A common question that comes our way at RescueMe is rehoming requests, and how RescueMe can assist or whether they will foster and rehome already homed pets.
At our core, we are a Rescue mission. This means that we focus on cats that don't already have a forever home. Therefore, our primary goal as a Cat Rescue is to keep you and your pet together. Moving animals from one "forever" home to another is quite stressful on the animal. Whatever your reason for rehoming, we can absolutely discuss the issues and barriers you are having to help you overcome those.
A recent request I received was a family looking to rehome their cat because he was peeing outside the litterbox. This is a non standard behavior from a cat that usually occurs for various reasons, most of them medically related. For this family, we encouraged them to take the cat to the Vet and talk it over with them. It turned out that the kitty had a urinary tract infection. After a course of medicine, the behavior stopped and the cat remained happy in their home.
It's important before requesting to rehome an animal that the behaviors that are prompting the request are resolved. If you don't want a cat in your house because they're peeing outside the litterbox, neither do our volunteer fosters, or the new family that would take that cat in as their own.
We are 100%, as a Rescue Organization, here to help you solve the barriers that you are encountering that are prompting a request to rehome a cat. If you're needing to talk through issues and get suggestions on how to work through behavioral issues, please reach out to us via email here: email@example.com
In rare cases we do assist in rehoming. For example, when vets offices reach out to us requesting that we accept a pet due to medical expenses that otherwise would cause euthanasia in a healthy cat.
At one point, there was a cat that got hit by a car and suffered a hip break. The family could not afford the medical bills and chose to euthanize their cat. The vet's office intervened and called us and explained the situation and we agreed to assist in this case. We took possession of the cat, rehabbed him, and found him a new, loving home.
Another time we have accepted rehoming cats is when a primary, sole owner has died and the estate has sent the animal to the animal shelter. In this case, a representative at the City Shelter contacted our group and asked us to step in on an otherwise not very adoptable cat. This happened in the case of Murphy, a 17 year old cat whose owner died. Murphy ultimately died from mouth cancer about 6 months after his owner died, but he had a happy end of life that otherwise would have ended up with him being euthanized.
Our goal is to provide happy, healthy, forever homes to the cats that we rescue. This also includes facilitating families to keep the cats that they chose and promised a forever home to. We understand that there's a variety of reasons why someone needs to rehome an animal. To keep to RescueMe's core mission, we only accept rehoming of cats on one-off basis at the request of Vets and/or City Shelters.