How to Adopt a Cat

Thank you for considering adopting a rescue cat! Here are the steps you’ll need to take to adopt a cat from APA!

Step one: Find the right cat

Browse our cats online or come to one of our locations to meet a cat in person. If the cat is in foster, contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required so we can get you in touch with the foster home. If you need assistance finding a cat meeting your specifications, email email hidden; JavaScript is required for free, personalized service.

Step two: Adopt a cat


  • You must meet with an adoption counselor and fill out an application in person.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must show a picture ID with your current address. If this isn’t available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.
  • All adult residents must meet the pet to ensure the cat is a match for the whole family.
  • You must live in the Austin area. (We may adopt to surrounding Texas cities/counties if the cat is altered, FeLV negative, and not in need of ongoing behavior training.)

Our cat adoption fee varies by cat, but the general breakdown is:

  • Cats under 1 year old: $130
  • Cats over 1 year old, but under 7 years old: $75
  • Cats 7 years and older: $0

This fee includes:

  • spay or neuter surgery
  • FeLV/FIV testing
  • first or more vaccinations
  • first or more deworming treatment
  • microchip
  • personality evaluation

Accepted forms of payment include cash, card or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive! We’re sorry; we do not accept personal checks.

Step three: Follow the post-adoption instructions

  • Within 2 days of adoption, you will receive an email from us with your new cat’s medical records, and microchip information. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • Take your new cat to the vet within 14 days.
  • Fax or mail a copy of proof of vet visit within 14 days of adoption.
    1-866-760-9101 (Fax)
    P.O. Box 6247
    Austin, TX 78762 (Mailing address)
  • We will contact you on day 7, day 30 and day 90 after adoption to ensure your newly adopted pet is working out in your new home. If you need some help before then, call us at 512-961-6519 or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • If you need behavior help with your new cat, please email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!