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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:56 PM

I must re-home six cats.

We have ten. All are healthy and very well-cared-for. Both of us loves each one of our kids as individuals. The funny groups and sounds they make in deciding who's going to groom whom, who's going to play or rip together, and who's going to growl over his or her breakfast, make us both laugh every day.

We're moving across the country (Maryland-California) next year. We need to re-home all of them, really, but four of them have problems and I wouldn't ask anyone else to take them on.

It will be hard enough to find them homes, but making it harder is that the youngest of them is eight years old. Two of them are tame only with me. They are all beautiful in heart and spirit.

First, thanks for listening.

Second, do you have any ideas for where I can go to get the word out, and/or how I can find potential fosters/homes? I'm in Maryland and will drive to any part of this state, and to DC, northern Virginia, Delaware, and part of Pennsylvania. Thank you.

(Tomorrow will cross-post to the lounge.)

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Reply I must re-home six cats. (Original post)
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 OP
ralps Dec 2015 #1
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 #7
mopinko Dec 2015 #2
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 #8
ginnyinWI Dec 2015 #3
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 #4
glinda Dec 2015 #5
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 #6
glinda Dec 2015 #13
hamsterjill Jan 2016 #17
darkangel218 Dec 2015 #9
Bertha Venation Dec 2015 #10
darkangel218 Dec 2015 #11
glinda Dec 2015 #12
hamsterjill Jan 2016 #16
GGJohn Jan 2016 #14
Bertha Venation Jan 2016 #15

Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2015, 11:00 PM

1. You could pst something in the various state groups! Hug

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Response to ralps (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:17 AM

7. Thanks, ralps

Dig the white kitty.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2015, 11:02 PM

2. awww. i'm so sorry.

 

what a hard choice to have to make.
best of luck w that.

there must be a kitty rescue near you somewhere.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:17 AM

8. Mo

thanks

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 12:25 AM

3. a no-kill shelter.

One like the one I volunteer at. They will take any age, any condition. We have many cats who are 9 and up and they can stay until they find a home or die of old age! Sometimes they are put on long-term foster care.

The big advantage is that they will only let a qualified person adopt. Someone who has the consent of the other adult in the home, whose landlord allows pets, who hasn't got a record of animal abuse. Right now there is one such person who wants to adopt one of our cats, a nine year old. They hinted that their friend would come and adopt for them. The staff has managed to find a safe place for this cat in foster care until the situation is resolved.

If you just adopt out to a friend of a friend, it's going to be hard to know just what kind of home they will be getting.

If two of your cats are a bonded pair, they will be kept together if at all possible.

Find shelters like this and give them a call and ask all of your questions. Good luck!

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 10:45 PM

4. I want to take them to no-kill shelters -

but so far, the ones I've talked to are all full and cannot take any more. No-kill is the second best option for me, the first being individuals asking for one or two specific cats, or fosters.

Is there a chance you might know of one or more such shelters in Maryland, northern and central Virginia, Delaware, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania? (I looked at your shelter's FB page and, forgive me, uttered "shit!"

Thanks so much for your caring suggestion.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 01:40 AM

5. I know of no-kill shelters that actually do kill. Just saying. I think you

should make a post on FB with the State you are in as a Title also. Something like "Maryland cats need home placement asap".I also think you should attempt to locate a cat specific organization that uses Fosters. those are pretty safe.
Personally I wish you could move them all with you. I mean with health problems your home will be smaller in time. I have 7 pets and half of them are seniors or have health issues.
I wish the kitties good luck and a safe landing.
https://animalrescueinc.org

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Response to glinda (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 09:39 AM

6. Thanks very much, Glinda

The rescue you linked to is within two hours of me. I'll contact them today. I'll tell them, of course, that I'll exhaust all other possibilities before asking to take any of my kids to them. I do have about four months.

Thanks again.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 02:01 AM

13. Be brutally honest with them. Tell them you appear to be out of options. Ask them for help. And

offer a fair size donation for them taking them. Whatever you can pony up be it 100-300 dollars.This helps.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 03:53 PM

17. Glinda is right.

Another thing to ask when surrendering a pet to a "no kill" shelter is: What happens if this animal gets sick with something that can be treated?

I've known humane societies that routinely euthanized cats for upper respiratory infections - something we all know is treatable, but takes time and effort.

Ask to be notified before if any pet that you surrender reaches the euthanasia list.

The best of luck to you, and I'm sorry that you're having to make this difficult decision.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:50 AM

9. You might also try posting in Craigslist

 

You can explain your situation ans post the kittehs pics. My friend adopted her German Shepard from Craigslist.

Best of luck to you and to your babies!! Xx

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:23 AM

10. Hi, darkangel

I went there and began to post, and was led to this. Whatever one might think of PETA, I think their concerns about animal abuse in this context are valid, so I won't be using craigslist for that. But I really appreciate your input. Thanks!

https://www.craigslist.org/about/PETA

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:28 AM

11. No problem.

 

Good luck with finding a good, loving home for your babies x

(Shelters should indeed be a last resort).

Hugs!

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 01:59 AM

12. I do not rec Craig's list. Bad bad things have happened.

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Response to glinda (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 4, 2016, 03:50 PM

16. +1000

Stay away from Craigslist. It is a great source that dog fighters use for "bait".

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 12:54 AM

14. I would love to take a cat off of your hands,

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but we already have 3 kittehs who are a handful.
Good luck with rehoming them and may they go to good and loving homes.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 01:36 PM

15. Thank you, GGJohn.

Happy new year to you and yours - including the kittehs, of course.

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