About the Adoption Process
Our cats live, as long as they are out of quarantine, in large social groups in rented premises in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Sometimes they are also boarded at the vet.
They have mostly starved outside and some have suffered bad injuries on the street. For this reason, we only place them in homes where they will live strictly indoors only, or with secured outdoor access, such as a netted balcony or an escape-proof fenced garden.
Additionally, we usually do not place socialised cats to be kept on their own without other cats for company. However, a few prefer to live without other cats, in which case we explicitly point this out.
We inform you about all basic illnesses known to us from the past, and also about any illnesses that may occur during the adoption process. It is important to us that we disclose all information so that the right animal can be found for you.
If you are interested in a cat, we would first carry out a home inspections. If the result of the home inspection is positive, then nothing stands in the way of the adoption!
We receive photos of the passport 1-2 weeks before departure and then draw up the contract. This contract is sent by e-mail and must then be printed, signed and scanned or photographed. With this contract the protection fee is due (see below), this can be paid by PayPal or bank transfer.
The cat must be vaccinated against rabies before departure (EU directive), which must be done at least 21 days before it leaves the country. Furthermore, we vaccinate against panleukopenia (FPV) – also known as feline distemper or feline parvovirus – and cat flu. We also test for FIV and FeLV. Furthermore, the cat receives a chip, passport and a final examination before travelling.
The cats travel in licensed, climatised (air-conditioned and heated) vehicles, registered on the EU TRACES system.
The transport service we use is an independent company. We book the animals on the requested date depending on the availability of spaces. However, it may happen that the transport service announces changes in the journey at short notice. We then try to find the best solution for all parties.
The transport service follows a fixed route over which we have no influence. Route changes or doorstep deliveries are therefore unfortunately not possible. Depending on where the adopter lives, a meeting point near the motorway will be given. You may therefore have to drive a little way to meet your new treasure.
We will gladly inform you of the stations in your area. The transporter hardly ever stops in the east of Germany at the moment, there are too few adoptions there. Here we might have to work with a pet taxi for an extra charge.
Arrival in Germany is usually early on Saturday or (rarely) early on Sunday, but can also be at night depending on the route.
It takes usually about 4-6 weeks between adoption and arrival, unless a kitten is not yet old enough for the journey, or the cat is still in treatment.
The protection fee is 170€. This includes all examinations, castration, vaccinations, chip, passport and transport from Bulgaria.
For un-neutered kittens the protection fee is 150€, and the neutering obligation is then contractually stipulated.
Adoptions to Switzerland
Adoptions are possible, but the adopters need to pick up the cats either in Munich or Stuttgart, which are the first stop of the transport service in Germany.
Adoptions to Austria
Adoptions to Austria are unfortunately no longer possible due to changes in Austrian animal welfare laws.
Adoptions to other European countries
We have also worked with other transporters in the past and rehomed cats in countries like the UK and Belgium. Of course it is also possible for the adopters to personally pick up the cats and fly back home with them. Please get in touch with us to discuss options.
After the Adoption
We are there for the adopters before and after the adoption – we will help with questions and problems if any arise!
If you have any further questions, please check out our FAQs. If you still don’t see the answer there, we will be happy to help you further, just drop us a line!