Kittens for Free

Kittens for Free

Everyone has seen it in the classified ads, or on your local Facebook pet boards – kittens for free! How can you possibly pass up their cute little adorable faces? It seems like you used to be able to find free kittens just about everywhere, but it has gotten harder over the years. Many people are charging small ‘rehoming fees’ for kittens, but a lot of kitten seekers don’t know why they are doing this so often these days.

First, we will take a look at why free kittens are becoming harder to find, and then we will take a look at some of the places that you should check for free kittens in your area.

The Reasons Why Free Kittens are Few and Far Between

If you have noticed that finding a free kitten is increasingly difficult, here are a few of the reasons why:

  1. Breeders and other pet owners realize that people put more value on something that they spend money on. When people get kittens for free, there is a less likelihood that they will be spayed/neutered, or even taken to the vet at all. There is a higher likelihood, however, that they will be abused, neglected or abandoned.
  2. There are actually people out there that ‘collect’ free animals from boards and take them to be sold to labs that will use them for animal testing. This is no life for a kitten. If there is a small rehoming fee, however, it deters these people from wanting the kittens.
  3. Sadly, some people even take in free kittens to use as bait for dog fighting. Again, a rehoming fee typically deters people that have this in mind. They want something they don’t have to spend money on.

These are just three of the main reasons that people are shying away from listing kittens as ‘free to good home’. How can you be so sure that the kitten is going to a good home?

The fact that free kittens are harder to find is definitely something that is in the best interest of the kittens, so if you are out there looking for a free kitten and can’t find any- just consider it a blessing for those kittens. Sadly, we live in a world where not everyone can be trusted and others sometimes have to pay the price.

Where to Find Free Kittens

If you are really looking for free kittens, it may be a good idea to talk to people in your circle of friends or family that may know someone that has a litter of kittens. People are much more likely to give kittens for free to people that they know will offer a loving home to the kittens. Classified ads and message boards just aren’t the place to go when you want a free kitten.

Where to Find Free Kittens

Should You Post Kittens for Free?

Ultimately, it is up to you whether you want to give your kittens away for free or charge a rehoming fee.

If you have a litter of kittens and don’t really want to ‘charge’ for them, then ask your friends and family if they know of anyone that is looking for free kittens. It is really just not recommended for you to list them as being free to a good home, unless of course you plan to go out and check out the living conditions and conduct an interview. This takes time though, and some people may find the idea of this preposterous. If you must advertise your kittens to find them a home, make sure that you don’t advertise them as being free.

Set a small fee for adoption, such as $10-$25 or so. You might even be able to partner up with a local spay and neuter clinic and prepay to have the kitten spayed or neutered with the money.

Here are a few other tips that will help to end the problems associated with free kittens:

  • Don’t advertise any pets for free, regardless of size.
  • Convince your friends not to do it either.
  • Warn people of the dangers of advertising free kittens.
  • Make a call to your local newspaper to ask them to strongly discourage ‘free to good home’ ads.
  • Take your pet to have them spayed or neutered by six months of age.
  • Ask for references when you are rehoming a kitten.

It is important to remember that the safety and protection of your pet is up to you. While you may think that it is a complete bummer that you can’t find kittens for free as easily as you used to, it is actually really only that way because it is best for the kittens and their safety. Invest $20-50 in your kitten, and do it knowing that you gave that kitten a happy home with love, attention and proper care.

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