ADOPTION INFORMATION.

HOW RESERVATIONS WORK​

  • do not take early deposits.

  • do not do pick lists by deposits received.

  • do not do pick lists by order of joining the waitlist.

  • do not negotiate pricing for the highest bidder on kittens.

  • I do not send out individual videos & photos to every person asking for "more pics and videos." I do not have time to respond to every request for more videos & photos due to the high volume of emails and messages I receive. All updated pictures and videos are posted in one place for all to see which you may view by visiting our Instagram or Facebook page.

So how do I reserve a kitten from you then?

Step I: Follow Us On Social Media

Photos and videos of our current kittens are posted to our Facebook and Instagram weekly so that everyone can track their progress and development. You can follow a particular kitten by remembering that kitten's name and keeping an eye out for photos and videos identifying that kitten by name.

Step II: Join the Waitlist

Join the waitlist hereOnce our kittens are ready (or almost ready) to go to their new homes, at approximately 12 weeks of age, we will send out an e-mail to everyone on our waitlist with an update on kitten availability and begin accepting adoption applications. All adoption applications will be reviewed thoroughly and fairly. Adoption applications open to our waitlisters only and will not be announced on our social media pages except after we have exhausted our waitlist.

Step III: Submit an Adoption Application

We receive many adoption applications for each litter and kindly appreciate your patience as we work through the process. If your application was not selected, please understand that it is not personal. We may receive anywhere from 30-50+ applications a litter, and we take into account various things such as how long the applicant has been on our waiting list, the type of family environment the applicant has and whether that is compatible with the kitten(s) they are applying for, the ability to understand our policies and procedures and adhere to them, etc. And while we wish we could make every applicant happy with one of our kittens, the reality is that interest in one of our kittens is high and we cannot produce that many kittens. However you are certainly welcome to re-apply for another litter and we would take that into consideration as well.

Step IV: Receive Offer & Sign the Adoption Agreement

Once we offer an applicant a kitten and the applicant accepts, we will begin (1) the public records background search to ensure that you have not been charged with or convicted of any animal welfare violation to include abuse, neglect, and abandonment; and (2) drafting the Adoption Agreement.

After the Adoption Agreement is sent to you, you have 72 hours to review it and return a signed copy (via e-mail) along with a deposit to officially *reserve* the kitten. Every adoption is contingent on you passing the public records background search and signing the adoption agreement and returning it to us within 72 hours of receipt along with the deposit. If neither of these are satisfactory, the kitten will become available to the next applicant.

By adopting one of our kittens, you are agreeing to our policies set forth here: Adoption Policies. PLEASE READ THE ADOPTION AGREEMENT. Adopting one of our kittens means that you are promising to provide a forever home, that you will not re-home this kitten to a pet broker, kitten mill, laboratory, shelter, rescue, etc., that this kitten will be an indoor-only cat, that you will provide for the necessary care and maintenance of this kitten for his or her life, and practice responsible pet ownership, that you will quarantine the kitten immediately, take the kitten in for an exam, that you will not declaw this kitten / cat or subject him or her to unnecessary medical procedures, etc. All of our contract provisions are there to provide maximum protection for our cats in ensuring that they go to responsible and loving homes. Additionally, the contract sets forth the shipping terms, payment terms, deposit terms, under what circumstances you may receive your deposit back if you elect to cancel the agreement (yes, we do permit cancellations because we want our kittens to go home where they are wanted, and yes your deposit will be subject to a cancellation fee if you change your mind -- so please don't commit to reserving a kitten if you cannot commit to providing him or her a Forever Home). 

Step V: Prepare for the Kitten's Arrival

  • By the time you reserve your kitten, he or she will be ready to come home to you in about 1-2 weeks (at a minimum of 12 weeks of age). This gives you approximately 1-2 weeks to get ready for the arrival of your new family member.
     

  • Shipping / Delivery. Start thinking about how you want the kitten to arrive to you. 

    • Option 1: You may pick-up the kitten from our home in Concord Township, Ohio.​
       

    • Option 2: We can deliver the kitten to your home if you live no more than 30 miles away from zip code 44077.
       

    • Option 3: We can drive a maximum of 2 hours to meet you and deliver the kitten to you. The delivery fee under this option is $30.00/hour assessed on a round trip basis (e.g., 1 hour there to meet you is $30 and 1 hour back is an additional $30).
       

    • Option 4: Utilize a pet courier delivery service. I have used pet couriers frequently when delivering or importing cats from all over the world. The couriers I will work with will fly with the kittens in-cabin with them. I do not ship kittens by cargo. There are many couriers out there that may be able to deliver to your nearest airport, subject to their availability. Their fee is typically around $550 +/- for domestic deliveries. If you are utilizing this option, you will need to find your own pet courier. At your request, I may assist you in finding a pet courier. Many pet flight nannies can be found on Facebook searching for "pet flight nanny." It is preferable to use one that is USDA licensed, or someone who has good references/reviews.
       

  • Supplies. Start getting your kitten supplies together: toys, cat trees, etc. A list of our supplies can be found --> HERE.

  • Find a Veterinarian. Veterinarians tend to book up weeks in advance. Start looking for the veterinary that you want your kitten to be seen at. Our contract requires that the kitten be seen by a vet within 72 hours of you taking possession of the kitten. Anticipate a delivery date at 12 weeks of age, and make your appointment around then.
     

  • Prepare the Quarantine Area. The contract requires that the kitten be quarantined for no less than 72 hours after you take possession of the kitten. The quarantine area may be a place such as a bathroom and should be a well ventilated area. It should be big enough that the kitten has a litterbox, food and water bowls, bed, and some toys in the area, but small enough that the kitten can't run all over the place and 'get lost' trying to find their new litterbox. 
     

  • Research Local and State Rules. Different states and localities have different rules on vaccination requirements and whether or not a cat must be registered aka "licensed" in that jurisdiction.
     

  • Final considerations. Think about what you want to name your kitten. Once you register your kitten, you cannot change the name with the registry. Also, be sure to prepare all household members on the incoming of your new addition. 

Step VI: Pay Balance

  • Pay balance

    • If you utilize Options 1-3, you may pay the balance before arrival or at the time of arrival. We accept PayPal, Cashier's Check or Cash. We do not accept personal checks.
       

    • If you utilize Option 4 (pet courier), balances must be paid in full no later then 48 hours prior to flying. We do not enter into agreements with pet couriers. We may assist you in getting quotes from pet couriers, but the final decision is up to you to contact the pet courier, pay their deposit and sign their agreement, and notify us of the date and time that you and the pet courier have agreed to, to have the kitten transported. 
       

  • Arrange delivery day

    • Coordinate with your family members, jobs, etc. It is best to be able to be at home all day the day the kitten arrives.

Step VII: Bring Your Kitten Home

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!​ Be sure to quarantine him or her right away. The calm environment will help ease some of the stress your new kitten is under due to travel and the transition to a new home.

Bring your kitten in to his / her first exam.

Register your kitten with TICA or CFA using the registration form in the kitten's folder.

Send us an update on how he / she is doing! We love hearing from our adopters and seeing pictures of how our kittens are doing!

RUSTIC KITTENS RAGDOLLS

|  Concord Township, Ohio 44077  |  510.427.6650  |  info@rustickittens.com

   (relocating to Norfolk, Virginia in May/June 2020)

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