How to Adopt

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. Click on ‘Jake’s Place’ to view pictures and descriptions of the cats in our care. Call or email to make arrangements to visit Jake’s Place. You can complete and submit the Adoption Application online. Check our ‘HFC Events’ page to find out about any scheduled adoption shows at local pet stores.

The following are things to consider before adopting a cat and also a description of the steps involved in the HFC adoption process.

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? 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?

Meet our wonderful felines who are looking for a good home. Come to one of our adoption shows at a local pet store or, since not all of our cats attend shows, arrange to visit Jake’s Place, the HFC shelter and adoption center located in South Buffalo (716-997-8106).

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.

Submit a no-obligation Adoption Application. 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. 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.

If you rent your home or apartment, we verify that pets are allowed.

Once approved, you sign a legal adoption contract. There are certain conditions which HFC places on cat adoptions and these must be agreed to by a prospective adopter. 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.

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.

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).