Our Adoption Process...
The adoption fee for our cats is $50-75 (kittens $150). It is also non-refundable. If a cat/kitten is not already de-clawed, you may request them to not have that procedure done. If you want a cat to be de-clawed on all four feet, we will do the additional rear feet for an extra fee of $100. We do laser declaws only at our facility and prefer they are done here.
If for any reason one of our cats does not work out at your home, we insist that you bring them back to our hospital and not re-home them yourself. For this reason we ask that you live in the tristate area of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana only. We also need the phone number of your regular veterinarian for a quick reference check. We require all our cats who are adopted to remain indoor only pets!!!
We adopt out to anyone who meets our requirements. The safety and well-being of children and pets is of the utmost importance here at Hartman. Small children and kittens have been seriously injured when placed together. Therefore, under no circumstances can we adopt kittens to families that have children under 6 years old.
Please remember...Don't give a pet to a child to teach them to be responsible, give a pet to a responsible child.
Listed below are the requirements for adopting a cat or kitten from our hospital. Please review these points before you contact us. This is the basic information in our adoption contract that you will have to agree to and sign in order to take home one of our babies:
-Give the animal proper and humane care, food, water, shelter, exercise, and all other necessities.
-The cat will remain strictly indoors.
-Provide veterinary care on a yearly basis for booster vaccines and as needed for medical problems. Yearly wellness checks are considered to be minimal medical care. All pets at home MUST be current in order to adopt one of our cats. If any of your pets are overdue, we can still continue the adoption process. But only if they are updated on their vaccines. Cats that are strictly indoors are still exposed to lethal viruses and zoonotic diseases.
-The cat will be adopted for family pet purposes only, and the animal will not be resold, abandoned, abused, neglected, or used for medical research or dog fighting.
-If you surrender a cat to this hospital, and want them back again, you must pay more than the normal adoption fee. You will be responsible for any fees incurred for services rendered while your cat was being treated here for routine and specialized care.
Please remember to bring a cat carrier if you might take one of our babies home.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are all your cats and kittens spayed and neutered?
Any adult cat or kitten 5-6 months or older will already be spayed/neutered. Any kitten under the age of 5 months will not be spayed/neutered.
2. Why are the kittens under 5-6 months old not spayed/neutered already?
Early spay/neutering may lead to urinary blockages later in life. Particularly for male cats. For the health of each individual kitten, we wait until the kitten has a chance to mature before we alter them. Spaying at 5-6 months old is early enough to prevent females from going into heat. Neutering at 5-6 months old is early enough to stop any bad behaviours from developing that are associated with unneutered male cats like spraying.
3. Do you adopt out of state?
Anyone in the tri-state area of Michigan, Indiana, or Ohio can adopt from our shelter. But we will not ship any of our animals. We cannot provide transportation. You are responsible for any travel required.
4. If I adopt a kitten and the distance is too far to travel back for the spay/neuter, is the cost of the surgery covered at my local Veterinarian?
If you deem it too far to travel back for the spay/neuter, you will be responsible for the cost of the surgery and any vaccines left that your kitten will be due for. Please consider this before you contact us!!!
5. What does the adoption fee include?
For our feline friends, the cost of spaying/neutering, deworming, flea/heartworm prevention until they are adopted, vaccines until the pet is fully boostered for rabies and distemper, and a laser front declaw are all included in the adoption fee. If you do not want the pet to be declawed the adoption fee is the same. If you want a cat’s rear feet to be declawed as well, that is an additional fee of $100
6. Is it safe to declaw a kitten?
Declawing is best to do as early as possible. The kittens are growing fast so they also heal fast. Much faster than an adult cat. Plus we do our declaws with a surgical laser. There is less pain and faster healing with laser surgery. We also do a laser pain therapy treatment post op with a therapy laser to ease pain and inflammation. Also, declawing a cat when it is younger allows it to adjust to life without claws earlier on and it is not such a big adjustment.
7. Can you guarantee the personality or behavior of your animals?
No one can 100% guarantee the behavior of any animal, even with a temperament evaluation. We particularly cannot predict the personality of kittens once they are grown into adult cats. We do not accept feral cats/kittens. We also do not take in animals with aggression problems.
8. If I bring a cat back, do I have to pay a return fee, or do I get a refund on my adoption fee?
There is no fee if you bring a cat back to the shelter to be re-homed, but a donation towards its further care is appreciated. We do not refund adoption fees no matter how much time has passed since they were adopted.
9. What are your visitation hours?
We are available for visitation Mondays through Fridays 9-5 and Saturdays 8-11. We do request that you call or email us to make an appointment.