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Hello<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a question on the kittens I am caring for. Here is my old thread on this situation:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=642930" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=642930</a><br><br>
Basically, I need ideas on how to spread the word about finding the kittens and the mom Shima good homes (She wouldn't be available for a while though, so right now my focus is the kittens). I don't want to just put an ad in the paper saying"free kittens" and risk accidently getting a person from a lab pretending to be someone who wants a kitten as a pet. I want people who will love and care for these babies as much as I do, KWIM? I thought about posting in the Finding Your Tribe area of the forum (I am in Michigan), but I was not sure if that would be good. I have already told all of my friends and family to tell everyone they know about them. We have four kittens, with one that has a home lined up with a good friend of ours (Harley).<br><br>
I do understand the hard reality that it won't be easy finding these guys homes. They had on the news the other day that more and more people in the Metro-Detroit area were surrendering their pets because of the economy. Pets are a luxury that many people can't afford. However, I do want to try my best to find these guys homes.<br><br>
Here are the lastest photos of them. The pictures might be a little fuzzy because they don't sit still for long. As of today they are 4 weeks, five days old.<br><br>
Princess<br><a href="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b107/n23cola/IMG_1374.jpg" target="_blank">http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...a/IMG_1374.jpg</a><br><br>
Princess and Harley<br><a href="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b107/n23cola/IMG_1375.jpg" target="_blank">http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...a/IMG_1375.jpg</a><br><br>
Charles:<br><a href="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b107/n23cola/IMG_1377.jpg" target="_blank">http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...a/IMG_1377.jpg</a><br><br>
Duchess<br><a href="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b107/n23cola/IMG_1422.jpg" target="_blank">http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...a/IMG_1422.jpg</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: So, if anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share them. Thanks for the posts in the other thread, and thanks in advance for any advice you all can offer.
 

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I'd try to adopt them in pairs--that way you won't need to find as many homes. Talk up the benefits of adopting siblings to potential takers--better socialization, easier to keep indoors, better to take two now than try and introduce a new kitten to a lonely cat later.<br><br>
The add in the paper would work if you thoroughly interviewed the person asking. Ask if you can see their home, ask about other pets they've owned, how long have they lived in this location etc.<br><br>
Otherwise I would put the word out among neighbors and veterinary clinics.
 

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Oh - cute!! We have a kitten waiting for us. Not ready till late May though. Those are PRECIOUS! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have heard that asking a small rehomng fee $50 or so really deters people getting animals for nefarious puposes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have heard that asking a small rehomng fee $50 or so really deters people getting animals for nefarious puposes.</div>
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I have thought about doing a refundable deposit. The way it would work is that who ever adopts these kittens that I don't know well would have to sign a spay/neuter contract agreeing to alter their kitten by a certain age (I am thinking 6 to 7 months old), and they get the deposit back with proof of alteration. I have not fully decided on that. I'll have to see how things pan out.<br><br>
I am willing to drive and met people halfway in neighboring states for the right homes.<br><br>
Thanks for the ideas so far<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think I am going to go ahead and post a link to this thread in FYT Michigan just to cover my bases. I have to call the vet soon to get them in for a check-up, so I'll ask if they will let me put up pictures of the kittens in their office.<br><br>
DH was talking to his ex today when we dropped off SD, and she was yet again trying to push us to drop the kittens off at the local pet store <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: . I am sorry, I don't want my kittens given away "free with purchase". It gives me the creeps!
 

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There is a pet homing group sort of like Freecycle where I live. There's a link to it from the Freecycle page. Maybe you have something similar in your area.<br><br>
People who browse that site are looking for pets. Most people request an adoption fee (smallish) to weed out the bad eggs. Also, some people ask potential adopters to use some special word in the subject line of their response -- they tell you do it way down in the body of their post so that they'll know if people just automatically respond without reading all the details.<br><br>
I think if you try to adopt 2 together you may risk losing potential homes. Most people won't be interested. My rescue kitties languished in their cage for nearly 6 months because no one would take them together. Once you have an interested party, you could introduce the idea - it *is* a great idea! I love having a pair. But if your advertisement says "2 together" most people will keep browsing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd try to adopt them in pairs--that way you won't need to find as many homes. Talk up the benefits of adopting siblings to potential takers--better socialization, easier to keep indoors, better to take two now than try and introduce a new kitten to a lonely cat later.</div>
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Thats a wonderful idea! Its better for the kittens too.
 

