The most frequently asked questions with clear and concise answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you ship animals?
No, we do not ship animals. We serve the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties. If you are outside of those surrounding counties, we may not be able to adopt one of our animals to you.
Where is your shelter located?
We don't have a shelter. All of our animals are located in loving foster homes, where they sleep on couches, in beds, and have constant interaction with people. We do have a few kennels at a local Petsmart (Store #0317, 3993 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33709) but you may visit cats at that location by appointment only. If you show up without an appointment, you will not be able to visit with the cats, only see them through the glass of the adoption room.
I want to meet one of your animals. Do I have to fill out the application first?
Yes, an approved application is required to visit with any of our animals. We do this for many reasons: it isn't fair to a potential adopter to fall in love with an animal, then find that their application is not approved. Also, doing meet and greets with our animals takes 1-3 hours per meeting, including driving time, and we must be considerate of our volunteers' time. If an application isn't approved, there's no reason to spend the time doing the meet and greet. Plus, if the application is approved, the animal you wish to meet may not be appropriate for your home. We don't usually adopt out single kittens, so if you meet a kitten that cannot be an only cat, you've just met a cat that can't be adopted to you. After reading your application, we will be able to better match you with a pet that will fit your lifestyle. Moreover, doing meet and greets only after applications are filled out is for the safety of the animal. Believe it or not, there are people out there who have attempted to steal animals during meet and greets. Having an application on hand (with driver's license) prevents this from being an issue.
Do you really deny applications?
Yes, we absolutely do! In fact, we deny about 25% of the applications submitted to us. Lying is the number one reason an application is denied. Usually, people lie about how many pets they have in the house, the location they live in, or which vet they use for their animals, thinking that we will not check in on the vet, but we do! So if you're going to lie on your application, please don't waste our time or yours. We will find out and we will deny you. Be honest. Things happen, lives get in the way, explain your situation and we're likely to understand your plight. But if you lie, you will be automatically rejected.
What sort of things will get my application denied?
Lying. And not giving us all of the information requested. If you skip questions, we won't just move on, we'll have to contact you to get the answers. The longer it takes us to approve your application, the more likely it is that someone else who filled the application out correctly is going to adopt your animal first. Beyond those two things, we don't discuss why applications are denied or approved. It is up to the rescue to determine what is a suitable home for our animals and what is not. Just because your application has been declined doesn't mean you're a bad pet owner, it just means our rescue is not the right rescue for you. But it does mean that you cannot adopt an animal from us. It doesn't just mean the animal you requested, but any animal. If we approve your application but don't think the animal you chose is appropriate, we'll let you know and encourage you towards another animal. We understand that some people want the "pretty" cat just because it's pretty, but we live 24/7 with these animals and know their personalities. We will not adopt a cat to you because it matches your curtains or you have always wanted that particular color, we have to believe that you and that animal are a good fit for one another. You don't judge people on the color of their skin, you shouldn't judge an animal on the color of its fur.
Is it first come, first served?
Yes and no. We may collect several applications for a certain pet, but we do not wait long before making a choice. Once we get the first application, we start the process of approval. If another application comes in while approving the first, and it's a better match, we would certainly go with the best choice for the animal. However, we will not hold up approved applications from suitable homes, hoping for something better.
Do you hold pets?
No, we do not hold any of our animals. If you haven't paid your adoption fee for the animal, you should not consider the animal to be yours. If you want to adopt a certain animal but can't come to do the meet and greet for a week or two, or for some reason can't take the animal home for a long period of time, we may adopt the animal out in the meantime. If you want to adopt an animal that isn't yet ready for adoption (ie: kittens that haven't been fixed yet), you may meet them early and pre-adopt them so that when they're ready to be adopted, you can take them home. In order to adopt an animal, you must pay the adoption fee. If you have not paid the adoption fee, the animal can still be adopted to anyone who applies and is approved.
How does pre-Adoption work?
Why are some cats 'Required' to go to a home with other cats? Or be adopted with another cat?
If there's a cat or kitten that is 'Required' to go to a home with another cat, will you make an exception? Or split up a bonded pair?
Why do the adoption fees vary? What do I get for my adoption fee? Non-refundable
How can I pay the adoption fee? (Paypal donation - non refundable)
How can I help?
I want a baby kitten, can't you just adopt it to me early if I promise to spay/neuter it?
How does Foster-To-Adopt work?
What if I have to rehome the pet I adopted from CJPaws?
What if I break a condition of the adoption contract?
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