Adoption Process

Things to consider before adopting a pet.

Before getting a cat or kitten, is your dog recommended to live with a cat?

Do the research!  Not all dogs are a good match with cats. There are many dogs that are bred to have strong prey drives and shouldn’t live with cats. They may be wonderful family companions, but usually can’t control their instincts and may harm a cat.  Be responsible and understand that animals are animals and it is your responsibility as a pet owner to provide a safe home for all pets.  Many felines end up in shelters due to adopters not understanding the nature of their pets.  Dog breed and temperament should also be considered when adopting a dog to live with a feline.

What will happen to your pet if something happens to you?

It is difficult to imagine, but many pets outlive their owners.  What will happen to your pet if you pass away, become disabled or are unable to adequately care for your pet?  Rescues are often overwhelmed with calls from people faced with the difficult problem of what to do with a deceased family member’s beloved pet that they cannot accommodate.

Many pets are abandoned or relinquished due to allergies in the family.

Make sure that no one in the family has allergies to pets before adopting. Keep in mind that people with allergies may react differently to individual animals.

Cats can live for 15 years or more. What will your life be like in that timeframe?

Will you move, get married, or have a family?  Adopting a pet is a responsibility that you agree to take on for the life of the pet.  Will you be able to fulfill that responsibility in the future?  Many cats are given up because owners do not plan for these life changes and how the pet will fit into those changes.

Where will your cat spend most of its time?

Most cat experts and humane organizations are trying to educate the public that keeping cats indoors protects them from disease and dangers such as exposure to feline leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus,(FIV) Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), rabies, and injury or death occurring on busy roads and by predators. Outside cats only live to about 7 years or less, while inside only cats can live for 10-15 years. People who keep their cats indoors say they have deeper and more satisfying relationships with their cats

If you live in an apartment, does your complex allow pets?

Are there pet fees or deposits? Will your apartment have enough room for the new pet?

Do you have enough time to devote to your pet?

Pets need daily interaction, care and exercise.  If you work long hours, will your pet require more attention than you can provide?  Kittens and young cats especially require a lot of attention, just as children do, and can get bored easily or develop behavioral issues.

Have you considered the costs of food and medical care for your pet?

Kittens require a series of vaccines and cats should be taken to the vet at least once a year.  Are you prepared to pay for medical care or special food if your pet develops an illness?

Having a pet is a lifetime responsibility.

It is very stressful for an older cat to be re-homed, and it is more difficult to find homes for them. If you are prepared to take on this responsibility, having a pet is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Please keep this in mind when you are getting a new pet.

For additional questions about adoption, please contact us

Our adoption process is simple but thorough. You select a feline who touches your heart and fill out a preliminary adoption form. Filling out the application is the quickest way to start the adoption process and is required of all adoptions.  After review and your approval by our volunteers, you will be contacted by an adoption consultant to discuss the adoption.  Please allow a few days for this process, as CARE is an all volunteer rescue – each of us is giving our own personal time and we appreciate your patience.  A legal adoption contract is then signed with an adoption donation attached (this donation helps defray the medical costs incurred); and you receive a free vet office visit at a participating vet within the first week.

Prior to adoption, every CARE cat/kitten has received a thorough exam from a veterinarian, has tested negative for FIV/Felv (except as otherwise noted), been spayed/neutered, dewormed, given flea preventative, and been inoculated against distemper. Rabies vaccine is given if the feline is over 4 months. Any other desirable medical attention has also been provided.

Each cat/kitten has spent its rescued time in a private home in foster care being loved and assessed for temperament and personality, needs, likes and dislikes.  Our adoption counselors will help you to adopt a feline that will fit well and become a permanent member of your family.

See Cats Available for more information on everything you receive with a C.A.R.E. adoption. Your new cat/kitten is now a new member of YOUR family!

Adoption fees (fees contribute to only a portion of the cost of each cat’s medical and living expenses)

Please check with an adoption specialist for fees.  Occasionally we offer specials on adoption fees.

As Part of the Adoption Fee Your NEW Family Member Has Received/Has Been:
* A Full Health Check up by a Veterinarian
* Treated, if needed, for any Problems with Ear/Eyes/Teeth
* Treated for Worms, Fleas and Ticks
* Tested for FIV and FELV and found Negative (unless otherwise noted)
* Treated for any Medical or Surgical Problems as Needed

As Part of the Adoption Fee Your NEW Family Member Has Received/Has Been:
* A Series of Distemper Immunizations (additional distemper booster shots may be required for kittens)
* A Rabies Vaccination if older than 4 months
* Spay or Neuter (if the kitten is too young, a spay-neuter certificate will be provided to the adopter).

As Part of the Adoption Fee, You Receive:
* A Post Adoption Well Pet Veterinary Office Visit
* A List of Vets Who Accept Our Spay/Neuter Certificate
* A Bag of Science Diet Food
* Temporary Carrier to Take Your New Feline Home

Online Application

Our goal is to place all rescued felines in a permanent, appropriate, safe and loving home.  Please note that CARE reserves the right to deny applications without a stated reason.