Adoption Process

Next Chance Cat Rescue is a private, non-profit charitable organization that relies on private donations and its own fundraising abilities to operate.  We receive no government funding.

Our adoption fee is a donation of $175 each or $300 for two cats.  We ensure that the cats that come into our care receive the medical attention they need, and we learn about their personalities, likes and dislikes as much as possible.  Our fee includes: spay or neuter, FVRCP vaccination (and a rabies vaccination if age appropriate) and a microchip.  These fees only begin to cover our costs; donations and fundraising carry us the rest of the way.

Application Questionnaire

When you have found a cat (or pair of cats) you are interested in adopting you will be asked to complete an application questionnaire.  The application entails questions about your situation, lifestyle and expectations as well as specific questions about the care needs of cats you intend to adopt, such as housing, enrichment and socialization, training and veterinary care.  This questionnaire helps our volunteers see if your lifestyle and expectations are a good match with the individual animal(s) and what aspects of care or behavior we should provide additional education about.  It is important to fill out every answer, with N/A if not applicable.  You will also be asked to provide photo ID.

The application should be completed by the adoptee (one person only) who must be at least 19 years of age, not in school (undergraduate or high school), have the approval of other adults in the home, have appropriate identification such as a drivers license and be at least a permanent resident of Canada (not here on a Visa).  Owning a pet means providing essentials such as a balanced diet, litter, licensing, socialization, and health care.  Providing a home and care for a pet is a lifetime commitment.  Cats typically live into their teens and have been known to live over twenty years.

Conversation

Once we have read through the application, volunteers will have a conversation with the potential adopter to find out more information about them and what they are looking for.  We will also provide advice about care and behavior training at this time, as well as additional information about the animal they are interested in (as available).

This conversation is a good opportunity for us to get a sense of whether there is a good match for the potential adoption and to ensure that both the adopter and animal will be happy together.  All individuals who will reside with or be in frequent contact with the adopted cat(s) should be present at this conversation.

Finalizing the adoption

If everything goes well and there is a good match for your home and family, we will finalize the adoption signing an adoption agreement.  This contract outlines your, and our, responsibilities towards that pet.  You will also be given a copy of your pets health history while with us, and information on your pets microchip.

UNDERSTAND THAT FALSIFIED ANSWERS WILL LEAD TO AUTOMATIC REFUSAL!

We may limit the number of animals that can be adopted at any one time, require certain animals to be adopted together, or enforce other restrictions regarding other pets or young children.  These restrictions are in place to give every animal the best chance for success in a new home.

Both you and your new pet will need time to get acquainted and adjust.  For some pets the transition is quick and easy.  Others may need more time and help from you to become a successful pet companion.  If you should determine you and the pet are not compatible, you may return the pet to us.  If at any time you can no longer care for your adopted pet and cannot find a suitable home, we ask that you return the pet to us.