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Rutherford County Humane Society Cat Adoption Application

Please complete this application, print out a copy for yourself, then click on the Submit Form Button. We will get back to you ASAP. If you have problems with the application scrolling, you may want to try a different Internet Browser than you are presently using. (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Moxilla Foxfire, and Opera - to mention a few)

Please note: All of Our Pets are located in Western North Carolina. But transport can be arranged as far North as Maine.


Special Instructions for adoptions of Pets under the age of 4 months

For pets under the age of 4 months the adopter will be responsible to continue the "baby" shot (the basic distemper vaccine) and kitten deworming at 3 week intervals. They will need to have the rabies vaccine done at 4 months of age.

As noted in the adoption contract, #17, the adopter agrees to have the pet altered (spay or neuter) at the earliest time his vet recommends. Adopter will inform RCHS when the vet can submit written confirmation that the surgery has been completed. At that time, the adopter will be reimbursed the amount RCHS would have paid to perform the altering in Rutherford County, NC.  For out of state adopters we send a rebate: cats: $50 female, $30 male, dogs $75 female, $70 male. Adopters would be well advised to look for a spay/neuter clinic in their area to save money. For pets staying near Rutherford County, we pay for the spay/neuter surgery at some of the local vets (check with us to be sure which ones.) For adopters near Asheville we use Humane Alliance and for adopters in SC we use Animal Allies. 

Special Instructions about transport

We are in North Carolina. 
All our pets are in foster homes. We send our pets once a week on transport to a location near the adopter's home. The transport leaves every Friday from here to Saturday delivery up there! There is a transport fee - $100 up to NY City and $125 north of NY City and above.

You can talk to the pet's foster about personality, etc. before you make a decision if you would like to. Please fill out our application online and we will be in touch with you soon!

Please note: Please note: All of Our Pets are located in Western North Carolina. But transport can be arranged as far North as Maine.

Our adopted cats have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV and given vet care. All cats are spay/neutered except kittens under 4 months of age.

Welcome to Rutherford County Humane Society’s cat adoption program. We request the following information so that we can assist you in the selection of a new cat. This form and a consultation with a Rutherford County Humane Society representative are designed to help you find the cat most compatible with your lifestyle.

To be considered as an adopter, you must:
• Be 21 years of age or older
• Have identification showing your present address
• Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord
• Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment
and proper care of the cat

Please complete this form and print out a copy for your records. Then click on the
Submit Form Button. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

1. Date:

2. Name of Cat:

3. Name of Applicant: Street Address: City:

State: ZipCode: Home Phone:

Work Phone: Cell Phone: Email Address:

How long have your lived at this address? What is Your Age?

4. Do you want this cat for yourself or someone else?
5. Describe in detail the cat you’re looking for:
6. Describe the pets that you currently have:
7. Have they been Spayed or Neutered?
8. Describe the pets that you have had in the Past:

9. Are your pets current on vaccinations?

10. Have they been tested for Feline Leukemia? Tested for FIV?
11 (a). Are they declawed? YesNoDont Know
11 (b). Under what circumstances would you have the cat declawed? Are you aware of the potential side effects of declawing a cat?

When a cat is declawed, the procedure actually AMPUTATES the first joint of each paw. This is a serious and very painful operation. As a result, cats often experience a lifelong propensity to BITE, since it is their only defense, and may experience permanent balance problems, since they've had the ends of their toes removed. There are many alternatives to declawing, and we will be glad to discuss them with you.
RCHS will not release a pet to an adopter who intends to declaw their cat.

12. Have you ever turned your cat in to a shelter? Please Explain.

13. What happened to the pets you no longer have?

14. Have you ever had a pet euthanized? Please explain.

15. If you have other pets, how will they adjust to a new cat?
16. Why do you want this cat?
Companion?, Companion for other pet?,
House pet? Barn cat? Mouser? Office cat? Other? Please describe.

17. How many adults are in your household?

18. How many children are in your household? What are their ages?
19. Does anyone in your family have allergies to cats? How would you manage this?
20. What kind of home do you live in? HouseAptMobile Home
21. What is the activity level in your home?
Quiet_?, Some activity, but usually quiet?, frequent vsistors, including children ?, lively atmosphere?,lots of indoor activities, with comings and goings? Please describe.

22 (a). Do you Rent or Own?
22 (b). Do you have the Landlord's permission to have pets?
22 (c). What is your landlord's name, address, and phone number?
23 (a)What is your occupation?
23 (b) What is your employer's name, address, and phone number?
24. Does your job require extensive travel? yesNo
25. Where will your cat live? In the house? Outdoors? With free access to
both indoors and outdoors? In the barn? In the garage?
Please explain:

Ideally a cat should live indoors. Outdoors they are subjected to many dangers such as dogs and other animals, traffic, and diseases. An indoor cat has a much longer life.
26. Do you have a Cat or Dog Door? Where does it lead?
27. Will you keep the cat up-to-date on vaccinations?
28. What is your veterinarian's name, address and phone number?
29. If you go away for a few days, or on a vacation, who will take care of
the cat?

30. What arrangements will you make for the care of your pets in case of an
emergency, or if you become unable to care for him/her?

31. If you move, will you take the cat with you? YesNo
32. Are you willing to have a representative of Rutherford County Humane Society come to see
where the cat will be living?
If not, why?
33. Are you aware that cats can live 15 to 20 years and are you willing to take responsibility for
this cat for the next 10 to 20 years?

34. If the cat becomes severely ill or injured, do you have the financial resources to care for it?
35. If you have any additional information that you think we should know, please type it here.

36. Please provide two personal references:
36 (a)Reference 1; list name, address, phone number and email address.

36 (b) Reference 2; list name, address, phone number and email address.

Sometimes, for reasons beyond anyone's control, the adoption does not
work out. In this case, the animal must be returned to RUTHERFORD COUNTY
HUMANE SOCIETY. Adoption fees may be refundable, at the discretion of

By signing this application, I attest to the fact that I am 21 years of age or older, and that the above information provided is correct, to the best of my knowledge. RCHS and adopter agree to accept typed in names (electronic signatures acknowledging approval of this agreement, to be the equivalent of actual signatures of the parties.


Spouse_Partner Signature
After completing this application, please click on the 'submit form' button at the top of this form.