Adoption Process

Feline Friends is a non-profit organisation that rescues abandoned cats from the streets. We do not have a shelter, but rather rely solely on volunteers to take our foster cats into their homes.  We do have monthly Adoption Days (see our Events Calendar for times & locations) at local vets where you are invited to see some of our cats, but all other times they must be viewed in private homes.  When a cat is taken into our foster care, he/she receives veterinary treatment, is vaccinated, microchipped and if over the age of five months, is sterilised. To cover our vet expenses, as well as all our operational costs including our trap-sterilise-release campaign, we will ask for a non-refundable donation.  Please note that donations are our only source of income and are desperately needed to keep our organisation running.

Here you can find a complete outline to Feline Friends' Adoption Process as well as contact details for our Adoptions Coordinator.

 

 

First we want to thank you for your interest in adopting a cat from Feline Friends. We have so many wonderful cats looking for safe and loving homes.

 

The first step in the adoption process is for you to DOWNLOAD (right-click and save..as) and COMPLETE our Adoption Questionnaire (MS Word format). Please be as detailed as you can about the type of cat you are looking for, which will help us find you a suitable candidate.  Please take the time to also read through our Adoption Information as it will help you understand the best cat choice for your family.  After the form is completed, please send it to our Adoption Coordinator at . 

 

Once you have returned your form, we will be giving you a call to discuss the best cat suited for your home.  We will then put you in touch with the fosterer, and between the two of you, you can arrange a suitable time to visit the cat. If you like the cat and would like to adopt, you must give the donation to the fosterer, who will pass it onto us. You can take the cat there and then, so please ensure you have a cat carrier to transport the cat safely. Sadly, we cannot hold cats while you decide, as the cat can miss out on other opportunites to be homed.  Please remind the fosterer to give you the cat's medical records, as you will need this later to register the cat in your own name and to show your vet its medical history.  Once you have taken the cat home, please let the Adoption Coordinator know and they will advise you further on the registration process outlined below.

 

Registering Your New Cat

If your cat is microchipped when you receive him/her, you must register him/her in your name with the Dubai Municipality within 2 weeks. You may visit any local vet who will prepare the paperwork for you, or you can register your cat directly at the Municipality at a lower cost.  Please remember, it is required by UAE law to register your cat with the Dubai Municipality and for the cat to wear a collar with their tag We ask that you let our Adoption Coordinator know the location your new cat was registered at as soon as possible. This information helps us to contact you if your new cat ever runs away.

 

The minimum requirement for a kitten to be homed by Feline Friends is that it has the first vaccination. This is given at 8-10 weeks. The booster shot, rabies shot and microchip are given about 3-4 weeks later, which pushes the kitten’s age to around 14 weeks. If you chose to adopt a very young kitten that has only had their first vaccination, the rest of the treatments will be your responsibility.  We ask for a higher donation for pedigrees/long-haired cats, however Feline Friends will pay for the full vaccination program, the rabies shot, microchipping, and sterilisation if taken to one of our vets, irrespective of age.  Any donation given to Feline Friends is non-refundable.

 

If you have any questions about the adoption process, please either email the Adoption Coordinator or call at 050 394 3525.  The phone is answered by a volunteer from 9:30am - 7:30pm.  Please note this number is for people wanting to adopt a Feline Friends cat only.  All calls about cat care, injured cats, or other cats needing homes needs to go through the helpline which is listed on our homepage.