Normal and special needs cats and kittens available at CARF Saturday event

Date: 
10/11/2016
Carrie

Meet Carrie

Imagine the joy that you can experience as you give a mature cat or cute cuddly kitten a new forever home. There will be a Critical Animal Relief Foundation's (CARF) Cat and Kitten Adoption event on Sat., Oct. 15, starting at 3:30 p.m. at 840 N Western Ave. 

Save time in the adoption process by becoming pre-approved by filling in an online form or emailing

There will be approximately 20 of the 40 to 50 felines in their care system at the Saturday event. 

Violet

Violet, Carrie's friend

Little Carrie would love to go where there is already another young cat, or possibly go with her buddy Violet who was rescued from animal control. Calico Sonia on the other hand is a fun loving three-year old who also thinks younger cats are cool. 

And then there are some special needs kitties that you might like to meet...and fall in love with.

Sonia

Sonia

Snow Puff was brought to Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) last January, having been found literally frozen to the ground. CARF workers felt so badly for him that they took him! He has had multiple surgeries on his back legs, due to frostbite. One whole back foot had to be removed and then most of the toes on the other back foot. Happily, he is now at a point where he is healed and comfortable and ready to start looking for a forever home.  

Chucho was to be adopted out at CACC but they discovered that he had a heart condition. He was on the euthanasia list when CARF grabbed him. He has to take medication every day but takes it like a champ. He is actually at VWV right now and in need of a foster or forever home!

Chocho

Chocho

Two others, Hemi and Teensy, both have liver shunts. So they must be on a controlled diet and take medication for the rest of their lives. They also have seizures from time to time.

Hemi

Hemi

Source
CACC is the main source of CARF's kittens and cats, though an occasional cat is abandoned at the Village West Veterinary (VWV). Sometimes a special dog or cat ends up living at VWV. Currently they have a cat that was left there by his owner last winter. Last year a hit-and-run canine victim needed severe medical care and he remains a resident at VWV.  

Adopter Requirements
"We require that adopters of kitten must have another young cat at home or adopt a pair," explained  Amber Tarr, CARF. "We do this because it is better behaviorally and socially for a kitten to grow up with another cat in the home. 

"They learn things like biting hurts and are more social. We've never had an adopter regret adopting pairs!" 

Adoption fees at CARF are $200 for a pair of kittens or $125 for a single. Adults are $180  for a pair or $95 for a single. "We've never had an adopter regret adopting pairs!," said Tarr.  

SnowPuff

Snow Puff

CARF
Begun by Dr. Bruce Silverman, VWV, in 2012, CARF is a foster-based rescue, meaning that most of their cats live in foster homes. 

"We do have some in boarding at VWV. Generally, we post our available cats on various websites. When we get an approved application, we set up a meet and greet so that the potential adopter can meet the cat/kitten and make sure of a match," explains  Tarr. "This is usually done at VWV unless the cat would show better in the foster home." 

Throughout the year, CARF has adoption events. Adoption applicants are required to fill out an application ahead of time, in order to adopt the day of the event. 

*Photos courtesy of Critical Animal Relief Foundation

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