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SO... You Can't Keep Your Savannah

Trish Allearz

Moderator
Look- life happens. It's reality. As much as you adore your kitty, on rare occasion, legitimate reasons occur where you cannot keep your baby. What do you do?

1. First, suck it up, buttercup, and pull out that contract you signed a long time ago between you and your breeder. If you don't have a contract, skip ahead to number 3. Read to see what the requirements are in case of a rehoming. Most ethical breeders will have a clause in their contract in this regard. Typical clauses are immediate return to the breeder and right of first refusal (you notify breeder first and breeder gets first pick of taking the cat back).

If there is no rehoming clause in your contract- move on to step three. If there is- move on to step two.

2. CONTACT your breeder! Please, please, oh please- don't be ashamed! Really- as breeders- we only want the best for our babies and as sad as we'll be for you, we would much prefer you open a line of communication and be honest with us. Typically, if you are at this step- an ethical breeder will either take the cat back OR assist you in homing the cat. Important note- do not approach your breeder as though you are selling the kitten back to them. You aren't. You are being an ethical cat owner and following your contract. If you cannot locate your breeder- contact Savannah rescue and they will happily assist you in locating your breeder.

As long as you have an ethical breeder- chances are, that's it! Two steps!

3. Okay- so there is no clause in your contract in regard to rehoming- that sucks! Or maybe you simply don't HAVE a contract, what do you do? If you still have a good relationship with your breeder, I would still HIGHLY recommend talking to them. They may have local homes ready and willing to take your baby on.

However, if you don't have a good relationship with your breeder, contact Savannah Rescue! Tell them your situation and let them assist you in finding your kitty a good home. This may occur by redirection (they may show you appropriate lists to post ads- which means kitty stays home with you until he finds a good home) or sometimes foster care.

There is a great home out there for EVERY Savannah. Regardless of behavior issues or potty issues or changes of happenstance- there is a good home out there for each of these spotted babies. Please don't be ashamed to contact your breeder or rescue- don't be ashamed to ask for help.

Please- also- although you may have invested a good chunk of change into purchasing your kitten, DO NOT LET DOLLAR SIGNS INTERFERE with placement into a good home!
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
Indeed, Trish has just outlined Savannah Rescue's process for you...we always ask that you contact the breeder to let them know first. And then we can offer two options, either a list to post your kitty where kitty stays with you while YOU choose the new home, or we start a search for a foster/adoptive home via Rescue.

Trish is correct, the right home IS out there... just how long it takes can depend on a number of factors. But please DO reach out for help, your Savannah deserves it :)
 

Trish Allearz

Moderator
Indeed, Trish has just outlined Savannah Rescue's process for you...we always ask that you contact the breeder to let them know first. And then we can offer two options, either a list to post your kitty where kitty stays with you while YOU choose the new home, or we start a search for a foster/adoptive home via Rescue.

Trish is correct, the right home IS out there... just how long it takes can depend on a number of factors. But please DO reach out for help, your Savannah deserves it :)
I meant to message you to have you look over this before posting it, but forgot- LOL. So I'm glad you approve! I thought I had everything in there :)
 
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