Frequently Asked Questions
We get LOTS of questions…usually about the same things. So whether you are new to this website or one of our “groupies” (and you know who you are), hopefully this general information will help clarify aspects of our rescue.
1.) How do I schedule a visit to one of the cats?
First, go to our “Adoption Application Form” and fill it out. We usually have a 24-hour processing time for applications. Then, we will call you for a short, informative interview. Next, once your application is approved, you will be connected to the cat’s foster home to make arrangements to see the cat.
2.) Where is your facility and when can I visit?
We are a foster-based program and do not have one central facility. Cats are kept in foster homes for evaluation. The majority of our foster homes are in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Other locations include in northern Illinois, Burlington, Racine, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and Madison. Visitations are by appointment only and an approved application must be on file.
3.) How long do you keep applications on file?
Two months – Anything after that must be resubmitted.
4.) Can I request that you contact me when a particular type of cat comes in to the rescue?
Unfortunately, no. We cannot notify people individually when specific cats come in. Please, keep a close eye on our “Available for Adoption” page.
5.) Where do all these cats come from?
We are connected with shelters all over the Midwest and we also receive many owner surrenders. We usually have a waiting list of 30 cats needing to come in come to our rescue at any given time. For more information visit the “About Us” page.
6.) If a purebred cat comes into a shelter as a stray, is there usually something wrong with it?
Absolutely not, in fact, about 80% of the cats we get into this rescue have no health problems whatsoever. Usually, the have suffered from a history of neglect and sometimes abuse. These are cats that, with a little TLC, will adjust and thrive in caring homes.
7.) Why would people spend hundreds of dollars on a Persian/Siamese/Sphynx and then abandon it on the street?
You tell us. It’s a mystery we’ve never been able to solve.
8.) What usually happens that forces an owner to surrender his/her cat?
Sometimes there are very sad circumstances in people’s lives that make it impossible for them to keep their pets and we are sympathetic to that. Many rescues do not take owner surrenders because they feel it is the individual’s responsibility to place his/her own animal. That is true; however, we’d rather take a cat from an owner directly than have to take it from a shelter later when it is horribly sick or neglected.
9.) Do you allow out of state adoptions?
Certainly, but we do not ship or transport in any way. For more information, please see our “Adoption Application” page.
10.) Can you hold a cat for me?
Since we do have so many cats waiting to come into our foster homes, we cannot hold cats for longer than a week. Please make an appointment to see a cat as quickly as possible.
11.) If I am not sure what type of cat I want, can I visit a bunch of the foster homes to figure it out?
If you don’t have a real idea of what you want and just want to visit cats, please go to your local shelter and adopt a wonderful “regular” kitty who could really use your love. Shelters welcome “walk-throughs,” but our foster homes are also private residences. Although we don’t expect everyone to adopt each cat they go to visit, we ask for your consideration and respect when visiting a foster home. Thank you!
12.) How is your rescue funded?
SPCR is funded solely by adoption fees and donations.
13.) Do you make a lot of money off of purebred cats?
95% of the money raised through adoption fees and donations go directly to vet bills and medications. The remaining funds are put toward sales tax, accountant fees, administrative costs, and some food and litter. This is purely a labor of love for all of us working at the rescue.