If you are considering adopting a rescued cat or kitten, HART invites you to visit the shelter and spend some time getting acquainted with the cats and kittens. Staff and volunteers are familiar with each cat and will be happy to show you around and answer your questions. When you decide to adopt, our adoption application and related interview are designed to help ensure that you and a potential adoptee will be a good match.
The Adoption Process
1. Choose a HART cat or kitten. Visit our shelter and meet our wonderful and unique kitties! We're happy to answer any questions about our cats, feel free to call and ask about them: 805-927-7377. You can also view our available cats or kittens online.
2. Submit Adoption Application Adoption Applications must be filled out in advance. To speed up the process of bringing home a new cat or kitten, please download the application, fill it out, and email it back to us to us. Alternatively, you can bring the application pre-filled in when you come to meet our cats and kittens. You can find the Adoption Application HERE. *All applicants must be 18 years of age or older to adopt from HART. *All applicants must have a current state photo ID present at the time of adoption. *In order to bring your pet home on the same day, please arrive early. It's best to call ahead and make an appointment for adoption. HART is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00-5:00. We do not process adoptions past 4:00 pm.
3.Interview During the Adoption Interview, we will discuss your living situation, your needs, and how you plan to take care of your cat and kitten. We will explain the cat or kitten's needs and make sure you understand them and are able to provide a happy home for a cat or kitten.
4.Application Approval Adoption applications will be reviewed and approved by a HART staff member. HART reserves the right to deny an application per their discretion.
5. Sign the Adoption Agreement View this form HERE.
6. Pay Adoption Fee:
Kittens under 1 year: $125
Cats under 8 years old: $99
Senior cats, 8 years or older: $69
Seniors for Seniors: $25
7. Take your new pet home. If you plan to adopt, please bring a carrier with you for your new kitty! Otherwise a cardboard carrier may be provided.
Prior to Adoption, all HART cats or kittens will have had:
Spay or Neuter
Worming, de-fleaing and de-miting
A medical exam
FeLV & FIV blood tests, and possibly other tests, if necessary.
Collar and ID tag - your pet is registered with HART Health records
HART Adoption Fees
Kittens under 1 year: $125 Cats under 8 years old: $99 Senior cats, eight years or older: $69 Seniors for Seniors: $25
A $400 value package for the low price of an adoption fee.
HART’s Thank-You Adoption Package includes:
- Free, post-adoption veterinary wellness exam - “Welcome home” packet of informational articles - Sample bag/can of cat food - And BEST OF ALL, a pet to love
SENIORS FOR SENIORS
Are you a senior citizen? Our Seniors for Seniors program matches cats 8 years and older with people 62 years and older. Mature cats make ideal companions for mature people: a devoted pet for the senior citizen and a loving home for the senior “kitizen”—it’s a win-win. And, a reduced Adoption Fee!
Research has shown that pet ownership benefits people of any age:
Is your farm or business looking for a “working cat”? Check with HART and we will let you know if we can help. Although most of our cats and kittens are looking for an inside home, we occasionally take in cats who make it clear that they would prefer outside jobs!
For adoption specials check the News & Events page. You can also find information, photos, and videos of our resident cats and kittens on our Facebook page
ADOPTION FORMS Click below to Download and Print Adoption-Related Forms
Do you have room in your life for a special-needs cat or kitten? Some of HART’s feline residents face unique challenges (special dietary or medical needs, or disabilities). Trevor and Travis were born deaf, Honey lost an eye, and Nicole navigated on three legs, yet, all four were adopted. A few cats at HART have tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). They can live long, happy lives with a few environmental adjustments. HART staff is well informed and willing to educate you about their needs.
If you'd rather print our Adoption Application, download it here, complete it, and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org for review. You could also contact HART to request a digital application to be completed online via DocuSign, just call (805) 927-7377 or email email@example.com.
Many of our long-term HART residents grow tired of being in a shelter environment, where they can't receive consistent one-on-one love and affection. They rely on attention from our staff, volunteers, and visitors, which they must share with the multiple other cats in our shelter. The more shy or physically fragile cats may start to decline from being in a shelter for too long. Going to a loving and attentive foster home is a wonderful resource to help revive these cats in need.
Sending our cats to foster homes also allows us the ability to take in even more homeless cats and kittens in need of shelter, food, and medical care. We currently have a wait-list of cats in urgent need of rehoming. We are so grateful to all of our foster families for temporarily housing HART kitties and giving them love and care through their journey to finding forever families.
HART provides support to all our foster families to ensure they have all of the tools they need to help them succeed. This includes the cost of medical care and any supplies the foster needs. A good foster is someone willing to open their heart and home to a cat in need. Most cats don't require much space, but they need plenty of love and care in order to ensure they maintain good health and are well socialized to prepare them for adoption.