Adopt a Cat
Henry’s Haven is dedicated to helping cats and the people who care for them.
The cats who come to us arrive for a variety of reasons. Some come as kittens, some come as adults seeking sanctuary until their home is found, and some because they need the specialized medical or behavioral attention that Henry’s Haven veterinarians, staff, and volunteers provide.
Click here to check out all of the cats in Henry’s Haven care who are looking for their forever home!
HOW TO ADOPT:
The first step in the process is to complete the adoption questionnaire.
Our adoption counselors will use your information to as questions and match you to the perfect pet.
When you arrive at Henry’s Haven, you’ll sign in at the front desk.
Please bring your completed questionnaire.
Browse the adoption center to find pets you would like to meet.
Our team will introduce you to any pet you like. We encourage you to spend time getting to know your prospective pet.
Please read our policies so you can see if our adoptions are the right match for you!
Adopting a cat or kitten is a 15-20 year commitment. Thank you for helping us follow these policies to make the best decisions both for our cats and kittens and for their forever families.
We prefer not to place our cats or kittens to someone who has plans to let them live outdoors. Cats are very vulnerable outdoors and we want to keep our kitties safe. We know cats love fresh air and sunshine, so we offer lots of other ways for them to get outside time, including leash training for confident cats and access to fresh air. We can recommend products that you can use at home to give your cat fresh air whilst also keeping them safe. Barn cats are an exception and we always know of outside cats who are available if you need a barn cat.
In support of happy, healthy cats, we do not place one of our cats or kittens with someone who plans to declaw them. Cats can be trained to use scratchers instead of furniture and we support that instead of declawing. Declawing is amputation that can lead to other problems like going outside the box and biting, ultimately damaging your cat–and your home–far more. If you feel you have no choice but to declaw your cat, we request you return him or her to us for a full refund so we can find another home. If you prefer a declawed cat, we offer cats who were previously declawed and give them the best health and behavior support we can.
Kittens in Pairs:
For kittens at or under the age of 4 months, we give preference to adopters who will adopt them in pairs unless you already have a young, compatible cat or dog at home, or if the primary caretaker is home for the summer, works from home or is retired.
Going home with a sibling or friend is the best way to help them feel safe and loved while they adjust to their new environment. You won’t find better kitty friends than siblings or those who were raised together.
Kittens & Children:
We recommend an older kitten (at least 4 months) or an adult cat for children under approximately 5 years of age, for the safety of the child as well as the kitten. The appropriate age depends on the personality and the needs of the kitten as well as the child’s experience.
If you rent your home, please provide a copy of the pet agreement clause of your rental lease and permission from your landlord PRIOR TO adopting any cat or kitten from our facility.
Long Distance Adoptions:
We usually do not place cats or kittens into a home that would require a travel distance of more than 3 hours travel time. This is to keep down the stress of being rehomed, especially for cats who have been traumatized.
Our TLC cats and kittens just need a little more tender loving care. They have often been traumatized by being abandoned and have a form of Feline Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. This can make them hypervigilant, extra sensitive to loud noises or fast movements and more likely to stay in hiding. Our loving volunteers help these cats blossom over time, but they can take a special person to help them recover fully at home. We offer counseling and further training with these adoptions if needed.
Popular Cat Policy:
If there are many people interested in adopting a specific cat/kitten at the same time, the names of applicants who are qualified by the Adoption Committee will be entered into a random drawing. This provides all qualified adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the cat/kitten of their choice.
Provided the adoption application is approved, a hold of $50 may be placed on a cat or kitten for 24-48 hours (longer in some cases) while an adoption decision is being made. Holds are transferable, but not refundable.
$100 for adult cats & catolescents (6 months – 1 year), $75 for seniors, special needs and TLC cats, $125 for kittens under 6 months. Some rare cats may have other pricing.
The adoption fee helps to cover the costs for food, shelter, and medical treatment by Henry’s Haven. Adoption Fees Include:
- Pre-adoption regular health checks from our veterinarian
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Rabies and FVRCP vaccines
- FeLV or FeLV/FIV test
- Flea prevention
We encourage adopting siblings and/or friends together, so we always have a Buddy Discount where the second cat or kitten is 50% off. Other occasional specials may be found in ads and on our Facebook page.
Our Adoption Counselors are ready to help prepare you for a successful transition home. This whole process including meeting your new pet may take up to an hour. We’ll answer any of your questions and also go over:
- Any medical conditions or behavioral special needs of your new pet
- Tips on introducing your new family member to their new environment
- Adoption benefits including pet insurance
- Website resources
After counseling is complete, your pet is ready to take home!
Henry’s Haven is a privately run, non-profit organization and reserves the right to refuse any adoption that is not in the best interest of the cat or kitten, based on these policies. Occasionally we may refer adoptions to our Adoption Committee to ensure the best possible match.
AFTER ADOPTION RESOURCES
Before you bring home your new member of your family remember to have already purchased a litter box and litter, canned and dry food, and glass bowls for that food and water (some toys wouldn’t hurt either).
If all of that is in order you still may not be sure what to do with your new bundle of joy once you’ve arrived home— especially if you have children or other pets to introduce your new cat to. Here are some pointers and other very detailed information on how to handle those first few days and weeks. If you have further questions you can always call us.
When You Get Home:
- Keep your cat indoors (if your new cat gets out, read this).
- Start your cat in a room for a few days or weeks until the cat becomes comfortable with his/her new surroundings. If the cat is timid, it will overwhelm them if exposed to an entire household and it will take them longer to acclimate.
- Always give your cat fresh water at least every day.
- Do not use plastic bowls. It gives most cats a rash.
- Always feed your cat quality food. The cost for the food is higher up front, but it will save you money in the amount the cat eats (less), make your cat healthier (lower vet expenses) and less stool to scoop out of the litter box. We strongly advise to give your cat canned food (if he or she will eat it).
- The general rule is one litter box per cat + one litter box. Some cats prefer to urinate in one box and poop in another.
- ALWAYS introduce your pet slowly to other pets. This can take days or weeks. The slower the better. If any one of the cats show aggression towards the other cat, separate them and try again at a later date.
- Consider pet insurance. It can make the difference between saving your pet versus putting your pet down.
- Clip your cat’s nails whenever needed (sometimes as often as twice a week).
Henry’s Haven has a 100% no-questions-asked return policy. If at any time you cannot or do not wish to keep a cat you have adopted from us, we will accept the cat back immediately.
To make arrangements, please contact us immediately:
Furthermore, please note that our Adoption Contract does not allow the transfer of the ownership of an adopted cat. If you believe you have found a suitable home for a former Henry’s Haven resident, please contact us, and we will work with you to rehome the cat.