ABOUT US

Advocates For Animal Rights (AFAR) is a 501c3 Companion Animal Rescue. AFAR has two locations: our first location is In the Beautiful State of Michigan, and our second location is in the Impressive State of Tennessee!

Our primary goal is to raise NO-KILL Companion Animal Sanctuary's at both sites, offering a safe haven to all homeless animals. They will have permanent, safe and loving place to live until a forever home for them is found. However, if a forever home is not readily available, the sanctuary will remain their home away from home until a forever home is found.

MISSION STATEMENT

At AFAR:

WE ADVOCATE- For Animals & Their Caregivers,

WE EDUCATE- On the Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Animals,

WE CELEBRATE- The Lives of our Companion Animals and the Extraordinary Bond That We Share With Them!

CONTACT US

INFO@MyAFAR.org

OR

(866) 224-AFAR

Adopting a Kitten or Cat

ADOPTING a Kitten/Cat at AFAR 

So, the time has come and you’re considering adopting a cat. Although this may be an exciting time for you, there are several very important things to consider before the adoption takes place.

Cats have innate needs. When those needs are met, you have a rewarding lifetime relationship with your beloved companion. But without it, chaos may erupt. Cats have several needs that have to be met:

  • good food and water
  • a litter box (cleaned regularly) 
  •  scratching items such as scratching post
  • appropriate toys
  • high places to perch
  • comfortable sleeping areas
  • you will want a carrier for them, too

Cats have behaviors patterns, and without acceptable items for play, they will have to make due with items in your home, such as scratching on your furniture. Exercise for a cat (even in the form of interactive play) is like water & light for the plant. It is essential for their mental and physical well being. Cats are prey animals and they will need toys that mimic this hunting behavior. Although it might be fun for a cat to play with a piece of string, if they swallow it, it could be a recipe for disaster.

Considerations

Type/Breed/Size

The type of cat you choose will significantly impact your interactions will be. You may think that that Savannah kittens are adorable, which they are, but how will you feel when your cat weighs 35 lbs? Or Persians or Himalayan who needs to be constantly groomed?

Age & Temperament

Many people think kittens are so adorable. And they are, but what happens when you find yourself cleaning up ‘accidents’ all over your expensive new carpeting? How about when you find out they have eaten your favorite house plant? Or clawed through your sofa’s arms? Kittens are a lot of work & require a lot of extra attention. And don’t forget, puppies grow into adults.

An adult cat is usually a safe bet. Usually they are spayed / neutered, already litter box trained. Additionally, they are usually more consistent when it comes to their temperament. However, with any cat that may have suffered abuse and or neglect, there may be some hidden challenges as well. Because of prior abuse issues, some may need to be placed in homes without children or other animals. Others may need special attention. AFAR staff will help guide you through these issues prior to the adoption.

Special Needs Cats

What if every time you walk out to get the mail or go to work you come back to shredded curtains? Or your cat may develop Diabetes and need insulin shots twice a day. Would you be willing to adopt a senior cat that experiences occasional incontinence? What about a cat who has diminished hearing or sight? Or one that needs you to mash their food because they’ve lost most of their teeth? These and many other things you’ll need to consider.

Health, Welfare, and additional Financial Obligations

Will you be able to afford the necessary care & maintenance of your new adoptee? What happens if  an unexpected surgery arises?

With adoption from AFAR, you’ll make a commitment to:

  1. Love and Respect your new companion
  1. Insure care for your cat in sickness & in health
  1. Cherish and protect your cat
  1. Pledge that your cat will live in-home just like any other member of your family

You will guarantee with an AFAR cat  you will:

  1. Never keep them outdoors unless it’s in a protected area. There could be bigger prey animals close by, other dangers include vehicles, chemicals and other unknown, hidden challenges.
  1. Your new adoptee must be spayed / neutered, without exception. Therefore any AFAR cat will be spayed / neutered before ever leaving our premises

Adopting and cohabitation with a cat should be a rewarding, successful, and life enriching experience. With knowledge comes power. And knowledge before adoption is imperative to promote a magnificent and never-ending match between you and your new adoptee. Making an informed decision is a rewarding decision.

Our goal at AFAR is to assist you in making an informed decision. We are dedicated to educate, guide, & support you through this important decision.

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