GUIDE FOR FOSTERERS
1 Interview adopters on the phone. Give a brief description of the cat and mention the good & bad (if any) points – & then let the adopters talk, prompt them along the way to tell you what sort of adopters they would be.
If the adopters are not suitable, say goodbye & hang up quickly and do not leave a contact no. – there is no pt in future contact.
2 If the adopters seem like a good potential adopters, ask them to come to see the kitten at yr home – it is safe and kitten is relaxed. Make sure someone is at home with you. It is not safe to show cat/kitten in an open space, the cat/kitten could escape.
This is the face-to-face interview, you could pick up things you are unable to sense over the phone. Continue to let them talk and see how they handle the kitten at your home. Tell them you need a day or two to consider. You will be surprised how yr opinion could change overnight. Let the potential adopters know beforehand that they could not take the kitten home. The impulsive ones are not the best of adopters.
3 Tell the adopters that you would send the kitten over to their house – so their trip is not “wasted” if they are the successful adopters.
4 Send the kitten to the adopter’s house and check if the flat/house is cat-safe and if the other ppl living there are supportive of the decision to have a cat/kitten. If you think that a “no-screen” window on the 11th floor is not safe, go home WITH the kitten. Do not leave kitten at adopter’s place and then have a sleepless night.
5 Sign the trial adoption contract if you are happy with the adopters and the envirnoment. Trial period is 1 or 2 wks – you can take back the kitten, and they could return the kitten. Unfortunately if the adopters decide not to return, you will find a locked door when you turn up – so be very careful. Slightest doubt, weigh your options (cat better with them or …..) – a little inconvenience is inevitable.
6 Visit in a week’s time (make prior appt during first home visit). If kitten is relaxed and ignores you, the adoption is going fine. If a longer trial period is needed (esp if there is a resident cat in the home), do extend the trial period if necessary. If kitten is fearful and hiding – you know the kitten better – take kitten home at once. Bring a carrier along but leave it in your car / have it available somewhere.
7 Make visit as short as possible if you are taking the kitten back – it is not usually pleasant unless the adopter does not want the kitten anymore – then the adopter will be super-nice too.
8 Sign permanent adoption contract on the second visit if both parties agree to the adoption. Ask for permission for future visits.
9 Inform the adoption board that the cat is adopted.
10 Follow-up with weekly phone calls to check on cat’s adjustment – for a mth or two. Listen to what is said & make suggestions. Remind abt sterilisation if kitten is adopted unsterilised.