Frequently asked questions

WHERE IS IVY'S HAVEN LOCATED?

Currently, we do not have a specific location or shelter where our rescues are located. We are a home-run group and all of our rescues are fostered by individual volunteers in different houses.

 

CAN I PASS BY TO SEE THE RESCUES?

Yes, you can pass by our Adoption Days every Friday at Petzone Clinic to see all the rescues we have up for adoption and bond with them. 

 

I AM INTERESTED IN ADOPTING.  WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

You will need to contact us about which cat you're interested in adopting.

  1. You will need to give us your name and number so we can contact you to have an on-call interview.

  2. A group member from Ivy's Haven will message you through WhatsApp to arrange the interview.

  3. After the interview is done, we will process the interview with our group members to see the interviewer has passed or failed. 

  4. If you have passed, you will need to pay an adoption fee of 500 dirhams and sign an adoption declaration promising to provide the pet with the best care when you come to pick up the cat from the foster location.

Please keep in mind that this whole process can take up to 1 week. 

 

WHY IS THERE A FEE FOR ADOPTION? SHOULDN'T IT BE FREE? 

All of our rescues are healthy, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and castrated. Many of the rescues we get are sick and require even more medical treatment, which we pay out of pocket. Because of that, we ask for an adoption fee to allow us to continue rescuing more cats in the future without placing us in huge personal debt. 

 

WHY ARE YOUR PETS SPAYED/NEUTERED/CASTRATED? ISN'T THAT CRUEL?

We advocate spaying/neutering and castrate all of our rescues because it is extremely beneficial for them in three ways: environmentally, medically and behaviorally.

  • Environmentally, spaying and neutering is the most humane way to decrease overpopulation of strays. Many house pets run away to the streets to mate and their litters end up as stray cats. One unspayed/unneutered cat can result in more than two million unwanted cats in a decade. The other option for getting rid of these strays is killing them/putting them to sleep, which is inhumane in comparison to spaying and neutering.

  • Medically, your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Also, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

  • Behaviorally, your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house! Additionally, your male pet will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals. Moreover, your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people, and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may also be avoided by early neutering.

I AM INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP AND HOW DO I START?

There are several ways you can help out if you're interested in volunteering. 

1. You can foster. Fostering means providing a temporary home for our rescues until they get adopted. This is a great option for people who love cats but are not ready to have the 20+ year responsibility of owning one, and it helps rescue groups like us a lot!

2. You can help out on adoption days by helping us set up our crates and navigate the event throughout the day. 

3. You can help by becoming an interviewer. We run interviews on the phone with all our potential adopters, and you can become an interviewer after simple training. 

Please contact us through our social media or email if you are interested in getting started with volunteering for us.

 

WHY DO YOU NOT REHOME CATS OUTSIDE OF DUBAI & SHARJAH? 

Sadly, we only rehome cats to families within Dubai and Sharjah because we currently do not have any volunteers located in all of the other Emirates who can help us check up on the cats later on after their adoption. However, we plan on expanding in the future to all Emirates. Stay tuned!

I AM INTERESTED IN ADOPTING BUT I'M NOT EXPERIENCED IN CAT CARE. IS THAT OKAY?

Yes, we don't mind rehoming non-special needs cats to new cat owners. However, they have to have the adequate knowledge to adopt. Our team has put together a beginners guide for new cat owners, which you can read and download here:

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