Thank you for your interest in adopting an AWF pet. The information on this page is presented so that you have a clear understanding of our adoption process and our philosophy behind it. It is also intended to help you come face-to-face with the reality of owning a cat. We all understand the emotional appeal of a sweet furry face. However, having handled over 1500 pet adoptions since March 2003, we have learned firsthand that while many people like the idea of owning a pet, not everyone likes—and is willing to accommodate—the reality of having a pet in their life and home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you agree to follow the process to the best of your ability and in a cooperative manner, please sign this page and return it with your completed application.
Soul searching… Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you prepared for the financial reality of owning a cat? The average cost of having a cat the first year is $122-330. These figures include cat litter, food, veterinary care and medication. Are you willing and able to assume this responsibility?
- Do you realize that even though kids make big promises and are very compelling salespeople, they are not going to be responsible for the daily care of the pet? Are you willing to feed, play with and provide attention for your cat on a daily basis when your children fail to do so?
- Do you realize that pets have the mental ability of a four-year-old? Are you prepared to care for this furry toddler for the rest of his/her life, which could be 10 years, 15 years, or even longer?