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Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

My husband and I are new to Zurich and looking to adopt a rescue cat or kitten. Is there an animal shelter in Zurich that facilitates forever homes for rescued animals? Please send msg if you have or know of someone looking for forever home for a cat, otherwise post here regarding animal organizations who facilitate adoptions.

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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

http://www.katzenheimrefugium.ch/refugium-zuerich

You can call them and arrange a visit. Be aware that they charge around 200 Francs but you will have a healthy cat.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Have a look here as well:

http://www.englishforum.ch/pet-trading-post/
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My friend Alex works for a charity hope for strays. If you want I ca put you in touch.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Thank you for replies. I have been monitoring other pages however it seems as though there is no homeless animal problem in Zurich. <--- Very pleased to hear this however disappointed at same time. Willing to pay a small adoption fee for a healthy animal but 200? We are not looking to purchase a cutesy kitten to play with but rather to give a loving home to a homeless cat or kitten.

Shelby, yes, please and thank you.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

200 barely covers the vet cost for jabs and neutering - and also to ensure that people do not take on an animal unless they are prepared and able to pay towards cost. Sadly it has been proven again and again that free or very cheap adoption = cheap 'treatment/behaviour' towards the pet. This comment is of course not aimed 'at you' - but is the result of decades of research done by shelters who want to find forever homes for their cats, be they old or young, fit or with health issues.

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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

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Thank you for replies. I have been monitoring other pages however it seems as though there is no homeless animal problem in Zurich. <--- Very pleased to hear this however disappointed at same time. Willing to pay a small adoption fee for a healthy animal but 200? We are not looking to purchase a cutesy kitten to play with but rather to give a loving home to a homeless cat or kitten.

Shelby, yes, please and thank you.
Owning a pet here is very expensive. It cost us over 300 euro to get our dog his shots, chipped, check up etc... (Initial start up costs are big and that doesnt include the price of our dog)

Every year we bring him for "top up" shots and check up. It costs alot but worth it to know you have a healthy pet.

So, I think you should keep 200 in your mind as a Very Small & Basic Price.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

I Agree Swiss take pet care quite seriously. its like you are responsible for a living being and its quality of life.

I will recommend you to think long before you make you decision.

VET and hygiene for pets are expensive here.
you should be prepared mentally and financially.

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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

If 200 chf seems very expensive to you... do not get a cat please.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Maybe Sunshine Dreamer was not objecting to the 200 CHF in itself, but the price seems high for an organization that is suppposed to be non-profit. I have paid out thousands of CHF in vet visits for my cat, but there I understood where the money was going. I adopted my now 17-year-old cat from a private person not because I was cheap, but because I thought they would have less resources/advertising/manpower than an animal rescue organization. But be warned--my poor kitten was infested with fleas, ringworm, etc., so the first thing to do is go for a vet visit.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

i have been looking for a kitten for about three weeks now and anytime i have come close to getting one it turned out to be a scam
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Some replies are a little harsh and jump to conclusion making assumptions based on my last post. How you got that I am cheap and not willing to put out the effort and expense to own a pet out of that is beyond me.

Please keep in mind that I am new to Switzerland, and was not aware of the higher cost of living as I have only been here a week. The reaction was simply my response to adoption cost in Zurich vs adoption cost is US. It in no way means that I am looking for free pet with no future expenses.

Also, I am looking for a rescue animal that has little to no hope of adoption. Not because I don't wish to fit the cost but rather wish to make a difference in their life and mine.

Thank you for the replies but I think I have found a pair of rescue cats looking for a forever home and needing tender love and care.

QUOTE=LilyLoo;1776383]i have been looking for a kitten for about three weeks now and anytime i have come close to getting one it turned out to be a scam [/QUOTE]

Also, I have read this more than once and am a little cautious.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

If you are new to Switzerland and do not understand the cost of living too well, then you should wait awhile and acclimatise. You might find that keeping a cat is too expensive for you, and then if you already have one, thats a bad situation, or?

