Adopt a Cat
Due to COVID-19, all adoptions will be done by appointment only.
Please complete the application located at the bottom of each animal’s profile, found at petango.com/HSC to have your adoption appointment scheduled by our staff. We will only schedule appointments by application to ensure that each interested party is seen in order of submission. A team member will reach out to you within 48 hours of your application being submitted. Must be 18 or older to submit an adoption application.
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We know how exciting it is to bring a new family member into your home! Just as you would prep your home for a new child, we encourage you to approach adopting a pet in the same manner. The key to helping your new animal make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared. It can take anywhere from two days to several weeks for you and your pet to adjust to each other so be patient and reach out if you have any questions or need additional resources.
The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition for both you and your new cat:
Preparing Your Home
Prepare the things your cat will need when you bring them home. We recommend the following items:
- Litter box & scoop- available for purchase at the shelter
- Food and water bowls
- Age-appropriate food- You will receive a sample bag of food Hill’s Science Diet food. This is the food we feed all animals in the shelter and the sample bag will help you slowly transition your new pet to the diet of your choice
- Some toys – We have lots of toys available for a small monetary donation!
- Yummy treats for training
Set up a Sanctuary Room
- Pick a room where your cat will spend their first week. The room should be clean, uncluttered, and as quiet as possible.
- Supply the room with at least one litterbox, water, a bed, toys, and at least one hiding place. This will allow your new cat to slowly acclimate to his new surroundings without becoming overly stressed.
- If you have other cats, keep your new kitty in this room for at least one week.
Give Your Cat Space
Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying and unknown backgrounds, some of whom may have never been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite the best efforts of our staff, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines. It is best to give your new cat a few days to decompress away from the resident animals. Utilize this time to monitor your new pet for any signs of illness and follow up immediately with your private veterinarian if new symptoms arise.
While it may be tempting — especially for children — to rush in and cuddle with the cat, give them time to decompress. Many recently adopted cats hide for the first few days, if not the first week. Be ready for this and let the cat decide when and if he wants to approach family members. You can simply sit with him in his room to allow him to get used to you. Hand-feeding treats can also help the process.
Prepare Litter Boxes
Provide one litter box per cat. Open litter boxes may be best initially as this is what they are used to using in the shelter. Scoop each box once a day and dump out the litter box completely every one or two weeks.
Cat-Proof your House
Once your cat is safely in his room, go through your house and look for potential dangers and problem areas. Tie up dangling cords, hide fragile objects, lock up hazardous chemicals, shut doors to forbidden areas (this includes closets and cabinets), put away food items, pick up clothes and toys on the floor and make sure that all windows and doors are secure and firmly latched.
Patience is Key
Finally, remember to temper your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give them time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your cat will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.
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Preparing to bring home a cat
Once you’ve decided that you’d like to adopt, there are a few first steps you’ll want to take.
Research: It’s very important to take the time to research what kind of pet is right for you, your home and your lifestyle – both now and in the future.
Get acquainted: Visit HSC’s main shelter at 2700 Toomey Avenue to meet all of our adorable kittens and cats, and plan to spend lots of quality time interacting with the cat you’d like to adopt. Many times an animal’s behavior is different when away from other animals or in a kennel. The animal displaying bad manners or not paying attention may just be scared and lonely!
Know your responsibilities: Plan for and commit to being a responsible cat owner, including:
- Dedicating the necessary time and effort on caring for and loving your cat.
- Understanding the financial commitment involved.
- Providing the necessary medical care and exercise for your cat.
- Training to ensure good behavior and manners.