The plight of homeless cats in Florida is grim, very grim. The shelters are flooded with unwanted cats and kittens and in most, the euthanasia rate for cats is more than 90%. NINETY PERCENT. This is heartbreaking for any rescue who works with cats which may explain why cat-specific rescues are hard to find.
Saving with Soul has a cat-focused group, and we are doing our best to save as many as we can. Yes, it’s overwhelming but we try to stay calm and do what we can.
In the past, we have had to say “I’m so sorry, but no, we can’t help,” when asked by private citizens to take in cats and kittens due to the number of requests we get daily. Saving with Soul Pet Rescue is primarily a foster-based rescue, which means we put most of our animals in private homes, not a general facility. As with most rescues, our foster homes stay full and the minute a space opens up, we have ten animals waiting to get in.
However, from time to time we are able to take in cats from the public.
If you would like to apply to have your cat taken into our rescue, please complete the following application as honestly and completely as you can. The information you provide will be reviewed so we can determine if we are able to help. There are no right or wrong answers; your responses will simply help us fully understand the situation.
NOTE: We do not take in stray animals who have not gone through the legal stray hold period. Unfortunately, the stray cat population is enormous. There are legal requirements specific to your county regarding rehoming stray animals and we are not in position to comply with them. If you are willing to go through the legal process for holding a stray cat, we may be able to help you afterwards. If you apply to rehome your animal with Saving with Soul, you will be required to sign a document stating that you have the legal right to do so.
What Happens Next?
Saving with Soul Pet Rescue will review your application as soon as reasonably possible. If we determine that we are not able to help, we will let you know right away. If we feel we might be able to help, we will contact you to schedule a time to meet the cat (we do not approve any owner surrender applications prior to meeting the cat). Note that we give priority to cats in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties due to logistical concerns.
Please understand that the process takes time – we are a volunteer-run group but we do our very best to save as many animals as possible. If your situation is an emergency and you need the cat gone immediately, the only option may be your county shelter.
Saving with Soul Pet Rescue saved more than 1000 animals in 2018 and hope to save 1,200 in 2019. If you are able to help us in that mission, donations can be made here: www.savewithsoul.com/donate. We are also accepting applications for volunteers and foster families.