Thats why, when you baulked at paying chf 200 to get a cat, alarm bells went off in my head, thats all.

Dont take it personally... I did'nt mean to sound harsh. I just think you should be fully aware of all the costs first.... for your sake and for that of the moggy
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Ditto - I've edited my earlier post to that effect.

Please note too that shelters may refuse to re-home if you live in a flat with no outside access. You should also check your rental contract - many owners/agencies do not allow rentors to have pets.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Not sure what part of US you come from. I agree a pound or shelter will adopt out pets for very little in the US, this is because they are only considering the cost of feeding them and very bare minimums to keep them housed there. They generally put very little into their health, socialization, etc.

A rescue in the US will cost you around $200+ if not more for an animal. They get proper socialization, often invests in behavioral consultation and training, intervenes to cure any health issue, gets the dog in top shape, spays or neuters, and then adopts the animal out. A rescue offers behavioral assistance for the life of the dog and also guarantees the dog a home for life (if anything changes, they’ll take it back from you).

I have adopt three cats in the US all from cat rescues and they each cost me around $200.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Seriously? Is this an advice forum because this is almost comical.

I am fully aware of the costs involved in raising a cat. I have weighed all the pros and cons and legality of owning a pet. I appreciate the advice and I know that most are well meaning but please understand that I am not a child.

I am 43 y/o and have successfully raised three happy and healthy children (24, 22, & 20 y/o) by myself with no help from their father or the government. The way some of you are talking, it's a wonder they are alive at all.

My 18 y/o cat died of natural causes just two years ago and it has taken me this long to make this choice. I am from Seattle, Washington where adopting a cat is $50-75 USD. I have been volunteering at our local feline rescue, Kitty Harbor for years. I am not asking for advice if I should or should not get a cat.

Thank you for all the well-meaning replies.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

So you think we're being comical in suggesting that you check your rental agreement to see if you are allowed to keep pets? What will you do when your landlord finds out you have them and insists that you move because they are not allowed? It does happen here. That you wait a little longer until you understand the foibles of living here because you've only been here for a week? What are the kittens going to do all day, I assume you'll be out working. Responsible shelters will want to know the type of care you can give your new friend.

Don't get me wrong, I applaud your wish to adopt a rescue and hope it all goes well. It's just that things are different here from what they are in the States and you need to be ready for the demands that could be made, like making sure your cat/s have access to the outside, even if it is only on a secured balcony. And no, they don't declaw cats over here just because they scratch things.

If your hoped for kittens aren't the right ones for you after all, then have a look on www.animal-sans-foyer.ch which is the official Swiss website for all the cantonal refuges. You aren't limited to Zurich for choice and there are plenty of kittens/cats looking for "forever homes".

Whatever happens, thank you for taking in a rescue. I wish more people would do so.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

wtf? who said anything about declawing a cat? some of the people around here really need to chill and just let the poor woman know of a cat that needs a home and be done. for the grief you all give people for having to rehome cats, there are others like this poster who is looking to take one in and it's met with some very sour responses. i don't think the op said ANYTHING about declawing so why bring it up? as for the price, well, 200 is a lot to pay for a cat that doesn't include spaying but that's the way it goes here. op we got 1 of our lovely cats from a friend whose cat had babies (free) and the other happened to adopt us by appearing in our garden as a tiny round ball of black fur.

best to ask around at local supermarkets and people in your neighborhood. good luck!
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Perhaps because - as I found to my horror some years back - it is very common and accepted practice in the US - so someone from the US might think it is acceptable here (and thank god it is not). Perhaps because it illustrates the huge difference between US and CH expectations re pets.
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Re: Wanted: Rescue Cat or Kitten

Declawing seems to be de rigeur in the States in recent years so OP might be expecting to get that done at a vet. Same with tail docking on dogs here, just not done.

200 isn't cheap, but that helps make sure that people don't take an animal and then return it without giving the adoption serious thought. With feeding, shelter, vet and staff costs to keep the animals safe and happy for months, if not years in some cases it's worth paying to my mind.
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