Unfortunately, there are cruel people in our society and throughout the world who turn their hatred and abusive manners toward animals. This cruelty can happen to any type of pet or animal that we are familiar with, such as cats, and can also come in many different forms aside from physical abuse and pain that is so commonly seen. Many of these pets can also suffer from emotional and behavioral issues due to the trauma, and can come from many various neglectful situations that can cause these temperament issues as well. Luckily, there are animal rescue groups out there who work day and night to protect and save these animals, such as cats, from the pain that they are suffering, and try to find them a new forever homes at the same time. Without these groups, we would see thousands and thousands of animals each years seeing an untimely fate, and a fate that can easily be prevented through adoption. In this article, we are going to reveal the top twenty things that you may have never known about cat rescues, and where these animals end up once they are taken out of their abuse. With that said, let’s get started with our cat rescue count down.
Where Do They Go?
Often times, when we hear stories about animals being rescued from unfortunate situations, many people all over wonder where these animals actually go after their are taken out of their dangerous and abusive homes, or are taken off the streets. For the majority of these cats, they are taken first to a veterinary clinic or shelter service for treatment of any ailments or injuries that they may have sustained while in their situations. Once they have been treated, these animals and/or cats will make their way to temporary housing, which is provided by volunteers who devote their time to fostering animals who are in need. Once they have rehabilitated and improved temperament wise and health wise, these cats will try to find their forever homes, which in some cases can with the foster parents that they have stayed with.
Every Group Is Different
This is a very important thing to realize, and that is why we have put it at the top of our list. Animal rescue groups are all different — They all have different requirements, different processes, and of course, different animals that they try to rescue (mostly domesticated animals, or pets). This is why some adoption processes at one cat rescue group may be different from that of another group, and why it may take longer to get the animal into your home as well. When it comes to differences adoption wise, it may also depend on the cat that is available, and what they have been through. For example, if they don’t do well with young children because of a trauma they experienced or don’t do well with a high energy home, the group may be more particular in finding the specific cat a home with one owner.
Variety Of Rescues
When we think of animal rescues, the majority will think of those commercials with the animals shaking in the cold, chained to a fence, bone skinny, and with sad eyes looking deep into the soul. However, animal rescue groups aren’t only focused of saving cats and other animals from these abusive situations that are typically depicted in the media. Animal rescues can take many different forms, including neglectful situations such as animal hoarding, overcrowding in local animal shelters, raids in puppy mills as well as homes that exploit animals for fighting purposes, and even natural disasters, as we have seen throughout this past year. These varying types of situations can make each case for the different animals quite unique, and can cause all of the cats and animals to have many different needs, and temperaments, that need to be paid attention to while they are being treated and in rehab.
Longer Adoption Process
Often more than not, the adoption process for adopting rescue cats from an animal rescue organization takes a longer amount of time than that of adopting from an animal shelter. The adoption process of a rescue cat is very thorough, and can often take a few weeks, which includes several different visits with the animal during that time period to allow for a bond to be made. Although it may seem like a long stretch of time, this can be a beneficial thing for both you and the cat as well, as you want to make sure you are making the absolute correct decision before taking home a cat that you can’t fully commit to once its in your own home.
They Tend To Be Smaller
The majority of these private animal rescue associations and groups are typically much smaller than the animal shelters that you will see. Animal shelters often take in all of the animals that are found on the streets and are picked up by animal control, whereas these animal rescue groups are more selective about the animals that they rescue, sometimes only sticking to one type of animal, such as cats (we will discuss this a bit more in detail later in the article). This size difference also is caused by the fact that the majority of these rescues are then rehomed temporarily in animal foster homes while they are rehabilitating, and are not having to sit in cages at the facility of the rescue group or the local vet clinic.
Unfortunately, in the midst of all of these groups that are fighting to protect the lives of innocent animals, there are some rescue groups that do not abide to the laws and regulations that are necessary for operating a legitimate service. When looking for rescue groups to adopt from, you will want to make sure they are following proper protocols, such as the number of animals they are working with at one time, that they are a registered charity, and that they respond to inquires and questions in a timely manner (just to name a few). There are other things you should look for as well, and trust us, you will want to make sure you are dealing with a professional and legitimate group before committing to an animal or cat from them.
