Donations for Adoptions

PAWS Adoption Donation Fees

At PAWS we ask for a donation or adoption fee should you find a cat that is purrfect for you and your family.  We invest a lot into each and every one of our animals and ensure that each one receives all of the appropriate vaccinations and that each gets spayed or neutered.  We take our responsibility to the animals and the community seriously and try our best to ensure that they are properly vaccinated and not able to reproduce and exacerbate the challenge of homeless, uncared for cats. 

We have forged long-term relationships with area veterinarians and community clinics who provide various services to our not-for-profit shelter at significantly reduced fees.  We have structured our adoption fee to cover these minimal, required healthcare costs.  As you can see from our fee structure, a kitten adoption fee is the highest because they are in need of all of the vaccines and must be spayed or neutered.  Conversely, older cats are often already ‘fixed’ and may not require some of the items routinely needed by kittens.

 KITTENS UP TO 1 YEAR OLD:

 If you are adopting a kitten that has its first set of vaccines (rabies, Felv, distemper);   has been spayed or neutered; and, has been tested for feline leukemia the adoption fee is $150 which now also includes an ID chip. All kittens should be taken to your vet as soon as possible for health check up, to receive its second round of vaccines, and also to become part of their practice so they will know the kitten and be best able to serve your animal.

 KITTENS 2-4 YEARS OLD:

 If you are adopting a kitten that is 2-4 years old that has its first set of vaccines (rabies, Felv, distemper);  has been spayed or neutered; and, has been tested for feline leukemia the adoption fee is $110 and also includes ID chip.  Again, all kittens should be taken to your vet as soon as possible for health check up and to become part of their practice so they will know the kitten and be best able to serve your animal.

  CATS 4 TO 6 YEARS OLD:

 If you are adopting an adult cat who is between the ages of 4  to 6 years of age that has had all of its vaccines to date and has been spayed or neutered the adoption fee is $75 and includes an ID chip.  

 SENIORS (7+) OR CATS WITH KNOWN HEALTH CHALLENGES:

 If you are adopting an ‘senior’ adult cat who is 7+ years of age or any cat that has significant, known health issues we would appreciate any donation that you feel you can give to the shelter minimum $55 and also includes an ID chip.   We are grateful for all of our cats to find a loving home and appreciate that senior cats or ones with health issues are particularly difficult to place. 

In terms of our adoption fees, we are striving to cover the costs for providing the required health services for the welfare of both the animal and the community.  This amount does not include any of the food, special feeding, transportation time, follow-up post op care, post op medications or litter required to provide for these cats.  We hope that you understand our position and for those who can give more, we promise you that 100% goes right back to feeding and care of the cats.   

 Putting Adoption Donations Into Perspective

Consistent with the old saying, ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch’, it is remarkably the same principle when you see that sign on the road that says ‘FREE KITTENS’.  These ‘FREE’ kittens, although deserving of a permanent home generally have had no vaccines, no testing for feline leukemia (a disease that gets passed from the mother) and certainly has not yet been spayed or neutered.  These costs will fall to you as the responsible owner.  As indicated above,  we have forged relationships as a not-for-profit shelter with area veterinarians and community clinics to receive these services at significantly reduced fees.   Individuals who take their kitten or cat to the vet spend far more to have a kitten spayed or neutered.  To try and quantify this for our potential ‘adoptees’ we surveyed area veterinarians and in 2010 the charges ranged between $150 and $350.  The vaccines and tests are in addition to this and local veterinarians often have additional fees for sending out the blood work for example.  We believe that our current adoption fees represent a win-win-win situation!  For the shelter acting responsibly, for you taking home a kitten that is ‘current and ready to go’ and for your new kitten / cat who will now have a loving, permanent home!

IN ADDITION TO THE NEUTERING / SPAYING, SOME OF THE VACCINE COSTS ARE LISTED BELOW.  

Initial Veterinary visit:  $45

Feline Leukemia Test: $55

Feline Leukemia Vaccine: $20

Rabies Vaccine: $21 Distemper Vaccine: $20

And, keep in mind that you will have to take your kitten back for a second round of vaccines to ensure they are fully protected. 

Once again, in terms of our adoption fees, we are striving to cover the costs for providing the required health services for the welfare of both the animal and the community.  This amount does not include any of the food, special feeding, transportation time, follow-up post op care, post op medications or litter required to provide for these cats.  We hope that you understand our position and for those who can give more, we promise you that 100% goes right back to feeding and care of the cats.