Welfare and Rescue
If you are genuinely interested in offering a Somali a new home, please read ALL of this page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WELFARE & RESCUE.
1. WHAT IS IT?
The Somali Cat Club Welfare & Rescue exists to help Somalis who, for whatever reason, need to find a new home. We keep a list of those people who would like to offer a home & when a cat becomes available that may be suitable for their circumstances, we make contact. Fortunately, not many Somalis need rehoming, so patience is required you may have to wait for some time! We are also here to help with any queries you may have about your Somali.
2. ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS ATTACHED?
We like to arrange a home visit to meet you & see the environment offered & if you adopt a cat, you will be required to sign a form indicating that you will keep up vaccinations & provide veterinary treatment as necessary. To adopt a Somali, a donation will be required towards our Welfare fund & we like to hear of the cats progress from time to time.
3. MUST I HAVE EXPERIENCE OF RESCUING A CAT?
Not necessarily, just a vast fund of patience, some experience of cat ownership & the time to give the attention & affection that all Somalis need.
4. HAVE THE CATS UP FOR ADOPTION BEEN MALTREATED?
Very rarely! Most are in good health & need rehoming for social reasons marriage breakdown, not getting on with other cats in the household, moving abroad etc.
5. MUST I KEEP MY CAT IN?
We try to home adult cats to households that are as similar as possible to the original home. Thus, if the cat is used to going out, we look for a rescue home that can safely offer access to the outdoors. All cats that have been rehomed need to be kept in for a least four weeks to enable them to bond with their new owners & become familiar with their new surroundings. All cats MUST be kept in at night & a litter tray provided. A cat that has been kept in may enjoy some limited outside access, but a cat who is used to going out will rarely adapt to being kept in unless there is plenty of human company & stimulation available.
6. WHERE ARE THE CATS FOR REHOMING LOCATED?
We try to re-home our cats from their existing homes direct to their new owners. Thus, our cats can be located all over the country our Welfare & Rescue Co-ordinator does not run a cattery for them. When you contact her, it is always helpful to give your name, address, landline telephone number and a few details of your circumstances & what you can offer eg. other animals kept, safe outside access, proximity to busy roads, children, whether there is someone home during the day & any experience with re-homing cats.