For the most part, animal rescue groups and organizations that we see or know of are typically private, and are run solely by a group of individuals whose sole goal is to save these animals that are in harm. Because of this, many of these groups also run completely on donations that are giving to them by their communities and likewise. Many of these organizations receive little to no funding from government programs and other types of funding, besides their donations.
Lack Of Facilities
Because many of these organizations are quite small, and are privately based, they often don’t have a direct facility where they operate out of. You will often see these groups using facilities such as pet stores and other outdoor locations to promote the adoption of animals and cats that are ready to find their forever homes, and will also use promotion through fliers and websites as well. Since the majority of these animals are located in foster homes, there is no need to have a facility to operate and house them on a regular basis, and it also can make it easier for the group to host adoption days for the public.
If you have ever adopted an animal, or a cat, from an animal shelter, you will already know that you are somewhat walking in blindly with the adoption in general, as the shelter often has little to no information about the animal or where they came from, what they have been through. This is different with animal and cat rescue groups. Because these cats are brought to animal foster homes, the individuals who you are adopting from will have more information regarding what the cat went through, and how they behave when they are in a home, around humans, and around other animals as well. This can help you have a better peace of mind when adopting a strange pet having the knowledge that you need to make the right decision before making the commitment.
As we eluded to before, the individuals who devote their time to rescuing these cats, or other domesticated animals, are all volunteer –They have a distinct passion for saving and bettering the lives of the animals who can’t fend or protect themselves from the circumstances they are in. From those who are going in to the dangerous scenarios to pull the cats out, to the animal foster parents that take their time to help them gain their strength back during their rehabilitation, they are all volunteers and all cat lovers who wouldn’t have it any other way.
When it comes to the adoption process for rescue groups, there is typically an age limit regarding the individual who is looking to adopt in the first place. For the majority of these groups and organizations, they are looking for someone who is over 21 years of age, and tend to automatically reject any applications where the individual is under the age limit. Some of these application will even go so far as to withhold families who have children under certain ages (usually the age of 14), but that is dependent on the animal itself and how they interact with different family dynamics.
Tough Commitment To The Animal
If, for some reason, you have adopted a cat from a rescue, and (even after all of the meet and greet visits that have been had) things are just not clicking between you and the animal, you have to bring it back to the organization where you adopted. The rescue group will typically want to be involved with rehoming the animal, and making sure they make it into a good home that works for them. If you do not abide with the organizations wishing, and you give the animal to a family friend or some other person that you know, you could get into serious contractual issues with the group itself, which could also result in the pet being taken away from you and/or from the family that you tried to give the cat to. In short, it can cause a big mess for everyone involved.
They Often Focus On Specifics
With many of these rescues, you will see the volunteers and rescuers focusing on specific types of animals, or cats, at a time. This can be specific to the breed and/or age of the cat or animal, and can also be helpful when they are looking for temporary home possibilities, as the majority of those that are offering their services during rehabilitation have a passion for saving these animals. Having that passion and love for helping these specific breeds of cats can help aid them in while they are trying to heal and get better after their abusive situations.
Saves Animals From Being Euthanized
In case you weren’t aware, studies have shown that around four to seven million cats and dogs all around the world are euthanized each year, due to overcrowding in shelters and pounds. This has drastically dropped throughout the past couple of decades, when the amount of euthanized animals reached twenty million at the time. This is why animal rescue groups are so important. These organizations are working to help safe these animals, and find them permanent homes to help diminish the amount of innocent animals that are put down each year because they are homeless and roaming the streets.
Tend To Be Healthier Animals
Although they have come out of abusive and neglectful situations, these cats tend to be much healthier than that of cats and other animals that are adopted from local animal shelters. These animals are given great lengths to bring them back to the peak of health, and are often also spayed and/or neutered before they are released into the care of their new forever family. However, if for some reason they have not received all of their necessary shots before they are released into your care (for whatever reason), the animal foster parents, and the adoption agency, will give you the paperwork that you need so that you are aware of the shots that are still needed. They will also more than likely provide you with the animal’s full record from the veterinarian so that you know exactly what health issues or treatments they have had.
For those organizations that do have facilities that they can keep their cats at while they are waiting to be adopted, there are some that have free roaming facilities that they operate. These free roaming facilities allow for the animals to have less time stuck in caged areas, and have more time to get acquainted with the other animals that are also waiting for forever homes at the same time. This can help them to regain a better temperament while they are still recovering from their abusive situations that they were in before.
