Jake’s Place has many wonderful adoptable cats waiting for their forever home. The adoption fee is $80 and includes a “2-fur-1” opportunity!
We also offer a Seniors’ program – – senior cats for senior citizens at a reduced cost. The following are things to consider before adopting a cat and also a description of the steps involved in the HFC adoption process.
Step 1: Are You Ready For A Cat?
First, consider seriously whether a cat will fit into your lifestyle and current situation. Do you have children, dogs, other cats? Do you travel a lot?
We have more things to consider before adopting here.
Do you rent an apartment or home? Are you willing and able to make a long-term commitment to caring for a cat? Can you afford the day-to-day care and medical expenses associated with owning a cat?
Step 2: Meet Our HFC Cats
Meet our wonderful felines who are looking for a good home.
Come to one of our adoption shows arrange to visit Jake’s Place, the HFC shelter and adoption center located in South Buffalo, or Meet Our Cats Online.
Step 3: Get All Family On-Board
Adopting a cat is a family responsibility.
All members of your household should be involved in the selection of the cat, in the adoption process, and in welcoming your new cat to your home.
Step 4: Submit An Application
Submit a no-obligation Adoption Application. You can submit one online, here.
The application gives us information about your household and prior experience with animals.
The application must be signed by a family member who is 18 years or older.
Step 5: Let Us Investigate
If you rent your home or apartment, we verify that pets are allowed.
Your application will be reviewed and, if approved, you will be contacted by a HFC volunteer by phone. If you do not hear from a HFC volunteer within 10 days of submitting an application, you can assume your application was declined.
Step 6: Sign Adoption Contract
Once approved, you sign a legal adoption contract.
There are certain conditions which HFC places on cat adoptions.
These include keeping the cat as an indoor cat only, not declawing, and returning the cat to HFC should things not work out in the adopting home.
Step 7: Submit HFC Adoption Fees
There is an $80 adoption fee for a HFC cat.
All of our cats receive veterinary care (includes testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV, spay or neuter, vaccinations for rabies and distemper, flea and tick treatment, and deworming) prior to being brought to Jake’s Place.
The adoption donation is used exclusively to pay for the vet care that all our cats receive.
Step 8: Pick-up Your New Best Friend
An adopter is required to have a pet carrier to transport a cat from Jake’s Place.
One cat per carrier. There are no exceptions. This is for the safety of your new cat(s).
Step 9: Introduce Your Family
Do not make too many demands on your new cat until it has a chance to get used to you and the new home.
We have some tips to help you with your new best friend right here.
Jake’s Place cat shelter and adoption center has an abundance of adoptable cats. Many of our cats were “scaredy cats” when first rescued; however, with time and lots of love and patience, the vast majority are now socialized and ready and waiting for a forever home.
Some do have special needs, which are identified in their description. None of these needs are severe, and the Jake’s Place volunteers will always be available to answer any questions you might have.
Our Boy Cats
Featured are the Jake’s Place adoptable male cats, all of whom are neutered. Most get along well with all the cats in the shelter. We have amazingly few disputes among our cats. However, some of these males would be best as the only male cat in a household, as the only pet of any type, with other cats but no dogs, or in a household without children. They will be identified as such in their description. These cats have histories as varied as any human, so they have different comfort levels depending on their specific past circumstances.
Our Girl Cats
We currently feature our adoptable female cats, all of whom are spayed. With a very few exceptions, our females get along very well with the other cats. Even so, like the males, there are some who would do best in certain situations, and we will make every effort to match them to the home that suits their needs.
Our FIV+ Cats
Featured are our adoptable cats who are positive for the FIV virus (FIV+). This does NOT mean they are sick. It only means that, compared to FIV- cats, their immune systems may be somewhat compromised, making them more easily susceptible to infections and sometimes more resistant to treatment. With lysine in their diet and other prophylactic measures they can have a healthy and happy life. They cannot infect humans or dogs, but can pass the FIV virus to other cats if they bite. These cats would be ideal for a single pet household and make wonderful companions.