Listing a Cat With Retired
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Who may list cats with Retired
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.
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
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. Plus, it is a privilege of paid
subscribers, not a service I offer to just anyone.
How often do you list Retired Friends ?
New Retired Friends are posted every Friday. Any deviations from this plan due to scheduling conflicts will be posted on the main Retired Friends page.
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
There is no time limit as to how long a
Retired Friend may stay listed with the service. However,
listings present for more than 1 year will be removed. The
cats may be relisted; it just looks bad for the cat and
for the service to have such old listings. Plus, most of
the time in those circumstances, the cat has been placed
anyway and the breeder never informed me.
If you are not the breeder of the cat,
please be sure the breeder knows you are planning to place
the cat through Retired Friends before you submit.
The following lists basic ground rules
of a listing:
Listed cats must be:
- at least 1 year old at the time of listing
- 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, FeLV-negative
- 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
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. I am no longer making exceptions based
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.
Home addresses will not be listed, even
by request. You may list home or business telephone or FAX
numbers if you wish.
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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 http://www.breedlist.com/form/rf/remove.html
OK. I want to list a Retired Friend.
What do I send?