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If you need to find a home for a stray/rescued cat or to rehome your pet:

Regarding re-homing your pet:

Street Cat Rescue does not condone giving up your pet and we cannot support or help you in re-homing your pet.  It is highly advisable to find a solution to the situation that has brought you to this  hopefully difficult decision.  There is ALWAYS a solution.  Street Cat Rescue will be glad to help you find solutions to keeping your pets.  We can give you great advice with situations of allergies, cats not getting along, peeing outside of the box, biting and other behavioral problems, new spouse/partner having issues, financial reasons, etc..  Please let us talk to you regarding your situation.  You may write us at streetcatrescue@earthlink.net with the following information:

  1. Name, email or number we can contact you.
  2. Nature of the problem.
  3. History of the cat.

If you have found a stray cat and want to take it In and find it a home:

It is always advisable, if you have other pets, to isolate a newly found cat for various reasons (illness, fleas or other parasites, possible temperament issues) until its health can be confirmed.

If you can afford to provide it some medical care, have it tested for Leukemia/FIV to determine if he/she is safe to be around your other pets, take the cat to your regular vet (many vets will offer a discount for rescued animals) or to a low cost clinic such as:

  1. Animal Trustees of Austin
  2. Emancipet

If you feel you need to find someone else to provide these services, see below for a list of rescue groups/shelters you may contact.  Many rescue groups/shelters are at capacity.  There are only a handful of no-kill rescue groups/shelters, and it is impossible for them to accommodate all cats/kittens.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when doing this:

  1. Do not take to a “kill” shelter.  Most kill shelters will euthanize due to lack of space, if they display the slightest un-socialized behavior, if they are ill, or if they are not yet weaned.

  2. Do ask the "no-kill" shelter what their adoption policies are, whether they will be in foster homes or cages, shelter and where, and how they operate their adoptions (left in the pet stores all day, overnight, taken just for a few hours-then back to the foster home, etc.).  Then you can decide what your wishes are for the cat/kitten you have found/want to help.

  3. Keep in mind that many groups, especially during kitten season, are at full capacity.  Please be patient and understanding of this. There are only a handful of no-kill rescue groups/shelters, and it is impossible for them to accommodate all cats/kittens.

 No Kill Shelters/Rescue Groups:

  1. Georgetown Animal Outreach
  2. Austin Humane Society
  3. Central Texas SPCA
  4. Shadow Cats
  5. Cat's Angels
  6. Williamson County Humane Society

If you would like to find a home for the cat on your own - Here are some tips and some Do's and Don'ts:

  1. Contact some of the rescue groups and ask if you can sit in on adoption days to help you adopt out your cats.  You will generally have to have the same guidelines as the group, but this will vary by group

  2. Make a flyer with a picture of the cat and its "story."  If a sad story, then tell it in a manner to get people to empathize.  Post this at local stores, vets' offices, and your job.  Ask all relatives and co-workers you know, as that way you can keep tabs on how they are doing.  Also, if a special circumstance, you may send the flyer to Street Cat Rescue to be circulated amongst several rescue groups.  Send to streetcatrescue@earthlink.net

  3. Make sure you adopt out for a minimum adoption fee of $35.00; NEVER "Free to a good home."   There are many cruel people in this world that love to take free kittens to feed to their snakes, sell to labs for experiments, use in dog fights, and abuse themselves.   HOWEVER, you should only adopt out if spayed or neutered, therefore may want to ask for more to cover your expenses.

  4. We have an overpopulation crisis in our country and it's up to you to make sure you do not contribute to this.  DO NOT rely on the adopter to spay/neuter.  Most of the time, they will wait until it is too late or will not do it at all.  Refer back to Animal Trustees of Austin or Emancipet mentioned above for low cost spay/neuter.

  5. Post on Petfinder.com or run an ad in the statesman online that will allow four pictures as well.

  6. Keep records of all that you do and it is advisable to have the kitten combo tested for leukemia and FIV as many will want to know that they are negative.

  7. Borrow an application form from a rescue group and make sure you ask all the questions you need to, to ensure the kind of home for them they deserve.

Whatever you do, do NOT be desperate enough to jeopardize its safety by not being selective in where it goes.  Otherwise your efforts in rescuing this cat will have been futile and could possibly bring more harm to it.

GOOD LUCK and always feel free to share your adoption stories with Street Cat Rescue!  We would love to hear if our information was helpful to you in finding a great home for your rescued cat.

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