Adoption Process and FAQs
If you are interested in adopting one of our cats or kittens, please stop by Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00am - 1:00pm, no appointment necessary.
You will be asked to fill out an adoption form with references. Before filling it out, please consider that you must:
Be at least 21 years of age.
Agree to never declaw your adopted cat.
Agree to keep your new cat indoors at all times.
Once approved by the board, you can continue with the adoption process. The adoption process does take time--so please be patient!
- Adult cats will have been spayed/neutered prior to adoption and will have received a current rabies and distemper vaccine.
- Kittens will have received their first distemper vaccine and, if old enough, a one-year rabies vaccine and a certificate for free spaying/neutering.
- All adopted cats and kittens will be checked by the vet and issued a health certificate before going home.
- If, for any reason, you are unable to care for the cat/kitten you received from MKRA--please return it to us.
Adoption fees are as follows, and we accept cash or check only:
- Cats over 1 year of age are $200 per cat and $360 for two.
- All kittens under a year old are $200 per kitten and $360 for two.
- With your application to adopt, please include a non-refundable deposit of $40 for one and $80 for two to put a cat or kitten on hold.
Frequently Asked Questions
After being approved and picking a cat, can I take my cat home that day?
Unfortunately, no. We need time to prepare the cats for transfer to their new homes.
What if my new cat doesn't adjust to my home?
Any cat adopted from MKRA can be returned to us at any time, for any reason. We do recommend that you give your new cat at least a two-month adjustment period before you make this decision.
Can I adopt more than one cat?
Absolutely! In fact, we often suggest that you consider adopting two of our cats if there are no other cats in your current household.
Will I have to take my new cat to the veterinarian?
We strongly encourage new owners to schedule a veterinary appointment within 10-14 days of adoption. Kittens older than 12 weeks of age and all adult cats will have received their rabies vaccine and will be up to date on their distemper vaccinations. All adult cats will have been spayed or neutered.
Why can't I declaw my MKRA cat?
MKRA feels that this is an unnecessarily cruel procedure and we would be happy to discuss this issue as well as share documentation supporting our position.
Why are there these fees to adopt a cat from MKRA?
We are a nonprofit no-kill shelter that cares for our cats for life, and we provide all of the below services for the cats and kittens before they go home. Thanks to some wonderful local veterinarians, we can offer these services to adopters at our costs.
- Rabies shots, not given to kittens under 12 weeks
- Distemper shots, one or two depending on how long they are at the shelter
- Spay and neuter certificates for cats younger than 5-6 months
- Flea treatment
- FIV/FILV testing
- Health exam
Thank you for considering Adoption!