If you come to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. to adopt a pet, you will be asked many questions to ensure that the animal you are interested in is a good match for your home and that you are prepared for the responsibilities and commitment of pet ownership.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF ANIMAL PROTECTION. If we do not proceed with an adoption, it is because we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the animal.
If you are interested in adopting a special needs cat that has a physical condition or behavioural issues that require extra care, we will ask that you fill out an application form. This application form will be reviewed by our shelter manager to ensure that you are aware of the needs of the cat and the potential costs involved, and that you are able to provide a suitable home.
Cats have the reputation of being independent creatures who need little from their owners. While some people think of cats as "low maintenance" pets because they do not need regular walks like dogs, cats have a variety of needs that must be met. Each cat has a distinct personality and depending upon age, breed and temperament, a set of behaviours that may or may not suit your home.
Some cats are mellow from the day they’re born. Others are terrors who love to run, jump and climb. Some cats are aloof while others are “talkative” and highly interactive. When you’re ready to adopt a cat, it’s a good idea to have in mind what kind of companion you want. If your idea of quality time is napping or quietly watching TV with the cat snuggled on your lap, look for a cat that shares these values. If you want to play with your cat and be amused by its antics, then look for a feline with an energetic and curious nature.
And just as important, consider the other inhabitants of your house. Very small kittens are too fragile for many young children. Timid cats do best in a quiet household. Robust, confident cats or cats that have previously lived with dogs will do best sharing a home with your canine family. Quieter cats are more trustworthy companions for the elderly.
Most cats that enter the shelter are categorized loosely as Domestic Shorthairs. This means they are of no particular breed. Therefore, the best way to learn about the personality of a shelter cat is to ask a shelter worker about their experience with the animal and to spend some time observing and interacting with the animal. When you’re ready to adopt, please come to the shelter and tell us about your interests and your household. We know our resident animals very well and can help you choose a cat companion that you’ll treasure for life.
We take the business of animal rescue seriously. We want the dogs and cats that we’ve cared for and protected to end up in happy, for life homes.
If one of our cats appeals to you, talk to one of the shelter staff. We will tell you everything we know about the cat and can discuss how it will likely fit into your home.
If you have another pet or other people that should meet the cat prior to adoption, let us know. We’ll help you make arrangements for that too. And finally, we can give you some practical advice on how to introduce a new pet into a multi-pet household.
If you are interested but unsure of whether you should proceed with an adoption, we will let you put the cat on hold for up to 24 hours. We’d rather you took the time to think things over, than have regrets later. A $20 fee is required to put a cat on hold. This fee is refundable if you complete the adoption. If you choose not to adopt the cat, the $20 is applied towards the cat’s care.
If you live in a rented house or apartment, we will require a letter from your landlord granting you permission to maintain a cat at that residence.
If you are experiencing difficulties with a cat you adopted through us, we ask that you give us a call. We will do our best to help you resolve problems and can direct you towards helpful resources.
If you are unable to keep the cat you have adopted through us, we ask that you phone us at 888-2266 to make arrangements.
Within 21 days of the adoption, we will refund you 50% of the adoption fee and place your name on the waiting list for available kennel space.
After the 21 day period, you will not be refunded any part of the adoption costs. A relinquish fee will apply.
A feral cat is a cat that has never been touched by humans or socialized to interact with people. These cats are effectively wild animals.
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. does not provide rescue, shelter or adoption services for feral cats. It is our experience – as well as the experience of other animal care professionals – that these cats do not adapt to an indoor lifestyle or make safe pets. Very rarely does a feral cat respond to even the most compassionate or patient caregiver.
If you have a feral cat or a colony of cats in your neighbourhood, please phone us at 888-2266. We may be able to give you support in trapping, neutering and returning the animal to the outdoors so that it may live the way it’s most comfortable – without contributing to further generations of feral cats or spreading disease.
If kittens are trapped at a very young age, they may be socialized in a foster care environment.