Adopt a Cat
Thank you for choosing to open your home to one of our adoptable animals. To ensure the best adoption experience, the Humane Society of Charlotte has instituted adoption by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please click on the Request an Appointment button and complete the form. A team member will reach out to you within 72 hours of your request being submitted. You must be 18 or older to adopt and have a valid form of identification.
Humane Society of Charlotte believes that the human-animal bond transcends socio-economic boundaries and welcomes all interested adopters.
Our trained Adoption Counselors will speak with you in-depth to identify that perfect match and is happy to assist you in selecting the tools and resources you may need to bring a new pet into your loving home. Appointment Request Forms will be used only to help streamline appointments, identify the best match, and adhere to social distancing requirements.
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Preparing Your Home For Your New Cat
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.
HSC has an adoption program established to find homes for cats and kittens currently being treated for Ringworm. Ringworm is a treatable fungal infection commonly seen in cats. This program equips new pet parents with the tools and knowledge to easily treat their newly adopted kitties in the home. Cats and kittens are more likely to recover more quickly in a less stressful environment, like a home! To learn more about this adoption program click here
Don’t forget to Stock Up on the supplies you need to bring your pet home at the time of adoption! Our retail center is open to adopters and members of the public to purchase the supplies they need for their furry family members. All cats are required to leave in a carrier.
Set up a Quiet Room
- Pick a room where your cat will spend its 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. Cats coming from a shelter may have picked up some common diseases. It’s best to give them a week to acclimate away from your pets to make sure they are healthy and give them time to decompress.
Patience is Key
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.
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.