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Look at the eyes on Duchess! Michigan isn't that far from Ohio..hmmm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I would definetly do an interview. Give the interview, tell them you'll think about it and let them know your answer in 24 hours. Make sure you get a good vibe from the person, otherwise, no kitty! Try calling your local news stations to see if they would advertise for you.
 

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I'd suggest petfinder.com and the vets in your area. Responsible pet lovers will be at the vet and look for pets at the vet (b/c they trust the vet as a source). Also, pet finder.com suggests a small fee to find the pet a new home, as it weeds out the less financially able and/or serious pet seekers. I have adopted cats both through the vets in our area and through petfinder (our newest kitten is from petfinder, and I might consider him perhaps the best cat we've had yet!), and always been happy with the health of the cats...and with the interaction with the people seeking homes for them!<br><br>
By the way, they're beautiful, and I'd take the orange tabby in a HEARTBEAT...but my husband would probably have major issues with that! So, sadly, we'll remain a two kitty household. *sigh*
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: Thanks for the responses! I think I'll check out pet finder and see how that works. I do have adoption applications, so that can help me with interviewing folks I don't know. I think I will also go ahead with the refundable deposit (what is a reasonable number? $50? $75? $100?). That way I will feel better once the adopters let me know that the kittens are responsibly altered (I have spay/neuter contracts - would that be over the top?). I'll call the vet tomorrow and set an appointment. They usually get me in rather quickly. The only thing is finding a carrier large enough for mama and babies that is locally available. It looks like I have some shopping to do!<br><br>
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The news station is a good idea, but I would be too shy to try that one out. I'll keep it in the back of my mind though. I never know when I might need it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">By the way, they're beautiful, and I'd take the orange tabby in a HEARTBEAT...but my husband would probably have major issues with that! So, sadly, we'll remain a two kitty household. *sigh*</div>
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Thanks Courtenay! The orange tabby is a heart-stealer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ! He is the one that had a home since day one, and I am so glad because I would of been tempted to keep him, and we sure don't need another cat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . Thankfully he'll live less than a mile away from me, so I'll be able to visit him any time I want <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: .<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Thanks to all of you for all of your ideas and support on this!
 

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where in michigan are you?
 

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I'll PM you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just wanted to update<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Kittens and mama saw the vet on Friday. They passed their physical exams with flying colors, and the fecal sample was negative for parasites. Shima does need to gain weight though, which should start happening soon because her milk is drying out because she is weaning them. The kittens are eating the Innova Evo, drinking water, and using the litter boxes. Our friend that is taking the orange tabby is getting really excited to take him home. I told him he has to wait until he is eight weeks old (which they will be on the 22nd of this month). However, I did a search on what age the kittens can go to new homes, and I am finding a lot of sites that recommend 12 weeks. I always though 8 weeks was the safe number to take kittens away from their mama - is it wrong to take kittens away from their mama at that age?<br><br>
Also, no luck on finding more homes. The vet said he would keep an eye out, but that he is not having any luck with other families who are looking for homes for their animals. All he could suggest is putting up flyers with their pictures and tear-away phone numbers. I checked out the petfinder site, but when I did a search of pets needing homes in my area, I lost count of the pages of animals that need homes. It was overwhelming. Any tips on making a post stand out on there?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thanks.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thanks">
 

