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 adoption events to meet our cats.  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.

Step two: Adopt a cat

Once you’ve found the right cat for you, you’re ready to adopt.

Requirements:

  • You must fill out an application and meet with an adoption counselor.
  • 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.

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

  • Cats under 2 years old: $125
  • Cats 2 years old, but under 10 years old: $75
  • Cats 10 years and older: $25

This fee includes:

  • spay or neuter surgery
  • FeLV/FIV testing
  • first or more vaccinations
  • first or more deworming treatment
  • microchip
  • personality evaluation
  • one month of pet insurance.

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

Step three: Follow the post-adoption instructions

Congratulations on finding your new family member! Don’t forget to complete the post-adoption instructions:

  • Within 2 days of adoption, you will receive an email from us with your new cat’s medical records, microchip information, and Sheltercare insurance information.  If you do not receive this email, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • Activate your free 30 day pet insurance by calling 1-877-707-7297. Click here for more details about insurance from ShelterCare.  Note that the insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions and begins 48 hours after adoption.
  • Take your new cat to the vet within 7 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.
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