The Rosebud Society has no shelter of its own, and relies instead on a small organized network of foster homes that provide temporary care for injured or sick cats, nursing mothers with litters of kittens, and orphan litters of kittens requiring around the clock nursing care. Once a cat is healthy and can go to a new home, it is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and offered for adoption. Potential adopters are generally found through newspaper advertising, referrals from other rescue groups and shelters, the occasional “adoption event” at local pet supply stores, and referrals from local veterinarians. All cats and kittens are spayed/neutered before they are adopted (kittens normally altered at 8 weeks of age). All cats in our care are examined by a veterinarian and receive whatever medical care is deemed necessary, whether it is as simple as having a cat’s teeth cleaned, or as complex as surgery to repair broken bones or remove tumors. There is an adoption fee which is used to help defray the costs of caring for the animals while in our care, and also to help cover the costs of spay/neuter, vaccination, and other necessary procedures. The vast majority of our cats and kittens come from the local animal shelters, mostly notably the San Diego Department of Animal Control. We frequently receive not only beautiful mixed breed cats and kittens, but purebred cats of many kinds, including Persians, Siamese, Himalayans, American Shorthairs, Burmese etc. All cats and kittens available for adoption from the Rosebud Society are spayed/neutered before they go to their new homes. All are also microchipped, vaccinated, treated for worms and other parasites, and have been checked by a veterinarian. We also routinely test for the feline leukemia virus, and in some cases for the feline immune deficiency virus (feline AIDS). Many of our kittens have been hand raised and bottle fed, which makes them extremely sociable. We try to make certain all kittens have been adequately handled so they are friendly and used to people.