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ACHS adoptable cats now at PetSmart!

You can now see ACHS adoptable cats at PetSmart! In addition to giving us a place to keep cats in need of homes, PetSmart provides litter and food and donates to ACHS for every adoption completed. In fact, PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of animal welfare in North America! Please join us in thanking PetSmart for helping ACHS help cats.
If you would like to enroll a cat in our adoption program, download and complete our Cat Intake Form, then e-mail it to info@athenshumane.org.

If our program is full and you need to find a home for a pet, Petfinder.com has great tips for choosing a responsible adopter. PetRescue.com is another great resource, with a phone interview sheet to screen adopters and even an adoption contract.

Thinking about adoption?

Adoption is not an impulsive decision. Before you adopt, consider carefully how ready you are for a lifelong commitment.

Here is what you should expect:

  • Rats and hamsters = a few years
  • cats, dogs, rabbits, parakeets = 8-20 years
  • parrots, turtles, donkeys = 40+ years

So, before you adopt, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have I realistically assessed how much time I have available to take care of an animal and its needs?
  2. Do I have the time and resources available to care for the particular type of animal I am considering and have I researched the time required?
  3. Am I willing to sacrifice personal time each day (there are no “days off” in animal care) for animal care duties, such as cage cleaning, exercising, waste removal, feeding, etc.?
  4. How will the addition of an animal affect me and the lives of those I live with (people or other animals)?
  5. Can I afford the monthly care costs of the animal I am considering adopting [annual cost for a dog: $420-780, depending on size; annual cost for a cat: $575? (source: ASPCA pet care cost comparisons)
  6. Can I afford emergency care costs?
  7. Can I foresee life changes (getting married, moving, job change, having children) that may affect my ability to keep the animal?
  8. Should anything happen that would make me unable to take care of the animal, do I have a backup plan?

Adopting from ACHS

So, you’ve decided you’re ready and excited about the lifelong responsibility of taking care of a new family member? ACHS can help you find the perfect pet for your family.

Nearly all of our adoptable animals currently live in the homes of community members who care for the animals until they are adopted. These families can give you lots of insight into their foster animal’s temperament and preferences.

The veterinary care these animals received before entering our adoption program may vary. All ACHS foster animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites prior to adoption. If the animal is unspayed/unneutered at the time of adoption, you must pay an additional $25 spay/neuter deposit that will be returned to you when we receive proof that animal has been fixed within a specified period of time.

Adoption donation for all animals are as follows:

  • Adult Cats (6 months or older) = $50*
  • kittens (under 6 months) = $75*

Please bear in mind that “free” pets aren’t free! If you provided the same veterinary treatment that ACHS provides to every adoptable cat to your “free” cat, you would pay on average $181 for females and $154 for males.

Due to time constraints, requests about particular animals will responded to only after an adoption application is submitted.

Animals available for adoption

Due to time constraints, requests about particular animals will responded to only after an adoption application is submitted.

Got rodents? Get a barn cat!

Get rid of your rodent problem by adding a few feline friends!  A barn cat (or two, or three) are great nontoxic rodent control.  They will also prevent other unaltered cats from moving into their territory.

So what’s the difference between a barn cat and other types of outdoor cats?

Feral Catare wild animals that have not been socialized and want nothing to do with humans.  They appreciate a warm place to sleep and a steady supply of food and water– but you will probably never handle a true feral cat in its lifetime. (Click here to read more about feral cats and how to control their populations through Trap-Neuter-Return.)

Semiferal Cats are not as frightened of humans, but still keep contact to a minimum.  These cats may have had limited socialization with people and prefer the company of other cats.  They may learn over time to appreciate your company.

Barn Cats are cats that—though socialized and nice—may not find an appropriate indoor home.  They may have issues with their litter box, or may be too rough for a regular home placement, but they do accept the presence of people. THIS is the type of cat you want in your barn!

Adopting more than one barn cat is also a great idea.  They provide each other companionship and can snuggle when it gets cold out!

Click here to see our Adoptable Cats.