Processes

Adoption Process 
How to adopt: because adopting a cat or kitten, or any other pet, is a serious decision, Sun Cities 4 Paws has a team of adoption counselors trained to assist you with finding a feline companion that is likely to be a good fit for your household. They will help you get to know the cats and kittens for adoption, answer questions, and provide information about cat behavior and care.
To adopt a cat or kitten:

  1. Meet the cats and kittens in-person
  2. Allow at least an hour for your visit
  3. Meet with an adoption counselor, fill out and sign adoption contract
  4. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult
  5. Must be 18 years or older and provide proof of residence
  6. Check your lease or renter’s policies prior to visiting Sun Cities 4 Paws
  7. Sun Cities 4 Paws reserves the right to refuse an adoption

Policies
To ensure happy, successful, life-long adoptions for cats and adopters alike, Sun Cities 4 Paws encourages the following policies below for adoption:
Indoor-Only: Because cats live much longer, safer lives indoors, Sun Cities 4 Paws asks that you keep your cat inside.
Declawing: Sun Cities 4 Paws asks adopters not to declaw adopted cats. Your adoption counselor can provide information about the detriments of declawing, humane alternatives, and how to train a cat to use a scratching post.
For adopters looking for declawed cats, there are almost always previously declawed cats at Sun Cities 4 Paws awaiting adoption, although many get adopted quickly.
Kittens: Kittens must be 12-14 weeks old before they are available for adoption. This ensures that kittens receive a strong, healthy start in life and minimizes behavior problems because they are fully weaned and litter box trained. All kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption and have received all age appropriate vaccinations, along with being microchipped.
FeLV+ and FIV+ Cats: Sun Cities 4 Paws usually has a small number of FeLV + (Feline Leukemia Positive) and FIV+ (Feline Immunodeficiency) cats available for adoption. These cats can live relatively long and healthy lives in an indoor, low-stress environment.
Because there is a risk of FeLV transmission to other cats, the adoption of a FeLV+ cat into a home with FeLV negative cats is done on a case-by-case basis.
The transmission rate from an FIV+ cat to a non FIV cat is rare and would only happen if the FIV+ cat is aggressive (deep tissue biting) to the non FIV cat. Most FIV+ cats can share a home with negative cats with no issues.
In some instances, FeLV+ or FIV+ cats may be required to be adopted as only cats or share homes only with cats who are also FeLV+ or FIV+.  FeLV or FIV is contagious only between cats. Humans, dogs, and other non-feline pets cannot contract the diseases.
Renting with Cats: Since we want to make lifelong placements for our cats, we ask that adopters make sure their landlord allows cats and to pay any pet deposits in advance of adopting. You will be asked to provide your landlords name and phone number on the adoption application
Cats as Gifts: Sun Cities 4 Paws can provide gift certificates for those wishing to give a gift adoption. Please note that adopters (the adult or adults with whom the cat will live) must meet with a cat or kitten prior to adoption; choosing a cat is a very personal decision and plays an important role in making a lifelong commitment to a new family member.
Shipping of Cats: We ask adopters to meet with and get to know the cats or kittens prior to adoption. Therefore, we do not ship cats or kittens.
Adoption Fees:
Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue Inc is a private, nonprofit organization that relies on individual donations, grants, and our own fundraising to operate. We receive no federal, state, or government funding.
Adoption fees help offset only some of the costs associated with providing for the cats and kittens in our care—this includes housing, food/litter, medical care, sterilization, enrichment, behavior modification, and more.       
Included in the adoption fee:

  1. Spay or neuter surgery
  2. Medical examination
  3. Age-appropriate vaccinations
  4. FIV/FeLV testing
  5. Microchipping
  6. Any additional treatment needed while in our care
  7. Purebred cats (when we get them) will have various adoption fees

The adoption fee schedule is as follows:
Kitten - $130.00                    Second kitten - $55.00
Adult - $105.00                     Second adult - $35.00
Senior cats (8 years & up), FeLV+ cats or FIV+ cats - $30.00
Do you offer adoption discounts
Yes! We offer two regular adoption discounts:

  1. A second kitten is only $55 (a $75 savings!)
  2. A second cat is only $35 (a $70 savings!)

Sun Cities 4 Paws participates in various adoption promotions throughout the year. Adoption fees may be reduced during these events. Please check our ‘Events’ section for any upcoming adoption events.
Why do your adoption fees vary?
Although we believe that all cats are equally wonderful and deserving, we also know that some cats will be adopted more quickly than others. We tend to assign higher adoption fees for kittens and purebred cats. Because there is no time limit on how long a cat can stay in our adoption program, assigning higher fees to the cats who have a higher chance of getting adopted quickly also allows us to reduce the adoption fees for those cats who might spend more time in the shelter.
Regardless of where our adoption fees are set, they cover only a fraction of the costs of caring for the cats who come into our shelter. We rely on donations and on sales in our thrift store to help us save lives. If you can make a donation in addition to your adoption fee, please consider this lifesaving gift! Your support means a lot to all the cats and people at Sun Cities 4 Paws. Thank you!

 





Sun Cities 4 Paws has many permanent shelter residents. We have a ‘Sponsor a Shelter Resident’ program to help offset costs. Read more here or donate here and choose Sponsor a Shelter Cat from the drop down menu.


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