Adopt a kitten
Our ‘Foster for Adoption’ Program
Where do the kittens come from?
Every year Street Cats Rescue is contacted by locals and tourists alike, who have found an abandoned kitten or have been feeding a mother cat with their litter of kittens, and for various reasons can no longer look after them. Each story is different and often heart breaking, with 5 day old kittens rescued from rubbish bins.
In the past we used to take in these little furries, feed them, look after them and make sure they can grow up into healthy cats. Unfortunately in recent years this has become too demanding and has taken its toll on our limited number of volunteers. For this reason our new approach as of 2021 will be to encourage and support locals to become foster homes for these little creatures.
Being a Foster Home
If you decide to become a foster home, we will provide all that is needed to look after our kittens, like litter trays, beds, blankets and toys. Furthermore we will cover all expenses for food, litter and – if necessary – medical care. The appointments for the necessary vaccinations and neutering are made in coordination with you.
If you’re interested in either short or even long term foster care for one or several of our kittens, please contact us.
How long would I need to be a Foster Home?
How long the kittens will stay in a foster home depends on various factors, many of which are out of our control. If everything goes well, i.e. a kitten does not get sick or has any infections they should be ready for adoption as of the age of 4-5 months. By that time they will have had their vaccinations, be tested for FIV & FeLV, chipped and castrated.
However, if they can move out of the foster home at that moment in time also depends on if/when:
- we have found a new home or – in some cases a foster home in Germany.
- there is a Flugpate or a transport that can take the kitten to their new home (for international adoptions).
Are the kittens vaccinated and neutered?
All our kittens and cats are neutered, have two Trivalente vaccinations against the most common diseases [Feline panleukopenia (FPV or FPLV), Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FHV, aka herpes virus), Feline calicivirus (FCV)], as well as the obligatory rabies vaccinations.
Furthermore they are tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and the test results are recorded in the passport.
How much does it cost to prepare a kitten for adoption?
Getting a kitten ready for adoption costs a minimum of 130€ for a male and 150€ for a female cat. This amount covers the vaccinations mentioned above plus the castration. What is not included is the food, litter and additional medical bills which almost always exist, as many kittens are found with some health problems like conjunctivitis, cold or parasites.
We cooperate with AgroConil, a veterinary clinic in El Colorado, who offer us a discounted rate for all medical treatments and care.
Do I need to pay anything if I adopt a kitten?
To cover some of our expenses, we ask for a contribution for each adopted kitten or cat.
For local adoptions this contribution is 50€ – 100€ depending on financial ability. We can also offer payment in installments. For international adoptions the amount is 180€ which takes into account the additional transport costs.
Do I need to sign a contract when I adopt a kitten?
To make sure our kittens will have a good home we also do a home check before we agree to the adoptions. Furthermore we have a contract that we sign with the new owner to ensure they are aware how to appropriately care for a kitten.
For adoptions to Germany please check out Street Cats – Adoptions