Adopting
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Adoption Policy

Our humane organization takes responsibility for stray cats who might otherwise not have a chance at adoption. Therefore we seek permanent, loving homes where our “special” cats can live a long, happy and healthy life. For this reason we must ask you to read, understand and follow the following policies and then answer the following questions on the adoption application which will enable us to determine your acceptability as a prospective adopter.

Adoption requirements

When You Have Decided to Adopt

After you have made the decision to add a new pet to your household, there are a few more steps to complete the process.

All members of the household must come in prior to adoption.

We do not do same-day adoptions. We require a minimum of a 24-hour waiting period before your new friend can go home with you. This is so you and your family can discuss the adoption and make sure that it is right for you, and also allow us time to complete all necessary paperwork.

Since the goal is to get homeless animals adopted (no matter where they come from!) we would be happy to supply you with a list of other shelters that may have a shorter adoption process.

First

You must fill out an adoption application. Your completed application will be reviewed by approved personnel and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Second

We need to know you’re allowed to have a pet in your home. If you are a renter, we must see a copy of your lease stating that you are allowed to have pets. If you are a homeowner, we need proof that you are currently making mortgage payments.

Third

Our adoption fees are $150 for both kittens and adult cats.

Prior to adoption, all of our cats are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on all shots (including deworming, distemper, all yearly inoculations, and rabies if old enough), microchipped, and tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia. This treatment may cost us up to $400 per animal.

Fourth

When you come to take your new friend home, you must bring a sturdy carrier. We cannot let any cat or kitten leave the shelter unless it is safely secured. The cat carrier can serve several different purposes for your new friend. It can be its personal bed, and it can be used when taking the cat to the vet or other trips outside the house. Your cat will be much safer and happier in a carrier.

Finally

Once approved as an adoptive parent/family, you will be given an appointment to pick up your new feline friend on a day we are not open to the public. Please allow 45 minutes for the adoption process.

Adoptions are conducted by appointment only. We apologize if this is an inconvenience to you, but due to our limited available volunteer base, we need to streamline our procedures.