About Adopting

The Kenora Cat Shelter strives to connect people with pets based on the needs, personality and lifestyle of both the adopter and the adoptee. To prevent mismatches or re-admittance to the shelter, we strongly urge every potential adopter to review the following list of considerations when deciding to adopt a cat.  If you have any questions, please call us to discuss your concerns. We often can help you decide if there is a real obstacle to adopting or if you just need some guidance to find the perfect companion for your situation.  Remember, we seek safe, loving, life-long adoptive homes for our feline friends.  

  • Adopting a cat means making a commitment to providing a safe, loving, responsible and lifelong home for your new pet.  With cats, this potentially could be 15-20 years, depending on the age of the cat.  Please be sure that a cat has a permanent place in your future for as long as he or she is alive.  

  • If you rent your home, it is important to check with your landlord about having animals.  Some landlords do not allow pets or require additional deposits. 

  • Make sure no one in your home is allergic to cats.

  • All potential adopters should be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide the proper care and medical treatment for the animal over the course of their life.  

  • Remember that time and patience are required when introducing your newly adopted cat to your home.  This includes appropiate introductions to any current pets you have as well as teaching young children how to safely and appropriately interact with their new pet.  

  • Introducing a cat to your home may result in some unexpected consequences.  This could include scratching of furniture, accidents outside the litter box, shedding, etc.  You may have to buy scratching posts, clip nails, brush/groom their coat, or take additional steps to address any issues that arise.  Patience is often required.  

  • If adopting a kitten, they may not be fully vaccinated or spayed/neutered when you take them home.  Make sure you have the time and money to complete the vaccine protocol as well as scheduling surgery when the time is appropriate.  

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