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my sister lives in Chicago and may be coming to the NC/TN area soon. Perhaps I could do an ad here at the local findapet forum (a branch of freecycle) or craigslist, and if people are interested, maybe you and my sis could meet somewhere to bring them down here. My sister may not be able to help out though, because she is possibly going through a miscarriage right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> However, she may be able to help out as a distraction for her situation. She loves animals.<br><br>
Also, you could offer to ship them anywhere in the country (at the interested party's expense). It would serve as an adoption fee and help weed out the undesireables. I think it usually costs $200-$250 including the carrier. I'd play up the situation with unwanted animals in the Detroit area - it feels bad to capitalize on the animals' misfortune but tugging at heartstrings is the way to find a good pet a home. Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my sister lives in Chicago and may be coming to the NC/TN area soon. Perhaps I could do an ad here at the local findapet forum (a branch of freecycle) or craigslist, and if people are interested, maybe you and my sis could meet somewhere to bring them down here. My sister may not be able to help out though, because she is possibly going through a miscarriage right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> However, she may be able to help out as a distraction for her situation. She loves animals.<br><br>
Also, you could offer to ship them anywhere in the country (at the interested party's expense). It would serve as an adoption fee and help weed out the undesireables. I think it usually costs $200-$250 including the carrier. I'd play up the situation with unwanted animals in the Detroit area - it feels bad to capitalize on the animals' misfortune but tugging at heartstrings is the way to find a good pet a home. Good luck!</div>
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I hope your sister is doing ok <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
I am totally up for traveling (I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> vacations)! It's funny, because last night I was debating on whether or not to visit my inlaws in Jacksonville, NC. But, I didn't formulate a plan because of DH (he can't come with me because of college). He would not be crazy about me driving all the way to NC by myself with DS ( Granted, I have not done mountain driving before, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> but I drove to the U.P. by myself with DS, and I did alright.). But, Chicago is <b>totally</b> doable if your sis is up for it. If she can't (understandable), I <b>may</b> be able to drive out to NC. It will require budgeting/planning, but I am up for the challenge if there are good homes out there.<br><br>
Now shipping I would have to think about. I am not too sure that folks would be willing to pay for a kitten to be shipped out their way. But, it is a consideration.<br><br>
If your sis and you can help, please let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'll talk to my sister tomorrow (Mother's Day may be hard for her today) and let you know. I would certainly be able to help if you're coming to NC anyway (I live in Charlotte).<br><br>
Do you want a listing in Charlotte's craigslist? Would you prefer to do it yourself or have me be the contact? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Let's get these babies a home!!!! A good one!
 

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Fingers and toes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">: that this is successful!<br><br>
I talked to DH, and he said to go for it either way (Chicago or North Carolina, depending on what your sis says). If I go with DS in the next couple of weeks, it will give him study time. However, if I wait until the begining of June, he has a break from school coming up (he has to double check on the dates), and we can go as a family. His brother and sister-in-law live in Jacksonville, but I do have an Aunt that I occasionally talk to in Charlotte.<br><br>
If you could, I imagine it would be best if you were the main contact, since I am not totally familiar with the area. Then you and I can e-mail back and forth and screen interested adopters together.<br><br>
Anyways, let's take it a step at a time and see what your sis says. Then, we can more accurately plan this. Thank-you so much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kiss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kiss"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/cat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cat">:
 

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One other suggestion would be to work with a rescue group in your area. If you explain that you are willing to foster the kittens until they get adopted -- in exchange they might be willing to help review adoption applications and assist in placement. When I have good homes that have to turn over their dogs for the 'right' reasons (lost job, disability, parent dies, etc.) and we are all full -- I suggest that they 'foster' their pet until an adoptive home can be found or until foster room opens up!<br><br>
Groups will have rules -- i.e. the animals have to be altered before leaving, etc.. -- but will help you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One other suggestion would be to work with a rescue group in your area. If you explain that you are willing to foster the kittens until they get adopted -- in exchange they might be willing to help review adoption applications and assist in placement. When I have good homes that have to turn over their dogs for the 'right' reasons (lost job, disability, parent dies, etc.) and we are all full -- I suggest that they 'foster' their pet until an adoptive home can be found or until foster room opens up!<br><br>
Groups will have rules -- i.e. the animals have to be altered before leaving, etc.. -- but will help you!</div>
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I was just going to suggest this! Rescue's are often happy to do the screening for you since you are already providing the foster home. This is how I got involved with the Border Collie Rescue I volunteer with. And I've since fostered 4 more times for them (and now know for certain that we are really only a 1 dog family!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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