Spring is and so is kitten season!
Support our work this year by shopping at Amazon Smile and a portion of it will come to us, just click on this URL: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1273230 GIFTING KITTIES There's no doubt that cats enjoy the holidays as much as anyone else, and sometimes a kitty is a wonderful gift, but only if the recipient is the one to pick out his or her cat. We do make exception for families with children who want a kitty for Christmas or a birthday. Even then, the kitty can never be put in a box under the tree or gift wrapped in a package. If you want a surprise, have a friend bring your new kitty over in a carrier with a bow on the carrier, never around the cat's neck or body.
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION DONATION?
An adoption donation is a donation for the act of adopting. It is not a sale price, fee, or a price at all, as we do not sell animals. The expected adoption donation for one of our exotics is $200, but for half breeds, lookalikes (phenotypes) or domestics, we allow half off. If you return an animal, this donation is not refundable, however you will not be charged a drop off fee for the return if you adopted the animal from us. Your donations are tax deductible.
We are a small 501c3 NO KILL rescue and are publicly funded. Definition of RESCUE: to save from a dangerous or distressing situation, but our first and foremost objective is to help keep the kitty in his or her home, if at all possible. Many cats and kittens we get in require physical or behavioral assistance, which we provide, and we can only do this with your help. As in other rescues, most of our cats and kittens are evaluated by phenotype and placed on line as close to the breed/type that is possible. When a purebred is available, the write up will indicate that the animal is purebred. Very seldom do we have the genotype of an animal and when we do have papers, we destroy them to prevent the resale of a pet. Our group only exists with your support, so please consider us when you wish to donate. Donations may be made directly to our vet, via PayPal, Amazon Smile, or in cash. If you wish to help with fostering or assisting in other ways, please contact us. Because we are classified as a charity, we cannot give refunds for any reason, so please do not adopt a cat with the intention of trying it out and then returning it for a refund.
Behavioral assistance is available through our group. Please consider this before giving up on your kitty.
Our cats and kittens are fostered in private homes. It is important to us that no foster is over-burdened and that no cat feels overcrowded, so the number of animals we keep is limited. Our fosters are not contacts for our group nor do they participate in an adoption process. Some of our cats or kittens may be on display at local stores or veterinary offices. Although they may be visited during regular business hours, please do not expect the business employees to be able to answer questions about the cat or open locked cages for you.
We do not condone or allow declawing of any of our cats. We also will not allow laser surgery which cuts the tendon to the claw so the cat cannot extend the claw. This causes the cat to be unable to shed the claws when they become too long and clipping is nearly impossible because the claw can no longer be 'popped' out for a clip. Claws of these cats will grow into the pad of the foot. For more information see http://www.declawing.com/
GIVING UP A CAT OR KITTENS TO OUR RESCUE
We can take cats or kittens on a space-available basis. Please email us if you have a cat or kitten to relinquish at email@example.com. We do not take in sick cats. If your animal is sick we will do all we can to work with you until he or she is well enough to be transferred into our care. There may be a drop off fee, depending on the time of year, age, and type of cat or kitten you wish to give us. If you are interested in giving up a cat or kittens, you must show proof that they do not carry feline leukemia or feline aides. For a litter of kittens, either the mother or one of the kittens may be tested. We do not have foster homes for positive cats and cannot keep them.
ADOPTING A SMALL KITTEN UNDER 12 WEEKS OF AGE: Small kittens, like human babies, require supervision and constant companionship. Applicants interested in taking home two kittens will take precedence over someone wanting only one. We make every effort to ensure the happiness and well-being of the kitten. Most kittens under three pounds will go to homes without small children.
SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT
We adopt to persons in the continental United States. and we do not ship cats, nor will we provide transport, nor will we allow cats to be transported on multi-animal or multi-leg transports. The adopter must come and pick up the cat and accompany it home.
Are as stated in the kitty's write-up or on special as advertised.
*** SENIOR FOR SENIORS SPECIAL***
We are allowing fully vetted senior cats (ten years or older) to be adopted into homes with owners over 50 years of age for only $50. These kitties are pleasant and loving and even playful, so do consider one of these wonderful cats. This offer may not extend to pure-bred cats.
We will adopt out of state as long as it is no farther than 250 miles outside of Texas. We do not put cats on transports. Adopters must come pick them up. If flying home, the cat may not ride in the hold. All of our cats are in foster homes. You may meet a particular cat once you have filled out an application and have been approved for adoption. This does not mean you are required to adopt the animal. Some foster homes welcome a visitor and some do not and we try to respect the privacy of our fosters. We reserve the right to deny an adoption at any time in the adoption process.
