The Animal Center runs its rescue programs entirely through a volunteer foster network. We do not have a shelter. This means we don't have a central location where all our adoptable animals are kept, nor do we have viewing "hours" because our adoptable animals are in the safety and comfort of private homes, not in a shelter facility.
To adopt, please fill out our adoption form (below) for the animal you're interested in. When we receive your form, our volunteers will contact you to set up a day and time that works for you to meet the cat or dog you're interested in. Click here for more information on how to adopt, adoption fees and what fees cover.
Adoptions are by appointment only
How do I adopt?
What vet care comes with adoption?
What supplies will my cat need?
What should I feed my cat?
Should I declaw my cat?
Help! I lost my cat. Do you have him?
Adoptions are by appointment only.
The Animal Center runs its adoption programs through a volunteer foster network in the Newtown area. We don't have a shelter. To adopt, the first step is to fill out our adoption form. Once we receive your form, we will contact you to set up a time to meet our adoptable animals.
Avg. Retail Value
|General Physical Exam||
|Spay or Neuter Surgery*||
|FVRCP (Distemper vaccination)||
$30-35 per booster
|Rabies Vaccination (if appropriate for age of kitten and health of animal)||
|Deworming (at least one)||
$10-25 per dose
|Testing for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus||
|External parasite treatment (fleas, ticks, mites-- as needed)||
|Total Avg. Adoption Value||
*We have a neuter-before-adoption policy. Early-age spay/neuter is endorsed by the AVMA, the CTVMA, and is best practice in animal sheltering. If the early age spay/neuter concept is new to you, check out this informative article from Best Friends.
|1) Cat carrier at adoption. If using an existing carrier make sure it has been recently cleaned and disinfected! Cats do not like being put in a box that smells like other cats.|
|2)Litterbox. Experts recommend 1 addition box than cats in household. To avoid litterbox problems, read: "The Litterbox from Your Cat's Point of View" and "Lapsed Litterbox Users"|
|3)Unscented Litter (non-clumping for kittens <4 months).|
|4)Food and water bowls. Stainless steel is recommended over ceramic. Never use plastic; it can be toxic to your cat and no matter how well you clean it, residue remains and bacteria grows|
|5)Toys. Cats love feather toys --you will want to get "brain" toys and "prey" toys for enrichment and stimulation|
|6)Cardboard scratching post and/or cat tower|
7)Food (Review "Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition" by Dr. Lisa Pierson)
|Declawing leads to behavioral problems. Cats are at greater risk for developing behavioral problems, in particular aggression (especially around children), biting and urinating outside the litterbox. If you don't want your cat peeing on your walls and carpet, don't declaw him!|
|Declawing is animal cruelty. Declawing is a surgical procedure called onychectomy in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint. It is mutilation of the cat's toes, is extremely painful to the cat, and may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications.|
|Declawing renders a cat defenseless. It's a fact that indoor-only cats escape from the house from time to time (especially if there are kids in the house) and declawed cats stand very little chance defending themselves against predators.|
|Cats depend on their claws for playing, walking, and self-defense. Cats need to scratch; it's hard wired into their existence and helps them relieves stress, exercise muscles, and affirm territory. If you're concerned about your cat scratching where s/he should not (your best furniture), there are many ways to teach your cat to scratch where you want him to. Here are some excellent websites for additional information about cat scratching:|
|Why Cats Need Claws (PDF download)|
Lost Your Cat or Dog? Recovering your cat or dog depends on what you do as soon as you've found out that your companion is missing and what you are prepared to do next. The Missing Pet Partnership website is one of the best we've come across for information on how to find a lost companion animal. We post all of the adoptable animals in our program on this webpage. To report a lost cat to us, email a picture of your cat and let us know when/where s/he was last seen and we will keep this information on file. Newtowners, also contact Newtown Animal Control at 203-426-6900.