Have to rehome your cat?
There are no cat refuges and very few animal shelters in Tenerife that take cats and those that do are overflowing with unwanted pets. If you are faced with the difficult decision to give up your cat, there are a number of things you can do prior to contacting a refuge
- Be proactive and start as early as possible in your search. It may take time to find a good home for your pet, especially if you consider your pet to be a cherished family member and want only the best possible home for it.
- Try to find a friend or relative that you know and trust to provide a loving permanent home for the animal, or to care for it in the interim until one can be found.
- Don’t make a hasty decision and give up your pet at the first opportunity. While there are many responsible pet owners, there are also many people who will not give your pet the kind of home you want, even if they say they will. Ask questions to determine their past history with animals, such as how many pets they have previously owned, and what became of the animals. Be wary of people who claim that their previous cats have run away, that they don’t know what happened to them, or that they died of unknown illnesses. Such people likely will not provide a safe home for your pet.
- If your pet is not used to children, find out if potential adopters have children, the children’s ages, and whether or not they are good with animals.
- If your pet is too young to be sterilised, make sure that the interested person agrees with spaying / castration at the appropriate age.
- Find out how the pet will be cared for if the new owners go on holiday, and be sure the person is willing and able to provide veterinary treatment should the animal suffer from an illness. Ask to do a follow-up visit, if possible or if they will provide an update when the pet is settled.
- Never give an animal away for free. Animals are not dispensable or disposable, and people need to know and appreciate the value of animals. Typically, it is the less desirable homes that seek free animals, so charging even a minimal fee perhaps a donation to a charity may ensure your pet gets a better home.
- Remember that the only home you can be absolutely sure of is your own home. One can never be completely certain, but by taking these steps into consideration when re-homing your pet, the chances are much better that the pet will end up being loved and cared for in a responsible manner.