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Listing a Cat With Retired Friends


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Who may list cats with Retired Friends?

Only paid FBRL-listed breeders may list cats with Retired Friends. They may list up to 3 of their own retired cats, not cats belonging to friends. Cats must be currently living in their home and/or out of their own breeding. Some exceptions are made for listing rescues. The FBRL has a list of pre-approved rescue organizations that may list cats. FBRL breeders may also sponsor rescues in their area.

Exceptions may be made for listed breeders who are retiring permanently from breeding, are planning to cancel their regular advertising, and wish to use Retired Friends to place out remaining spays and neuters from their discontinued program.

I also work with selected rescue groups; this must be arranged in advance with me.

I do not list cats from people who are not breeders listed with the FBRL. I have some leverage with a listed breeder. A breeder selling sick or inappropriate cats through the FBRL's Retired Friends service can be dealt with for such actions through removal of all listing privileges or through the threat of such removal. I have no leverage with people who are not on my service and no familiarity with them personally.

How often do you list Retired Friends ?

New Retired Friends are posted periodically through the week, but typically on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Basic policy review of the Retired Friends section of the FBRL

Retired Friends listings are free to any paid FBRL-listed breeder. While I ask that breeders only list up to 3 cats at any one time, all FBRL breeders may use the Retired Friends service as frequently as they like.

There is no hard time limit as to how long a Retired Friend may stay listed with the service. Listings are normally removed at the end of 6 months, but if you wish to extend the listing further just let me know.

The following lists basic ground rules of a listing:

Listed cats must be:

    • at least 10 months old at the time of listing (younger kittens may be listed under Litter Announcements)
    • spayed or neutered at the time they are listed
    • in good health and with appropriate temperament for a pet home
    • accompanied by a health guarantee
    • current on all shots
    • a pedigreed cat who was registered either individually or as a member of a registered litter with at least one major registry. This is not a board for advertising mixed-breed cats.

Variations to the ground rules listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis. See below for various subprograms of Retired Friends to accommodate special needs cats.

No intact cats should be swapped through this forum. The purpose of this list is not a breeder exchange, but a pet home finder. Cats must be spayed or neutered at the time they are listed. Breeders violating this rule will have their Retired Friends listing privileges revoked permanently. I'm serious about this one.

I reserve the right to edit entries to conform with overall style and stated policies of this list. For example, people may put things in the Notes section that I do not believe conform to list style or policy. If you have a complaint, write me and I will explain my reason for editing.

A cat may be listed for as long as it takes to place him or her. However, listings will be removed after 6 months unless renewed. The cat may be re-listed, but old listings look bad both for the service and for the cat.

What information is in a Retired Friends listing?

A Retired Friends listing gives facts about the cat, including name, breed, color, birthdate, sex, registry, quality, and home preferences. It also includes information about the breeder, including name, e-mail address, and whether the breeder is willing to ship that cat. The Notes section may include a statement about the cat's personality and temperament. Remember -- the cats who place fastest are often the ones with the best Notes sections. Make it interesting!

I reserve the right to edit notes for clarity and brevity. I am also declaring a moratorium on "cute" misspellings -- no "purrsonal" or "purrfect", please! I WILL change those spellings when I get them.

Things I don't list:

  • any statements to their current shots, FeLV-negative status; good health, current veterinary care, and lack of health issues assumed of all cats listed except in cases of Special Friends. It should be redundant. If it isn't and I find out, that breeder will be subject to a review and may permanently lose Retired Friends listing privileges -- or even overall FBRL listing privileges.
  • "to a good home only" -- everybody wants that
  • prices: that's between you and your prospective "adoptive parent". I do not want anyone to mistake the purpose of this list or think that I personally am brokering cats. The FBRL does not broker animals and will NEVER get into that business.

The referral list does not publish home addresses. Location is identified only by country, state/province, or city/general location. The list is not limited to North America -- all breeders are welcome to list.

What are Special, Senior, and Rescued Friends?

Special Friends, Senior Friends, and Rescued Friends are subprograms of Retired Friends©. These are special designations for special cats, as follows:

  • Special Friends is for cats with special medical needs or physical problems requiring accommodation, medication, or special diets. It is not for cats who have debilitating, degenerative, or contagious illnesses or conditions that adversely affect quality of life. To find out if your cat meets the qualifications for Special Friends, go to the Special Friends FAQ.

  • Senior Friends is for cats who meet all requirements for a Retired Friend, but are aged 8 years or older. This is to draw special attention to them and raise awareness that an older pet is not only a viable alternative, but might be a good choice for some families. To find out if your cat meets the qualifications for Senior Friends, go to the Senior Friends FAQ.

  • Rescued Friends is for pedigreed cats who have been rescued from bad situations. These cats must be purebred cats but may not be required to have intact papers (sometimes these are difficult or impossible to obtain in rescue situations), but otherwise meet qualifications of a Retired Friend. To find out if your cat meets the qualifications for Rescued Friends, go to the Rescued Friends FAQ.

How do I include a picture with my Retired Friend listing?

Pictures are great -- and I encourage pictures. However, I am not planning to offer direct picture services on Retired Friends entries at this time.

You may link to a webpage on your site with further information about the cat, including pictures.

What do I do if my information changes, or if I need to remove my Retired Friend?

If you need to change information on your Retired Friend listing, go to the Retired Friends Update Form .

To remove a Retired Friend, go to the Retired Friend Removal form at

OK. I want to list a Retired Friend. What do I send?



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