Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tracing fosters

In the last month, we've had two people write to us who had adopted cats a few years ago and did not want to keep the cats or could not keep the cats for some reason or other. Both (including one who just wrote in) wanted the cats out within a few weeks. One said she needed it out by that same week. Both wanted to know what to do with the cats.

The first thing of course that we advise them to do is to go back to the fosters whom they adopted the cats from. It's only fair to let the fosters know and ask if they might want the cats back.

Unfortunately neither was able to give very much information on whom they had adopted the cats from or whom the foster was. They could not remember the name of the foster, nor could they remember where exactly the cat had been adopted from. They had either lost or not been given adoption forms and as a result, all they knew was that they had a cat they didn't want anymore.

In the last case, we managed to track down the foster, who immediately arranged to take the cat back. In the case we're dealing with now, we're still trying to find out whom the foster might be. The only thing the woman can remember is the first name of the person she took the cat from and the general vicinity of the place she went to to take the cat from.

It's very difficult obviously for the fosters to take a cat back years later - and even more so if they don't even know that the adopter no longer wants the cats. As an adopter, we hope that they will at least try and remember whom the foster is.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adoption is a lifetime committment, adopters are remineded of that. Please do not adopt-and-return without serious consideration.
If adopters want to adopt long-term but not permanently, there are adult cats that fosters are prepared to take back.
Please do not adopt a cute kitten and after a few yrs, return an adult cat to the foster (fosters may not have space for the cat any longer). It is depriving the kitten of a good forever home fore-knowing that the adoption is not permanent. Of course one cannot plan for the next 10-15 yrs, but some adopters eg PRs know that they may not be in SG for long. Please long-term-adopt an adult cat for the duration of yr stay or make arrangement to bring adopted cat home when you leave. Adoption volunteer.

6/6/07 1:40 PM  
Anonymous auntie p said...

I imagine there must be very good reasons if the adopter wants to return the cat to the foster, otherwise, it would be most unfair to the foster. If people adopt children, can they return the child to the foster or orhanage or whatever after the child grows up?

If the adopter wants to "adopt" a cat "long-term but not permanently" (to quote the adoption volunteer above), then I would think it should be called fostering (with the chance that the cat may be adopted by someone more committed) and not adoption. Adoption means the cat is yours, final, and adopter is ultimately responsible for the cat.

6/6/07 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Dawn to hijack the thread,
just to bring to the notice of all. A 3 legged kitten for adoption.

6/6/07 2:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

auntie p - both just said they were leaving the country and needed to give up the cat. It is sad - some people do take the cats for a while and then give them up.

I think that the adoption volunteer did mean long-term fostering, but some people want to feel as if the cat is 'theirs' so to speak. There is one foster who does what she terms 'long-term' adoptions whereby the cats are returned after a period of time. Many of these cats are unlikely to find another home.

6/6/07 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Disappointed-with-own-species said...

I wonder if they adopt a "human" child, would the adopters find ANY excuse to return IT??

6/6/07 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Disappointed-with-own-species said...

Ask the adopters to hold the feline-child and watch the lethal injection goes in to solve their problem so that they can go home with wonderful memories!

6/6/07 2:29 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

the fosters shd tell the adopters that they can't take back the cat bcos they have other cats to care for ... so why not lets all goto the vet together and watch the vet give the lethal injection ...

yup, previous poster, ur right - let the adopter go home with wonderful memories like u said ...
the condition is - he MUST watch the euthanasia procedure ...

don't give them the easy way out !

6/6/07 3:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

belle - sadly I know of at least one person who brought the cat to the vet to be put down because they were leaving the country. The vet refused and took the cat from her.

6/6/07 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Belle, tell the adopter that they cant take the cat back. And let's all go happily to the vet to see the cat put down? In the end what is the result? Adopter goes off and cat dies.... Is that really your wish?

End of the day we have to accept that not all adopters turn out to be good ones, do we punish the cats for the sins for these adopters? I think what they need is a new home not a death sentence...

6/6/07 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if you tell the adopter that he or she cant return the cat, he or she will just dump it to SPCA or worse in the streets. They are not going to be taken in by threats, as if in the first place they have not provisioned to bring the cat along, they will not now. Better to take the cat off their hands...

6/6/07 5:04 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This is so sad.

6/6/07 6:11 PM  
Anonymous lucky said...

People treat them like disposables. Pity the cats. One way is to pray for every cat that goes out on an adoption, we had one puppy that was tied up outside the toliet and we demanded the dog be returned to us, we also gave them a sound scolding. They wanted an obedient puppy.

The puppy was quickly rehomed to a good family.

6/6/07 10:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good work on finding the puppy a good new home!

6/6/07 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were people who took 'long-term' cats home when they leave.
Some older adult cats are hard to adopt out - so if long-term adopters (they do NOT adopt bec they do not where they would be in a few yrs) could provide good homes for a few good years, why not?
Not every adoption is a happy-ending story though we would like to wish that to be so.
2 ginger 2yr sterilised cats are for long-term adoption to a good home, anyone interested? Excellent temperament, you cannot ask for better cats. I will take them back with 2-wk notice. Adoption volunteer.

8/6/07 1:59 PM  

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