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FAQ About Kitten Adoption

Question: My grandmother/grandfather wishes to
adopt one of your kittens. How soon can we have one?

Answer: Kittens are adorable. Everyone wants a
kitten. But should everyone adopt a kitten? Each year,
we accept countless older cats that are more difficult
to find homes. Many of these cats are from elderly
people who loved and showered affection upon them.
The sad fact is many senior citizens do not live long
enough to see their beloved pet fulfill his/her lifespan.
Many seniors must go to assisted living or nursing
homes and cannot take their pet with them.
What happens to these older cats? Some come to
us. We at Animals Can't Talk Rescue and
Adoption, Inc.
do not euthanize a healthy animal,
including senior cats.
Kitten adoption is a long term responsibility. Kittens
may live quite a long time. Read what the ASPCA
says about cat lifespan.

"The average lifespan of an indoor cat is
13 to 17 years-and we've known lots of
kitties who've made it to 20-plus!"


For these reasons, we do not
recommend kittens to senior citizens.
Please consider adopting an older cat.

When older cats arrive, many get adopted, many
do not. Many wait a very, very long time in the shelter.
Some live out their lives in the shelter. Some even die
from no apparent reason except a broken heart. It is
difficult for an older or senior cat to adapt to the shelter.

Remember, if they were the pet of a senior citizen, that
person most likely devoted a tremendous amount of
time and love on that cat. We would be delighted if the
adopter would consider choosing one of the cats that
was given up by another senior who could no longer
take care of their pet. We hope you understand that
we have extensive (and sometimes very sad)
experience in these matters.
We are the voice for the animals. Sometimes that
voice has to say things that are difficult. Our main
objective is to find suitable homes for these unwanted
pets. It doesn't mean that a person wouldn't love a
kitten. But, they may not be able to care for it later...
and the cycle begins again.

All cats need a home for THEIR lifetime.

So please give an adult cat the home that
he/she has been waiting for. They have
been waiting for you. You can make a
difference in a cats' life.

Of course, anyone can
adopt an older pet!
We hope you do!

See what
has to say on this subject:

"When a friend of mine lost her darling cat to age and
illness, she told me that her next in a long line of feline
companions wouldn't be a kitten. Partly, because she
thought she was old enough that a kitten might outlive
her, and partly because she didn't think she was up to
coping with all the energy that comes in those small,
furry forms. But mostly, she said, she was done with
kittens because
she wanted to give an adult cat a chance
If she had told me this in person instead of on the
phone, I would have hugged the stuffing out of her.
I love it when people decide to adopt an older pet.

Because kittens are so very appealing, adult cats
have the lowest adoption rate at many shelters. It's
a tragedy for the cats, of course, but it's also
unfortunate for many people who don't realize that
an adult cat may, in many cases, be a better
choice than a kitten
. You know pretty well what
you're getting with a grown cat -- activity level,
sociability and health. Given time in a loving
environment, a grown cat forms just as tight a
bond with his new people as any kitten can."

Don't misunderstand. We love kittens. We
want homes for all the animals in the shelter.
We strive to be responsible and caring.