Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I know of a feral cat colony or a feral cat who needs help. What do I do?
Answer: Please visit our feral cat solutions page on ways we can help!
Q: I found a litter of kittens, what do I do?
Answer: Please email us immediately!
Q: I adopted my cat from you and now I can't keep her anymore. What do I do?
Answer: We will gladly take back any cat or kitten that was adopted out through our organization. In fact, this is a requirement signed in the adoption contract and understandings upon adoption (the cat(s) must be returned to Whis-Purr Rescue). Please email us immediately.
Q: I adopted my cat from another organization but can't keep him anymore. What do I do?
Answer: We would love to help you to re-home your cat. Whis-Purr Rescue can only help you re-home your cat if you agree to Spay or Neuter the cat, provide proof of testing your cat for FIV/FelV (please see our LIST OF LOW-COST VACCINATIONS/SPAY & NEUTER CLINICS for where you can receive these services), and provide a safe and loving home for your cat in the indefinite time period it takes for us to find the cat a new home.
While Whis-Purr Rescue will work with you to find a new home for your cat, we CANNOT TAKE IN CATS unless your cat was originally adopted out by Whis-Purr Rescue or Humanimal Connection. WE ARE NOT A SHELTER. We are a rescue organization that works with a network of foster homes in our community that are all FULL. If a foster home becomes available, it is most often immediately filled with a rescued cat from a city shelter. Please note that although city shelters (including some Humane Societies) aim to find these rescued animals homes, city shelters are generally not a safe place for most animals.
Q: What Whis-Purr Rescue can do to help you re-home your cat:
Answer: We can help by listing your cat on our website and petfinder.com.You are also invited to bring your cat to our adoption fairs and we can help you list your pet on craigslist.com (where we find many of our homeless cats and kittens wonderful homes). In the interm, you would need to find a place to keep your cat until it can be re-homed (i.e. your home or in a friend's home).
If you CANNOT find a temporary home for your cat until it can be re-homed, please see our LIST OF OTHER LOCAL SHELTERS for other shelters who may be able to help take your cat. You may also check Save Our Strays for a list of no-kill shelters, by state of residence.
Q: I've lost my cat! What can you suggest for me to help find him?
Answer: Cats In The Bag Website is a great resource with lots of helpful suggestions for finding your kitty!
Getting right out and searching during that first 24hrs is super important but it is not unusual to have a cat/kitten return home after 2 or 3 days! The best time to find your cat/kitten is in the early morn or dusk. Put food, water and familiar smelling litter box outside. Open up REALLY smelly tuna or salmon and put it outside! Turn on an outside light. Keep calling for him/her. Take out his/her fav toy. Look around with a flashlight in all bushes around your house and surrounding neighbors. Look under houses: in garages. It is not uncommon if you cat/kitten got out that it became scared and ran into a neighbor's garage, there... hiding and scared and then the garage door is closed and they are locked in.
He/she needs to hear your voice so that he/she will stay near.
This is a really great website: http://www.catsinthebag.org/
Look for the info about “indoor only”, there is a link about one inch down that says "for indoor cats click here" and then it lists what methods of search are statistically better with that personality type of kitty.
There is another good website called http:// findtoto.com
Most importantly, contact your microchip company and also the place where you adopted your cat/kitten (they may be able to help as well), contact the humane society to post a lost cat/kitten report, post flyers everywhere, keep looking and expanding your territory. Sometimes a cat or kitten might be chased off or scared away from your home and they are unable to find their way back.
Don't give up hope but please keep calling and looking all over for him/her. (it's very important that they hear your voice!)
Think about and project, i.e. if you were a scared kitty where would you go?
Even have other kitty closed off in another room with the window open so that the cries of the other kitty can be heard from outside.
If you can and your other animals are safely closed in a room, keep your doors open so that your cat/kitten could wander back in.
You could explore the possibility of trapping him/her if your cat/kitten is generally a more skittish cat.
We hope that you will follow these steps and be reuinted with your kitty soon! Stay hopeful!