The challenges in rehoming community animals

I’ve written about this before, but it’s good to be reminded once in a while.

The “R” in CNRM stands for “Rehome” or “Return to Colony (and continue to Manage)”, hence, the “M”.

CNRM pic

We’ve always said that Rehoming is the greatest challenge in the CNRM process. It is easy enough to Care. It is fairly easy to Neuter as long as the animal can be captured and the funds for neutering are available (we provide if you are needy (AND honest)).

Rehoming is the hardest task.

On this subject, may I share the thoughts of a wise cat, my friend, Maneki Neko (this was written as a comment to a blogpost, and now slightly edited for this posting):

1. Not all cats can be placed in a home. Those who were born on the street and grew up there are often very fearful of humans. While this is a good survival tactic on the streets, it means they’d not likely adapt to life indoors and with a lot of human contact.

My comment: For such cats or dogs, Neuter, Return-to-Colony and Manage may be a viable option provided the colony is reasonably safe. And of course, the caregiver continues to manage the colony so that the wellbeing of such animals is monitored. 

2. With cats who seem socialised and comfortable with humans, the numbers are overwhelming. This is a problem for everyone who has ever opened a no-kill sanctuary:  they can be overwhelmed with animals within DAYS of opening. Every shelter and sanctuary has a limit, beyond which the animals are overcrowded, resulting in being kept in worse conditions than they faced on the streets.

We must each do WHAT WE CAN.

Can’t adopt? Maybe foster temporarily and, as Kah Yein said, try to find an adopter on Petfinder, Facebook, blogs, postings in vet clinics and workplaces, etc.

Can’t foster? Feed and care for a stray community.

Can’t do that? Then get to the very root of the problem — over-population! Contribute to NGOs that sponsor spay/neuter. Every single litter prevented is a step forward.  🙂

I couldn’t have said it any better, Maneki! Thank you for your words of wisdom.

To summarise:

What we can each do for street animals:

1. Feed the community and get them neutered.
2. Adopt them.
3. Rehome them through word of mouth, rehoming portals, the social media or physical adoption drives.
4. Manage them in the colony.
5. Support CNRM in cash or in kind.

Our role in the above is to provide neutering and vaccination subsidies to needy, honest and responsible caregivers. We can help you blog for adopters, but please be advised that our rehoming rate is not very good as potential adopters do not come to our blog to look for pets. Please use petfinder.my, facebook or participate in the physical adoption drives.

We also do not have a sanctuary or access to any sanctuary. Sometimes, if we are in luck, our readers respond to our blogposts for adoption.

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