Adoptions 

Adopt A Rescued Cat

All of our rescued cats have been spayed or neutered, treated for parasites such as fleas and worms, and tested for feline diseases like FIV and Feline Leukaemia. Any health issues or injuries at the time of rescue or during fostering are also addressed to ensure our rescues are happy, healthy and ready for adoption.  All of our adoptees have been microchipped

Today seems like the best day to  meet your new best furry friend!

Selky      *** Adopted***

Selky and siblings (listed separately below) were rescued from a dairy barn on the South Shore where one of our volunteers had gone to purchase some straw. The kittens were a little older when volunteers from HCRS trapped them, which required a fairly lengthy interval to get them properly socialized, but thankfully their foster parents are old hands at this.  What self-respecting cat can resist the allure of yummy food served up daily and other creature comforts associated with indoor living? This also means that Selky and his siblings are now about 7 months old or "twittens" - no longer the itty-bitty kittens that people fall in love with at first sight - but that doesn't take away from their charms.

 

Selky is the self-appointed "leader" of the gang. His leadership skills are never more evident than when food is on offer, where he leads the charge to the dishes. He's very food driven. While Selky is an independent soul, he absolutely loves being around the older cats in the household. He still retains a bit of caution around the humans, but we know that this will continue to diminish over time in the right home environment. Like most kittens, he loves to rampage around, tussling with the other cats and tearing up the toys, getting into mischief at every opportunity. The foster parents think he is the resident "phantom toilet roll shredder", but like any good criminal, they have yet to catch him in the act.  He's a real character.

 

In keeping with our veterinary protocols, Selky has been vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and treated for parasites. He also tested negative for disease.  We will provide the vet record attesting to the veterinary care he has received to date.

 

Selky will need a quiet home environment, as is the case with many of our rescued cats.  Having another cat or two around will also help build his confidence, so we also regard this is a "must".  We ask for a minimum donation of $250 for each one of our rescued cats, for which you will receive a charitable tax receipt.  Please also note that we have an adoption protocol that begins with a meeting in the foster home followed by a home visit.  

 

If you are interested in offering Selky a fur-ever home, please complete our online adoption application: 

Please see the link for the adoption application below

Gigli   *** Adopted ***

Gigli (pronounced "Gee-Lee") is an all-black female cat with gorgeous, plush fur. Gigli came into our care through another rescuer who picked her up from a family who didn't actually intend to adopt her.  A youngster in the family had reached out to someone on the internet, and she was quite literally "dropped off" to the home through the window of a car, much to the chagrin of the parents.  The initial rescuer acted as a broker, and asked HCRS if we would accept Gigli into our foster care.  We've had her in our foster care since then, but she is now one year of age.  We have had a few adoption applications over the past several months, but it never quite worked out. We never panic, however, as her time will come when the right person comes along.  "A swing and a miss" is more damaging and upsetting, after all, than a long wait in a comfortable foster home.

 

Gigli gets along well with the other cats in her foster home, but given that the critical period of socialization has passed, she could go either alone or to a home with another cat for company.  She has turned in to a mellow, sweet little cat who loves to be petted and sooked.   She is an all-black short-hair girlie who will give as good as she gets when wrestling with the other cats in her foster home.  Mind you, she doesn't hesitate to let out a holler if she feels she's losing the battle; which is often.  She is approximately 1 year old and fully vetted, meaning she has been tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed.  She's busting out in a good health and ready to roll.

 

 

Gigli will likely present as shy, at least initially, and our preference is a home environment that is quiet and subdued. She would definitely do best in the company of another kitty who will help her settle.  

 

Gigli has been fully vetted, which includes vaccinations, spay, testing (negative) for disease, treatment for parasites, and microchipping.  We will provide a vet record attesting to these services upon adoption.  Please also note that our adoption protocol includes arranging for you to meet the cat in her foster home followed by a home visit at a later date.

 

We ask that you please complete our online application in detail, with the link to the application provided below. We ask for a minimum donation of $250 for each one of our rescued cats, for which you will be issued a charitable tax receipt.

Please see the link for the adoption application below

Levy & Moby-Dee

Levy (male) and Moby-Dee (female) are kittens with umpteen toes.  They are now about 7 months old, where we now more accurately refer to them as "twittens".  They were rescued from a dairy barn on the South Shore where one of our volunteers had gone to purchase some straw. The kittens were a little older upon capture, which required a fairly lengthy interval to get them properly socialized, but thankfully their foster parents are old hands at this.  What self-resecting cat can resist the allure of yummy food served up daily and other creature comforts associated with indoor living? 

