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Adoption Policies


MEOW Cat Rescue requires of its adopters:

  • A commitment to keep your cat strictly indoors
  • A commitment to never declaw your cat
  • A commitment to care for your pet for its entire life

Adoption Policies

Single Kittens – Kittens learn valuable life lessons from their own species. We do not adopt single kittens under 6 months into the care of an adopter who does not already have another young, interactive feline.

Kittens and Children – For the safety of children and kittens alike, we do not adopt kittens under the age of 6 months into families with children under 6 years of age.

Spay/Neuter – All resident pets in the adoptive home must be altered prior to an adoption from MEOW.

Landlord Approval – We verify that your rental housing is pet friendly to protect your cat – and you – from being evicted.

Age/Employment – We adopt to adults over 21 years of age who are fully employed and/or financially prepared to make a lifetime commitment to a pet.

More Information About Our Adoption Policies

Application: MEOW must have an approved Adoption Application filled out and signed. You may complete the application either at the shelter or download it from our website and bring it along to the shelter. You will be interviewed by an Adoption Counselor to help you determine the pet(s) that best fit your household and family situation.

Indoor Only: MEOW is a member of the Puget Sound Cats Indoors Coalition. We have joined with the other animal and environmental organizations of the coalition to encourage families with cats to keep their cats indoors. In King County, the life expectancy of an indoor-only cat in 15 to 20 years. That figure drops to only 2 or 3 years for cats that are allowed to go outside unsupervised. Accordingly, MEOW adopts to indoor-only homes. This means INDOORS ALL OF THE TIME. We admit that MEOW is more stringent in this policy than many other organizations. If NEVER letting your cat outdoors does not suit your household, please let us refer you to other organizations which have a more lenient CONTRACT.

Occasionally, we will have an adult cat who absolutely requires an indoor/outdoor home. In such case, we will make every attempt to ensure that the environment into which this cat is placed is as safe as possible.

Landlord Approval: MEOW will require proof that you are allowed to have pets if you live in rental housing or in a condominium with animal restrictions in the by-laws. To avoid delays in adopting your pet, please bring a copy of your Lease along with your application.

Declawing: There is a wealth of statistical information indicating that cats frequently suffer long term problems after being surgically declawed. These problems include, but are not limited to, aggressive biting and eliminating outside the litter box. MEOW requires that you sign a CONTRACT agreeing that you will NOT have the cat's claws surgically altered in any way, including laser surgery or tendonotomy. If, after serious consideration, you feel you MUST have a declawed cat, please adopt a cat that is already declawed. Thankfully, it is not common for us to have declawed cats relinquished to us, but when we do, our Petfinder ad for the cat will indicate he or she is declawed with a “paw” icon. Read more about declawing at www.declawing.com.

Adopting a Single Kitten: MEOW will not place a single kitten under the age of six months into a home without an appropriate young feline playmate. This is not about placing more kittens and cats. It’s about the future of the individual kittens, their habits and their happiness. Many people have been skeptical about adopting two kittens rather than one only to thank us later for sticking to our policy. The rewards are great. We’ve never had anyone tell us they wished they had only adopted one. Learn More -- Single Kitten Syndrome

Age/Employment: MEOW seeks to adopt to those who are financially secure and in a stable living situation in order to maximize the likelihood of a lifelong bond. Older teens, newly on their own, or still living with parents, may find themselves, in a year or two, making life changes that result in their no longer being able to care for their pet. Because of these reasons and  as our desire is to find forever homes for our cats, as of January 1, 2016 we have implemented 21 as a minimum age to adopt. Additionally, as there may be, at some time, significant veterinary costs involved with any pet, we ask that people adopt only if they are adults, have seriously evaluated the meaning of a twenty year commitment and are financially able to bear the cost of future emergencies.

Family Decision: Having a pet should be a pleasant and rewarding experience for all involved. If you have small children, please bring them with you when you come for your adoption interview. Because small kittens are vulnerable and young children may be unable to predict the consequences of their actions, MEOW does not place kittens under 6 months old into homes in which there are children who are less than 6 years old. MEOW often has cats who have shown themselves to be particularly tolerant of children. Our Adoption Counselors will work with you to determine the best fit for your family.

Other Pets: We do our best to place each cat into a home where the family bond can be successful. To that end, our adoption process includes specific advice regarding introduction to other pets. It is possible that the cat in whom you are interested, may not be deemed an appropriate match for your furry family. If that is the case, please understand the decision was made in the best interest of the cat and your other pets. All resident pets must be spayed or neutered prior to an adoption from MEOW Cat Rescue.

Lifetime Commitment: MEOW expects that when you adopt a pet you have made a decision to care for that pet for its entire life. A cat may be a 20 year commitment. Please think through this extremely important decision before you come to the shelter. A pet becomes a family member. A responsible pet owner/guardian makes life decisions to include their pets. Over the years we have placed more than 15,000 cats and kittens. Each year we still get hundreds of cats returned, for any number of reasons. Our goal is PERMANENT placement. For this reason, our Adoption Counselors have been trained to help you find the right pets for your home and your lifestyle.


Foster Homes: All dogs are in foster homes - NOT AT THE SHELTER. While they are in their foster homes they are worked with so we can learn a lot about their nature. They will be placed into adoptive homes that fit their needs. To learn about a specific dog, please carefully read the information posted. It will contain the name and phone number of their foster home. Please call the foster home for information - PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE MEOW Cat Rescue.

Application Process: After speaking with the foster family you can request an application. Once you have filled it out it will be reviewed by an adoption counselor. Once you have passed this step in the process, you can make an appointment at the foster home to see the dog.

Home Visit: Prior to releasing a dog to an adoptive home, we request the right to make a home inspection. This gives us the opportunity to assure there is a fenced yard appropriate for the particular animal you are considering adopting. Dogs are NEVER adopted into environments where they will be required to live outside. They are only adopted into environments where they can live inside and be a part of the family.