By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
When I got the e-mail from my contact at Bideawee in New York City, my heart sank. Bideawee, one of my favorite animal shelters, will be giving away FREE cats and kittens to loving homes from now through the end of August. Cats and kittens at Bideawee usually cost $150 each. However, we are in the midst of kitten season, the time of year–from March through November when thousands of homeless cats give birth to and overwhelming number of kittens.
Bideawee, which is a no kill shelter, made the decision to hold this special promotion, because, “During the spring and summer, animal shelters and rescue groups are strained with an influx of cats and kittens that are in need of loving homes,” says Renee Collins, director of Adoptions and Resident Care at Bideawee. “Nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City, where animal welfare groups like Bideawee are taking in both kittens and pregnant mothers and have been experiencing difficulty finding homes for these wonderful animals. Unfortunately as the season wears on, kittens begin to grow up and become less desirable to the public, which leads to them spending much of their young lives in the shelter. Many animal welfare groups have made the decision to offer certain felines for free, and while we have yet to make a practice of this, we think that kitten season is a good time to hold a promotion that we hope will increase the likelihood that these cats will find good homes.”
The Vetting Process
In order to get one of these lovely cats and/or kittens, Bideawee is asking potential adopters to complete a matchmaking questionnaire. If you are interested, you will need to show a photo ID, two personal references, a vet reference (if applicable), and proof of home ownership or lease clearly stating that pets are allowed. Interactions are conducted with all family members so that the new cat is considered to be a new addition to the entire family unit.
Benefit of Adopting at Bideawee
Bideawee Matchmakers know their animals incredibly well, which is why their matchmaking process is so successful and results in very few returns. “In fact, the return rate for Bideawee is significantly below the industry,” says Collins. “The veterinarians at Bideawee’s animal hospital that care for the Adoption Center animals from admission to adoption are the same vets that see them when they become private clients at our animal hospitals post adoption. This provides a consistency and continuity of care that is rare in the industry.”
Bideawee does routine follow-up inquiries to assess how the pet has acclimated to their new home and to see how both parties are doing. Bideawee behaviorists are available to help with any questions or issues that may arise as pets settle into their new homes. “Matchmakers communicate the vast support system for the pet and the person so all adopters are aware of the resources available to them as they start their lifelong journey with their new pet,” says Collins. “We will help in any way we can to ensure the adoption is successful for both the family and the pet.”
To adopt, or for more information, contact Bideawee by clicking here or call 866-262-8133.