Let me say a few words to you, yes you, the person who writes an message to simply ask the price. The person who messages and after hearing a price surprisedly states: “I can buy a cheaper cat elsewhere”. I also address you; the person who doesn’t care about the treatment required because I want “just a cat”.
No cat is “JUST A CAT”.
Behind every rescued cat is a shelter. When you tell a rescuer you don’t care about the treatment the cat/kitten has needed, what you’re really telling them is you couldn’t care less about the health of the cat you just want the cheapest thing you can find! When you select to adopt a cat from a quality shelter, this rescuer is responsible for the health of every cat; both cats owned and every cat they’ve rehomed for its lifetime. This rescuer will skip holidays, miss sleeping, and most of their personal house space has been turned into space for their rescued cats. The truly passionate rescuer who loves what they do, puts their whole heart and soul into it. Not only in kittens that are easy to home, but also in all older, abandoned, unloved cats who now own a piece of their heart and soul and now is a member of their extended family. This does not take into account any kitten/cat who might get sick or need extra help to thrive or even just survive. A good shelter will worry about their babies after they leave and will take one back without question. EVERY LAST ONE!!!!
The wheel that just keeps turning. Is because you 'JUST WANT A CAT'.
A good rescuer will do tests, xrays, analysis, vaccinations, deworm, as well as microchip their kittens/cats and get them evaluated by specialists if necessary.
Last but by no means least, a brilliant rescuer CHOOSES the family lucky enough to have one of their cats/kittens. Yes, you read that right. A true rescuer chooses who they rehome to because they are not making money off the furry one. There is no compensation that can offset the investment a rescuer has made so they need to be confident its the right fit. Many times saying more no’s then yes... Because rescuing and rehoming is not a responsibility to EVER be taken lightly, it’s a lifestyle choice set aside for ONLY the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.
Because a cat is never “just a cat” it’s the shelters legacy, a little boy’s best friend, a little girls protector, an elderly persons therapy, a member of the family, someone’s whole world!!!
Please bear this in mind when you ask "how much for a cat/kitten?" And I apologise up front for this but telling me that I'm not helping 'low income families' will not change anything. I am a single woman with one income and all my bills to pay myself.. I am a low income family, it just so happens my family consists of my furry friends who I willingly spend my last penny on without grumbling, without question with pure adulation and deep joy.
Thank you to all my fantastic volunteers who give up their precious time and to the amazingly generous people who donate not only money but anything that helps these precious orphans. Also thank you to my awesome adopters for understanding and realising I don't charge the fee I do through choice but through necessity and knowing without this adoption fee I could not help any more cats that desperately need help.
Thank you for reading this x