Feline Adoption Program
Adoption Fee of $55 covers spay/neuter, shots and basic medical care.
Click here for adoption form.
The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC!) Kitten Kaboodle Program (KK) provides adoption space for tame cats and kittens in Baldwin County.
The program was founded in 2000 by BARC! Executive Director Robert Walker to further adoption of felines in an organization without a shelter.
KK functions through a network of retail adoption sites, veterinarians and foster homes able to provide low cost medical care, maintenance, socialization and adoptions space to allow adoption of abandoned, abused, neglected. All cats are also listed on PetFinders for adoption. Click here for current listing of kitties available for adoption.
KK receives hundreds of request annually for space in our adoption program. We are able to take only about one fourth of the requests due to funding restraints, lack of space, timing (we need to “get rid of kitty NOW”) or inability of the cat to accept the adoption process and settings.
Admission into the program is through the KK Program Coordinator. These cats are primarily abused, abandoned or neglected cats or, cats affected by very serious family issues that force their surrender.
Admission is determined by space available, funding available from requestor and BARC! and evaluation of cat and overall circumstances. The successful KK request is usually one who can pay for some medical work, including spay/neuter and one willing to wait for space/or pay boarding sponsorship.
Following admission, each cat receives at minimum medical care.
-- Test negative for Feline HIV /Leukemia (Combo Test)
-- Negative Fecal for Intestinal Diseases, Negative exam for Ringworm and skin problems
-- First FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine, Rabies Vaccine (assumes 12 weeks)
-- Deworm Treatment if needed
-- Emergency or other medical care if cat is ill or injured.
-- Spayed or Neutered (KK Policy in 2004, State Law 2007)
In the KK Program
Once admitted to the program, the kitty goes to either our KK foster area at Eastern Shore Pet Hospital in Fairhope or to the “Little House” in Foley, managed by KK volunteer Nancy Johnson. The cat may also stay in a foster home or another vet clinic until space is available in one of the larger foster settings. For kitties who can take a more lively pace and doggies, the BARC! office also has adoption space.
* PetsMart in Eastern Shore Center
* Olde Tyme Feed in Fairhope
* Eastern Shore Pet Hospital in Fairhope (by appointment only)
* BARC! office
* During kitten season (must be under 4 months) Bay Animal Clinic North
Potential adoptors identify cats by visiting adoption sites, seeing a cat on the internet or by attending our pet adoptions (which are not exclusively KK events). An application is filled out, whose criteria is similar to the dog application. The major criteria are that existing pets are up to date on shots and that the family and cat are a good match. For example, an applicant may be a great home, but has other cats and the cat they select does not do well with cats. We try to match the family and the cat as much as possible. Once approved, the family pays an adoption fee (as of 3/1/10, $55,) and kitty goes home to its new “furever home”.
Trap, Neuter and Return Program
To stabilize, manage and maintain healthy colonies of feral cats in Baldwin County and to educate the public on the benefits of Trap, Neuter and Return in feral cat management
-- Jayne Dillon at 251.367.1711