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All of our cats and kittens are microchipped, sterilised, vaccinated, treated for worms and fleas, and thoroughly health-checked by our veterinarians prior to adoption.
Most of the cats we rescue are cared for by our team of dedicated foster carers in their own homes, where we can get to know how each cat individually, and give them the best possible chance to flourish with their forever families.
You can also read the adoption stories submitted by some of our cat's adopters here.
Prior to adoption finalisation, each cat is microchipped, sterilised, and recieves two F5 vaccinations, as well as being up-to-date on parasite prevention. These fees help us recover some of the costs of vet treatment.
These fees are refundable in the event of an unsuccessful trial adoption period
|Kitten (<6 months)||$250||Full veterinary health check, wormed and flea treated, desexed, microchipped & two F5 vaccinations.|
|Teen (6-11 months)||$210|
|Adult (1-9 years)||$190|
|Seniors (10+ years) & FIV+||$99|
Adoption fees must be paid in full before the cat can be placed with a prospective adopter, as they also serve as a security deposit.
IFR seeks indoor (or indoor with secure cat enclosure) homes for all our cats. Our cats who are FIV+ and white or mostly white must be strictly indoors/confined to a cat enclosure. White or mostly white cats must not be exposed to prolonged sunlight, and infant-safe sunscreen is recommended if they like sunbathing.
Please ensure that you have read every part of a cat's bio before you apply. Our cat bios are designed to give you what information we have at hand that will help you know if a particular cat is suited to your household.
Sometimes we know that a cat doesn't like children, or probably would not be great with them. Other times we know that a cat has never once liked a dog they've come into contact with, in which case we will state that they must go to a home with no dogs. It's important for the cat, for your family, and for the IFR team that we get placements as right as we possibly can from the start, to avoid unnecessary stress for all.
Do not feel shy about asking questions before filling out your Expression of Interest form. We are happy to answer questions about each of our cats as best we can, and can provide you with what veterinary history and general life history we are in possession of. We also invite you to speak with the cat's foster carer ahead of submitting an Expression of Interest form.
Take a look at our listings on Gumtree, or if you've already seen a cat posted on our social media that you'd like to meet, you can contact us in any of these ways:
Message us on our Facebook Page
Email us directly at email@example.com
Or if you have already found a cat you are interested in adopting, you are welcome to submit an Expression of Interest form.
Messaging us afterwards on our Facebook page helps to get our attention, as sometimes we don't see form submissions straight away.
Please allow a day or two for a response, as we have a small volunteer team with outside commitments.
If you haven't heard from us by then, please do send us a reminder! We'd hate to leave you waiting too long.
Once you have submitted an Expression of Interest form for one or more cats, we will put you in touch with their current foster carer/s to arrange a Meet & Greet at their residence (if you haven't already met the cat).
This is also an opportunity for you to ask the cat's foster carer any questions you have about the cat, such as their history or how they might fit with your family (including any other pets or children) and your lifestyle (such as how the cat has been known to cope in a more active home or with energetic visitors).
Before your new feline friend can start their adoption trial period with you, we will organise a suitable time for one of our volunteers to visit your home.
Things we look at include:
We will make personalised recommendations on how you can keep the cat securely indoors during the trial period. We've unfortunately had some determined cats escape from foster care or their adoptive homes in the past, some sadly never to be seen again, so we've learned the hard way what to look for to save us all the heartache!
House visits also allow us to discuss where the cat will stay during the trial period, as we always recommend cats be confined to a quiet room for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks (or rarely even longer - see this page for information on adopting a shy cat), based on the individual cat.
We can also make recommendations for ideal positioning of the cat's bowls, litter, bed, scratching post, etc. that are least likely to cause stress while they settle into their new home. You are of course you are free to adjust things to your preference over coming weeks as the cat gets more comfortable in their new surroundings, but in the beginning and during the trial, the focus should be on helping the cat to settle in as calmly as possible.
