Adoption Process and Requirements
Adoptions are by appointment only.
Adoptions are by appointment only.
- If you are interested in adopting, you must first complete the adoption application that you will find at the end of this page.
The majority of adoption applications that come through are great – but we wouldn’t be doing our jobs well if we didn’t screen applicants adequately. The information asked for is necessary to match people with the right cats that would fit in well with them, and to make sure the pet owners took care of previous pets.
Approved adoption applications will be handled by an adoption coordinator who will reach out to you to schedule your appointment. Depending on how many applications are submitted this process can take a few days or up to 2 weeks.
Kittens are in foster homes – if you are looking to adopt a kitten the adoption coordinator will discuss what kittens are available with you.
- Please note the cat or kitten shown on our website or petfinder may have appointments scheduled with potential adopters. They are not removed from the sites until they have left the shelter and the adoption is documented in our databases which can take a few days.
- It is likely the cat will not go home with you the day you meet them. Adoption is pending approval of your application, final vet exam or review of the medical records. The cat will be placed on hold for you until the cat is ready to go home.
You must present a valid driver’s license or government issued photo ID with your current address and a copy of your lease (if you rent). Please ensure you bring this paperwork with you.
We do not adopt pets as gifts. The person who will be the owner of the new pet must be present and complete the adoption process.
Please bring a sturdy pet carrier at the time of picking up your pet and large enough for the cat you are adopting to fit in. If purchasing a new cat carrier, we recommend a medium size with an open top to provide more options to comfortably get your new cat into the carrier.
The cat’s medical history will be explained and you will receive medical paperwork of your new pet.
Why do we ask for a contribution?
Taking in cats and caring for them is VERY expensive. This is a business like any other, that needs to make money in order for us to pay our bills and continue our work.
We do not receive any free services (for veterinary care, medications, food, litter) or the facility we occupy (mortgage/rent, heat, electric, etc.).
We are a no-kill organization, which means higher costs to retain and care for the number of cats in our care.
A contribution is an acknowledgement that you are financially able to care for the cat and understand the value of the care that was given and the funding that is needed to operate a rescue. We are 100% volunteers, so our work and time also matters.
Why do we ask more for kittens?
Most of the kittens we take in are in foster care for 1 to 3 months. Regular and sometimes extensive care is needed in order for the kitten to be healthy and adoptable, and many need socialization.
Kittens and younger cats are more desirable and usually much easier to adopt. Although an adoption contribution does not cover the cost to care for all the cats or kittens, it gives funding back to the rescue so we can continue to care for the many other cats that take longer to adopt or are not adoptable.
Why do kittens need to be adopted in pairs?
Many kittens bond at an early age.
A kitten can also be adopted with an age appropriate companion animal in the household (at the discretion of CCC), but the adopter needs to determine over time if that relationship is sufficient for the kitten’s social needs.
A kitten can lose his or her ability to socialize with another animal by their first birthday.
Humans cannot replace the need for a kitten to socialize with another animal.
You should NOT wait to socialize a young animal with other animals if not previously or recently socialized (i.e. getting a new dog, a kitten) etc.
A single kitten can become lonely, bored, aggressive, or destructive due to lack of having a companion animal.
You cannot replace the joy of seeing two kittens bond and play together, or seeing an adult cat or a dog have a friend.
Adopting a pair of cats or having two cats:
- Ideally all cats should have an animal companion, not just kittens. Adopters are drawn to cats that have been socialized with other animals. It makes them more socially well rounded. However, if they haven’t had that experience as a kitten, they are unlikely to accept other animals as they get older, thus limiting their ability to adjust to changes that may happen in their guardian’s life or if they need to be rehomed at a later time.
- Keep in mind that putting two cats together doesn’t mean they will like each other – just like putting two people in a room and expecting them to be immediate great friends. It takes time and trust. Introducing two cats is a slow process that usually takes 2-4 weeks or longer. Just like people, some cats accept changes slower.
Cat Adoption Contributions
Unless otherwise noted, all adoptions include spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccines, testing, deworming and microchip.
We are a no kill facility and we give every cat a chance at finding a home. We are 100% volunteers that exist on donations and we carry expenses for veterinary care and a facility…and costs continue to increase. The more adoptable cats help us carry the cost of the less adoptable cats. The harder to adopt cats are often priced differently although they receive the same care.
- Kitten (Birth – 6 Months) – 1 Kitten $300 – Pair $550
- Junior (7 months to 2 years) – 1 Cat – $250 – Pair – $450
- Prime (3 years to 6 years) – 1 Cat $200 – – Pair $350
- Mature (7 years – 10 years) – 1 Cat – $150 – Pair $250
- Senior (11 years – 14 years) 1 cat – $100 – Pair – $150
- Geriatric (15+ years) 1 Cat $50 – Pair – $100
You can complete the Adoption Application here.