Adoption into a loving and long term home is the ultimate goal for all SCAT cats and kittens.
Find out how to adopt a cat
The best chance for a long and healthy life for any cat depends on appropriate veterinary care, including vaccinations, and spay/neuter not only prevents unwanted litters (with all the heartbreak this can lead to) but also improves health and behavior for the lifetime of your cat. Our adoption fees are only a fraction of the cost that you would incur by getting all of this done for a ‘free’ cat you got from a neighbor or other source.
Adoption into a loving and long term home is the ultimate goal for all SCAT cats and kittens. All our cats and kittens live either in foster homes or at our free-ranging shelter; as a result, not only are they as well-socialized as they can be, used to the sights and sounds of a regular home, but we get to know their personalities and quirks so that we can make the best match possible. We can help you find a cat or kitten that will best match your lifestyle, pet experience and expectations, right down to whether you want a companion or super-cuddler!
Adult cats coming into SCAT are quarantined for a minimum of 10 days; kittens 14 days. In addition to treatment for any specific illnesses or injuries they may have, prior to adoption they receive a vet check, age appropriate vaccinations and deworming, Felv/FIV testing, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery with an ear tattoo. All medical care provided up to the date of adoption is included in the adoption fee, and kittens adopted before they are old enough for the spay/neuter surgery are fixed at our cost at one of our affiliated vet clinics when they reach the appropriate age.
Kittens up to 1 year – $180.00
Cats 1-8 years old – $150.00
Mature cats 8 years and older – $90.00
To promote the adoption of two cats or kittens together, when you adopt a second from us at the same time the second is half price. Double your fun!
Here are the basic steps to adopt:
- Complete the Screening Form for Potential Adopter and send it in (email email@example.com or fax 306-955-1037). The form is a fillable PDF, that first needs to be downloaded to your computer or device, and can then be filled, saved, and emailed back.
- Have WRITTEN permission from landlord to have a cat, if renting.
- If you have already chosen a cat or kitten from those available you may move on to the adoption; if not, arrange to meet as many cats or kittens in their foster homes as you need to in order to make your best match! Talk to our Centre Staff at 306-955-7228 to find out more.
- Pay the current adoption fee
- Fill out and agree to the terms of the adoption contract, which includes these primary promises:
- Keep the cat indoors at all times, except when on a harness and leash or in a cat enclosure
- Agree not to declaw the cat at any time or for any reason Watch The Paw Project to learn more.
- Agree not to abandon the cat during it’s lifetime; you will return it to SCAT if you are unable to continue caring for it
- Agree NOT to rehome the cat yourself
Once the adoption is complete:
- Find out what food and litter the cat is currently using; where possible, continue with the same food and only gradually switch to a new food, to minimize the chance of stomach discomfort or diarrhea in your new cat
- Have a safe carrier in which to transport the cat home.
- Plan for ongoing vet care for your cat, not just for regular vaccinations but also periodic needs such as dental work and unexpected health concerns
- Keeping your cat indoor only is one of the major things you can do to decrease not just tragic losses from car accidents and other dangers but to also significantly decrease the lifetime veterinary costs from accidental ingestion, parasites, injuries and other common results of outdoor life.
Adoption is a commitment for their lifetime
Studies have proven that having an animal companion can not only increase your health by lowering stress and blood pressure, but can actually increase your life expectancy. We want you and your feline companion to be together for a very long time.
As a new guardian, you must be prepared to provide the best possible care of the cat entrusted to you. This is a lifetime commitment and includes working through any potential problems that may occur in the future such as:
- unexpected cat behavior or health concerns
- living in accommodation that is pet-friendly
- managine allergies of roommates/family/visitors
- potentially tragic circumstances such as death or divorce
We sincerely hope that you and your feline companion will have a long and healthy, happy life together, but as we all know things happen. The more prepared you are for any occasion, the easier it is on you, your family and your animal companions. It can be difficult on them when changed from a family they know to unknown circumstances, so please contact us if you require any advice to deal with health or behavioural issues that might affect your cat during it’s lifetime.
Our many foster homes and hundreds of happy adopters will tell you that an indoor only life can be a full and satisfying one. The secret is stimulation; whether it’s another companion animal, toys, cat trees that allow visual access to the outdoors, as well as your loving attention, all contribute to creating a happy home for your new pet. There are a ton of ideas on how to keep your cat happy, and many of them are a lot of fun for their owners as well. Have fun, and enjoy what can be a very satisfying relationship. Our foster homes love to get updates, so make sure to remember to send us some of the many cat pictures you are bound to take of your new family member over the years!