UPDATE - August 1, 2020
Our adoption center remains closed.
We will continue with the food bank for registered customers the first and last Saturday of the month.
The new food bank hours will be 10am to 12noon.
Please look for adoption opportunities on our Facebook page.
The Adoption Process
Adopt a Cat!
Our philosophy regarding cat adoptions is based on the simple goal of placing a cat in its forever home. To this end, we strive to match the right cat with the right individual or family.
Our adoption process includes a visit with the potential adopter, the cat, and its foster parent; completion of an adoption application; an adoption interview; completion of an adoption contract; and, payment of the adoption fee.
Because our foster parents invest a lot of time, energy, personal funds, and love in preparing an animal for adoption, we rely on the foster parent to advise potential adopters about the cat's temperament, eating/sleeping/play habits, and likes/dislikes. Accordingly, the final decision regarding the adoption rests with the foster parent.
The Adoption Process
- Check out our cats for adoption via Petfinder or by visiting our adoption center or by visiting our exhibits at Petsmart. Plan to spend a few hours getting to know the cat and bring the entire family who will be living with the cat.
- Plan to spend at least an hour or more on completing the adoption application and contract. We also spend time talking with adopters to educate them on important information about nutrition, scratching, litter box behaviors, etc. Even experienced cat owners can learn new information.
- Our adoption fee is $150 for one cat or $250 for two cats. This fee includes: spay or neuter of the cat, all core vaccines (FVRCP and rabies), deworming, feline leukemia/FIV testing, and microchipping.
- Last, but by no means least important, we have two non-negotiables when it comes to
adopting our cats:
- We do not allow declawing. This is an inhumane surgery which mutilates a cat by amputating its first digit. This procedure can cause behavior issues, including inappropriate wetting and insecurity. It has been outlawed by most European countries and is opposed by the ASPCS and HSUS. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to visit Frederick County Animal Control as they sometimes have declawed cats. The Facts About Declawing
- We require that you keep your cat indoors. We know cats love the outdoors but it doesn't love them. In fact, the top cat killers are cars and attacks by dogs, other cats, and wildlife. Protect your cat by keeping it indoors.
How to Get Started
Lots of our animals available for adoption are shown on petfinder.com. Many are also available to meet at our adoption center. If you find a cat you may want to adopt, you may:
AWLFC reserves the right to decline or not accept any application, based on the information we receive or are given during the approval process, and up to signing the adoption contract, with no explanation to the applicant. Information received during the approval process is considered confidential. The right to decline an adoption is at the sole discretion of AWLFC and/or AWLFC's representatives.
AWLFC is here to serve the best interests of our cats and dogs and our approval process is set up to do just that. If your application is denied you may appeal to the Board of Directors of AWLFC. The Board will review your application but reserves the right to uphold the declination without providing specific detail.