Why adopt cats out?
The CWS Adoption volunteer was telling me about one of the fosters who is giving some problems. She adopted a cat out to someone and this person wrote in to say she had concernes. The adoption volunteer wrote to her to ask what happened. It turns out the new adopter is upset the cat is not 'toilet trained' - ie on the toilet floor, and wants to use litter. She says that all cats are supposed to use the floor. Then she was upset that the cat had been fostered in a home with a dog - even though she said the cat was very well looked after and healthy. Then it turns out that she would not be bringing the cat to the vet after that - she does not believe in vets and has not sterilised any of her previous cats.
The volunteer then called up the foster and told her that she should seriously consider whether she is comfortable leaving the cat with this adopter. Considering she does not intend to bring them to the vet, and considering that she is unlikely to sterilise, the volunteer advised the foster to think about this seriously.
The foster then wrote back and said she was leaving the cat with the adopter. She said she was desperate to adopt them out (though actually the cats were with another foster who was prepared to hold them longer). She said that she had given her a sample contract (which I believe was not signed) and that it was now up to the adopter. She said if the woman did not sterilise, and the cats (a male and female cat) were allowed to breed and dumped on the street, it was not her problem. After all, it was in CWS's stipulated contract according to her.
The adoption volunteer explained that the contract was between the foster and the adopter as it is a sample contract (and which is explained to people using our board). It is not in any way a CWS contract, nor does CWS sign on it. It is for people to use and decide to put in and take out different clauses. Some beef it up, others take out other clauses or change details. It's just a guide to go by.
The foster can then enforce it if he or she wishes. However, even if there is a contract, the foster cannot then throw up her hands and say it is no longer her issue. Plus, since she knows the adopter is already expressing these issues about not sterilising and not treating sick cats, she should think about whether she wants to give the cats up to this home.
What is the point of adoption? To just get the cats into ANY home? The idea is to get cats that cannot live on the streets off the street and into GOOD homes. the idea is to ensure they are well taken of, and most importantly, not to ADD to the pool of cats on the street.
If you 'save' two cats, and then doom the 10 offspring to be dumped on the streets unsterilised for example, then how is this helping at all?
The adoption volunteer is trying to convince the foster to act to remove the cats, but at the end of the day, it is her decision as they are her cats. She will be banning her and the adopter from the board after this.