I went to the Delaware SPCA's website and found a cat I wanted to adopt after recently losing a cat (she was hit). After e-mailing and speaking to the rep at the SPCA, meeting with the animal at her foster home, then e-mailing my application to the rep, I went to pick the cat up and hand in the application in person.
The lobby, as described by many, was busy, crowded, and smelly, but it was a Saturday, right after they opened. The person I had been corresponding to found me pretty quickly and I was taken to see the cat. The poor thing was curled up in a ball in a tiny steel cage, barely resembling the animal I met at the foster home. I assured the cat I was taking her home and she would soon be out of the cage.
I had all my paperwork ready and gave it to the female, after a moment she said "this cat is going to be indoor/outdoor?" I affirmed what I had written on my application (which had been e-mailed to them the week before) and explained to her my strategy of having the cat indoors only for at least 6 months before allowing it outdoors supervised for a month, then teaching it to use the cat door I provided for my cats. I also explained I left a window opened so the cats had access to a porch roof during the summer to sun themselves. She looked at me and said "our policy is for cats to be indoors only." My jaw dropped; I explained I lived on a 22 acre farm and if I suspected the cat was going near the road, I wouldn't be allowing her out, but I also didn't force my cats out, they had access to come and go as they please . She went to consult the manager, but came back after a minute and said "our policy is indoors only." I told her if she wanted me to lie on the application that was fine, but would they rather leave the cat (a black one, notoriously hard to adopt out) in a cage for an indefinite period then give it to someone who would love and pamper it. She threw my application in the trash and said thank you for your time. Nothing I said was in an angry tone; I had tears streaming down my face, thinking about leaving the poor cat there.
I found and tried appealing to the person I had been e-mailing and talking to on the phone, but she also said it is our policy.
So why didn't anybody tell me about this policy before I drove out there? Why isn't this policy on their website?
And more importantly, they would rather keep in a tiny steel cage, or potentially kill, a cat rather then give it to someone who would give it love and give it free reign over a house and 22 acres? Can someone tell me the sense in that?