House visits are also a good time to discuss a plan for safe and stress-free introduction of the cat to others in the home, based on our knowledge of the individual cat. This is especially important if you have other cats or other animals, if you have young children, if you live with housemates that aren't a part of your family, for our special needs and shy cats, or if this is your first time owning a cat.
Our aim is to give you all the smoothest trial period possible, with the best chance of a successful adoption, and our recommendations are made with this goal at heart.
Where your kitty friendship begins!
The cat will come to stay with you for a trial period, usually 2 weeks (unless we've discussed something longer), which is usually enough time for our confident cats to settle in and start behaving normally enough in their new environment for you to start to bond with them.
Some of our cats take longer than this to come out of hiding, and we are always open to extending a trial period if you feel you need more time to get to know the cat's real personality.
We also have an extra-long trial period which we use for our shy cats.
The trial period is designed to allow time for the cat to settle into your home and begin behaving normally enough to bond with their new family (that's you!).
Many people underestimate or forget how timid most cats can be in unfamiliar surroundings - surrounded by new smells, noises, and of course new people. Even cats that are extremely outgoing in their foster homes can sometimes deal badly with change, taking weeks to adjust to a move, so a new cat should always start off confined to one room with everything they need. This allows them time to get used to all the new experiences without getting overwhelmed.
It's important to trust our recommendations - we want your trial to be successful! There is no rush, if things go well and you bond during the trial, you'll have the rest of their 9 lives to share with them!
Once the trial period is over and you've decided that you want to stay together, it's time to make it official.
We'll get you to sign the final papers, transfer ownership on the Microchip registry, and hand over all vet records.
Congratulations, this marks the start of the rest of your lives together!
We love getting updates on our adopted kitties, so feel free to share updates with us on the "IFR Adopted Cat Families" private group on Facebook.
Adopted a cat from us but not a member? Just send us a message on Facebook and we'll invite you. For those not on Facebook, you are welcome to send email updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like your adoption story featured here on our website or shared on Facebook, we'd love to hear it! You can share it on the "IFR Adopted Cat Families" Facebook private group, send it to us via Facebook message or email us at email@example.com
If you ever have any concerns or are in need of advice or suggestions regarding your adopted cat, you are always welcome to send us a message or email. We will always do our best to help out where possible, or point you in the right direction otherwise.
Should you adopt a cat from IFR and unfortunately realise after the trial period that you need to rehome the cat, the cat must be returned to the care of IFR. Please contact us immediately if you are thinking about the need to rehome your adopted IFR cat.
Unfortunately, we do not have the income required to have our own shelter.
The majority of our cats are cared for by our generous volunteer foster-carers, in their own homes.
Some of the cats we intake from the pound go straight to Cat Haven's shelter, and if they are classified as "not adoptable", they are returned to us.
A community member who owns and operates a cattery is kind enough to provide us some pens at her site, in their off-peak season, to house our cats as a last resort.
We perform house visits of both applicant adopters and applicant foster carers prior to cat placement for a number of reasons.
When visiting a home, we are able to make recommendations regarding the locations of the cat's litter, bowls, beds, etc. based on our experience and tailored to the cat and its needs.
Additionally, we have had a number of incidents with cats escaping or suffering neglect in the past, so we have learned what to look for to reduce the chances of this happening. For example, we have learned just how determined some cats are to get outside, and how far they will go to get through even the most seemingly secure windows or security doors.
From time-to-time we do still miss things, and if luck is on our side the cat returns to safety. Of course, after rescuing and nurturing these cats in our own homes, the last thing we want to do is take risks with their safety.
Our adoption trial period exists as a "soft transition" for you, the adopter, to ensure that you have all the support you need to help settle your cat into your home.
At the end of the trial period, you can either choose to finalise the adoption with a contract - or if things aren't working out, return the cat to us and recieve a full refund of the adoption fee deposit.
We may agree to extend the trial period if there is a valid need, and are always open to discussion.