Covid-19 Policies

OVERVIEW

Due to concerns about the welfare of our volunteers and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have pulled all of our cats from PetSmart in Plymouth Meeting and they will stay in foster homes indefinitely. We are, however, still accepting adoption applications and proceeding with adoptions under new guidelines. 

​“Visiting” Cats in Their Foster Homes

All approved adopters can visit the cat(s) of their choice via a virtual meeting or video of the cats in their individual foster homes. The foster parent will also be available to answer any questions.

Final Adoptions

All adoptions are no-contact, meaning that after all of the paperwork has been finalized, the cat transfer will involve the foster parent bringing the cat in a carrier to the adopter’s car. (The adopter will return the carrier to the foster parent at a later date.) The adopter will mail the Adoption Agreement and adoption fee (via check or PayPal) to Brenda’s Cat Rescue, which in turn will mail the medical records to the adopter. 

Spay/Neuter Policy

Pennsylvania law prohibits all shelters and rescues from adopting out a cat or kitten before it has been spayed/neutered. This is problematic during the current Covid-19 crisis, as spay/neuter clinics have been closed and private vets have been mandated to perform emergency surgery only, and spay/neuter is not considered an emergency.

 

This has prompted many rescues, including ours, to develop a new policy that will allow adoptions to go through before spay/neuter, with the responsibility shifted to the adopter to get the surgery done once the clinics and vet hospitals reopen. To ensure that adopters comply, we will be asking for a $100 deposit per cat (in addition to the adoption fee) that will be returned once the adopter shows proof of spay/neuter. Given that the clinics and hospitals may be closed for some time, and we have a two-kitten policy, we are only adopting out same-sex kittens in pairs.

 

Adopters will be required to sign our spay/neuter waiver form.

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way."      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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