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#1 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Ok, so I took in this stray with four newborn kittens, but they grew up, and we've grown so fond of them...now they're 12 weeks old and I just cannot afford to keep them.

How do I make sure they go to responsible homes?
Where do I start?
I rang the local vet and the cheapest I could get them neutered and vaccinated and mico-chipped is $213 each...could i offer them for sale at $213? (or even $200) and pay a little myself?
I rang a local shelter, they will take them but there are no guarantees they'll not be 'put to sleep' and the thought of them trapped in little cages waiting for some one to notice them just breaks my heart.

Any advice from someone who has done this before?
What am I supposed to do, physically and mentally?
Kittens hheart.gif

#2 la di dah

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

I did this, but I got in touch with a local cat rescue when I realized I was having kittens (after I got done going AAAAAAAAAH) - they went to their new homes desexed, and the adoption fee covered it and their first vaxes. I did all their care and stuff and they lived with me, but I could tell people honestly it's not MY fee and its certainly not money I got to keep, it was just the standard rescue rate that went to the rescue and they were okay with it because they got desexed and vaccinated kittens.

You might also want to check on local reduced desexing rates, though I think they tend to run them off and on. Sometimes it's only like 100 dollars.

hhugs.gif I still cried when they went to their new homes.  

Are you in Sydney? I could PM you.

#3 krich78

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

Are you in Sydney? I would love one if I can convince my DH (may be hard we are already a two cat household....)

#4 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

I'm just west of Melbourne  la di dah  and  krich78 - thanks for your offer

If we didn't already have three cats (and will probably be keeping the kitten's mum as she is too unsociable for adoption) I'd keep them all!

#5 Praetor VitaeChel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

Lelo - contact a no kill pet rescue like Pet's Haven and they will be able to help you.

#6 Nepheline

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

Oh my, the little black and white one melts my heart. Wish I had room for one more pet. Good luck OP

#7 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

vitaechel I will try Pet's Haven again, I contacted them when I first found the kittens, they were full then though.

I am also hesitant to try shelters as it still involves them being locked up and 'competing' for attention with hundreds of other kittens for an unknown amount of time.  sad.gif

#8 FeralFemboside

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

I would keep hitting the phones. Hopefully you can find a rescue group that can help you - it might work out very well for them and you if you keep the cats at your place, look after them and pay for their upkeep, but they place them with new homes. Rescue groups are also likely to have contacts among vets who will do reduced rate desexing.

If you can't find an organisation (sorry - I only know a bit about the Sydney scene) and you need to do it alone then check out your local council to see if they have any deal with reduced rate microchipping (my old one certainly did) and also ring around with vets. My former vets was a teaching practice for the vet students and offered reduced rate desexing on days the students were being taught.

I'd keep any receipts for the desexing and chipping and make that the cost of adopting them from you. A stranger who wants an animal for free is not a good indication of a person who will be a responsible pet owner.

#9 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for the suggestions original.gif

A stranger who wants an animal for free is not a good indication of a person who will be a responsible pet owner.

I agree with this whole heartedly!

I guess I'll just have to arm myself with a list of shelters, pull myself together, and do some calls.

I keep making excuses and putting it off  ddown.gif

#10 Just Another Cat

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

OMG they are adorable wub.gif

What sex are they? I live west of melbourne and would totally be interested, but not sure if DP would be so keen.

Could you maybe contact a rescue organisation and foster the kittens till they're found permanent homes.

#11 Just Another Cat

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

QUOTE (Sydneyside @ 07/02/2013, 12:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My former vets was a teaching practice for the vet students and offered reduced rate desexing on days the students were being taught.

Victoria university has a vet clinic at their Werribee campus. You could try them for a discounted rate.

#12 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

They are all males GrumpyTurtle

Yes, I'd not thought of offering to keep fostering them, I'll see what they say original.gif

My Kittens album shows them growing up

#13 The Old Feral

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Try Second Chance Animal Rescue, they are foster based so the kitties would stay with you until rehomed, rather than going to a shelter.

Sorry can't easily post link from my phone but they come up first on a Google search.

#14 FeralFemboside

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (lelo @ 07/02/2013, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I guess I'll just have to arm myself with a list of shelters, pull myself together, and do some calls.

I keep making excuses and putting it off  ddown.gif

Your excuses are reasonable. I loathe making phone calls. A whole lot to strangers, most of whom are going to say no is not pleasant at all. Good luck though!

#15 sne

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

National Desexing Network provides subsidised animal desexing.  Visit My Website

We got the male stray kitty that turned up on our doorstep (and stayed) done though them and it was about $60.

#16 warriorsfan

Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:59 AM

Wish I hadn't opened the links, they are so cute!!! Hope you find nice homes for them.

#17 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Your excuses are reasonable. I loathe making phone calls. A whole lot to strangers, most of whom are going to say no is not pleasant at all. Good luck though!
Thanks for the luck Sydneyside It's not only the calling that's difficult but I really don't want to give these guys away!  ddown.gif
They're the kind of kitties who purr just on seeing me in the morning (they spend their nights in the bathroom)
Sigh, I'd surround myself with 100 cats if I could - and if my DH and the local council would allow it!  laugh.gif

edited to add, I'm sending an email to Pets Haven to avoid having to talk to them just yet, lol

Edited by lelo, 07 February 2013 - 12:18 PM.

#18 Sentient Puddle

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

Save a Dog at the Stonnington Pound is also a "no kill" pound.  They also save cats too - it is just their name!n Good luck finding homes for them all.  I would take one but we recently took on another rescue cat and will be taking on another rescue dog next week.

#19 Therese

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

They are so gorgeous original.gif I hope you can find a good home for them (or you somehow can keep them all Tounge1.gif)

#20 PopperPenguin

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:38 PM


Try this woman. She is a fb friend of mine and has been fostering out and rescuing cats and other animals and then finding homes for them. She is in the Melbourne area.

#21 lelo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

Thank you BeagleBoy  
What beautiful cats your friend has on her page! I want them all - whoops, I'm supposed to be giving away mine  sad.gif

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