Our adoption process

Our adoption process

A little bit about our process

We are a foster based rescue. This means we don’t have a building that you can come to to meet a large number of kittens and choose from amongst them. All our adoption meetings happen in the homes of our foster carers. All our kittens are raised in homes. Our foster carers build strong and loving bonds with our kittens. We believe this is essential as we rescue tiny orphans, many of which come to us as singletons so have also lost their siblings. The bond they form with their foster carer is essential to their development and to developing their lifelong trust of humans.

Our kittens become very human oriented. They seek out their foster carer for comfort and associate them with food. The foster carer gets to intimately know the personality and needs of each kitten. Adopters say that they are more like dogs in their relationship and need for humans and in their ability to learn with food treats.

When it comes to adoption we have the luxury of being very discerning. If your application to adopt is unsuccessful before a meeting it will most likely be a safety issue. Our kittens are raised by humans so don’t learn from their mother to avoid dangers like predators or traffic. If your home environment has such hazards you would be better to adopt a kitten raised by an experienced mother cat. Being volunteer run, all applications are read but we only respond to the ones we think will make the best homes for our kittens. We apologise in advance to all the people we do not respond to and recommend you look for a kitten at one of the many other Tasmanian rescues.

Adopters bring with them varied personalities, families and households. Some quiet, some busy, some with other animals and people. Our foster carers and their homes are similarly varied and so a perfect match usually exists. 

We don’t know you or your family until after the first meeting. At this time a perfect match may be obvious or it may not. If it isn’t we will usually have a litter of kittens or a singleton who we think has been waiting for a home just like yours. They may not be the colour you wanted or even the sex you wanted but we recommend that you take the time to meet them. 

Other rescues will tell you that kittens are adaptable and will adapt to your home, and while that is for the most part true, the most successful adoptions happen when the match is perfect from the start.

Our foster carers are the core of our rescue. They are our most precious resource. Not everyone can be a foster carer for Neonatal Kitten Rescue Hobart but when we get one who is the right fit we look after them. We know that they have been up in the night with their kittens and have given their all to their care. They have all changed their own plans and the way their house runs for the sake of our kittens and we do not take that lightly. As well as respecting their instincts about perfect matches at adoption we respect their privacy and time. Because of this, visits are limited to 60 minutes. Please be respectful if our carer mentions the time.

Visits will not be scheduled until kittens are vaccinated and old enough for meetings, usually after they are 6 weeks of age.

After your meeting, please message the page and let us know how it went. We will then complete the expression of interest process where we find the best fit for the kittens and let you know if you have been successful. If you are not successful we may recommend you meet another litter of kittens or we may not. Hand raised kittens are not for everyone. Kittens raised by their mother and weaned into institutions are much more independent and will suit busy households where there is less human company a lot better than our kittens. Remember there are so many kittens looking for homes so if a shelter kitten would do well at your house please open your heart to one or several.

This season, our price for a hand raised kitten is $350. This goes some way to covering the cost of raising them, two weekly parasite treatment, vet treatments, two vaccinations, desex and microchip. if you are successful in your application you will pay a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your kitten. From time to time we have older kittens come in under our eco cats program. Ask us about possible discounts for these kittens.

Thanks for your understanding.

The next step, if you are sure a hand raised kitten is right for you and your home is safe, is to fill out the adoption application found here The more detail you give us the more likely we are to call you. We get a lot of applications and we are only a volunteer run Organisation so we only have time to respond to the most suitable. If you miss out on on of our kittens, remember, there are many, many kittens in other shelters who desperately need a home. Thank you for opening your home to one or several.

application form here

Neonatal Kitten Rescue Hobart
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