 

Levy is considered the "sweetheart" out of the litter of kittens that were rescued. Initially fearful of humans, he progressed in leaps and bounds to become the resident sook, seeking the company and cuddle-time with his foster folks, all the while purring like an outboard motor. He has developed this endearing habit of nibbling very gently on their fingers, perhaps a vestigial behaviour associated with nursing as a kitten. Moby-Dee, on the other hand, was trapped a few weeks after her brothers, and she has naturally taken longer to come 'round.  She still presents as timid in her behaviours, where her most active time is in the evening and overnight hours. This means you might hear the tinkling of toys and some galloping noises in the night. But we expect that she will continue to grow her confidence in time, in the right environment, especially with her big bro, Levy, along for the ride.

 

HCRS is seeking a forever foster home for these gorgeous kitties because they tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV.  Not to be confused with feline leukemia, cats with FIV typically live a long life with no more expected health issues than any other cat. And that has been our experience with the many FIV-positive cats in our circle of care.  Out of an abundance of caution, vets say to keep FIV positive cats indoors and isolated from other cats. Have a look at the following link for more information:

 

https://vcacanada.com/know-your-pet/feline-immunodeficiency-virus-infection

In keeping with our veterinary protocols, both Levy and Moby-Dee have been vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and treated for parasites. As per our forever foster agreement, HCRS will provide any necessary vet care for the cats going forward.

 

If you are interested in offering these deserving kitties a fur-ever home, please complete our online forever foster application: 

 

Forever Foster Information and Application

Zoey and Zahara         ***Adopted***

Zoey and Zahara are young cats that we trapped along with several others in the woods behind a rural apartment complex outside HRM in late November; very much a colony in the works. We were initially alerted to the presence of cats near this building when a tiny kitten was discovered cowering in the parking lot.  Our recon of the area led to a lengthy trapping effort, which included Zoey and Zahara, who happily turned out to be friendly and highly adoptable, once we got them accustomed to living indoors again.  As you can see, we adopted the letter "Z" as a naming convention to group the cats found in this area.

 

Zoey is a short-haired black tuxedo with lovely plush fur.  She is somewhat younger than Zahara, the short-haired gray tuxedo, but both cats are estimated to be one year or younger in age.

 

We soon learned that Zoey love-love-loves other cats but since her pairing with Zahara in a foster home, we discovered that Zahara - previously seen to disdain other cats - has become highly bonded to Zoey in return.  Zahara now will cry out if left alone for any period of time.  Both cats enjoy each other's company and do everything as a team.  They wrestle and tussle by the hour and yet they are rarely seen to get mad at each other.  Zoey enjoys being patted and sooked, but doesn't particularly like to be picked up, where she squirms to get away.  Zahara, on the other hand, loves to cuddle, even seeming to prefer the snuggle time to the food on offer.  She will even hound you a little for pets, giving love bites to get your attention.  Zoey is highly food motivated, so Zahara runs the risk of losing out on her share of the gravy when a human hand is in the offing.

 

Both Zoey and Zahara have been spayed, tested (negative) for disease, vaccinated, and treated for parasites.  We will provide a vet record attesting to these services during the adoption.  We will also offer to have the cats microchipped later, at our expense. We ask for a minimum donation of $250 for each one of our rescued cats, for which you would be offered a charitable tax receipt.  Our adoption protocol includes arranging for the would-be adopter to meet the cats in their foster home followed by a home visit at a later date.  

 

We are seeking a quiet home environment for these girls.  While we would ideally find a home for them together, we would consider adopting them separately so long as there was another cat of similar age in the home. Please complete our online adoption application:

Please see the link for the adoption application below

Zeus, Zulu, Zani, & Zena         *** Adoption Pending***

"The Zeds" are four kittens, Zeus, Zulu, Zani, and Zena, who were rescued along with their mama, Zara, from the woods behind a rural apartment complex outside HRM in late November.  HCRS was alerted to the presence of kittens in this area when one of the local residents came across a wee kitten cowering all by itself against the curb in the parking lot of the building.  We were not able to retrieve this kitten before it was given away "free to good home", but this little tyke essentially saved the lives on his littermates by the mere fact of him being noticed on social media.  We set up traps in the area only to catch the mama, Zara, first. Zara initially presented as feral, where she lashed out, hissing and growling at her rescuers.  Once she calmed down, we were able to palpate and observe well-used teats, meaning we had to scramble to get her spayed in case we needed to return her right away.  While we waited for the appointment, we beat the bushes and crawled around ditches and abandoned structures, with nary a kitten in sight.  But the very day and moment we were about to return Zara back outdoors - a cold and windy day - feeling sick at heart that we were forced to return what was obviously a sweet, friendly cat, fearing for the welfare of the kittens, one of our volunteers happened to spot another tiny kitten at a food dish that was placed in the area.  Zara's return was promptly and gleefully called off while we quickly marshalled our forces to trap the kittens that remained.  Happily, all four (four!) kittens were trapped within hours upon discovery.  We got very lucky with this one.

