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Feline Felicity

Cookeville, TN

Adoption Policy

At Feline Felicity, established in 1988, all cats and kittens are examined by a veterinarian, tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, external and internal parasite free, FVRCP & Rabies vaccinated appropriately for their age, spayed or neutered, and microchipped prior to being adopted out into new homes. Rest assured you will be given a health record for your pet with all services and dates provided. I, Tana Taylor, founder of Feline Felicity, have worked in veterinary clinics for over 20 years. I NEVER adopt out an unaltered cat because compliance for spaying and neutering is, unfortunately, very low. When one has been in the rescue, animal control, shelter, humane association, spay/neuter, TNR, or veterinary business well over a decade, one becomes painfully aware of the overpopulation problem resulting in too few adoptions and definitely too many euthanasias. As a result, I composed this signature for my personal e-mails: "Each and every birth of a cat or dog adds to the overpopulation problem. For every single kitten or puppy you allow to be born and find a home, know that one who was already waiting at a pound or shelter is euthanized because no one adopted it. For their sake, SPAY and NEUTER! (Cats definitely before 5 months old!!) PLEASE! IT MATTERS!"

Please note that all of my felines are adults ranging from 1 year to several seniors. Very unfortunately, unless homes are found for some of my current rescues (about 40 to choose from!!), I will not have ANY room to take in new felines ... including baby kittens ... indefinitely. I was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2018, and it is imperative that I decrease the number of cats for whom I am caring! E-mails and phone calls are typically people wanting me to take in more cats, which I absolutely cannot do under any circumstances. PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING SOMETHING OTHER THAN A BABY. My feline rescues have had services that would normally cost over $300-500 (minimally!) at a full service vet already done, and the adoption fee remains EXTREMELY minimal compared to my financial investment in all of them.

Feline Felicity is basically one person so can typically only manage local home visits and adoption approvals. After a minimal two week trial period, if all goes well, I will arrange for the microchip information to be transferred. It is urgently important that you immediately go to microchip website, provide all your personal contact information and, just as importantly, always keep any changes up to date as that is your best insurance for being reunited with a lost pet. One other thing, the no children recommendation is because I do not have any children in my household, so the kitties are not used to them at all. PLEASE read individual stories for the kitties to learn more about their individual personalities and how well they may adapt.

You may "fall in love" with a kitty and its story and "know" you want it just from what you see and read on here. However, you may e-mail to set up an appointment to meet the feline(s) prior to making a decision on which one(s) to consider for adoption. There is a minimum adoption fee of $75, payable in cash. I will sometimes discount if more than one are adopted together. (Due to previous incidences of checks written on closed accounts, insufficient funds, or stopped payments, Feline Felicity no longer accepts checks.) This fee will continue to provide maintenance (food, litter, etc.) and veterinary care for the other cats and kittens that are being housed at Feline Felicity. You will be required to complete a detailed questionnaire and adoption contract which must be approved by Tana Taylor prior to adopting a pet. Part of this approval process does include a home visit prior to the final step of me personally delivering the feline to you at its new home.

Here at Feline Felicity, these cats are housed strictly indoors, and have only cohabited with other felines and me, an adult woman in a fairly quiet, consistent, and settled environment. For that reason, I do not think the majority of them would do well with children less than twelve years old, in general, although I am sure there are some exceptions. The cats' only exposure to dogs are my three K9 mix rescues, weighing 45-60 pounds, who are typically feline-friendly and very well behaved around cats and kittens. In that regard, some of the cats would more than likely adapt to dogs while others probably would not. Please realize that all cats have individual personalities, and their adjustment time to new people and environments may vary greatly.

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