Where To Get A Kitten Or Cat: Finding Cats For Adoption Near You

Posted: June 10, 2020 by Anita

So you’ve decided you want to get a kitten or cat.  Awesome!  The next step is finding your new best feline friend. In this article, I will discuss:

  • Where to get a kitten or cat
  • cost of adopting a cat
  • Taking in a neighborhood stray kitten or cat

Where to get a kitten or cat

There are several cool and enlighten places you can go to find a cat. In my opinion, animal welfare organizations are a great place to start your search for a kitten or cat. These organizations are committed to the health and welfare of animals.

Here are some of the different categories of animal welfare organizations you might encounter in your search for a kitten or cat:

  • animal shelters run by your local municipality or government (publically run and operated)
  • animal shelters run by private organizations (for example, SPCA or humane society)
  • a private animal welfare organization that assists the government-run shelter (for example, Jacksonville Humane Society  takes in animals from Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services or Petsmart Charites partnership with local municipality animal shelters)
  • animal rescue organizations

The ASPCA has a national database that includes cats available for adoption from many animal welfare organizations.  You can search by zip code, breed, qualities you might be looking for in a cat, etc.

Two other great databases for adoptable cats are Petfinder.com and the Shelter Pet Project.  For both of these online websites, you can search in your area for available cats to adopt from local animal welfare organizations.

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Publically-operated (government) animal shelters

It is where strays, lost, and abandoned animals are taken when found by the local animal control officer.  Taxpayers fund public animal shelters.

The local community animal shelters are usually crowded with lots of animals.  Many of them put animals to sleep after being housed after a couple of weeks to make room and free up resources for more animals.

The cost of adopting a cat or kitten obtained from the local animal shelter is usually very inexpensive. For example, here in my city of Jacksonville, the cost of adopting a cat is $30!  And you would be saving a cat’s life by adopting from the local animal shelter.

Depending on how well run and supported by the community, your local animal shelter is, the health of cats or kitten from shelters can range from excellent to not so.  So be prepared to take any cats obtained from a shelter to the Vet for a thorough check-up.

Privately-owned animal shelters

Privately-owned animal shelters take in unwanted animals, just like municipal shelters.  The only difference is private owned shelters are funded by donations and might have no time limit on how long an animal can stay at its facility. Thus private shelters are no-kill shelters.

Once space becomes limited, they no longer take animals.  Private shelters depend heavily on a network of “foster” cat parents to free up space. The animals in private shelters tend to be healthier and relatively well-adjusted.

Animal rescue organizations

Animal rescue organizations take in homeless animals, usually a specific type or breed of animal – for example, Froggy’s Cat Rescue or Pit Sisters.    These types of organizations typically receive funding and support through donations and volunteers.  Sometimes they support larger animal shelters by fostering thereby freeing space and resources for animal shelters so they can accept more animals.  Such as Animal rescue organizations come in all different shapes and sizes. Cats adopted through an animal rescue organization are usually healthy and well-adjusted.

Neighborhood stray kittens and cats

Sometimes you run across a neighborhood stray kitten or cat that melts your heart. You end up feeding it, and before you know it, that stray kitten has adopted you. The Humane Society has estimated that there are 30 to 40 million stray cats in the United States – some are ferals (wild) and others, previously owned.

Should you invite that stray cat into your house to live with you?

Yes, you can, but there are some things you should consider before letting that cute little stray cat into your house.

1. The very first thing you want to do is take your new friend to the Vet.

Cats living outside can carry fleas, ticks, and diseases such as toxoplasmosis.  The stray cat should be examined to make sure it’s good to go and spayed/neutered.

Also, the stray can be checked for microchipping just in case she has a family out there looking for her.

2 It might take time for your new feline friend to become socialized – especially if she was a feral cat.

It is best when taking in a stray to have an open mind and have little to no expectations.  Try to accept your new friend for who they are (and not what you think a cat should be like).  Remember, this cat was homeless and maybe abused previously by humans.  It can take some time before it lets down its guard.  Be patient. Be loving.

3. I recommend adopting cats from shelters instead of taking in a stray.

The reason why is because the shelter will make sure the cat that you are adopting is healthy, spayed/neutered, and somewhat socialized (perhaps). If you come across a stray neighborhood cat that you want to save, you can always take him to a shelter to receive care and possibly adopt or foster.  Shelters are the experts at handling homeless cats and can give you tips on how to provide your new feline friend the best possible life ever.

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How much does it cost to adopt a cat?

The cost of adopting a cat varies, depending on the shelter.  The average price is from $50-150.This fee usually covers spay/neutering, initial shots, check-up, and microchipping.  Some shelters will send you home with cat food that the cat was on while at their facility.

Taking in a neighborhood stray cat is free.  However, I do recommend taking the stray to the Vet for an evaluation and spay/neutering. Thus, there will be a cost associated with bringing him in, such as the initial Veterinarian visit, shots, etc.

Conclusion

There are several places you can go to find a cat. In my opinion, animal welfare organizations are a great place to start your search for a kitten or cat. These organizations are committed to the health and welfare of animals.

Here are some of the different categories of animal welfare organizations you might encounter in your search for a kitten or cat:

  • animal shelters run by your local municipality or government (publically run and operated)
  • animal shelters run by private organizations (for example, SPCA or humane society)
  • a private animal welfare organization that assists the government-run shelter (for example, Jacksonville Humane Society  takes in animals from Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services or Petsmart Charites partnership with local municipality animal shelters)
  • animal rescue organizations

Another option for getting a cat is to take in your friendly neighborhood stray cat.  Should you invite that stray cat into your house to live with you?  Yes, you can, but there are some things you should consider before letting that cute little stray cat into your home.

But a better option is to check the ASPCA national database.  This database will put you in contact with local animal welfare organizations in your area that have cats available for adoption.