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Everything you need to know to adopt a cat or kitten.

So you've decided to adopt a cat - go you! We've partnered with Petfinder to bring you the largest listing of adoptable cats on the web. Whether you're looking for a playful kitten, a lovable senior cat or something in between, have we got a selection for you.

Shelters and Rescue Organizations

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Talk About Adoption

Choosing an Organization with Which to Foster

If you have several rescue groups/shelters to choose from, do some research and foster for the one you feel most comfortable with how well they screen adopters. Find out as much as possible about their adoption procedures - the application, and whether or not someone goes over it carefully with the person before they are given a pet. Witness an adoption during busy summer kitten season if possible, and ask questions. Be wary of groups that let people walk up and take pets home right away, no matter how many forms and contracts they have to fill out. Many groups ask for vet references, etc. and have a waiting period so these could actually be checked if the screening person wanted to. It is rewarding to let your fosters go to their permanent homes when you feel that it will be a good home, but very hard emotionally to see them going to an iffy-looking situation and you find out that the screening they assured they do, doesn't take place. If you have a choice of who to foster for, support the organization whose screening procedure you are most comfortable with, so more animals can be adopted out by this organization.

Mels C., owner of a Domestic Long Hair

Locating the Owners of a Stray Cat

Try getting a hold of all of your neighbors and see if the cat is anybody's pet. Take a picture of the cat, create a "found pet" flyer, and post the flyer in places where it will be seen by a lot of people. If you are unable to locate the cat's caregivers, try finding the cat a good home.

Alice K., owner of a Bengal

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