If you are approved for adoption and you wish to wait to come pick up your kitten or cat, be sure to call first. WE DO NOT HOLD CATS.
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To send an application, please copy and paste this application to an email and fill it in. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT AS AN ATTACHMENT. We will not open attachments. MAKE CERTAIN YOU ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS AND DO NOT DELETE ANY. Incomplete applications will be filed but not processed until all the information is sent. Applications that have questions deleted will not be approved. Please be certain that the email address you provide or are using is set to receive a reply to this application. It will be the only reply you will get regarding it. By applying you are indicating that you are in agreement to the terms of the adoption contract directly below the application on this webpage.
Have you ever adopted from a shelter or rescue before?
If so, which one?
Which cat or kitten were you interested in?
Number of hours you work or are away from home per week?
Number of hours this pet will be without human supervision per day.
Will this pet be for you or someone else?
Someone else, give your relationship with the person and their age.
City, State, zip
place of work
Are you a citizen of the United States?
If not, which country are you a citizen?
Are you or your spouse in the military?
Do you attend school? If so which one?
If you are a student and live temporarily away from home, give your "home" address, ie, your parents names, address and contact information.
Do you rent, own, or live with someone else?
Length of time at present address
If less than six months, give previous address
If a student, are you in a dorm or university apartments?
Landlord's name and phone number:
Number of persons in your home and ages.
Is anyone in your home allergic to cats or otherwise immune compromised?
Is everyone in your family on board with getting this cat/kitten?
Is there anyone in your home who does not like cats?
Are there any feline behaviours that you find unacceptable?
If this cat is found to have any unacceptable behaviours, how do you plan on dealing with them?
Have you ever owned a cat before?
If so, do you still have this cat?
If not, what happened to it?
Do you have other pets or are there other pets in your home?
Please list by name and give the kind of animal they are and if they are indoor or out door and whether the animal has previously been around a cat or kitten in their own environment and how they react. Please also state whether each animal you currently have is spayed or neutered.
If you currently have a cat, is he or she declawed? Was your previous cat declawed?
Are there any cats that this cat may come into contact with that may have FIV or FeLV? (Feline Aides or Feline Leukemia)
Is your current cat is fully immunized with the four main feline vaccines, panleukemia (feline parvo), calici (feline flu), rhinotrachaeitis (feline herpes) and rabies?
Are you looking for an indoor cat or an out door cat?
Does your home have a pet door?
If outdoor or in/out, how do you plan on keeping this cat from wandering off?
Will you declaw?
If this cat scratches your furniture, how will you fix the problem?
Give three references, one of which must be a licensed, practising veterinarian. Do not give personal references such as friends or relatives, but rather give persons who can vouch for your level of responsibility, such as a professor, a boss, co-worker or clergyman, etc..
Email this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Return of this email complete with three references gives Texas Exotic Cat Rescue permission to contact your references about how you care for animals. It further gives your veterinarian permission to release to TxECR any vet work he/she has done for your animals. TXECR reserves the right to refuse an adoption to anyone at any time during the adoption process. In sending this to email@example.com, I hereby agree to the terms of the following contract.
ADOPTER AGREES TO THE FOLLOWING:
2. This cat/kitten will be kept indoors, on a leash, or in a cat-safe enclosure and will not be exposed to extreme temperatures or weather. This animal will not be allowed to roam freely outside. THIS CAT WILL NOT BE DECLAWED.
3.This cat/kitten is being adopted as a pet and will be owned by the person named in the approved application.
4.All adopted pets not yet spayed/neutered must be altered (castrate or spay) before the age of 6 months and proof of this must be sent to the address given within this time limit. Adopter further agrees that this animal will not be used for stud or breeding. I further understand that this animal may or may not be of any specific breed or mix of such breeds.
5.I understand that although this animal has been in a protected environment, there is the possibility of unrecognized illness appearing after an adoption is finalized, especially because of the stress the animal may experience during the first few days at its new home. The rescuer advises adopters of the animalís known history and provide its medical records, but frequently we know only what the animal chooses to tell us. We cannot make any guarantee regarding the long-term health of any animal and therefore we are not responsible for any vet costs incurred after this animal leaves our care.
6.The rescue agrees that if this animal should die or must be euthanized within 48 hours of adoption, the animal will be replaced only if the rest of this contract has been adhered to. A veterinary statement must accompany any such request including cause of death. Accidental deaths are not covered by this guarantee and this includes drowning, crushing, attack by another animal or human, death due to fire or smoke, freezing, suffocating, and poisoning or other act of cruelty. Death from flea products or other products not specifically designed for kittens will be considered poisoning. If this animal is found to be mistreated or declawed after adoption, adopter agrees to surrender said animal to the above named rescue unconditionally. There are no refunds.