As we have mentioned all throughout this article, the majority of these cats are rescued from abusive homes where they are often neglected and left to fend for themselves. Although cats can generally be quite independent creatures, this abuse that they have lived with can lead to social impairment. This is why the majority of foster animal parents that take in these animals will have other animals in the home as well to allow for the abused cat or cats to regain a bit of socialness to their personality, and to regain that trust with other animals and humans as well.
The Adoption Application Alone Can Be Pretty Tough
There are many, many stories both in the news and on other media outlets that describe stories of families not being approved to adopt a pet from a rescue because of silly things, like the organization not liking their neighborhood the individual lives in, or because of a family dynamic, or even having a small hole in your backyard fence. Yes, getting approved to adopt a cat or other animal from a rescue can be tricky and difficult, and can end up not turning out in your favor in the end. The decision is ultimately up to the organization itself, as there is typically no third party that looks over the decision making process. So, if you want to adopt a pet from a rescue, just keep in mind that in may be quite a back breaker!
You, (Yes, You!) Can Start Your Own Animal Rescue Group
If you have a passion for animals and for protecting those innocent lives that can’t fend for themselves, you may be just the person to begin your own animal rescue group. It will take time and energy, as you have certain regulations and requirements to uphold, but as long as you can get your local community and the public behind you, you can work to help these cats and other domesticated animals find those forever homes that keep them safe and sound. You will want to make sure you find a group of volunteers and other individuals who can help you on your mission to protect these animals, one cat at a time.
Adoption Can Cost A Pretty Penny
Unlike the smaller fees that are often seen at local animal shelters, the process of adopting a recue animal, or cat, can cost quite a bit more when it comes to the fees. You will tend to have more interview fees, as it also entails a longer process (as we mentioned before). You will also have quite a bit more paperwork and documentation that will need to be filled out before they release the animal into your care. They want to make sure that they are securing the cat into a good home, and not allowing them to be put back into the same situation that they were just taken out of.
What To Do If You Want To Adopt
The best thing to do when looking for an animal, cat or dog, to adopt is to search for local animal rescue groups near your neighborhood who have animals up for adoption. In many cases you can find rescues that have specific animals or breeds that you are searching for, as well as age and other specifications that are to your liking. Once you are ready to begin applying to adopt your favorite cat that you found, you will want to make sure that you fill out all of your paperwork and questionnaires truthfully. There are many volunteers at these agencies who follow their gut instincts, and if they get any bad feelings during your interviews, home visits, or other meet and greets, it may more than likely turn into a no go for adopting your cat. Yes, the adoption process may take a few weeks to even a month or two, but once your cat or other pet is in your home, it will be so worth it.
There are many ups and downs to any rescue and adoption process, especially if things just don’t turn out in your favor. However, you and so many others are helping to better the lives of these innocent creatures who just want the love and comfort that they deserve. In any case, this has been our count down of the top twenty things that you may or may not have known about cat rescues and cat rescue groups in general. If you are interested in looking to adopt a new cat for your home, have more questions or concerns about adopting from an animal rescue organization, or just want to see some of the amazing animal rescue stories that have spanned the many years, you can find plenty more information online and also via your local veterinary clinic.
- There are over 100 different cat breeds.
- Cats can see up to 120 feet away. ...
- The oldest cat known, lived to the grand age of 36.
- The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3-5 years.
- Blue eyed cats are often prone to deafness.
- As kittens they have 26 deciduous, or “baby”, teeth. ...
- House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers. ...
- Cats can jump 5 times their own height. ...
- A housecat can run to the speed of about 30 mph over short distances.
- Cats can be left-pawed or right-pawed. ...
- Cats can't taste sweetness. ...
- Cats may be able to detect pregnancy before you can. ...
- Purring doesn't always mean a cat is happy. ...
- The ridges on a cat's nose are as unique as a fingerprint.
The retina of the eye has two main types of cells--rods and cones. The ability to differentiate colors is determined by the presence of the special color sensitive cells called “cones.” Human and feline eyes have three types of cones that can identify combinations of red, blue, and green.What are the amazing facts? ›
- Hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water. ...
- The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. ...
- The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. ...
- Ants take rest for around 8 Minutes in 12-hour period. ...
