Considerations Before Adopting a Cat

  • The adoption of a pet is a serious decision. It should not be entered into without careful thought. Owning a pet is a large financial and emotional responsibility. This animal will depend on you for its happiness and health, and some animals are a 10 to 15, or more, year commitment.
  • All applications and documents must be filled out completely. We must have a complete address and at least 2 working phone numbers. We must also see an I.D. confirming your address (such as a driver’s license). We feel it is our responsibility and privilege to find them the best possible forever home. After reviewing your application, you will be informed if it is approved. We reserve the right to turn down any application if we feel the adoption isn’t a good match.
  • Any animal adopted from NCR must have follow-up vet care. You will be provided with an up-to-date health record for your new pet and informed of any further treatments that are needed. We may confirm these things with your veterinarian so please list your current vet or the vet you intend to use on you application. A vet must be provided before the adoption can be finalized.
  • Not all of our animals are tested directly for the feline leukemia and feline aids viruses. We test mothers of litters when the mother is available but we do not test her litter. If no mother is available, we test one sibling but not all siblings. If there is an only cat or kitten, we test the individual cat or kitten. We recommend all kittens be retested at 6 months of age. Adult cats be re-tested one month after the initial test. We believe our method of testing gives a fairly accurate picture of your new pet’s health status. However, we are not responsible for false negatives or any fallacy in our testing criteria. We suggest you re-test your new pet if you have any concern about their health status.
  • If you live in rental property, we will confirm with your landlord that pets are allowed and that payment arrangements for pet deposits and fees have been made. Our experiences have shown that many animals are left homeless when landlords “discover” pets.
  • We will contact you to follow up on your animal’s progress. We like to make sure both the animal and the new owner are happy. Please make sure all personal information asked for on the adoption contract is supplied. If an adoption isn’t working, we want to help.
  • If for some reason you are not able to keep your pet, please return him/her to Nashville Cat Rescue. Please realize that any problems you have with your pet (clawing, chewing, etc.) should be dealt with like he or she is a member of your family. Don’t give up! Here's advice on some of the most common issues.
  • Introducing a new cat to the house takes time. Please read the following information to help ensure a smooth transition.

Ready to adopt? Fill out our adoption application.