7.If another animal is adopted by the same party at a later date, or if the above animal is replaced for any reason, the name of the new animal will be added to this contract and no further contract will be necessary as this one will remain binding for all animals owned by the person stated above and signed below and adopted from this rescue.
8.It is advised that the adopter has said animal examined by a qualified veterinarian and the adopter is encouraged to sign up for the PetFIrst insurance plan available with this pet at Petfinder.com. The adoption agency is not responsible for medical conditions.
9.My current cats have had and are up-to-date on their yearly (fvcrpc & rabies) vaccinations.
10.The adopter agrees not to hold the adoption agency/rescue responsible for any illness, disease or charges for treatment of the animal nor for any damages for which the animal may do to any person or property. The rescue named above will not be responsible for any debts or charges incurred for veterinary services or private veterinarians for the adopted animal.
FOSTER HOME APPLICATION
Thank you for applying to become a cat foster parent. We do not have a shelter so we can't rescue cats in need without foster homes. You don't need prior experience with cats or fostering to become a foster parent, although experienced cat volunteers are welcome! We match the foster cat with your level of experience and your home environment (e.g., other pets, children, work and travel schedules).
Once you submit your application, we will contact you to discuss our fostering program and our adoption policies and procedures in greater detail. In becoming a foster parent, you are agreeing to abide by our foster care and adoption policies and procedures. Your privacy is important to us and you will not be asked to take part in any adoptions or speak to any adopters. You will be required to foster for only one group, TXECR, while volunteering as a foster parent.
Fostering responsibilities include:
Providing a safe and loving temporary home.
Providing basic supplies such as food and litter. We can loan carriers, litter boxes, and other supplies, if needed.
Monitoring the cat's health, seeking authorization from TXECR for follow-up medical care, taking the cat to authorized vet appointments, and maintaining all medical records.
Monitoring the cat's behavior and seeking advice from TXECR, when needed.
Following our recommendations on socializing and integrating the cat (or isolating the cat) within your household, as appropriate.
Abiding by our adoption policies and facilitating the cat's adoption (e.g., bringing the cat to adoption locations per appointments).
This form needs to be copied and pasted into an email and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of hours you work or are away from home per week?
Number of hours this pet will be without human supervision per day.
Who will be responsible for care of foster cats?
City, State, zip
Type of Residence:House Apt Condo ?
Do you rent or own?
If renting, does your lease allow pets?
†††††††††††††† Please provide landlord name and phone number
Do you have a separate room (such as an extra bedroom or den) where you could temporarily isolate or slowly introduce a foster cat to your home?
Do you currently have pets? If yes, please identify the type and breed of pet(s), age(s) and name(s), spayed or neutered, kept indoors or outdoors, current on vaccinations, and whether the pet has been around cats before and how they react.
Have your cat(s) been tested negative for feline AIDS/leukemia? Are any positive?
Do any pets have health issues that could affect a foster cat?
If you don't currently have pets, have you had them in the past?
What kind? Cats, Dogs, Other
Were they family pets you grew up with or pets you've had as an adult you were responsible for?
Please state type of pets, how long you had them, and what happened to them. If deceased, please state cause of death
Do you have past experience fostering cats or other pets?
If so, identify the name of the organization.
Do you prefer fostering an adult cat(s) or kittens?††(Note that kittens require a lot of time and special care).
Which member of the household will feed the cat and keep the litter box clean?
If you have any questions, please include them here.
Confidentiality Policy for Employees, Volunteers, fosters and Board Members Respecting the privacy of our clients, donors, members, staff, volunteers and of the Texas Bengal and Exotic Cat Rescue itself is a basic value of Texas Exotic Cat Rescue. Personal and financial information is confidential and should not be disclosed or discussed with anyone without permission or authorization from the executive director. Care shall also be taken to ensure that unauthorized individuals do not overhear any discussion of confidential information and that documents containing confidential information are not left in the open or inadvertently shared. Employees, volunteers and board members of Texas Bengal and Exotic Cat Rescue may be exposed to information which is confidential and/or privileged and proprietary in nature. It is the policy of Texas Bengal and Exotic Cat Rescue that such information must be kept confidential both during and after employment or volunteer service. Staff and volunteers, including board members, are expected to return materials containing privileged or confidential information at the time of separation from employment or expiration of service.