Pet Pride Policies

Relinquishing Ownership

Pet Pride of New York is a no-kill, cat only shelter that provides a temporary home environment to a small population of healthy, people friendly felines while they await adoption. Pet Pride chooses our prospective incoming cats with great care.

Having a strict admission policy helps to insure that potential new owners will have a happy and long relationship with the newly adopted feline friend. Current owners are financially responsible for the cost of meeting the admission requirements.

You can download the Criteria for Relinquishing ownership of a cat to Pet Pride of NY. A short synopsis of these criteria is below.

An owner wishing to relinquish ownership of a cat must first agree to see their veterinarian for a full health exam and to provide the candidate's past veterinarian records. (Fax: (585) 742-1641)

The cat must:
  1. be spayed/neutered and in medically sound condition before being considered for admission
  2. be up to date on all vaccines
  3. be de-wormed by vet
  4. be treated for fleas by vet if infested
  5. have a Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Felv/FIV) blood test within one month of the admission date into Pet Pride. This test must be negative for admission.
Older cats may require a senior blood panel to be done.
A history of the cat's behavior, personality and present home environment are required.


Why we don’t recommend declawing cats

Much has been said by many, in and out of the Veterinary profession, about declawing. Pet Pride of New York, Inc. has some firm suggestions for people who are going to adopt a cat or who are considering declawing a cat they already own.

The claw grows out of the third phalanx of a cat's toe. A claw is roughly like a human toenail and the third phalanx is something like the last third of a human toe. Complete excision of the third phalanx is ideal in order to assure good results. To declaw properly, the joint capsule and associated tendons and ligaments must be severed completely at the joint space. If a piece of bone is left behind, it could be the origin of a claw that regrows. It is a messy sight to view when a claw juts up from the top of the foot, and it is a hazard and a discomfort to the cat.

Based on our observation of many cats, and on talks with cat people who have problems because of declawing, we have discovered these very interesting facts:

  • About fifty percent of the cats that are declawed stop using the litter pan and choose a soft place for a toilet, like the mathematical center of an oriental rug.
  • Because the cat's defense mechanism has been removed, they resort to biting.
  • In addition to these two unacceptable habits, declawed cats become very apprehensive when being moved and dislike changes of any kind where their security is threatened.