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Adoption Information

Interested in bringing a new Cat or Kitten into your home? Read below for more information on what to expect when adopting your new best friend from Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic! See inside the shelter and take the virtual tour!

Note: not all available cats and kittens reside at our shelter. Some are at off-site adoption partners or in foster homes. If you are interested in a particular cat or kitten, please call our shelter at (970) 484-8516 for their current status and location.

Our Kitties Have It All!

All of the cats and kittens from our shelter come with the following:

Additional items with adult cats may include some of the following:

Working Cats for Hire!

We often meet cats that do not conform to behaviors of the average companion cat. These cats have demonstrated higher independence needs and less tolerance for human contact than most pet cats and often thrive in non-traditional settings such as barnyards, vineyards, or garden centers. Working cats are valued for their alert personalities and prey drive - or as we like to think of it - work ethic! Click to learn more about "hiring" a Working Cat!

What are your adoption fees?

Our regular adoption fees are as follows:

Why do you have variable adoption fees?

Kittens, purebred and other high demand cats have a higher adoption fee to help offset the costs of felines who may have higher medical or social needs. On average, we invest $280 of care into every cat or kitten during their time with us, and our adoption fee is never more than $175.

We also have ongoing adoption specials:


We prefer cash for adoptions. If you would like to pay with a debit or credit card, please consider making an additional donation to help cover merchant fees. We expect over $2,000 in merchant fees this year and your donation will help us to care for more cats and kittens. We do not accept checks for adoption fees.

What things should I consider before bringing home a new cat or kitten?

Age & Cost: Did you know that cats can live to be over 20 years old? That is a long time to spend with your new best friend. We suggest thinking about where your kitty would go if something happened to you or what you would do if you had to move. Food, litter and basic care for your cats typically costs about $600 - $1,000 a year. This can increase if your cat gets sick and needs additional care or emergency care. If you are concerned about emergency costs, you might want to consider pet insurance.

No-Declaw Policy: We do not allow cats or kittens adopted from us to be declawed. For more information on this and alternatives to declawing, please read this brochure from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Soft Claws are available for purchase at the shelter and we can place them on your cat for a minimal fee. If you have made up your mind about getting a declawed cat, we do occasionally take in cats that have already been declawed. Call the shelter for more information on these cats.

Indoor-Only Policy: FCCRSNC adopts our cats as indoor-only cats. You can take your adopted kitty outside if you are present and we encourage adopters to consider harness training their cats or building cat enclosures. If you are looking for a barn cat please check out our Working Cats program and apply to "hire" an outdoor helper.

Licensing: It is your responsibility to follow local laws on animal ownership. This includes licensing and vaccinating your animal. Please visit your local county's animal control website for more information.

Transporting Kitty Home: Cats and kittens are required to leave our shelter in a carrier designed to carry cats. Laundry baskets, totes and cardboard boxes are not acceptable. The shelter has plastic carriers for $20 and cardboard cat carriers for $6.

What is your adoption process?

The first step to adopting a cat or kitten from Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic is to fill out an adoption questionnaire. You can do this online or in the shelter.

The next step is to pick out a kitty! Check out Petango for pictures and short descriptions of adoptable cats and kittens or come into the Fort Collins shelter, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply Loveland (2400 N. Lincoln Ave.), or PetSmart Fort Collins (4432 S. College Ave.) to see them in person.

*Please note that we will make a copy of the adopters' State ID card, Driver’s License or passport at the time of adoption.

Try Foster-to-Adoption for select adult cats

Foster-to-Adoption is a program in which select adult cats that have unique behavioral or medical needs are available to first be fostered by a prospective adopter before being officially adopted. This gives the cat the opportunity to truly blossom in the home and show the adopter what a great pet he or she can be if given the chance outside of the shelter environment. Visit our Foster-to-Adoption page for all the details.

Is there anything else I should know?

Our staff will call you one week after you adopt your new cat or kitten to see how everything is going. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please call the shelter at (970) 484-8516. There will also be an e-mail survey 2-3 months after adopting following up on your new life together.

Please remember that the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic staff and volunteers are here for you and your new cat/kitten. If something does not work out or seems off, we are here to help you.

We are the safety net for your cat or kitten and will take your kitty back into the shelter if something unavoidable happens and you must give up your friend. Do not feel afraid or embarrassed to call; we want to help you and your kitty!

Adoption Questionnaire

Everyone who wants to adopt a cat must fill out an Adoption Questionnaire. This questionnaire has information about you and your history with other animals. By completing the questionnaire online you can be approved even before you visit!

Click here to fill out an Adoption Questionnaire online

Click here to download an Adoption Questionnaire (PDF)

Please take the time to read through our Adoption Contract before considering an adoption. We do require that our kitties not be declawed. This is for the safety and well-being of the cat. If you have any questions about declawing please click here. We also require that all adopted kitties be indoor cats (they may go outside if highly supervised), unless it is a Working Cat. This is again for their safety - and it's the law in Fort Collins. If you have questions as to why we have these requirements we will be glad to talk with you about them.

The kitties hope to see you soon!

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