- "I Am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
From a young age a cat's mother would not only lick them as a way of grooming them, but also to show affection. Cats then replicate this behaviour with you as a way of showing their own affection – it simply comes naturally. This licking behaviour is not just exclusive between pet and owner.What are random weird facts about cats? ›
Cats are believed to be the only mammals who don't taste sweetness. Cats are nearsighted, but their peripheral vision and night vision are much better than that of humans. Cats are supposed to have 18 toes (five toes on each front paw; four toes on each back paw). Cats can jump up to six times their length.What do cats think about all day? ›
To summarise, cats don't think about their day or how they feel. But they do think about previous situations they have encountered. For example, when your cat is chilling out, it's not thinking about anything in particular.What do cats think when we kiss them on the head? ›
Conclusion. Most cats don't understand that kisses from humans are a sign of affection. A cat will surely let you know if they enjoy being kissed or not. The best ways to show your cat that you love them are to give them toys, treats, and plenty of one-on-one time.What do cats love? ›
- Cats love grooming themselves and being groomed. ...
- Cats love a clean and private bathroom space. ...
- Cats love — and need — to scratch. ...
- Cats love high places for watching and hiding. ...
- Cats love a stimulating environment. ...
- Cats love their humans. ...
- Craving more content?
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. Crocodiles cannot stick their tongue out. Starfish do not have a brain. Slugs have 4 noses.
Domestic cat habitat is centred around its home but can range many hundreds of meters from this central point. Some live only indoors, though many live outdoors too. Some domestic cats have a habitat range of 7-28 hectares! Cats do well in all climates but prefer places where the winters are not severely cold.How smart are cats facts? ›
Cats not only excel at learning new information, but they can also mesh that information with things they've learned previously, recall it when needed, and apply it to the current situation. While we do know that cats are highly intelligent, we may never know the full extent of their cognitive abilities.How do cats help humans? ›
Cats are beneficial to us from a mental and physical health perspective. Because of a cat's ability to calm us, lower our stress levels, and offer companionship, they are great therapy animals for a wide variety of uses and patients.Can cats see what humans can t? ›
(NEWSER) – If you saw the world through the eyes of your pet, you'd very likely be seeing a lot more than you currently do. That according to new research that has found that cats, dogs, and select other animals may be able to see things that are invisible to the human eye.Can cats see TV? ›
While some cats are not bothered by the small screen, others will watch intently, particularly programmes featuring other animals. Some studies have indicated that cats are able to identify imagery on TV, as we know that they can distinguish between outlines, patterns and textures.What color do cats see humans? ›
A cat's vision is similar to a human who is color blind. They can see shades of blue and green, but reds and pinks can be confusing.
Headbutting and cheek rubbing are both social behaviours that are learnt and expressed throughout kitten-hood. Both are ways in which cats build bonds and affection with other animals and by extension, with the humans they do it to.Can cats see in the dark? ›
Cats have good night-vision
However, they do have better vision than we do in low light conditions, such as on a moonlit night. This is because they have more receptors in their eyes called rods, which are sensitive to light, helping them to see six to eight times better than we can in the dark.
- Fish. While you don't want your kitty eating from the aquarium, feeding him oily fish such as tuna or mackerel can help his eyesight, joints and brain.
- Meat. ...
- Cheese. ...
- Bananas. ...
- Berries. ...
- Melon. ...
- Carrots. ...
The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m). Diet Coke was only invented in 1982. There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the Bible. When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.What is the craziest random fact? ›
- There is a Village Called Dull. ...
- Urine Used To Be A Detergent. ...
- Apple Pips Are Poisonous! ...
- These Creepy Coffins Were Found on Arthur's Seat! ...
- You Can't Hold Your Nose and Hum. ...
- There is a Fish with Legs. ...
- The Bayeux Tapestry is 70 Metres Long! ...
- Peanuts Aren't Nuts!
- Striking your head against the wall, you can lose 150 calories an hour.
- Blue color attracts mosquitoes in two times more than any other.
- Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.
