How to Adopt a PAWS Cat or Kitten

Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and support from our community, we find homes for hundreds of animals each year. No animal has a time limit - adoptable animals stay with PAWS until they find new homes.

Adoption Process

To ensure that PAWS cats and adopters are properly matched and all homes are "forever homes," we have an application process for all adoptions. Please allow several days for our volunteers to process your application.

1. Complete An Application

Each potential adopter will first complete an Adoption Application that will be reviewed in person before approval (Adoption Applications are not considered complete when submitted via fax, email or standard mail). This requirement includes adopters from outside of Centre County. Applications can be for a specific cat or may be "non-specific." Approved applications are held for 90 days and can be renewed for up to 1 year. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to show valid government identification.

Please note that we are seeking indoor only homes for nearly all of our adoptable pet cats. PAWS fully supports Trap-Neuter-Release efforts for feral cats. If you are interested in an outdoor (barn) cat, please contact us to check on currently available cats and check in with our friends at The Hundred Cat Foundation to ask about their Barn Home Program.

2. Application Review

The adoption counselor who meets one-on-one with you will ask questions regarding your residence, other people living in the household, lifestyle, and other pets you may own to ensure the best match is made. The adoption counselor will then follow up with your veterinarian, landlord, and references as needed. Please allow several days for our volunteers to process your application.

As we are seeking a permanent home for all of our cats, we ask that adopters are either citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Additionally, we require undergraduate students to be able to provide a parent, guardian, or partner willing to serve as a permanent housing solution should the applicant's housing change unexpectedly.
 

3. Application Decision

When the application review is complete, your adoption counselor will contact you.  If you applied and are approved for a specific cat and that cat is available at the time you are approved, the adoption will be scheduled.  If the cat you applied for is no longer available at the time your application becomes approved or if you applied for a non-specific cat, your application will remain approved and held for 90 days and can be renewed for up to 1 year.

If you are denied entirely or for a specific cat, a reason will be provided.  A denial could be based on either a violation of our written policies or at the discretion of the adoption committee, who carefully considers each application on a case-by-case basis with the intent of making appropriate matches for our cats and for our applicants. 
 

Adoption Fees

 
Age of Cat Adoption Fee
Adult Cats (1 year of age and older) $5
Kittens (up to 1 year of age) $80

Centre County PAWS provides valuable care and treatment for cats and dogs in need. In 2017, we found homes for over 900 animals. Some of those animals were in need of an extraordinary amount of medical intervention. Our veterinary community works tirelessly with PAWS to provide a high quality of life for the cats and dogs in our care. Our adoption fees cover only a portion of PAWS' average cost per cat.

What PAWS Provides Before Adoption

  • Spay/neuter of the cat/kitten (info about pediatric spay/neuter)
  • Distemper vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (for appropriate aged cats)
  • Initial Deworming
  • FIV & FeLV testing
  • A free first vet visit in Centre County
  • HomeAgain Microchip Implant*
    • *Includes 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline Care, Found Pet Travel Assistance, and Lost Pet Posters

Adoption!

Applicants approved for adoption will work with an adoption counselor to schedule their adoption. In advance of your arrival, please check out our Feline Fundamentals Booklet.

If you are still looking for a cat, please stop by during any of our open hours and pay us a visit! If you haven't found the cat you're looking for through PAWS, please visit www.petfinder.org. There are thousands of cats waiting to be rescued and one of them is perfect for you!