Meow & Forever Rehoming Assistance Program

It’s a huge decision to give up a pet, no matter what the reason is. Often, people take them to a shelter or rescue for surrender. The reality is if you have the time and ability to find your pet a new home, it will offer a much smoother transition for both of you and spare cats the stressful shelter environment. Meow & Forever Rehoming Assistance Program is a program designed to assist you in finding the best family and home to rehome your cat by offering resources to keep them out of the shelter. You know your cat best, so who better to tell potential adopters all about your cat than you?

Short-Term Rehoming

If you are rehoming your pet for a short-term need or because of medical/veterinary bills, or something else that could be assisted with help, consider other options instead of rehoming:

  • Ask family and friends if they can assist temporarily or long-term with fostering your pet, contributing to vet bills, and/or networking your pet through their groups.
  • Consider a GoFund me to raise money.
  • Utilize boarding or long-term daycare for temporary housing.

How to Rehome Your Cat on Your Own

If rehoming is the best solution for you and your pet, here are some ideas and resources to help you rehome your cat on your own.

Prepare Your Pet for a New Home

If you are able to provide the following care, it is important your pet is spayed/neutered, in good health, and up to date on vaccinations. It’s beneficial if they are house-trained and reasonably well-behaved.

Take high quality photos and write catchy descriptions to help people connect with your pet. Compose a short bio describing the personality, habits, and unique traits that make your pet special.

Need ideas? Check out “How to Write Animal Bios to Get Pets into Homes” for tips!

Get the Word Out

Network online with your family, friends, and colleagues on free social sites such as:

  • Facebook and Instagram, social networks with community pages and groups
  • Craigslist, an advertising network
  • Nextdoor, a social network for your immediate neighborhood
  • LinkedIn, a professional social network for businesses and people

Use well-known online adoption tools and sites specific to pets, such as:

Flyers are inexpensive and often effective. Use PetBond to easily make them. Utilize community contacts (e.g. churches, book clubs, PTA meetings, etc.) and post flyers at businesses, such as grocery stores, pet stores, coffee shops, vet offices, dentists, doctors, etc.

Local Resources

Need more help? Check out Petfinder for resources for how to best handle giving up your pet and for finding a home for your pet.

Rehoming with Meow & Forever

Program Requirements

Meow & Forever is not a “waiting list” for your cat to be surrendered to FieldHaven. It a program where you have access to our adoption experts who’ve had nearly two decades experience placing kitties in homes. We are clever at marketing and match-making. You have access to all that talent! Additionally, we partner with several other adoption programs where there could be opportunities to transfer your kitty. To maintain the high standards of health care cats in our adoption program receive before adoption, we require the following of cats in Meow & Forever:

  • Up to date on FVRCP and Rabies vaccines
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Microchipped

We also require good quality photos and videos to include in your kitty’s posting. It is also important that you add new content (photos, updates, video) periodically to keep the posting fresh and interesting.

Registering Your Cat

Registering your cat with Meow & Forever is easy. A FieldHaven representative will contact you to review the CIS with you. Once approved, your cat will be posted to FieldHaven’s website. You can then use social media and other means to network and market your kitty. We can provide you support and answer questions on the path to finding that perfect home. What’s next after your kitty is listed with Meow & Forever.

If you are looking for an opportunity for a short or long term foster, here is an agreement you can use as a template to modify to fit your needs.