Kenmare Locality Animal Welfare Society (KLAWS) Mobile Number: 0879704480
Adoption Policy for Cats and Kittens Version 2020.1.2
For all cats, there's an adoption fee of €75. This also covers vaccinations and worming. If the cat is not neutered, because it's too young for example, you must agree to organize this when the cat is 5-6 months old. We do have 'wild' cats that aren't tame and would have to live outdoors, but most of our cats are house pets.
House cats and kittens:
We are looking for family homes for our cats, so we will housecheck everyone who wants to adopt a cat from KLAWS. We want to know they're going to be safe, loved and part of your family. We also want to make sure you're prepared with things like a litter tray, bedding, food and water bowls. You MUST be prepared to keep the neutered cat completely indoors for a minimum of 3 weeks so they adjust to the sounds and smells of their new surroundings and realize it's their new home. For kittens, they must be kept indoors until neutered. That way, they're much less likely to wander off if you do let them out. If you are renting we would need a letter or email from the landlord giving permission to have the pet. Unless it's to a very experienced cat handler, we avoid adopting kittens to families with small children, as the combination can be quite unpredictable.
These are cats that haven’t been handled by humans from a young age and are wary of us so they are usually better suited to outdoor homes. However, their lives are no less valuable and they still require somewhere warm and safe to sleep with access to food and water daily. In return for this, their natural instincts mean they will provide excellent rodent control. We prefer homing ferals in couples or more, as a settled and established colony will defend its area and often reject a new arrival. These cats will already be neutered so you will not have the issue of litters of kittens. Ideally you will have a barn or shed to which they can be kept confined with food and a litter tray for a while prior to letting them out. This reassures them that this new environment is in fact a safe and good place to stay, and the chances of them wandering off are lowered.