Companion Animal Resource Exchange

Companion Animal Resource Exchange (CARE) is a tax-deductible non-profit foundation. Currently we are working with Yesterday's Kittens of MD to help find homes for wonderful cats.

LOCATION OF PETSTORE

Adoption events the 2nd and 4th saturday at the Annapolis Petsmart (Housley Road)

If you are considering providing a lifetime home for a cat, please consider the following .

Your lease, landlord or condominium rules should allow pets (if you do not own a house). Provide premium food (dry and wet). This and low stress best protect your cat's health. You agree to a home visit by a volunteer (sometimes combined with delivering the cat). You should plan to take cat(s) to vet regularly for checkups/ inoculations/ dental exams. You agree to keep cat(s) indoors at all times (fitted screens should be on all windows). You must agree that you will not declaw the cat at any time under any circumstances.

DECLAWING

You CAN maintain cats AND a lovely home WITHOUT declawing!! Joanna will take cat back at any time and reimburse adoption at any time if an adopter feels a cat is being destructive to the furnishings and that removing claws will solve the problem. Destructive behavior is generally behavioral. A declawed cat will find another way to act out the message he or she is trying to convey. (Sometimes the message is that the cat is bored from being alone too many hours. Solution: another cat.) Cat welfarists know too well the telephone calls for which there are no easy answers. ("My cat [bites/does not use the litterbox]." Is your cat declawed?" Answer: "How did you guess!")

There are few homes for cats who do not use the litterbox consistently or for cats who bite out of fear. From experience, we know declawing can result in problems and render cats unadoptable. We have contacts with those who have declawed cats (including for Washington Humane Society (http://washhumane.org -- visit their great site). If that is what you want, let us help you find a declawed cat showing no signs of any of the problems that prompt people to surrender declawed cats. If declawing worked, animal rescuers would do it to cats. It does not work! And what a misnomer that word is too. It is mutilation. If you touch one bone surgically of a human, there will be pain both surrounding the surgery and sometimes lingering. Laser surgery on bones (human patients relay) hurts MORE than bone surgery the old-fashioned way. Of course, vets trying to pay for that expensive laser equipment will not tell you this. We are not urging that vets who declawed cats be asked to euthanize those with problems afterwards. Even the American Veterinary Association has come out against declawing. If your vet advocates it, find another vet. If a cat stops using the litterbox or biting, rescue groups get the calls to help find Fluffy a new home. Please do not ruin your cat by this unnecessary procedure. Buy a decent scratching post (such as on http://topcatproducts.com) and trim the nails once a week (follow with a treat so kitty will cooperate). Put tape on delectable items of furniture temporarily to deter scratching.)

TWO CATS

Most people with cats wind up with two cats for good reason. Why not get two together who can start out on an equal footing and enjoy each other's company while you are out of the house (especially if you are away a lot). Two cats are better for each other, and you will have better adjusted cats evidencing less destructive or neurotic behavior from being alone too much (kitty ennui). All kittens must go in pairs unless there is a pet at home (or there is someone at home much of the day to keep a kitten entertained). (Imagine being alone all day without someone around, especially if a tiny kitten!)

CHILDREN

With few exceptions, we do not recommend kittens for households with children under age 5 who might inadvertently fall on, be injured by, or pick up infection from a especially a kitten. Any cat's instinct is to reach for the eyes if provoked and toddler-proofing litterboxes is a problem. 120 zoonotic diseases plus "cat scratch fever" are transmittable from cats to humans. Consider the possibility of another pregnancy with any attendant concern of toxoplasmosis. We urge households with young children to talk with their pediatrician (if there is not already a cat in the home to which the toddler is accustomed) and consider delaying adopting especially kittens until the children are older, a guideline suggested and enforced by many shelters. Or email us about cats who do well with children because we got some of those too! If the preceding has not dissuaded you from adopting, call us because we will work with you to find the right cat or duo for your situation.

We used to call ourselves "Cat Social Workers" and worked to identify the best cat for each unique person and home. We still do! Be in touch, preferably by email!

Companion Animal Resource Exchange (CARE)
P.O. Box 1934
Bethesda, MD 20827
Phone: (202) 331-1330

Email: joannaharkin@yahoo.com
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RESOURCES IF YOU NEED TO FIND A HOME FOR A CAT (or other species):

http://bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/resourcelibrary/index.cfm

http://www.4asap.org/Adoption_Questionnaire.htm

Animals can also be promoted on Craigs List:

http://www.craigslist.com**

*For Craigs List, go to your geographic area and place your ad under the PETS section. Be cautious when placing through such a public bulletin board. Use questionnaire above and absolutely do a home visit. Petfinder classfied ads are NOT as successful as making a good flyer with a photo and sending it to everyone in your email address book with a request to forward it in addition to posting on Craigs List and neighborhood bulletin boards. To add a picture to your post on Craigs List, you can use http://photobucket.com. (** A friend used Petfinder's Classified section once and heard from people overseas asking her to ship them her cat, so we do not recommend using it at present.)

Other resources on rehoming pets (let us know if you know of others):

http://www.mdspca.org/documents/FINDAHOMEFORYOURPET.pdf

http://purebredcatbreedrescue.org/rehome.htm

http://www.petrescue.com/library/free-pet.htm

http://www.helpinganimals.com/pdfs/BROfindinghome.pdf

http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/pdfs/allpets/foundastray.pdf

http://www.catadoptionteam.org/cat/adoption/team/C56

http://www.brooklynanimalfosternetwork.org/what_if.html

http://petbond.com/flyerentry.php (to make a flyer)