If your cat sleeps on your bed, he may choose a position that lets him see out your bedroom door more easily. If he's curled up in a ball under your bed or in a quiet corner, then he may be hiding. Cats who sleep under the covers might love being close to you, or they might be hiding to feel safer.Why does my cat bite me gently? ›
It probably feels like your four-legged fur baby has got it in for you, but these perceived acts of aggression are actually an indicator of affection. That can be quite difficult to fathom, right? But it's true; they're actually “love bites” rather than a defense mechanism.Why does my cat follow me to the bathroom? ›
One of the most plausible and sweetest reasons why your cat “follows” you even into the bathroom is that he loves you. The cat wants to take advantage of every second of your presence and every possible opportunity to spend time with you! He adores you so much that he will follow you everywhere in the house.Do cats find humans weird? ›
Cats do often treat humans like other felines, using gestures like licking or rubbing on both feline friends and human caregivers, she says. “In a way, cats think of us as bigger cats,” Bonk says. “They might not necessarily know that we're a different species or they just don't care.”Do cats adopt their owners personality? ›
Your furry friend might be more of a copycat than you thought. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE, these notoriously independent creatures were found to mimic their owners' personalities, particularly with traits like extroversion, openness, and neuroticism or emotional stability.Why do cats knead? ›
Kneading to convey comfort — Happy cats appear to knead to show pleasure. Cats often knead while being petted, or when snuggling into a napping spot. Your cat may also knead on your lap to show her love and contentment, and then settle in for a pat or nap. A stressed cat may knead to create a soothing, calm mood.What do cats think when we meow at them? ›
Sorry to break it to you, but human meows mean nothing to cats. At most, you can get your cat's attention and they may even appreciate your attempts to communicate by purring or even meowing back. But to most cats, human meows sound like human language.
As explained by Popular Science, cats actually don't recognize themselves in the mirror, despite what you see in those cute cat videos or in your own home.What do cats think when we talk to them? ›
Cats lack the cognitive skills to interpret human language, but they recognize when you talk to them. To put it another way, cats comprehend human language in the same way that we understand meowing. It's similar to how you interpret your cat's language by "reading" how they arch their back or swish their tail.What do cats think when we leave? ›
Cats feel separation anxiety when their owners leave for extended periods of time, or when changes to the schedule are made abruptly. An emotional response to sudden shifts occurring at home, separation anxiety can be subtle enough that signs of distress are entirely missed or misunderstood.What is a cat's favorite human? ›
According to a study done by the nutrition company, Canadae, they discovered that the person who makes the most effort is the favorite. People who communicate with their cat by getting to know their cues and motives are more attractive to their cat companions.What are cats scared of? ›
Unfamiliar Objects, Fruit or People
But it is a good example of cats being afraid of unfamiliar things (people, objects, fruits, etc.). Cats like to feel safe and secure in their home — if something new enters their space, that's probably going to cause some stress.
- It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. ...
- A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
- A shrimp's heart is in its head.
- It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
- 2: Female ferrets die if they do not mate once they go into heat. ...
- 3: Only half a Dolphin's brain sleeps at a time. ...
- 4: Blue Whales are immensely heavy. ...
- 5: Armadillos can catch leprosy. ...
- 6: A Cockroach's brain is in its body. ...
- 7: Frogs have a 360° visual range.
A cat house is a cattery, a place where cats are housed.Why do people like cats so much? ›
According to Dr. Pendry, cats “give us attention, relieve our loneliness, provide comfort, fun, and play, affection, and special unique permission to stroke/ pet them and keep them on our laps, which we know releases oxytocin, which in turn suppresses the production of cortisol, a stress hormone.”How old was the oldest cat? ›
Creme Puff (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005) was a mixed Tabby domestic cat, owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, US. She was the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records, when she died aged 38 years and 3 days.
- The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago. ...
- A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years. ...
- The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches. ...
- The richest cat in the world had £7 million. ...
- Isaac Newton invented the cat door. ...
- In 1963 a cat went to space.
Category 5 (CAT5) cable is a multi-pair (usually 4 pair) high performance cable that consists of twisted pair conductors, used mainly for data transmission. Basic CAT5 cable was designed for characteristics of up to 100 MHz. CAT5 cable is typically used for Ethernet networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps.What are the 5 characteristics of a cat? ›
Analysis of cat owner responses suggests there are five reliable factors that depict domestic cat personality: neuroticism, extraversion, dominance, impulsiveness, and agreeableness. Researchers dubbed these personality factors the Feline Five.How smart are cats? ›
Based on several studies, behaviorists believe an adult cat's intelligence is comparable to that of a 2-year-old human toddler. Studies have shown cats have object permanence recognition, an awareness of objects that aren't directly visible. That is, out of sight doesn't mean vanished forever.What are 5 weird facts? ›
- It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. ...
- A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
- A shrimp's heart is in its head.
- It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.