Catster Cat Adoption & Rescue FAQs
How can I find a cat near me to adopt?Is there a fee for adopting a cat from Catster?
Start at our Adoption page and use the 'Find an adoptable cat' search box in the right column. You can search by breed, size, age, gender and zip code. The search can be very precise so consider specifying fewer fields to see more results. From the search results page you can refine your search or change the geographical search area.
Catster does not charge a fee to adopt a cat through our site. Catster does not allow for anyone to profit from or charge a premium to adopt a pet. The exception is for cats being adopted through a rescue organization that require an adoption fee to cover specific medical and operating expenses. Under no circumstances should you pay any money that was not for the direct care of the animal. Ask for receipts and expense lists. Do not adopt from anyone that appears to be profit-motivated. Contact Catster immediately if you believe someone is trying to sell pets they are claiming are adoptable.
There is a cat I want to adopt, but I can’t find a link how to adopt them!
You can tell if a cat is adoptable by the presence of an ‘Adoption Contact:’ section to the immediate right of the top photo that says 'This cat needs a forever home. Use our contact form to speak with the guardian.’ Simply click that link and send the guardian an email or look for other directions on how they prefer to be contacted. If you do not see this link the animal is very likely not-adoptable. We recommend using our Adoptable cat search tool to find only adoptable cats
Can I buy or sell a cat on Catster?
No. Here’s why. While there are many wonderful ethical breeders, we find that the ones that advertise on websites and newspapers, are not wonderful and ethical. Since it’s not possible for us to review each breeder, and because there are thousands of wonderful animals languishing in shelters and being euthanized each week, we do not allow for the buying or selling of pets on our site ever.
I contacted the guardian of an adoptable cat but they did not respond. What can I do?
People actively trying to find a home for a pet are usually very quick to respond. If you’ve contacted them twice and not heard back it most likely means either the animal needs a home different than you can offer or the pet is no longer adoptable. On each cat page there is a field that says “I’ve Been On Catster Since:” If that date is older than 3 months ago, there a good chance the cat is no longer available.
How do I post a cat that needs adopting?
Once logged in, click the " Add a cat " top button and complete the profile. Make sure to check the very last box which says “This cat needs to be rescued/adopted by a new guardian now.” Once you add a photo for them, they will be viewable by all site visitors and featured in our Adoptable cat Search.
Can I post a cat that I am not the guardian of, but I know needs a new home?
Yes, if you have the permission of the current guardian and you are the only person posting that animal you may post them. You will accept the responsibility of communicating with interested people. We are very grateful if you can help cats in need by filling this role, but please only do so if you have the explicit permission of the current guardian and no one else has posted this animal.
Can I post cats that I see on other shelter websites?
Only if you have the explicit permission of the shelter. Please take care to not interfere with the shelters action or violate their policies. It’s heart breaking for a member to see an adoptable cat on our site only to find out it was already adopted via the shelter by someone else.