Siri Zwemke grew up with Siamese cats. So when she moved into her own home she knew she was going to get a Siamese cat. She called local shelters and asked if any Siamese were available for adoption.
“Before I knew it, the phone was ringing off the hook. I had to do something or I was going to become the crazy cat lady,” she says. That was in 1998 when she founded Siamese Cat Rescue.
“Siamese are in my blood,” she continues. “My mom had them from early adulthood on; we always had at least one growing up. I love their intelligence and their curiosity.”
The cats that come into the Siamese Cat Rescue program must look somewhat Siamese, must not show any significant aggressive tendencies, and must not have any identifiable terminal illnesses. “We do remind all our applicants that there’s no such thing as a purebred in our program,” she explains. “Adoptability depends most on personality.”
Siamese Cat Rescue has many types of this breed including seals, chocolates, lilacs, blues, torties, flames and lynxes. You can view many of them by clicking here.
The adoption fee is $125 ($100 for seniors); plus a $25 carrier fee and a $20 health certificate fee if you adopt out of state. Siamese Cat Rescue has an internal transportation system that allows them to move cats from fosters to adopters every weekend.
According to Siri, who serves as executive director, “Some people complain adopting cats is harder than adopting a child. Our goal makes sure that the applicant is going to provide a safe and wonderful home for our cats; the process is designed to gather a lot of information from the potential adopters about what they’re looking for and what their home is like in order that we can match the right cat to the right situation. We want both the cat to be happy, and the new family to be happy; because we stand behind these cats for the rest of their lives, we find it pays to put extra effort up front to ensure we get a good match.”
All of the cats are fully vetted including a combo test for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids, spay/neuter, distemper and rabies vaccines, worming and treatment for parasites, vet exam, microchip, ringworm cultures, fungal baths, and, for all cats aged 10+, full blood panels, thyroid checks, urinalysis and dental work.
Siri and her husband, who does all of the website work, are joined by a group of 600 plus volunteers across 25 states.
“We are limited only by the number of our volunteers and the number of fosters,” she says. “Despite helping 800 plus cats a year, we still turn down umpteen cats every week as we just don’t have enough volunteer housing to take them all in.”
For more information about Siamese Cat Rescue, click here.