Cat Adoption

Cats Available for Adoption (See our adoptable cats on Petfinder.)

Smokey is just one of the hundreds of cats that have been adopted this year.


The best way to find your perfect new kitty is to come to the shelter and meet our cats. Our Petfinder listings are a good way to become acquainted with our animals, but they sometimes lag behind the cats arriving in our shelter.

We screen the cats for behavior and any obvious sign of illness. Our cats are spayed or neutered before they go to their new homes. We welcome the public to spend time in our adoption area and meet the cats and kittens that are looking for new homes.

If you’d like to get to know one or more a little better, we’ll ask you to fill out an application form. This allows us to learn about you and make sure you’re looking at a cat that will be a good fit for your home.

We have a special area for you to meet and play with the cats. We encourage you to take all the time you need and find the cat that shares a special bond with you. If you have children, we want the whole family to meet the pet and feel comfortable. If you don’t find the right cat for you on your first visit, keep coming back. We find homes for nearly 1000 cats a year. 


Our adoption fee for cats is $75 (7 months or older) and for kittens (less than 7 months) is $150. We will sometimes consider a lower adoption fee for an animal that has chronic medical problems that will need medication or specialized care.

Your adoption fee includes the following:

  • vaccinations including: feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies (if old enough)
  • testing for FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus)
  • spay or neuter of the cat
  • microchip identification
  • certificate entitling the cat to a free examination by any veterinarian in Washington county within 10 days
  • cat carrier


You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a pet. An adoption application must be completed and reviewed by shelter staff. Individuals must be adopting the pet for themselves, not for someone else. (We’ve found that too often people who are surprised by a gift of a pet decide not to keep the animal. If you want to give your loved one the gift of a pet, offer to pay for a pet that your loved one picks out.)

The adoption fee must be paid in full at the time of the adoption, accompanied by a signed and dated adoption application. Your new pet goes home with you when you complete the adoption process (unless we need to hold the pet for a day or two pending spay/neuter surgery).


We want you to be happy with your new family member. If this pet isn't the right match for you, return the cat or kitten within 30 days. If you return the cat or kitten to the shelter within 30 days of adoption, we will refund your adoption fee. (Refunds may take up to 6 weeks to process.)



It’s not always the right time in your life to adopt a cat. Even though cats need less time every day than a dog does, these animals still need a commitment of time, attention, and care. Consider the cost and responsibility before you take a cat home. Sometimes even a cat-lover needs to wait until a different time to bring home a kitty.

Here are some issues to consider before you adopt:

Commitment: Most cats live about 18 years. Are you and your family prepared to make this long commitment to the animal you are now adopting? Pet ownership also includes responsibilities for veterinary care and other things necessary for the pet to lead a comfortable, happy life.

Lifestyle: Cats need time and attention every day. You need to clean out your kitty’s litter box at least once a day. It’s important for you to select an animal with a personality and with care and exercise needs that fit your family's lifestyle. If you have questions about which animal might make the best pet for you, please consult with our animal care technician.

Behavior: It can take an adjustment period for our cats to settle into a new home. Remember, these are animals that have been through a lot. Please be prepared for the possible necessity to deal with scratching or house soiling during the time the animal is adjusting to your home. All of these behaviors are easily correctable, but a commitment is required on your part, as the new owner, to have patience with your new pet. Our animal care staff can also advise you on this issue.

Expense: Pet ownership comes with some built-in expenses. Consider the following expenses and how they could affect your household budget:

  • Food
  • Veterinary expenses
  • Kitty litter
  • Kitty litter boxes
  • Scratching post
  • Toys.

The cats who come to us are often strays with no known medical history. While we make every effort to adopt a healthy pet to you, it is always possible that the pet could become ill and require you to pay for veterinary care. Veterinarians in Washington county will provide a free examination within 10 days of the adoption to determine if your new pet is a healthy one.

Your Home: Before you adopt a cat, think about where you live. If you’re renting, does your property manager allow pets? Is there a pet deposit? Is there a limit on the number of pets?

Children/other Household Members/Other Pets: Not every cat is a great match for young children. We can help you pick a cat that likes children -- and will steer you away from cats that may be too rambunctious or too shy to be a good pet for a young family. Similarly, if there is a frail elderly or disabled family member, be sure to look for a gentle kitty. Ask yourself if any of your family members are allergic to pets, have a fear of animals, or just don’t enjoy being with animals. We recommend that all family members meet the cat before you decide to adopt.

Remember, adopting a pet is a big and important decision. Make it carefully and deliberately.


Animal-lovers who aren’t in a position to adopt right now should consider a wonderful alternative: volunteer with our animals. You’ll have the pleasure of spending time with cats or dogs, and the satisfaction that you’ve made a homeless pet’s life happier and better.

Some of the volunteer positions we almost always need help with include:

  • Dog walking: Come on a regular basis and give exercise to our dogs. It’s a great activity for dogs and people.
  • Play with the cats. They need attention and stimulation.
  • Foster a pet! Every spring and summer we need dozens of foster homes to help raise litters of kittens. We also need foster homes to help socialize dogs so that they can become great pets for adopters.
  • Help us keep our kennel and cattery clean. With thousands of animals coming through our doors every year, it’s a big challenge.

We also welcome financial donations to help our important work.