Would you trust this request?

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Would you trust this request?

Post by Grace56 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:55 am

Hi everyone. Hope you and your fur babes are doing ok.

Now, on a local forum I belong to, there was a request for a 'kitten or grown tom' to be given free. The person making the request has stated that she recently lost her cat due to illness.

Many of us have suggested CPL or RSPCA etc, but the person hasn't responded to any of us. I don't trust this at all. I'm just wondering if it's someone out for a free Christmas present for someone who may not want a cat. Or for a kid who'll neglect the animal or be cruel to it. Then it'll be discarded as many are at this time of year.

Of course, this person may be genuine but I'm not sure. Gut instinct you know. It's the 'free' bit that bothers me.

What do you all think?

Best wishes,

Grace and Dave. xx

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Re: Would you trust this request?

Post by MarySkater » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:25 am

I wouldn't trust it. The charities usually charge a "rehoming fee" of maybe £30-£50. If the advertiser can't afford that, how are they going to afford the day-to-day costs of keeping a cat? And if the cat costs them nothing, they may not value it.

If I had a cat that I needed to rehome, and was considering this person's request, at the very least I'd want to pay them a visit, to check out the person and the home. But on balance, I'd rather place my cat with one of the charities, and let them check out the would-be adopter.

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Re: Would you trust this request?

Post by lilynmitz » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:43 am

I definitely wouldn't trust it. Who knows what they're going to do to it? I once saw an ad in Exchange and Mart for kittens and puppies, they were obviously "bulk buying unwanted litters, and I was so concerned about this I reported them to the RSPCA. Never found out the end of the story though. :-(

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Re: Would you trust this request?

Post by Crewella » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:37 am

I wouldn't trust it either, I'm afraid. If people are unwilling to pay a few pounds to a rescue for a cat, what else are they likely not to want ot pay for? At best, I don't trust their commitment, at worst ....... who knows what they really want a free cat for ......... :(

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Re: Would you trust this request?

Post by Mayday21 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:42 am

No don't trust them! My stomach is churning! What about the cost of annual vacs, flea & tick control!

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Post by Cussypat1974 » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:16 pm

DON'T TRUST THEM! it could be for dog baiting or anything! At best it was posted by an ignorant person with absolutely no clue about animalwelfare. I am sorry, but is someone is savvy enough to be online and posting, they are savvy enough to do a google search!

I did once rehome an adult cat on Christmas eve. it was to people who were good friends of a polish girl I had already rehomed to. they were taking Isis anyway, and understood my Christmas present issues, but had great vet references, a reference from my own friend who had alreadfy adopted from me, and wanted the RIGHT cat for their family of 2 little girls, a hamster and a Lassie dog, on a quiet estate. it was just a matter of timing, so as their tradition was for Santa to come on Christmas eve, Daddy took the girls for a walk to see the lights while Santa (ME!) arrived with Isis. Isis needed that home and is doing GREAT there. I have never regretted that rehoming, even though it goes against every Christmas pet rule eh?

But no way...... free cat wanted anytime is a BAD sign, never mind at this time of year!

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