If you live in The Netherlands, and ever thought of adopting a cat, I am sure this article will be helpful to you!
To begin with, there are numerous advantages to taking a furry friend from the shelter; It has been proven that cats are great at keeping company, have a positive impact on mental health, and, of course, can keep the mice away! In addition, the adoption process is fairly easy in The Netherlands compared to other countries. Cats from the shelter are in desperate need of a home and have so much love to give!
Once you have made the final decision, you might be confused and have a lot of questions about everything… Well, look no further, because we are here to walk you through the adoption process step by step!
Am I allowed to get a cat?
I know you are already excited, but before you start preparing everything, make sure that your landlord allows pets. Don’t be shy to ask specifically about cats- most landlords tend to be quite lenient when it comes to them.
How can I make sure my cat will be safe?
Once you have established that you are allowed to get a cat, we can move on straight to the process. Start by making sure that your residence place will be safe for a cat. You should enclose your balcony and remove any objects that may cause harm to your new friend. Keep in mind-this is very important, and you will be asked about it before signing the adoption contract!
What do I need to take with me?
Before you go to the shelter, don’t forget to bring your residence card, passport, adoption fee, and a cat carrier with you.
What to prepare for?
When you get there and find a cat you love (which I am sure you will), you will need to pass a small interview process. Sounds scary, but it is really not!
You will need to assure the shelter that your place of residence is safe and that you will have time and money for a cat. Sometimes, the shelter will ask you to show your work permit to be sure.
I passed the interview, now what?
As soon as you pass the interview, you will be asked to sign a contract and pay the adoption fee. Once all of that is done, you will finally receive a cat passport, and, of course-your adorable cat!
What do I do after taking my cat from the shelter?
Usually, you will not have to worry about getting your cat vaccinated and microchipped, because they do that before admitting the cat to the shelter.
Congratulations! You have helped a pet in need and got yourself a new friend!