Once an animal has been rescued or surrendered, the first step is a medical check-up from our vet team at Acorn in Sai Ying Pun. This includes a full health check, vaccinations, desex (if required), microchip, Frontline (for fleas) and worming. The next step is to find the animal a permanent home. If immediate adoption is not possible then we look for a foster home – our animals thrive in this environment, good food, love and care will do wonders. Fostering offers our animals the best chance of finding a permanent home – they are invaluable to us and we always need them!
The advantage of fostering is that not only are you providing a much needed temporary home for an animal, but you have the opportunity to experience life with a pet – particularly valuable if you are unsure of committing to adoption. Our fosters come from all backgrounds – some only ever foster, some start out fostering but find the pet they want to adopt, some have adopted and continue to foster more animals – the paths are many!
During the foster period, the animal remains in the ownership of Kirsten’s Zoo – all medical bills will be funded by the charity but we ask that our fosters provide the normal supplies as for an adopted pet – food, toys, a bed – and maintain the worming/de-flea/Heart Guard routine – as required. Our fosters are also asked to attend the monthly adoption days so foster pets have the chance to meet potential adopters. We will be in close contact during the foster period, ask for updates on how the foster pet is getting on and for photos for advertising purposes.
This is obviously the best outcome we could hope for – our animals finding their forever home! We firmly believe that there are the right homes out there for every cat and dog – it’s just a matter of getting them together. We hold adoption days every month – one for cats and two for dogs. You can see details of our adoption days on the Home Page. Adoption days enable you to come and meet the animals, apply for adoption (on the day or an alternative start date), or organise a trial, to see how things go in your home before making a final decision.
The process for adoption starts with you completing an adoption form – this will enable us to assess your lifestyle, the type of pet you’d ideally like and work on finding the most suitable companion. If you are interested in adoption then please complete the relevant dog or cat adoption form at the bottom of the page.
- You must be 21 to foster or adopt.
- Have identification showing your present address.
- You must be fostering/adopting for yourself – not on behalf of anyone else.
- Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord (if applicable).
- Be able and willing to care for and spend time with the animal.
- Not leave the animal alone for longer than 5-6 hours – unless in extreme circumstances. We don’t believe that long periods of time alone are good for animals.
- Completion of either the foster or adoption form does not guarantee acceptance.
- Kirsten’s Zoo can’t give any guarantees regarding the health, temperament or training of our animals – we obviously do everything in our power to have happy, healthy pets but many of them are rescued or given up.