Tori is a fellow foster that has been fostering with MeoowzResQ for over 5 years. In that time she has had a hand in helping over 1,400 kitties get placed in new & loving homes. Tori shares, "Here are some helpful hints that I have figured out along the way – to make sure that my foster kitties are with me a shorter time – so that I can help more kitties get adopted."
1. Take your kitty's picture! Always try to get several pictures that are clear and in focus. The more you have, the more you have to choose from! Try to get a photo of each of the following layouts:
- A portrait of the kitty with their eyes open – just the face and chest.
- A picture of the kitty with other animals. Show the kitty in action, or a playful pose.
- A picture of the entire kitty.
2. Send these pictures and a bio to our Advertising Team.
- Fill out the online form for submitting ads on the MeoowzResQ website. CLICK HERE!
- Write a short description about your kitty. It doesn’t have to be long & complicated, just a short description. (ex. Petey, 4 month old Black & White Tuxedo male, loves to chase the laser pointer & snuggle up on your lap – Petey will be at the Buena Park event this Saturday).
- Make it as positive as possible… if you have a shy kitty… don’t say that he is scared… instead say, “kitty may take a little time to warm up to new people”. You know that a frightened kitty is a snuggle bug when it feels comfortable! This is especially important if you have an adult kitty or a “teenage kitten” – the more exposure the better!
- Send it in! Our Advertising Team is AMAZING… but, they cannot advertise your kitty if they don’t know your kitty exists!
3. Take your kitties to events! Every weekend if possible. We have events every Saturday & Sunday – and many other “Special Events” during the year.
- Every event you can get your kitty to, increases their chance of a forever home!
- Our Event Teams place well over 1,000 kitties every year… but, they need the kitties present at events to be able to place them.
4. Leave a short bio of your kitty at the event – it helps the Event Team as they don't know your kitty themselves. If someone is looking for a quiet, playful, talkative kitty… and you have left a bio that says yours is quiet, playful, & talkative – the Team knows exactly which kitty to direct the adopter to.
5. If asked to leave your kitty at one of the PetCo’s/PetSmart's – DO IT! This increases your kitty's chance of being adopted BY MORE THAN TEN TIMES!
- Pet People are in these stores 7 days a week, from open to close… not just Saturday or Sunday for 4 hours.
- Many kitties that are “scared to go to events” do really well when they figure out the routine.
- The store staff take very good care of our kitties, and volunteers from our Condo Crew go and visit & care for the kitties twice daily. In most cases, the store kitties get MORE attention at a store than they do in the foster homes – so, don’t be scared to leave them.
6. Make sure your co-workers & friends know that you foster kitties. Dani Ryan started our rescue by emailing her co-workers – and placing kitties that way.
- Many times a friend or co-worker has a friend/relative/neighbor who is looking for a kitty. If you don’t have what they are looking for, our rescue is big enough that we are almost always able to fill that need. We have over 700 kitties in our foster system!
- Yes – even specialty kitties… Persian, Siamese, Ragdoll, Bengal, Norwegian Forest Cat, Cornish Rex, Maine Coon… we get almost any kind of kitty eventually.
7. Share your kitties on your own social media! Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter – whatever you use. Join Facebook groups such a Pet Place. If you post a short bio of the kitties you are taking to events and which event they will be at, they have a greater chance of getting adopted.
8. December, January, February, & March. This is the perfect time for getting adult cats, and “teenage kittens" their forever homes -- Before kitten season starts. Talk with your Event Team as most like to have at least one adult kitty at their event. There are people out there that are looking specifically for an adult cat. Each event is different and has different amounts of available cage space so your Event Team is your go-to people.
9. Consider going to different events if your foster kitty is not getting adopted after several weeks at the same event. There are 3 events in Riverside County held each weekend and in Orange County there are even more options! Isn’t it worth a 15 or 30 minute drive to find your foster kitty the purr-fect home?
10. Network with your fellow Fosters – In some areas, several fosters “take turns” carpooling the kitties to events. It works!
Thank you all for all you do for the kitties! Using these helpful hints, think how many more kitties we may be able to help.