Adopting a cat is a very important decision. Owning a pet means providing essentials such as a balanced diet, litter, socialization, annual checkups, and veterinary care. Remember, providing a home and care for a cat is a lifetime commitment (15-20 years for a young cat).
The Adoption Process at FTCR consists of 4 steps:
*Updated Feb 4, 2023
1 – Adoption Application
When you see a cat (or cats) you are interested in who are available for adoption on our Adoptable Cats page, the first step is to fill out an online adoption application. You can find our list of available cats and our adoption application on our website. Put as much detail as possible as we often receive multiple applications for a cat and this is your opportunity to tell us about you.
*The individual applying must be the potential owner of the cat and 25 or over. We cannot accept applications on behalf of someone else.
*FTCR reserves the right to verify all information provided on the application form and deny any adoption requests.
2 – Telephone interview
An adoption coordinator will call you to review your application with you and conduct an interview to ensure the best fit. We often receive multiple applications for a cat and only those applicants selected will be called for a screening interview. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to call everyone or do pre-approvals.
3 – Meet the cat
If the cat you’re interested in is located at our cattery in Smiths Falls, approved potential adopters will be able to make an appointment to meet them there and adopt. You will need to bring a cat carrier and blanket with you to your appointment to bring the cat home.
If the cat you’re interested in is located in foster, we are currently doing video meets with the cats, fosters and potential approved adopters. The foster will contact you to arrange your video meeting. Pickup would happen in the Ottawa area.
If the cat is at a partner store in Ottawa, approved potential adopters will be able to make an appointment to meet the cat there during volunteer hours.
4 – Complete the Adoption
If the cat is at our cattery in Smiths Falls, you will complete your adoption there. Adoption fees are payable by etransfer and you will complete an adoption contract. You will be provided with the cats’ medical (vaccination) record and microchip information. You will need to bring a cat carrier and blanket with you to your appointment to bring the cat home.
If the cat is in a foster home, we will do a contact-less adoption. Adoption fees are payable by etransfer and the adoption contract will be completed by email. Once received, pickup arrangements will be made by the foster. You would need to bring a cat carrier and blanket with you for the foster to put the cat in for transport home. The foster will provide you with the cats’ medical (vaccination) record and microchip information.
If the cat is at a partner store in Ottawa, the FTCR volunteer at the store will complete the adoption with you after the approval by our adoption team.
The benefit of adopting from a rescue is that all initial vetting, vaccines and spay/neuter is already done. Actual veterinary costs far exceed adoption fees.
|2 Kittens (excludes Exotic Breeds)||$500|
|Mature Adults 9+ years||$100|
Adoption fees include vet checkup, spay/neuter, core vaccines (initial set for kittens), rabies vaccine, flea and tick prevention, deworming and microchip.
1 – All adopters are responsible for veterinary care, medical bills, rechecks, and medication refills post-adoption. This allows us to use our resources for the cats that remain in our care and those with urgent needs.
*We cannot guarantee the health of our cats. We do vet checks and disclose observations revealed during an exam and information that is provided at the time of surrender. Please understand that some illnesses can have an incubation period of upward of 10 days, which means that a cat can leave in good health but get sick a few days post-adoption. In addition, the stress of a new environment can depress a cat’s immune system. Cats are not tested for FIV/FeLV nor can FIP be predicted.
2 – We cannot guarantee the temperament of our cats.
Most cats come to us without any background history. We disclose any information that is given to us and is discovered during our own observations and assessments. We do our best to find a good fit and ensure successful adoptions. However, please understand that this does not guarantee temperament as temperament is often an effect of environment and circumstance. Please be patient as your new pet adjusts to its new environment.