One way of adopting a cat from a local animal rescue center or shelter involves searching for available cats using the tools on websites such as Petfinder and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and then visiting the shelter to formally adopt an available cat. The adoption and rehoming process may vary according to the facility, but prospective adopters should expect to answer numerous questions apart from completing an adoption application form, notes Humane Society.
Animal adoption and rehoming organizations typically ask a lot of questions to ensure that the prospective adopters are a match to the particular pet that they wish to adopt. The following shows one way of adopting a cat locally.
- Search databases
- Use the search tool
- Select and visit the facility
Visit websites that feature databases of animals available for adoption, such as Petfinder and the ASPCA.
The search tool on Petfinder is prominently displayed on the homepage. Enter the particular city or ZIP code and select the cat breed, age and gender, and then click on the Search button. On the ASPCA website, navigate to the search tool by clicking on the Adopt option on the menu bar at the top of the home page. Once on the Adopt page, click on Adoptable Cats in Your Area option on the right hand panel menu. Enter the ZIP code and other preferences on the search tool and click on the Search button.
List down the details of the cat to be adopted and visit the shelter to complete the adoption process.