Cat AdopTion Service

Cat AdopTion Service is a no-kill, volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless cats and kittens into responsible, loving homes. Our goal is to significantly and positively affect the homeless cat population in the San Diego area by finding homes for domestic cats and kittens. All of our cats are spayed/neutered before adoption. Whenever possible we also trap/spay/release any feral mother of kittens that we take in.
Aug 4, 2014

The CAT days of summer!

As summer winds up, San Diego Cat Adoption Service has many adorable cats and kittens ready for adoption and waiting to join their forever families. Many of these kittens come to us through the efforts of various kind and concerned people who see a stray cat mother in their neighborhood and take the responsibility to make a phone call.
In the case of stray mothers who are truly feral, or wild, we wait until the kittens are weaned and then spay the mother and return her to the area she was found, or sometimes relocate them to a safer area, such as a colony that is managed and fed. The practice of trap, spay/neuter, release (TNR) is essential to the humane management of feral cat populations. In San Diego county the practice of TNR by groups such as the Feral Cat Coalition (FCC) lowered the rate of cats being impounded and euthanized by 50% over a five year period.
At Cat Adoption Service we provide loving homes for new kittens and occasionally for docile, sweet cats who are found mixing in feral colonies. All cats and kittens in our care live in foster homes until they are adopted, which ensures the best care and also socializes them. Unfortunately the cost of medical expenses, food, litter, and miscellaneous supplies are almost never entirely covered by the cost of adopting a cat, and the longer a cat stays with us, the greater this discrepancy. That is why we depend so much on the generosity of supporters like you. Your donations are indispensable in rescuing multitudes of homeless cats from a slow and painful death by disease, predators, cars, starvation and cruelty. Thank you for all you do to improve the lives of homeless cats in San Diego County. We appreciate it so much, and words cannot describe how much they appreciate it!

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May 5, 2014

Kittens, kittens, kittens!

Spring has Sprung in San Diego, and that means.. kittens! Lots and lots of them! Kitten season is a joyous, exciting, and slightly hectic time at Cat Adoption Service. The influx of newborn kittens requires extra time and dedicated care by our team of amazing foster parents. Although many of the kittens we take in come along with their mother, some are orphaned as infants and need round-the-clock care in order to survive. Many mothers with babies come to us via the Feral Cat Society. We take in these mothers, allow them to nurse and care for their young until the kittens reach about 4 weeks of age, when we wean them. If the mothers turn out to be friendly, they are spayed and put up for adoption. Some of our favorite adoptions are when mothers get to go home with one or more of their babies! In the cases of mothers who are truly feral, they are spayed and returned to their colony. 

Kittens orphaned at a young age require extra special parenting. They need to be fed every two hours for the first week of life, and every 3 hours for the next few weeks. Although these bottle-babies require intense care, the pay-off is sweet, seeing a kitten grow and change daily is fascinating and adorable! 

As always, we depend on your help to cover the costs of the overwhelming number of young cats who need care and homes this time of year. Kittens require several anti-parasite regimens, internal and external, along with vaccine booster series, food, litter, sometimes extra health care. Not to be forgotten are the older cats in residence in our foster homes and adoption sites, patiently waiting for the perfect person to come along and take them home. Cats who stay with us longer require ongoing care and resources. 

A big thanks to our amazing volunteers: foster parents, adoption counselors, transporters, and those who complete the various tasks required to keep our organization running smoothly. And from all of us to you: thanks to you for all you do to help the homeless cats of San Diego County! We couldn't do it without you.

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Feb 3, 2014

Happy New Year from San Diego Adoption Service!

Happy New Year from San Diego Cat Adoption Service!

As we contemplate goals and plans for our rescue efforts in the coming year, it seems appropriate to share with you, our supporters, how your contributions are making a difference and why we depend on you. During 2012 our average cost per cat taken in was $143. (This includes basic supplies such as food and litter, anti-parasite medication, spay/neuter surgery, and the occasional major medical expense.) However that same year our average adoption fee was only $108. Therefore to maintain the same level of care and services, we need to receive donations of about $35 per cat, or $15,120 in a year. Unfortunately due to competition from other publicly funded shelters, we have not been able to raise our adoption rates for the last seven years.

In the past year these figures included a number of "extraordinary" medical expenses. These included several major dental surgeries (between $400-700 each), a host of lab tests for an array of GI pathogens ($100), and an eyelid surgery ($800). The sweet boy who needed the eyelid surgery came to us from a volunteer who saw him being abused and interceded. Perry was born without eyelids and needed rare surgery to correct them and let him live comfortably. Although Perry got a rough start at the hands of humans, extraordinary love and care have allowed him to have a radically different life. He was adopted by one of our volunteers and is tremendously happy in his new home. Because we never want to turn away cats who would be made well and happy due to lack of funds to treat a medical condition, we are hoping to raise $20,000 this year, which balances our expected expenses and provides an additional $5000 as a fund for any cats who come to us needing major medical care.

As you can see from the numbers, we really depend on donations to supplement our rescue efforts. That is why we cannot tell you enough times how much we appreciate your support. Your compassion and generosity make it possible for us to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of cats in the San Diego area each year and place them in loving homes. Thank you again, and remember, spay and neuter your pets, and your neighbors' pets!

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