 

Zeus is the only remaining boy in the litter and it stands to reason that he would be the largest.  He is white and gray with fur that is somewhat longer fur than his littermates.  We expect that he will be a big cat once he is full grown. He is a fairly typical kitten; boisterous, playful and full of beans. Zeus seems particularly bonded with his sissy-poo, Zena, who is the one who most closely resembles him. Zena is the next biggest in size, which means she has the heft to stand up to him.  Zena is also the friendliest kitten in the litter.  She runs to greet her foster mom whenever she enters the room, begging to be picked up and purring loudly all the while. 

 

The two female grays, Zulu and Zanie, are hard to tell apart, but once you get to know them, you will see that Zulu is a little darker than her sister.  Like most moms, you will soon be able to tell the twins apart.  Of course, this might be challenging in the early going because they seek each other out, seen to be sleeping and playing together much of the time.  Another natural pairing.

 

Please note that it is our preference that kittens be adopted in pairs, ideally, or single to a home with at least one other young cat for company and ongoing socialization. There are a lot of good reasons for this, as described in the following link:

 

 http://www.kittenlady.org/twokittens

Each of the kittens - who as of early January are 11-12 weeks of age - will have been fully vetted by January 22nd, which will include spay/neuter, vaccinations, testing for disease, treatment for parasites, and microchips. We will provide a vet record attesting to these services during the adoption.  We ask for a minimum donation of $250 for each one of our rescued cats, for which you would be offered a charitable tax receipt.  Our adoption protocol includes arranging for the would-be adopter to meet the kittens in their foster home followed by a home visit at a later date.  

 

We are seeking a reasonably quiet home environment for the kittens, as they will not be accustomed to living around a place with a lot of a noise and action. Please complete our online adoption application if you are interested:

Please see the link for the adoption application below

Zara    *** Adopted ***

Zara was rescued along with four of her kittens from the woods behind a rural apartment complex outside HRM in late November.  HCRS was alerted to the presence of kittens in this area when one of the local residents came across a wee kitten cowering all by itself against the curb in the parking lot of the building.  We were not able to retrieve this kitten before it was given away "free to good home", but this little tyke essentially saved the lives on his littermates by the mere fact of him being noticed on social media.  We set up traps in the area only to catch the mama, Zara, first. Zara initially presented as feral, where she lashed out, hissing and growling at her rescuers.  Once she calmed down, we were able to palpate and observe well-used teats, meaning we had to scramble to get her spayed in case we needed to return her right away.  While we waited for the appointment, we beat the bushes and crawled around ditches and abandoned structures, with nary a kitten in sight.  But the very day and moment we were about to return Zara back outdoors - a cold and windy day - feeling sick at heart that we were forced to return what was obviously a sweet, friendly cat, fearing for the welfare of the kittens, one of our volunteers happened to spot another tiny kitten at a food dish that was placed in the area.  Zara's return was promptly and gleefully called off while we quickly marshalled our forces to trap the kittens that remained.  Happily, all four (four!) kittens were trapped within hours upon discovery.  We got very lucky with this one.

 

Zara is a short-haired gray tuxedo who is guestimated to be young, perhaps 1-2 years of age.  Once she got over her initial shock at being trapped, she quickly morphed into this calm, darling little cat that loves to be loved.  She is completely chill in the room with her romping, stomping kittens, highly indulgent - as only a mother can be - of their antics.  We are so very thankful we were able to rescue this lovely cat on the cusp of winter from what would have been an awfully hard life living outdoors, unnoticed and uncared for, having litter upon litter of kittens, struggling to survive with so many predators in the area.

 

Zara has been spayed, tested (negative) for disease, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and microchipped.  We will provide a vet record attesting to these services during the adoption.  We ask for a minimum donation of $250 for each one of our rescued cats, for which you would be offered a charitable tax receipt.  Our adoption protocol includes arranging for the would-be adopter to meet Zara in her foster home followed by a home visit at a later date.  

 

We are seeking a quiet home environment for Zara where she will be treated like a queen forevermore. We expect she would do well either alone or with another cat for companionship. Please complete our online adoption application:

Please see the link for the adoption application below

Adoption Application : The first step

Adoption applications are submitted to the adoption committee of Halifax Cat Rescue Society for approval. After approval of your application, a meeting will be set up between you, the foster home and an HCRS representative according to everyone's convenience. 

Although this application may seem lengthy, we ask that you take time to answer all the questions as best as possible. Thank you for considering adoption, we'll be in touch within a few days. Sometimes, we take a bit longer and this is because we are such a small group of volunteers. Please take this into consideration before you fill out the application. The process is not as fast as with the SPCA or other shelters who have an actual shelter and many more workers.


IT IS HCRS POLICY THAT OUR KITTENS BE ADOPTED EITHER AS PAIRS OR TO A FAMILY WITH A CAT(S) ALREADY IN THE HOME. THIS IS TO ENSURE FURTHER SOCIALIZATION OF  NEWLY RESCUED KITTENS. THIS POLICY IS ENFORCED WITH ALL OF OUR KITTEN ADOPTIONS.

ADOPTION DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO HCRSFUNDRAISING@OUTLOOK.COM ONCE YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED