Adoption Process & FAQ

Thank you for your interest in adopting a cat from HTAT! Please review this FAQ before applying to adopt. 

Before you adopt, please keep in mind:​

  • Submitting an application does not guarantee, hold, or reserve a cat for you. 

  • Applications are processed in the order they are received. In most cases, we adopt out cats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • Kitten adoptions will continue to be virtual-only until further notice. Please call or email us if you are interested in adopting a kitten.

  • Please bring a cat carrier with you to pick up your cat.

  • You must be 18 or older to adopt a cat. 

Two women holding a black and white cat.

How do I adopt a cat from HTAT?

There are three ways to adopt a cat from HTAT. 


Virtual Adoption

Fill out an online application for any of our available cats. If your application is accepted, we'll contact you by email and/or phone to move forward. Once the process is completed, we will schedule a day and time for you to pick up your cat, and to answer any questions you might have. We schedule pick-up appointments within the next 1-3 days and cannot extend past that time.


Please bring a cat carrier with you to pick up your cat. 

Pre-Adoption Meetings

If you would like to meet a specific cat outside of our Saturday Adoption Hours, call or email us to schedule a 15 minute meeting. We schedule meetings within the next 1-2 days and cannot extend past that time. 


Pre-Adoption meetings require a $25, non-refundable fee. If you decide to adopt the cat you meet, the adoption must take place the same day. For this reason, please bring a cat carrier with you. 


In-Person Adoption

Come to our shelter on Saturdays from 1 pm to 4 pm to meet all of our available cats and take home a new furry friend! Adoptions are same-day, so please bring a cat carrier with you. You do not need to apply in advance. 

What does the adoption fee cover?​

Adoption Fees

Kittens (under 7 months old)

  • Residents in our Service Area* - $225

  • Residents of other Worcester county and Western MA towns, and residents of Windham and Tolland counties in CT - $275 (or two for $500)

  • Residents of all other areas - $325 (or two for $600)

Kitten adoptions will continue to be virtual only until further notice. Please call or email us if you are interested in adopting a kitten.

Adult Cats


Residents in our Service Area* receive the following discounts on adult cat adoptions:

  • Brimfield, Holland, Monson, Sturbridge, Wales and Warren - $25 off

  • Palmer, Southbridge and Ware - $50 off


Exotic breed and declawed cat fees may apply . Fees are subject to change without notice.

*HTAT Service Area: Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Monson, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Wales, Ware and Warren.

  • Spay/Neuter

  • FelV Test

  • Physical examinations

  • Vaccines

  • Deworming

  • Flea/Tick treatments

  • Microchip

  • Extra bloodwork for senior cats

Services totaling over $400!

What is a Care For Life cat?

A tabby cat in a cat tower tunnel.

Many cats come to our shelter with chronic health issues, such as diabetes, kidney failure, feline leukemia, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Because of their medical needs, these cats may never even see the adoption floor of a traditional shelter. If they do, they can spend months or even years there, as few adopters are willing or able to take on the extra expense. 


Our Care for Life program removes this financial barrier for adopters by covering medical expenses relating to any of the cat's chronic health issues, for the rest of the cat's life. In addition, Care For Life cats have a reduced adoption fee of only $65. 

Care For Life cats are supported in part by the Here Today Club, our generous community of monthly donors.


What is a spirit cat?

Spirit cats are great companions for a resident cat... but they take people on their own terms!  They are cats who live with you, and who may sometimes grant you the opportunity to touch them. Or, they may not.

More about Spirit Cats