in their care.
If you can’t keep your cat, and you can’t find him a home on your own, than you will need to face the fact that the only humane decision you can make is to take him to a shelter. Many people with good intentions will place friendly cats outside thinking they will fend for themselves. There is nothing further from the truth. Domestic cats do not know how to take care of themselves and will starve or be hit by a car in no time – and those are the lucky ones. Other friendly cats will fall into the hands of a hoarder or even worse, a buncher – someone who scours the streets for cats and dogs, either lost, stray, or offered up for free, then sells them to research laboratories.
The choice is yours – do right by that cat or do the hard thing.
If you encounter a cat roaming outdoors that you would like to help, please click here to learn more about our Rehoming Assistance Program.