Finding a Cat: Adoption Options
Filed in Cats, Getting a New Kitten/Cat
For people who are looking for a basic, loveable companion cat and who are not concerned about breeding or pedigree there are many low cost, community supported sources to acquire a new cat. Most communities provide animal shelters where stray and abandoned cats are cared for until they can be adopted. Unfortunately most of these shelters do not have the resources to care for cats indefinitely and cats that are not adopted within a certain time frame, or taken in by a rescue organization, are euthanized.
Your local animal shelter or SPCA is an ideal place to begin your search for a new cat. But the best place, if you live in the Bay Area of Northern California, is to check out VirtualPetAdoptions.com. This is an easy-to-use website that lists cats and dogs from bay area shelters as well as from local rescue groups. You can see pictures of all the animals and the site is updated on a regular basis.
Rescue organizations are also an excellent resource for finding a new cat. Unlike animal shelters, rescue organizations work with a network of "foster homes" for their animals. Volunteers care for the cats, providing food, shelter, medical care and a loving environment until a permanent home can be found. In many ways a cat obtained from a rescue organization is more socialized that a cat obtained from an animal shelter. They have more exposure to people and animals in an interactive environment and may be more adaptable to a new environment than a stray that has been captured and caged.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, pay a weekend visit to a local Pet Food Express store. We feature weekend adoptions year round.