|∑||First please make sure that you adopted the cat from CARS: Companion Animal Rescue Society. We were located in the Tacoma, WA area, we adopted cats through the Lakewood PetCo, Tacoma PetCo, and The Puget Sound Pet Pavilion. There are several similarly named rescues in this area, please try and ensure that your pet truly did come from our rescue before contacting us in regards to them.|
|∑||If you need to return your pet that was originally adopted from CARS or if you have an URGENT medical question regarding the pet as pertains to their history before your adoption of the pet, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org This email forwards to another account which is normally checked daily at this time, though it may take 24-36 hours for the email to be recieved and read if it is non-emergency.|
|∑||If you have a general question regarding the pet, please send an email to: email@example.com . This email is checked once weekly.|
|∑||Please respect these requests regarding utilization of these email addresses. If you are NOT a previous adoptive family and email is sent to one of the above addresses, it will be disregarded. CARS is no longer an active rescue and we are unable to provide further assistance beyond the guidance of this letter.
|∑||Please contact your area animal control agencies and local veterinary clinics regarding the pet. Pets brought into shelters and those reported found by citizens are generally placed onto lists that searching owners can read or listen to via phone to try and locate their pet.|
|∑||Lost pets needing medical attention often first end up at local veterinary clinics or emergency veterinary clinics until they can be transferred to the appropriate animal control agency.|
|∑||Please CLICK HERE for Pierce County Animal Control. Here you will find information to help you get started.
|∑||Please first understand that one of the reasons we have had to shut our doors is because there is such a high need from the public for us to place their unwanted pets, and not enough volunteer help or money to keep our network afloat in these economical times.|
|∑||Look closely at the reason why you NEED a new home for your pet:
Is it medical? Speak with your vet first.
Is it behavioral? Again, speak with your vet FIRST to rule out medical issues. Then speak with a behaviorist - you may THINK they are expensive, but their consultations are quite reasonably priced for the opportunity to learn about what is happening with your pet and find solutions so that you can keep them.
Are you moving? We promise you, there are a large number of apartment complexes and private landlords that allow a variety of pets in a variety of price ranges. Please, make the effort to find housing that will accept your pet. We, as well as most other local pet rescue groups are simply OVERWHELMED with the needs of those looking for placement of their pets due to a ďmoveĒ.
Does someone have allergies? Click HERE for practical ways to deal with allergies.
**Remember, if your pet leaves your home, it very well could end up euthanized down the line. And even if YOUR pet isnít euthanized, some other pet not getting adopted in your petís place will end up euthanized. There are only so many homes and too many animals. Virtually each and every pet given up equals one more pet euthanized one way or another. Sometimes pets truly do need to be in a different home, but this should never be a decision taken lightly or without taking the appropriate measures to solve the issue first.
|∑||Contact whoever you got the pet from: a rescue (most have specific clauses in their adoption contracts that specify you return the pet to them), a breeder, or a friend/family member.|
|∑||Try to find a home for the pet yourself through trusted family, friends, and co-workers.|
|∑||Contact one of the rescues listed below that CARS recommends or another rescue group through www.petfinder.com|
|∑||As a last resort, contact your local animal control agency to see if they accept owner surrendered animals. Know that almost all animal control agencies euthanize for space reasons so your pet may have a greater liklihood of being euthanized if not adopted in a timely manner or if they are more difficult to adopt due to age, behavior, or medical issues. Most agencies also charge a fee to surrender your pet - they need this monetary donation to provide housing, food, and medical care for your pet(s).
|∑||If you are sending out mass emails regarding trying to find placements for pets, please take CARS and the following email addresses OFF of your lists: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , melissa@carspetrescue., firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and for all work you do for the pets!!|
|∑||Feline Friends: Olympia, WA|
|∑||Kitty Haven: Tacoma, WA|
|∑||The Humane Society of Tacoma/Pierce County|
|∑||South County Cats: Covington, WA|
|∑||Cascade Animal Protection Society: Sumner, WA|
|∑||PetFinder.com : Nationwide, search Washington Rescue Groups, Humane Societies, shelters, and ASPCA's|