Successful Cat Adoptions – Avoiding Surrenders

Successful Cat Adoptions – Avoiding Surrenders
Surrenders – A Big Problem

According to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies 27% of shelter cats in Canada were surrendered by their guardians. In the US, the American Humane Association found that 32% of cats are surrendered by their owners due to allergies and No Pet Policies alone. It’s Adopt a Cat Month so we’re talking about how to increase your chances at successful cat adoption.
Adopt All the Kitties! Not Much of a Solution to Over Population in Shelters
We’ve all seen the social media posts about adorable kittens needing a home. The cute pictures of fluffy kitties pull our heart strings and make us want to adopt them…all of them. Adopting all the fuzzy kittens on impulse increases the chances that you’ll end up surrendering your cat. Successful cat adoption is a big decision, there’s a lot to consider.

Causes of Surrenders

The main reasons owners surrender their cats to the shelter are:
• Job and home stability – moving to a home with a No Pet Policy and moving long distances for work are significant drivers of shelter surrender
• Allergies – if you have pet allergies talk to your doctor before adoption
• Tolerance/Patience level – cats have a reputation for being easy to care for. But that doesn’t mean that they are a no-effort pet. Cats can be temperamental and fastidious. For instance, your kitty might stop using the litter box for seemingly no reason. It might be behavioural or medical, but you have to know that you can handle it with patience and in the cat’s, and your own, best interest
• Finances – food, medical care, pet insurance, litter box, there are a lot of costs to consider

By addressing these things before adoption you can increase your chances of a successful cat adoption.
Adopting a cat is a great way to save a life and to enrich your own. The best thing you can do is adopt responsibly to minimize adoption surrenders. If you’re really interested in adopting a cat check out our blog Adopting a Shelter Cat, you’ll find:
• Questions to consider before you adopt
• What you’ll need to prepare for your new cat
• An overview of the adoption process
• The cost of having a cat

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I Lost my Pet, What do I do First?

I Lost my Pet, What do I do First?

May is Chip Your Pet Month and we’re talking about what you can do if your 4-legged bestie goes missing. Every year millions of pets go missing. About 26% of dogs return home, but for cats it’s less than 5%. Proper ID tags can only do so much and your pet may lose his collar while on the run. Using a more permanent form of identification like a microchip or tattoo can increase the chances your fuzzy bestie returns home.

If you’ve ever lost a pet you know it’s heartbreaking. When you realize your fuzzy, 4-legged buddy is missing it can be hard to focus on what to do next. Here are 4 things you can do to start your search:

1. Search your Home and Spread the Word –

You haven’t seen your pet in the last day and you’re worried she’s missing. The ASPCA recommends the following first steps:

• Determine that your pet is actually missing and not trapped or hiding in the house. Ask your family members/roommates when and where they last saw your pet
• Carefully take a look around the house paying special attention to places your pet likes to hide
• Try shaking the food dish or treat bag to lure your pet from their hiding spot (you can do this outside on your search too)

If you’re sure your pet is definitely not in your home it’s time to expand your search.

2. Neighbourhood Search

Enlist the help of neighbours, friends, and family members to search the neighbourhood for your pet. If you don’t find your pet the first time out don’t lose hope, “Missing Pet” posters can be a big help. There are a lot of poster templates available online. Missing Pet Partnership has some great tips you can use to punch up your poster:

• Make the poster GIANT
• Use colours that are easily visible and eye-catching
• Place posters in busy areas, in areas where your pet was last seen, and near where your pet went missing
• Be brief
• Choose a good quality picture that shows your pet in detail

For more of their great tips visit:

3. Online and Social Media

There are plenty of websites designed to help you find your pet: Petlynx and Petfinder are just 2 options. Your local SPCA, Humane Society, or city-run animal centre is a good place to start. Contact these places via their website or Facebook page.
There are many Facebook pages dedicated to helping people find their pets. Search Facebook for “missing pets in” and include your area.
Online classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist have pages dedicated to missing pets. Your post will move down the list as time goes on. But be careful when using these sites, there are scammers who will promise to return your pet to you for a price.

4. Veterinary Clinics

There’s always a chance that your pet has been injured and someone has brought her to a nearby vet. Contact the local veterinary clinics to ask if your pet is there.

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Adopt a Shelter Pet Month

There are tons of dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – reminding people that there are lots of furry friends waiting in shelters.

This blog give a quick overview of what to consider when adopting a shelter dog.

Things to Consider when Adopting

  1. Finding the right match

Adopting a pet isn’t like buying a new wallet, you need to know what your needs are and the needs of your potential new dog. Are you active, or too busy to exercise? Do you have allergies? Do you live in an apartment? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself to determine which breed of dog will be your best match. has a couple of quizzes to help you figure out your dog match:

  1. Time consideration

Remember that owning a pet can take up a lot of time. If you live on your own and have a very busy life make sure you choose a dog that doesn’t need constant attention.

Once you know what kind of dog you’re looking for it’s time to hit the local shelters. Sharon Maguire of says that it isn’t necessary to pick a dog from the first shelter you visit. You’re bringing home a new family member – it’s important to take your time and visit different shelters.

  1. Alpha dogs

Nicole Pajer of listed lack of training as the top reason dogs end up in shelters. Dogs are pack animals and packs have a hierarchy. You need to be able to train your new pup consistently. If you can’t establish yourself as the alpha dog your pet isn’t going to listen to you. Before you adopt make sure you have the time and ability to establish yourself as the leader

  1. Adoption Day

The day you adopt your dog will be the happiest day of your new pup’s life. But it isn’t all hugs and treats – here are some tips to be aware of before adoption day:

  • Don’t invade your dog’s space. Try not to smoother your new dog with hugs and kisses until you’ve exercised them and shown them their new home. In dog language hugs can be considered an act of dominance.
  • You’ll need a leash – take your dog for a super long walk before you go home. Dogs that have lived in shelters typically don’t get enough exercise and all that pent up energy can spell disaster at home. Always remember establish yourself as the leader during this first walk: enter and exits doorways and gates before your dog and make sure your dog heels.
  • When you arrive home keep your dog on the leash, it’s time for the guided tour. Lead your dog around the areas of the home she/he will be allowed in – always enter and exit the room before your dog. Do not show your dog areas that are off limits to him/her.
  • At the end of the tour show your dog his space – bed or crate area. You can put some treats down so your dog has happy thoughts about this space.

For more information on adopting shelter dogs check out:

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