Our incredible cats are in need of loving homes. We currently have a population of almost 200 cats. That number is always changing, so you’ll need to stop in for the most up-to-date roster. Some of these cats have biographies; some we are getting to know better. Quite a few you can see only by visiting the refuge, as they are very young or very shy and are in the process of being socialized. Please take the time to read some of their stories.
If you would like to meet the cats in person, we are open daily from 12 – 3:00 p.m. The kitties love visitors and will be happy to see you!
- Learn more about our adoption process
- Meet our Cats and Kittens.
- When you’re ready, fill out an adoption application
Siglinda’s Advice for Settling your New Goathouse Cat into your Home
Siglinda has adopted out hundreds of cats and kittens from the Refuge as well as taking care of many different cats and kittens in her home. She is an expert at introducing a new cat into a strange environment and her method has worked for hundreds of cats. She strongly urges you to try this approach when adopting a new cat. It reduces the stress on you, your family, and the cat. Cats that are not properly introduced can have behavioral problems so please take the time to give your cat the best start it can have.
- Get a medium sized dog crate (we can often loan you one).
- Set it up in an area in your home where the family and other pets congregate.
- Cover the crate on 3 sides and on top with a blanket or towels.
- Put in a litter pan with our litter (given to you when you leave with your new cat).
- Put in food and water bowls (food similar to what the cat is eating at the Refuge will be given to you when you leave with your new cat).
- Put in comfortable bedding. Add in something with your scent on it (worn t-shirt or used towel).
- Upon coming home with your new cat, put them into the crate. This lets the cat acclimate to the scents, sounds and routines of your house in a protected and safe environment. Meanwhile, because some the bedding contains your scent, it lets the other animals in your home smell your scent on the new cat.
- Feed them twice a day and give them fresh water every day. We strongly recommend giving glucosamine and Vitamin C to your cat to avoid painful urinary infections and blockages, especially for male cats. We do this for all the cats at the refuge.
- After a week or so, open the cage door and let the cat come out at his/her own speed.
- Remember – patience, patience, patience is the key to bringing a new cat into your home. It can sometimes take several weeks for a new cat to adjust.
- This approach lets your current pets get to know the new resident as well as let the new cat know the smells and sounds of your home. It’s better than isolating them in a room for a week and then let them out for the first time with the other pets who could then have territorial issues.
Sponsoring a Cat
Can’t adopt right now? How about making it easier for a kitty to be adopted by someone else by sponsoring a cat’s adoption fee of $100. Simply click on the Donate link, submit a PayPal donation of $100, and indicate which cat or kitten you want to sponsor in the “Add special instructions to the seller” on the PayPal review page. We’ll list them as sponsored on our cats and kittens page and it might just be the thing that helps someone make the decision to adopt.
Another Alternative… Adopt a Virtual Cat!
No room for another pet? Current pets won’t accept another cat in the house? Then adopt a virtual cat, it’s the next best thing to taking one home. Here’s how it works:
- Do this by visiting our Cats and Kittens on our Adoption pages.
- Pick the one who will make that perfect virtual pet for you or for a friend or loved one and make a note of that kitty’s name
- Go to the Virtual Cat page, fill out the form and hit submit
- Then use the PayPal Donate button to buy your virtual cat for only $20 and we’ll email you a photo plus the behind-the-scenes story on your new, virtual cat!
Other Adoption Resources
These articles may help you in your search for the perfect kitty companion.
- Recipe to Stop Allergic Reactions to Cats
- Adopting the Right Cat for You
- What to Expect: Tips for the First 30 Days
Adopting a second cat can have multiple benefits. Learn more:
- Why Adopt a Second Cat?
- Introducing Two Cats | More Tips | And Even More Tips!
- Two Kittens Are Easier Than One
- Things to think about when adopting kittens
More helpful information:
- Shopping List – Things to buy before you bring your new kitty home.
- Cat-Proofing Your Home - Make sure your home is safe for your new companion.
- Pet Care: Cats - A collection of articles from Best Friends Animal Society.
- Cat Scratching Solutions – Declawing a cat can lead to physical, emotional and behavioral complications.
- Secondhand Smoke Effects – Cats are more prone to develop certain cancers because of secondhand smoke.