Find a New Home for Your Cat
How to Find a New Home for Your Cat
There are only 4 no-kill animal shelters in Collier County. Because adult cats take more time to find a home than a kitten, no-kill shelters generally have too many adult cats at their shelters all year round. The cats need your help to find them a new home.
I am feeding a really friendly stray cat but cannot keep it. How can I find a home for it?
- Continue to feed the cat every day.
- Bring the cat into your garage or a bathroom of your house.
- Buy “Frontline” flea treatment from your local Petsmart store and treat the cat for fleas.
- Take the cat to your local vet office and have the cat checked to see if it is fixed and check for a microchip (they should do this for free). If the cat is microchipped, you will be able to find the owner and return the cat to its home.
- Go online to www.petharbor.com to register the cat as a found cat. Take a photo of the cat and make up flyers to distribute around your neighborhood to try to find the owner. Call the local veterinary offices to report the found cat.
- If the cat is not microchipped or fixed, it is most likely an abandoned cat.
- You can get the cat fixed affordably ($45 for males and $55 for females) at the Collier Spay Neuter Clinic (239-514-7647). A fixed cat is much easier to find a home for than otherwise.
- Advertise the cat in the Naples Daily News (239-263-4700) under “Free Pets” (the ad is free).
- Take a picture of the cat, make a flyer and post it at the veterinary offices and Pet Supermarkets and anywhere else.
- Talk to everyone you know- friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, relatives, waitresses, house cleaners and service people about the cat- show them your pictures.
- Contact all the other rescue groups and shelters by email with a picture of the cat so they can network for you.
- Post the cat online on Craig's List.
I can no longer take care of my own cat(s) and need to find a new home for them
Put the cat on Petfinder.com and 1800saveapet.com- List the cat on Craig's List
- It takes time to find a cat a new home- sometimes several months but you will be giving this deserving cat a new loving home and you will be part of the solution and everyone in the animal rescue community will be proud of your effort.
- Call the Naples Humane Society at 239-643-1555 to get on their waiting list. Call them every week to see if your cat has moved up the list.
- Take photos, make a flyer and post it at the veterinary offices and Pet Supermarkets and anywhere else.
- Advertise your cat in the Naples Daily News 239-263-4700 under "Free Pets" (the ad is free).
- Post your cat on Craig's List.
- Keep photos of your cat with you all the time and talk to everyone you know- friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives, waitresses, house cleaners and service people about your cat and show them your photos.
- If you have run out of all of these options, you can take the cat to Domestic Animal Services, 239-530-7387, on Davis Road, just west of Santa Barbara Blvd. Domestic Animal Services is run by Collier County and they are a “kill” shelter (“euthanizing” over 300 cats/month)
- Your cat's life is in your hands- they have given you every ounce of love, loyalty and trust for years. Do what is right, not what is easy and take the time and effort to find a new home. It is the least you can do for the years of devotion from your cat. It may take a few months of hard work but your cat deserves no less.