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Adopting A Cat From Far Away — 11 Comments

  1. Great article, Elisa.
    I didn’t realize how popular this is becoming.
    Is there any sort of screening process for potential adoptees?

    • I don’t know whether there’s any screening as to the conditions of the home. I do know a lot of questions get asked on a Facebook thread to be s sure the person is serious about wanting a particular cat.

      • Good, I am pleased to hear that. The trouble is do you totally believe everything everyone says about themselves on FB? Once again it is better to meet a person to assess them. There are a lot of people on FB presenting a parallel personality to their true character through internet social media.

  2. You’re right — adopting at a distance tends to focus on appearance, which is not really the objective of shelters. The most vulnerable cats should ideally be the first.

    However, if more cats are adopted then it is a good thing.

    One last, slight negative is that transporting cats long distances also carries risk and is stressful but if a life is saved we can’t complain.

  3. This is an interesting article for me because there are good and bad aspects about this method of adopting a cat.

    To adopt a cat from far away probably means that many more cats get adopted. That is great news. There is much more fluidity in pet adoption these days it seems.

    On the downside, a person adopting a cat far away is selecting the cat from a picture and has not met the cat beforehand. The selection has to be based on the description of character and the photo. That is not too bad but not ideal.

    It is generally agreed that people should visit the shelter and meet the cats before selection. This allows both parties to get to know each other beforehand.

    They say, and there is lots of truth in it, that cats select the human. This can’t take place at a distance.

    I wonder what the success rate is for cat adoptions at a distance? It is probably good but the process is more risky. There might be some failures with the cat being relinquished to a local shelter.

    I like the way Facebook helps in this instance. I am not a fan of FB but it, and Twitter, can do some real good in respect of communication and spreading the word.

    • Good point Michael. Many times I’ve allowed the cat to choose me and with the use of social media you’re basing a decision on appearance more than personality. I’ve also had to help out on a few cases where rescues got the cat out of death row jail, only to abandon the cat after transport had already began the journey. But it is an interesting experience to watch unfold.

      • Elisa – I think a cat adopted is a good thing no matter where or how. If there is love and adoption I can’t and won’t complain. People who go to that extent will take care of the cat being transported nicely.

        I only worry about people who order pure bred cats from a distance. I don’t believe the same kind of love and care is there. Great article – as usual 🙂

        • Good point. If people adopt rescue cats there is s different mentality from the start which helps. Although some rescue cats are stunning and like pedigree cats. It is these cats that might catch the eye of people searching the Internet. It is still a good thing.

          • One must differentiate between a good thing and ideal. Although not ideal necessarily in any given circumstance – it’s still a good thing if a cat is adopted when you consider the other options.

            • Yes, sensible thought. I just did a page on this as a follow up and if internet adoptions and shipping helps save the lives of cats it must be good despite all the imperfections. I’d just like to see us (people) do better and focus on cat character and health and creating a tight relationship with a cat rather than focusing on physical appearance which is often the main reason for adoption.

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